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Team Liquid hint at new LCS starting jungler amid Broxah visa issues

Published: 22/Jan/2020 1:50

by Andrew Amos

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Team Liquid’s LCS off-season has been plagued by visa issues for new junglers Mads ‘Broxah’ Brock-Pedersen from Fnatic and Australian Shern “Shernfire” Tai, but days out from the opening weekend, they might have found the solution.

Team Liquid have been gearing up for a resurgence in 2020 after a disappointing finish at Worlds 2019. While the MSI finalists were expected to climb out of groups at the season-ender, they squandered their chance and fell short to DAMWON Gaming and Invictus Gaming.

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To rejuvenate their LCS roster, they brought in Fnatic’s star jungler Broxah, who managed a Worlds finals appearance in 2018 and a top eight placing in 2019, losing to eventual winners FunPlus Phoenix.

Fnatic Broxah playing LEC 2019
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Broxah jumped the Atlantic to join Team Liquid after two years with Fnatic.

They also took advantage of the new LCS Academy ruling, recruiting former Dire Wolves jungler and two-time Worlds play-in attendee Shern “Shernfire” Tai to bolster their back-up squad.

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While Shernfire hasn’t played professionally in over a year, he is renowned as one of Oceania’s most mechanically gifted players.

The LCS veterans hit a stumbling block with visa issues plaguing the import of both players, leaving the team scrounging for solutions weeks out from the January 25 opening weekend.

Initial reports suggested that coach and former mid laner Eugene ‘Pobelter’ Park was gearing up to start for the team, but with Shernfire finally cleared to play, the four-time LCS champions could be changing direction.

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Team Liquid has hinted at Shernfire playing on stage against Cloud9 and Team SoloMid in week one after the jungler announced that he received his visa on January 19.

A photo posted on the team’s account on January 21 seems to confirm that Shernfire will be allowed to start for Team Liquid’s main roster. He has been scrimming with the main team since arriving in Los Angeles, and is listed as eligible on the Riot Global Contract Database.

While Team Liquid has said previously that Pobelter will start if Broxah’s visa isn’t cleared, with their academy jungler in town, Shernfire could be receiving an early call-up.

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He hasn’t played in a professional league since 2018, when he won his fourth OPL title in a row with the Dire Wolves. However, he has kept his fingers fresh, playing with NA amateur team Super Nova throughout 2019, and shining enough to earn a spot on Team Liquid’s Academy.

Team Liquid will take to the stage for LCS’ Opening Weekend on January 25, playing Cloud9 in the first game of the season. They will round out the week’s action with a game against Team SoloMid on January 27.

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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.