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Team Liquid stun World Champions Invictus Gaming to reach LoL MSI finals

Published: 17/May/2019 12:35 Updated: 17/May/2019 13:38

by Joe O'Brien

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Team Liquid have stunned reigning League of Legends World Champions Invictus Gaming by defeating them in the semi-finals of the 2019 Mid-Season Invitational.

Despite being heavy underdogs in the series, Team Liquid were able to take down the tournament favorites 3-1 to advance to the MSI finals.

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Invictus Gaming entered MSI as the favorites and did nothing to shake that status in the group stage, dropping only a single game at the very end of the group stage, setting a record for the best win rate ever in the MSI groups and along the way defeating SK Telecom T1 in an international-record time of 16:01.

Team Liquid, meanwhile, had to start the tournament in the play-in stage, with North America having been unable to earn a direct group stage seed from previous international events, and were generally considered a tier beneath the expected top three in iG, SKT, and G2 Esports.

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Riot GamesTeam Liquid were massive underdogs in the semi-final against Invictus Gaming.

In the group stage, Team Liquid weren’t assured playoff qualification by any means, their fate only secured in their very last match of the groups in which they defeated G2 Esports.

In the semi-final match, however, Team Liquid were in peak form, going blow-for-blow with the reigning World Champions and coming out on top of two consecutive intense matches. Invictus hit back with an dominant performance from star mid Song ‘Rookie’ Eui-jin on LeBlanc to force a fourth game, but Team Liquid hit back immediately to take the series 3-1.

This tournament is the first time that star AD Carry Yilliang ‘Doublelift’ Peng has ever even made it out of the group stage at an international event, despite numerous attempts over a long and otherwise decorated career.

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Having broken through that barrier at last, Doublelift will now get his first shot at an international trophy, with Team Liquid set to face either SK Telecom T1 or G2 Esports in the MSI final on May 19.

Team Liquid isn’t the first North American team to reach the finals of the Mid-Season Invitational. In 2016, Counter Logic Gaming made a run to contest for the trophy, but were ultimately denied by Lee ‘Faker’ Sang-hyeok’s SK Telecom T1.

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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.