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T1 CEO responds to “violent threats” from LoL fans after Faker benching

Published: 9/Aug/2020 17:34 Updated: 9/Aug/2020 17:37

by Daniel Cleary

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T1 CEO Joe Marsh has responded to fans of the iconic League of Legends organization after “violent threats” were directed at the team following the benching of Lee ‘Faker’ Sang-hyeok.

T1 Esports, formerly known as SKT T1, has a rich history as the top organization in League of Legends after winning multiple LCK titles and the World Championship on three separate occasions.

Since its inception, the iconic team has been captained by Faker, for the most part, however, following a recent slump, Sang-hyeok was benched from the line-up with rising star Lee ‘Clozer’ Ju-hyeon taking his spot in the mid lane.

Faker and SKT t1 lifting trophy
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Faker has won multiple World Championships under the T1 organization.

Despite not reaching claiming a Worlds victory since 2016, Faker is still regarded as the best player of all time, and many fans were upset with the decision to bench him.

However, it seems that some League of Legends fans have taken their support for the Demon King too far, as T1 CEO Joe Marsh released a statement on August 9 addressing some unruly followers.

Marsh revealed that he could “no longer remain silent” following the rise in “online harassment and violent threats” that were directed at members of his team in recent weeks.

The T1 CEO explained that, while criticizing the choices of a professional gaming team was expected, some fans had ‘overstepped the line’ and he called for the violent threats to stop.

“If the onslaught of violent virtual attacks continues, we will explore legal action to put an end to it,” he added, even threatening legal action in extreme cases.

However, despite the controversy surrounding the roster changes, T1 LoL has performed quite well since Clozer’s arrival and is now locked in for the LCK Summer Playoffs.

T1’s head coach Kim Jeong-soo previously revealed, in an interview with InvenGlobal, that Faker has “found new motivations” and is planning on earning back his place in the starting roster.

While he is open to bringing Faker back, it is unclear whether or not we will see the three-time World Champion compete in the playoffs, which are expected to start on August 26.

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Riot is already changing Seraphine after League of Legends fan backlash

Published: 30/Oct/2020 4:55

by Isaac McIntyre

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New League of Legends champion Seraphine is already set for a mini-rework just days after officially landing on Summoner’s Rift in patch 10.22, following weeks of fan backlash over her character design and Runeterra backstory.

Seraphine marks an interesting point in League of Legends history. The newest champion to join the roster, the Starry-Eyed Songstress, was teased for nearly half a year ahead of her LoL patch 10.22 release. Her impending debut certainly hasn’t been a secret.

In preparation for their new poster star, Riot Games rolled out a Twitter account pretending to be the singer, added her to virtual K-pop group K/DA, and slowly drip-fed news about LoL’s newest arrival. It was a huge teaser run, all things considered.

The biggest twist, however, is how poorly the enchanter’s Season 10 debut has actually gone down. Many League fans have dubbed her a “marketing ploy” come to life, while a whole part of the fandom has ‘canceled’ her for her backstory.

Seraphine in League of Legends
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New League of Legends champion Seraphine has had a bumpy debut, to say the least.

This backlash, which continues to bubble over on Reddit, Twitter, and across social media, has forced Riot’s hand; the Starry-Eyed Songstress is getting changes after her patch 10.22 release, Riot founder Marc “Tryndamere” Merrill confirmed.

So why was Seraphine getting ‘canceled’ by the League fandom?

Well, Seraphine originally had a slice of her lore dedicated to using Brackern crystals. This was an issue, League fans said, due to the fact that other champions in the game are made of the same mineral ⁠— effectively, she was ‘harvesting’ them.

The League of Legends founder has now responded to the backlash, confirming Riot Games was already looking to change her lore. He wrote, “Yeah, that wasn’t cool. It was supposed to have been removed from the IP. It will be fixed.”

On Oct. 29, the new Seraphine backstory was released. Jeevun Sidhu confirmed on Twitter they had tweaked her slightly: “Our player base is aware Hextech crystals are based on the Brackern race, but Seraphine isn’t! She’s still doing her best.”

He continued, “She has not yet discovered the origin of the entity she has made a connection with.”

“She absolutely would do her best to give the Brackern a voice if she knew what she was dealing with. Hopefully, this is a story we get to expand upon one day.”

It’s not a total backstory overhaul like some League fans were calling for, but at least it’s something. Now, Seraphine has a storyline she can follow into Season 11 and beyond, that might see her become more than just a “marketing ploy.” 

On the Rift, the Starry-Eyed Songstress is enjoying a strong start in League patch 10.22. Want to get up to speed with the mage? Catch up on all things Seraphine in our champion guide, which covers builds, runes, and more.