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T1 LoL facing backlash over unmoderated fan hate speech on Discord

Published: 15/Nov/2020 17:11 Updated: 16/Nov/2020 13:16

by Luke Edwards


Esports org T1 is facing fresh criticism after moderators of its Discord server were prevented from taking down hate speech. Some of the comments were aimed at LCK caster Nick ‘LS’ DeCesare.

T1 is facing fresh allegations of permitting homophobia on its discord server. Leaked screenshots of conversations suggest the server moderators were actively prevented from taking down abusive comments by fans of the organization.

Server moderator phandere condemned the discord posts, accusing the organization of treating the mods “like absolute trash” and describing their response as “god-awful.” Phandere also said, “racist and homophobic slurs were everywhere,” while another moderator, Sean, slammed the situation as “backwards and out of order.”

Stella, a supposed representative of T1, said the org “will be coming up with an official announcement soon.”

Sean, a moderator of the server, being stoppoed from taking down the abusive messages
Sean, a moderator of the server, was apparently stopped from taking down the abusive messages.

T1 facing criticism over permitting homophobia and racism on Discord

Fnatic mid laner Tim ‘Nemesis’ Lipovsek was one of the first pro players to comment, as he said: “[I am] sad to witness something like this.” Top laner Bwipo also condemned the org’s actions, but deleted his tweet after it became clear members of T1 were being harassed.

This isn’t the first piece of controversial behaviour displayed by T1 fans recently. In the wake of the LS rumors, some fans ordered a billboard truck to tour downtown Seoul and park outside the team’s HQ, displaying protest messages aimed at the org.

LS temporarily deleted his Twitter account in early November after abuse from T1 fans over his rumored signing as a coach, but he has since returned.

T1 has since announced ex-DAMWON Gaming coaches Daeny and Zefa, meaning LS’ rumored arrival is very unlikely to come to fruition. 

Per u/prottek, LS’ self-titled ‘helper’ Macaiyla posted on his discord saying that LS was “not okay” and that “with all of the ‘stuff’ going around, everything has just heightened his emotions.” With the T1 server discussions being released, she said fans could “put two and two together.”

An official apology from T1 has been released on Twitter for the homophobic and racist comments made on their Discord channel.

The apology has received overwhelming backlash and critique from the community. The majority of the criticism is aimed at the organization’s refusal to directly condemn the comments made toward LS: “why are they talking around LS instead of addressing him… at least mention the hate you condemn was against him”.

On top of this, there is a lot of frustration regarding the involvement of the board and how the blame has been shifted onto the Discord mods.: “Blaming the mods that were forced to sit idle by executives/board for what went wrong is beyond absurd.”

Call of Duty

Team Scump wins $50K Black Ops Cold War Twitch Rivals: Final results

Published: 24/Nov/2020 3:43

by Brad Norton


Black Ops Cold War may have only just launched but major competitions are already underway as some of the biggest names in Call of Duty joined up for a huge $50,000 Twitch Rivals showdown.

Twitch Rivals hosts some of the biggest online esports events out there. Gathering a mix of marquee streamers on the platform and some of the top pro players, they’re always huge events.

The latest installment put CoD in the spotlight thanks to the release of Black Ops Cold War. As players grow familiar with maps, modes, and weapons, some of the best competitors jumped right into tournament play.

From Nadeshot to 2020 World Champion Clayster and plenty more, many of the biggest names were involved. If you missed any of the action, we’ve got you covered with a complete rundown on the latest Twitch Rivals event.

Black Ops Cold War Twitch Rivals results

Once teams were drafted, it was time for the unique event to properly get underway. Divided into four sections, every squad had to play through two series across a variety of modes. Hardpoint, VIP Escort, Domination, and SnD were all in focus.

Opening rounds were simple best of ones, though the playoffs saw teams competing over a possible three maps. Some were more lopsided than others. Clayster blitzed through former partners on Simp’s team when it came to Hardpoint. Meanwhile, the opposite occurred when things switched to Domination, as Simp’s team won that portion without dropping a map.

It was a closely contested event right until the very end. Clayster, Simp, and Scump all led their teams to a single playlist win. It came down to SnD where Scump’s team took home the final remaining victory. 

How to rewatch Black Ops Cold War Twitch Rivals

The Cold War Twitch Rivals event took place on Monday, November 23 for North American talent. Things kicked off at 3PM PT | 6PM ET and ran through most of the evening.

While individual players were streaming their own perspectives, a dedicated broadcast was hosted by CDL talent Miles Ross, Thomas ‘Chance’ Ashworth, and Lottie Van-Praag. We’ve embedded this below for your convenience.

Black Ops Cold War Twitch Rivals Format

This particular event followed a unique format. At first, four captains selected their teammates from a pool of pro players and popular streamers. Once rosters were locked in, there were four unique brackets to play through, one for each mode.

Hardpoint, VIP Escort, Domination, and SnD were the four single-elimination brackets on offer today. Placing well within each bracket awarded a set number of points. The team with the highest number of points at the end of the day was eventually crowned the winner. A full point breakdown along with the final prizing can be found below.

Points per round

1st – 5 points

2nd – 3 points

3rd – 2 points

4th – 1 point

Prize pool breakdown

Team prizing

1st – $15,000

2nd – $9,000

3rd – $6,000

4th – $4,000

Prizing per round

1st – $2,000

2nd – $1,000

3rd – $1,000

4th – $0

Individual player bonuses

1st – $3,750

2nd – $2,250

3rd – $1,500

4th – $1,000

Black Ops Cold War Twitch Rivals Teams

Many of the most popular names in the Call of Duty scene were thrown together for this marquee event. Captains were determined ahead of time, however, as Clayster, Nadeshot, Scump, and Simp were all elected to lead a team of their own. 

The full list of players filling out each team can be found below.

Team Scump

  • Tfue
  • Aydan
  • Zoomaa
  • Scump

Team Nadeshot

  • IceManIsaac
  • Envoy
  • Destroy
  • Nadeshot

Team Simp

  • SuperEvan
  • JaredFPS
  • Karma
  • Simp

Team Clayster

  • Symfuhny
  • Tommey
  • Rated
  • Clayster