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Players depart Griffin amidst LoL contract controversy

Published: 26/Nov/2019 1:19

by Andrew Amos


Three of Griffin’s star players have left the embattled LCK team in the wake of Riot Korea’s investigation into alleged violence and corruption plaguing the League of Legends organization.

The Griffin saga has rocked Korean LoL over the past month. After former coach Kim ‘cvMax’ Dae-ho was fired before Worlds, allegations of contract tampering, violence against players, and corruption have plagued the rookie LCK org.

Riot Korea handed down their initial findings on November 20, laying out indefinite suspensions on cvMax and manager Cho Kyu-nam, as well as a $85,000 fine for the team. In response, Griffin has released a handful of their star players before the start of the 2020 season.

Michal Konkol for Riot GamesLehends will not be playing for Griffin in 2020.

In a November 25 statement, Griffin announced the release of Choi ‘Doran’ Hyeon-joon, Jeong ‘Chovy’ Ji-hoon, and Son ‘Lehends’ Si-woo.

“We are here to convey a piece of upsetting news,” it said. “Our contract with Lehends, Doran and Chovy was ended after mutual consent. Sincerely thank you for bringing precious memories and spectacular games to Griffin.”

Doran signed onto Griffin for LCK 2019 Summer, while Chovy and Lehends have been a part of the team since they promoted into the LCK in 2018.

The trio are expected to stay within the LCK, according to a report by Korean esports news site Naver. Doran, Chovy, and Lehends will be joining DragonX for 2020, alongside bot laner Kim ‘Deft’ Hyuk-kyu.

It has also been reported that cvMax’s ban will be lifted, meaning that the former Griffin coach will be able to lead DragonX in LCK 2020.

It comes after Griffin released all of their players to free agency in an attempt to resolve some of the complaints raised in Riot Korea’s initial investigation.

Twitch: LCKcvMax is expected to join DragonX for 2020 if his ban is lifted.

“We will void all the contracts that were previously made under the wrong practice,” the organization said, according to a translation by Korizon. “We will draft new contracts that address the unfair clauses in the existing contracts.

“We will also respect the wishes of the player, if a player asks to become a free agent instead of renewing this new contract and will release them as a free agent.”

Riot Korea have also come under fire for their investigations into Griffin, with senators from the South Korean government highlighting corruption within Riot Korea and Griffin themselves. 

Michal Konkol for Riot GamesGriffin finished Worlds 2019 in 5-8th.

Senator Ha Tae-kyung noted that Griffin had forged legal documents submitted to Riot Korea regarding Kanavi’s contract, and that Riot Korea had broken the Whistleblower Protection Bill.

A petition made to Korea’s Blue House, the house of the President, to investigate Riot Korea and Griffin has garnered 185,000 signatures in the space of a week. Once the petition hits 200,000, the South Korean government will open their own investigation into the saga.

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Fnatic finally reveal Upset as Rekkles replacement in ADC for LEC 2021

Published: 26/Nov/2020 15:36 Updated: 27/Nov/2020 1:33

by Lauren Bergin


After the departure of star LoL player Rekkles from the Fnatic bot lane, the black and orange LEC Gods have finally announced his replacement: Astralis’ Upset. 

The LEC has certainly seen a shake up this year. With Luka ‘Perkz’ Perković leaving to join Cloud9 across the pond, a spot on the G2 roster opened up.

This was quickly filled by Martin ‘Rekkles’ Larssen, the former face of Fnatic, the team’s fans were wondering who would be his replacement. It’s big shoes to fill considering the legacy that Rekkles has left in the Fnatic jersey, so who has chosen to step up to the plate?

With LEC fans debating between Elias ‘Upset’ Lipp and Juš ‘Crownshot’ Marušič the race was on to see who Fnatic would sign.

Fnatic sign Astralis ADC Upset

When Crownshot announced that he would not be playing in any League of Legends tournament this year, fans were pretty certain that Upset would be the future ADC for the black and orange legends.

Therefore, when Fnatic announced Upset as ADC earlier today fans may not have been shocked, but they’re certainly excited to know who hold the future of the Fnatic botlane.

Upset has been a constantly high performing player ever since his days with Schalke 04. Taking what many believed to be a step up when he joined Origen (now Astralis) last season, Origen’s disappointing performance in the second split meant that roster readjustments were clearly needed.

With the ADC position being the least of Origen’s worries, it was pretty clear that Upset would be looking for a more competitive team to carve out his future with.

Will he be able to challenge the dynasty that Rekkles has left in his wake, or will he forever be caught in the Swedish legend’s shadow? Only time will tell, but we know Upset’s going to work extra hard to make his name sit side by side with the former Fnatic bot laner.