Team Liquid acquires ex-LCS shoutcaster Jatt as League of Legends coach - Dexerto
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Team Liquid acquires ex-LCS shoutcaster Jatt as League of Legends coach

Published: 4/May/2020 21:19

by Bill Cooney

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After Team Liquid’s ninth-place finish in the League of Legends Championship Series Spring Split, the team has decided to bring in now former LCS caster Joshua ‘Jatt’ Leesman as their new head coach.

Jatt is a veteran Riot Games shoutcaster and host for the Riot-produced JLXP Podcast, where he shared his disbelief on Liquid’s performance shortly after their LCS Spring results.

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Leesman said he thought the “team is in trouble right now” while discussing their finish, but now he’ll have a chance to turn things around as the squad’s newest coach.

On Monday, May 4 Liquid announced that Jatt had signed a three-year deal to become the new head coach, replacing Jang “Cain” Nu-ri, who will stay on with the team as an assistant coach.

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According to the Washington Post, Jatt’s road to coaching Team Liquid started all the way back in 2017 after some conversations with Liquid Co-CEO and Owner Steve Arhancet.

“We decided, we need to identify someone that embodies these types of characteristics and meshes well with the current strengths of the team that we do have,” Arhancet said, referring to Liquid’s disappointing Spring Split finish.

Riot GamesTeam Liquid had won the last four LCS splits before their ninth-place Spring finish.

Arhancet added he was impressed by Leesman’s approach to coaching, that Liquid hopes will be able to bring out the best in their veteran players.

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“It’s less dictating and more creating the right type of methodology for the right kind of information to bubble to the top through a good process,” Arhancet explained to WP. “Jatt’s got a good style in that regard. [He] is also extremely articulate and thoughtful in what he says. And I think that will allow for good postgame conversations and discussions on strategy and how we want to play.”

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Team Liquid will be going forward without Yiliang ‘Doublelift’ Peng, one of their stars of the last few Splits.

As Jatt attempts to turn around the fortunes of Team Liquid, he’ll have to do so without the help of Yiliang ‘Doublelift’ Peng, who is now with TSM after what some think was a controversial trade was approved by the League.

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Hashinshin claims FBI cleared him of sexual harassment allegations

Published: 8/Oct/2020 4:00

by Andrew Amos

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Popular League of Legends streamer Robert ‘Hashinshin’ Brotz has claimed the FBI investigated him over allegations he was sexually harassing minors, and cleared him of any wrongdoing. He was permanently banned on Twitch over the claims.

Hashinshin was ostracized from the League of Legends community back in July, after claims the 30-year-old Twitch streamer sexually harassed underage girls by abusing his platform of power.

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Other popular content creators, like Joedat ‘Voyboy’ Esfahani, stated that “Hashinshin is a manipular, predator, and worst of all [a] pedophile who used his platform to abuse so many underage girls over the years.”

However, the disgraced streamer has claimed he was investigated by the FBI and cleared of all wrongdoing.

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“There has been an FBI investigation into me, and I have neither been jailed or charged with a crime. Some of you might not believe that. I have a freedom of information request [to prove my innocence publicly], but that can take up to a year,” Brotz said in a October 7 statement.

Numerous women came forward stories in July of Hashinshin grooming them while they were underage. However, Hashinshin has always maintained his innocence, claiming these stories were false, and that many of those who came forward have since deleted their statements.

He also stated that he was potentially looking into suing some of the alleged victims for defamation, stating they did a “public assessment of [his] character” that distorted what people thought of him.

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“I was going to sue Alli for defamation ⁠— and I probably should have ⁠— but Alli is not a victim, and people started getting these really distorted views on what was happening,” he said, referring to one of the victims.

“Things aren’t as they seem, regardless of what they seem. I’m not a rich and powerful figure. They didn’t find that I did anything. I think a lot of this was a public assessment of my character, and a lot of people did this because they didn’t like me.

“I’ve been working on bettering myself over the last two years, and I think I’ve become a better person overall. It hurts a lot…to see all these people denying that.”

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Brotz claimed that while he believed his accusers weren’t “all terrible people,” they betrayed his trust. He also said that while he believes they should apologize, he hopes no one in the community attacks them. He just wants to “go back to living a normal life.”

“I thought these were nice people, I thought I could trust them and work with them. That’s why my response to this was all sh*tty because I shouldn’t really have trusted anyone. I don’t think they’re all terrible people, but things really escalated,” he said.

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“I don’t want anyone to attack them. I just want to go back to living a normal life. I just want to exist peacefully, and I hope people can start letting me do that. I hope this can change their minds in some way.”

Hashinshin remains permanently banned on Twitch despite his attempts to clear this name. He has also lost his Twitch partnership, and has instead moved to streaming on YouTube.