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New TSM jungler reportedly leaked after Dardoch trade rumors

Published: 13/May/2020 8:45

by Andrew Amos

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Team SoloMid is expected to promote Academy jungler and former starter Mingyi ‘Spica’ Lu to their LCS lineup to replace Joshua ‘Dardoch’ Hartnett after rumors of the veteran’s departure were sparked after a leaked phone call on Doublelift’s stream.

Team SoloMid’s roster for LCS Summer 2020 is expected to shift again. With Kasper ‘Kobbe’ Kobberup returning to Europe after just one split with the veteran organization, newly-recruited jungler Dardoch could be walking the same path.

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After speculation about the jungler’s future on the line-up, it seems like TSM are looking at moving forward in 2020 with an old face they brought on to try and salvage their 2019 season.

A private group chat involving members of TSM management and the four other starters of their LCS lineup was leaked on Biofrost’s stream on May 13. The fifth member in that chat wasn’t Dardoch, but rather Spica, fuelling rumors about the duo’s swap heading into Summer.

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Dardoch is only six months into a two-year contract with TSM, with the jungler brought on to ensure long-term success for the team after an almost three-year title drought.

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A screencap from Biofrost’s stream indicates Dardoch’s out, and Spica’s in.

However, a leaked phone call from TSM President of Esports Leena Xu claimed that “no one wants to pick up Dardoch,” suggesting they wanted to offload him to another LCS team

His supposed replacement Spica started for TSM 11 times during their 2019 LCS campaign. He came on to replace Matt ‘Akaadian’ Higginbotham and Jonathan ‘Grig’ Armao as the six-time NA champions struggled to find synergy in the jungle.

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He wasn’t able to navigate TSM to Worlds in his rookie split, falling at the final hurdle against Clutch Gaming who ran the gauntlet to take North America’s third seed in Europe. However, his performances showed some promise.

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Spica was promoted by TSM to their LCS roster late in their 2019 campaign too.

Yet again he’s being brought up to try and steer TSM’s ship back onto the course, but this time, the change isn’t mid split. With Yiliang ‘Doublelift’ Peng also swapping allegiances, TSM are looking to turn their Spring performance around with these roster shuffles.

TSM are yet to confirm publicly Spica’s promotion to the LCS line-up. It’s also unclear what Dardoch’s future holds. He could fill Spica’s spot on Academy, or he could replace another LCS jungle. LCS Summer Split kicks off on June 13.

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Hashinshin claims FBI cleared him of sexual harassment allegations

Published: 8/Oct/2020 4:00

by Andrew Amos

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Popular League of Legends streamer Robert ‘Hashinshin’ Brotz has claimed the FBI investigated him over allegations he was sexually harassing minors, and cleared him of any wrongdoing. He was permanently banned on Twitch over the claims.

Hashinshin was ostracized from the League of Legends community back in July, after claims the 30-year-old Twitch streamer sexually harassed underage girls by abusing his platform of power.

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Other popular content creators, like Joedat ‘Voyboy’ Esfahani, stated that “Hashinshin is a manipular, predator, and worst of all [a] pedophile who used his platform to abuse so many underage girls over the years.”

However, the disgraced streamer has claimed he was investigated by the FBI and cleared of all wrongdoing.

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“There has been an FBI investigation into me, and I have neither been jailed or charged with a crime. Some of you might not believe that. I have a freedom of information request [to prove my innocence publicly], but that can take up to a year,” Brotz said in a October 7 statement.

Numerous women came forward stories in July of Hashinshin grooming them while they were underage. However, Hashinshin has always maintained his innocence, claiming these stories were false, and that many of those who came forward have since deleted their statements.

He also stated that he was potentially looking into suing some of the alleged victims for defamation, stating they did a “public assessment of [his] character” that distorted what people thought of him.

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“I was going to sue Alli for defamation ⁠— and I probably should have ⁠— but Alli is not a victim, and people started getting these really distorted views on what was happening,” he said, referring to one of the victims.

“Things aren’t as they seem, regardless of what they seem. I’m not a rich and powerful figure. They didn’t find that I did anything. I think a lot of this was a public assessment of my character, and a lot of people did this because they didn’t like me.

“I’ve been working on bettering myself over the last two years, and I think I’ve become a better person overall. It hurts a lot…to see all these people denying that.”

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Brotz claimed that while he believed his accusers weren’t “all terrible people,” they betrayed his trust. He also said that while he believes they should apologize, he hopes no one in the community attacks them. He just wants to “go back to living a normal life.”

“I thought these were nice people, I thought I could trust them and work with them. That’s why my response to this was all sh*tty because I shouldn’t really have trusted anyone. I don’t think they’re all terrible people, but things really escalated,” he said.

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“I don’t want anyone to attack them. I just want to go back to living a normal life. I just want to exist peacefully, and I hope people can start letting me do that. I hope this can change their minds in some way.”

Hashinshin remains permanently banned on Twitch despite his attempts to clear this name. He has also lost his Twitch partnership, and has instead moved to streaming on YouTube.