Team BDS Adam plays solo queue during LEC match despite “emergency” sub

Carver Fisher
Team BDS Adam playing solo queue from the bench

Team BDS star top laner Adam has been a huge carry for the team and a large part of how BDS cemented themselves as one of the LEC’s top teams, but he wasn’t able to play in a crucial Playoffs match due to “unforeseen circumstances.” However, he was spotted playing solo queue during the team’s crucial best-of-5 set.

Team BDS wasn’t too highly rated going into the LEC this year in the eyes of most analysts. Though they made it to Worlds 2023 last year, they didn’t make much of a dent at the event beyond the Play-Ins stage. The team swapped Crownie out for Ice, an ADC who spent most of his career up to that point in Liiv SANDBOX’s (now FearX) LCK Challengers team.

Despite this, Team BDS came out swinging. Aside from G2, they looked like real frontrunners in the region and proved themselves to be a strong team. Being able to win through topside because of how Adam played was a huge part of how this team netted so many regular season wins.

However, Adam was suddenly replaced by Jenax for the lower bracket final in the LEC playoffs. It isn’t yet public why he was subbed out. More puzzling still, Adam was playing solo queue during these Playoffs matches.

BDS Adam spotted playing solo queue from the bench

The circumstances around Adam being unable to play for Team BDS during their LEC Playoffs match are uncertain at the time of writing, and neither he nor the team have addressed it beyond the initial announcement and subsequent apology.

The substitution was sudden enough, however, that Team BDS had to request that the LEC permit Jenax being subbed in for the Playoffs matches. Someone getting subbed in on such short notice is not standard practice.

The initial tweet wasn’t worded like Adam was getting benched, either. Team BDS claimed that “unforeseen circumstances” prevented Adam from playing, leaving many worried that the star top laner may have been injured or that he had some sort of family emergency.

However, he’s been spotted playing solo queue during the Team BDS Playoffs set that he had to be subbed out for. It’s clear that Adam is able to play League of Legends, making the reason behind him having to be subbed out even more mysterious.

He’s been playing solo queue matches all the way through Team BDS’ set, though he did take a moment to thank his teammates after the loss and say he was proud of them.

Unfortunately for Team BDS, they were eliminated. Despite Myrwn having a significant advantage over sub top laner Jenax for most of the set, Ice was hard-carried with his Ezreal and made it a close 3-2 set.

While a concrete reason has yet to be confirmed, IWDominate has claimed that many people know why Adam wasn’t able to play in this match, and has questioned why people haven’t leaked the information.

However, he quote tweeted someone who claimed Adam was benched “only because of himself”, making it possible that Adam may have been forcefully removed from starting on the team rather than voluntarily stepping down.

Additionally, a report from Sheep Esports alleges that Adam was benched as a result of him “mocking, flaming, and displaying overall disrespectful behavior toward both coaches and teammates.” The report also claims Adam would rage-quit scrims and that a heated argument with Team BDS’ coach ultimately led to him being put on the bench.

Adam has since confirmed that behavioral issues were why he was benched, but has refuted some of the claims made in the aforementioned report.

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Carver is an editor for Dexerto based in Chicago. He finished his screenwriting degree in 2021 and has since dedicated his time to covering League of Legends esports and all other things gaming. He leads League esports coverage for Dexerto, but has a passion for the FGC and other esports. Contact Carver at