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Sneaky explains why Cloud9 LoL benching is “completely undeserved”

Published: 19/Nov/2019 11:08

by Kamil Malinowski

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American League of Legends star Zachary ‘Sneaky’ Scuderi has voiced his opinion on his shocking benching from Cloud9. 

Sneaky is one of the most famous American LoL players, having played at the highest level since 2013 in a dominant Cloud9 squad.

The AD-carry quickly rose to fame when he first joined the team and almost instantly became a fan favorite thanks to his ability to always come back in a game, as well as his creative cosplays.

With the 2019 World Championship finishing in early November, teams are scrambling to improve their rosters during the offseason. In an incredibly unexpected change, Cloud9 have benched Sneaky, and now the pro has shared his thoughts.

Riot GamesSneaky is surprisingly leaving Cloud9 after six years with the team.

During a stream on November 19, Scuderi explained that he was benched, stating that “there were some people that didn’t want to play with me anymore. It was not only me… they wanted a new bot-lane.”

“I didn’t agree with the opinion… I said it’s the wrong choice” he added. Sneaky was not impressed with C9’s decision and seemed disappointed during the broadcast.

The American then went on to say that the organization offered him a chance to fight for his spot, presumably taking a rotation place with whoever becomes his replacement.

Sneaky, however, did not accept the offer. “I don’t want to do that, it’s not something I really agree with… I would not feel comfortable fighting for a spot with people who don’t want me to be there,” he said, before adding that he feels his benching was “completely undeserved.”

Zachary then talked about his future plans, noting three possible options. He could take a break from the game completely, just focus on streaming, or join a new team for the new season.

He has not yet made his mind up about his future, but as one of the most iconic American LoL players, he likely has a number of options.

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TSM Spica leaks major changes to LCS 2021 format

Published: 5/Dec/2020 15:40

by Luke Edwards

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TSM jungler Mingyi ‘Spica’ Lu appeared to leak major changes to the format of the LCS 2021 season on his livestream. With LCS bosses keen to rejuvenate the competition, the future of the Spring Split could be down the drain.

Since 2015, the LCS season has been defined by two splits: spring and summer. Each split has a double round-robin, where every team plays each other twice, and the top 6 go through to a play-off series. Simple.

However, major changes to the LCS structure have been rumored to be in the works. Travis Gafford reported LCS powers were considering binning off the spring split altogether, with the season being changed instead to one long split.

The format would mean every team would play a total of 45 regular-season games, up by nine from the current amount of 36. There would also be a small play-off tournament midway through to determine the region’s representatives at the Mid-Season Invitational.

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After a huge shake-up in rosters, including Cloud9’s signing of Perkz from G2, could the next major change be the format?

TSM Spica leaks changes to LCS 2021 format

Live on stream, Spica appeared to suggest the rumored changes to the LCS format were indeed true. He said:

“There’s 45 games next split and I’ll probably be on Jarvan all 45 games.”

TSM’s ex-coach Parth seemed to back up Spica, as he wrote in Twitch chat: “spring = 18 games, summer = 27 games.”

Spica then lightly suggested there might be some bad consequences for Parth, as he joked: “Yo Parth, you can’t leak, man. You know, I might need to take you on a walk.”

Spica’s suggestion of there being 45 games “next split”, partially backed up by Parth, means Gafford’s sources are likely spot on.

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Despite winning the LCS 2020 Spring Split, Cloud9 failed to qualify for Worlds.

The changes to the format come as little surprise. When the original Worlds Qualification system – where teams could earn ‘circuit points’ in spring to boost their chances of qualifying – was scrapped, Spring Split became redundant for anyone bar the winner.

This was punctuated by the 2020 Spring champions Cloud9 ultimately failing to reach Worlds. Making the LCS a streamlined, season-long affair would mean teams would be judged on their achievements across the year, rather than just over a few months.

Whether the other rumoured changes, such as the mid-season play-off for MSI, a reduced academy season, and a pre-season tournament, will also materialize remains to be seen.

Regardless, the merging of the spring and summer splits would be one of the biggest shakeups in the history of the LCS.