League of Legends

Several iconic LoL players set to miss LCS Lock In due to visa issues

Published: 13/Jan/2021 16:52 Updated: 14/Jan/2021 17:28

by Lauren Bergin


With the LCS Lock In only a few days away, several of League of Legends’ most iconic players will be unable to play in the NA tournament due to visa issues. 

Update on 14 December at 17:22PM (GMT)

Liquid’s Santorin has tweeted that he has received his visa. Whether or not he can play tomorrow, however, has not been confirmed.

A similar tweet has also been dropped by CLG’s Broxah, where he states that “I don’t know when I’ll be able to travel to the US yet” with the star jungler noting he may not be in America until “February, and even that I don’t know for sure.”

Original story follows below…

It’s safe to say that the way that we approach esports has changed over the past year. 2020 saw the esports world revert back to playing online and having to cope with all the associated issues.

Moving into 2021 chaos still reigns however, with League of Legends being heavily affected by current travel restrictions. The LCS Lock In, the newest addition to the North American LoL scene, begins on January 15 and has already seen some serious issues.

The biggest of these are that several LCS players will not be able to play in the tournament due to visa problems, which will leave multiple teams without their star players.

LCS Lock In 2021
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The LCS Lock In will be forced to start without some of its biggest stars.

Which players can’t play at LCS Lock In?

The list of star players that can’t compete in the Lock In leg of the tournament is pretty extensive, and it’s one that leaves you cringing for the teams affected.

CLG are one of the squads that have been hit the hardest. With star jungler Mads ‘Broxah’ Brock-Pedersen and former Rogue top-laner Finn ‘Finn’ Wiestål having complications, their new and improved lineup has lost it’s two brightest stars.

The same applies to Team Liquid, who picked up former FlyQuest jungler and standout performer Lucas ‘Santorin’ Tao Kilmer Larsson in the off season. Subject to travel restrictions once more, TL are in a pretty sticky spot.

Speaking of FlyQuest, they’re not out of the woods either. One of our players to watch, Brandon Joel ‘Josedeodo’ Villegas’ triumphant return to the Rift has also been delayed.

A full list, including Academy players who are facing the same issue can be found here:

Team Player
100 Thieves Luger
Cloud9 N/A
CLG Finn, Broxah, Thien, Katsurii
Dignitas Spawn, JayJ
Evil Geniuses Tony Top, Jojopyun, Shoryu, Mystiques
FlyQuest Josedeodo, Dreams
Golden Guardians Tally, Yunbee, Chime
Immortals Raes, Destiny, Topoon, Pretty
Team Liquid Santorin
TSM Yursan

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What does this mean for the event?

While it’s not the best start to the 2020 season for CLG, Liquid and Flyquest, the positive is that we’ll get to see some new players take to Summoner’s Rift.

Jonathan ‘Armao’ Armao (formerly ‘Grig’) will be back on the LCS stage in place of Santorin, while  Colin ‘Solo’ Earnest and Ryan ‘Keel’ Keel will replace Broxah and Finn respectively. Flyquest are yet to replace their star jungler.

The situation is pretty unfortunate, especially because the Lock In marked the debut for many of these players on the LCS stage. We’ll keep this article updated with any new details that release, but until then we’ll have to wait a little longer to see some of our favorite players.

League of Legends

How to watch LPL Spring Split: Stream, standings & schedule

Published: 15/Jan/2021 17:23

by Lauren Bergin


China has one of League of Legends’ most competitive esports scenes. Our LPL hub has everything you need to know, from the streams and schedule to the current scores and standings.

  • The LPL Spring Split group stage will run from January 9 to March 28.
  •  ¥ 4,200,000/$649,425 Prize Pool.
  • RNG and Team WE currently tied for first.

It’s safe to say that League of Legends fans all across the globe view the LPL as the pinnacle of professional play. China has emerged as a dominant force on Summoner’s Rift, and this year promises to be no different.

With the Spring Split trophy up for grabs, here’s everything you need to know about one of LoL’s fiercest competitions.

LPL Spring Split 2021: Stream

The LPL is streamed live daily on the official LPL Twitch channel, as well as on lolesports.com. All of the vods from that day’s play are uploaded onto the site within 24 hours of matches being played.

LPL Spring Split 2021: Standings

The current standings for the LPL are:

Placement Team
1 Royal Never Give Up
1 Team WE
3 FunPlus Phoenix
3 LNG Esports
5 EDward Gaming
6 eStar Gaming
6 Suning
8 Invictus Gaming
9 JD Gaming
10 Bilibili Gaming
11 Top Esports
12 Rogue Warriors
13 LGD Gaming
14 Victory Five
15 Rare Atom
 15  TT Gaming
 17  Oh My God

LPL Spring Split 2021: Schedule

The LPL hosts 2 games every day so that fans can get in on all the action. The games begin at 1AM PST/ 4AM EST/ 9AM GMT/ 10 AM CEST.