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Team SoloMid lock down existing stars while adding new recruits to League of Legends roster

Published: 26/Nov/2018 12:30 Updated: 26/Nov/2018 12:56

by Joe O'Brien

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Team SoloMid have announced two new additions to their League of Legends roster.

Following an underwhelming 2018 season, TSM have officially confirmed that they have signed top-laner Sergen ‘Broken Blade’ Çelik and Andy ‘Smoothie’ Ta for the 2019 season.

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Joining from Echo Fox, Smoothie will replace Alfonso ‘Mithy’ Aguirre Rodriguez. The move breaks up Mithy’s four-year partnership with AD Carry Jesper ‘Zven’ Svenningsen, who confirmed he will be staying at TSM.

Zven has played with Mithy as his Support for his entire professional career. Over the last four years, the duo won three EU LCS titles and reached the semi-finals of the 2015 World Championship together.

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Broken Blade will be making his LCS debut after previously playing for Royal Bandits in the Turkish Champions League (TCL).

LoL EsportsTSM lost to Cloud9 in the NA regional qualifier to miss out on Worlds for the first time.

He will replace Kevin ‘Hauntzer’ Yamell as the team’s starting top-laner, who will depart TSM after three years with the organization. Though no official announcement has been made, reports suggest he will join Golden Guardians.

TSM are coming off a year of unfortunate firsts for the organization. This season was the first in which they were unable to collect an NA LCS title and the first time they’ve ever not appeared in the NA LCS finals. It was also the first time they’ve ever failed to reach the World Championship.

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Considering TSM’s history of domestic dominance, many fans have been underwhelmed at the roster news so far, especially with the likes of Team Liquid and 100 Thieves making blockbuster moves to build on rosters that were already more successful than TSM in 2018.

It remains to be seen whether TSM will make any further moves heading into 2019, although the organization did shut down speculation that they might be looking at Echo Fox Jungler Joshua ‘Dardoch’ Hartnett.

TSM’s current starting roster:

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Player Position Previous Team
Sergen ‘Broken Blade’ Çelik Top Royal Bandits
Jonathon ‘Grig‘ Armao Jungle TSM
Søren ‘Bjergsen‘ Bjerg Mid TSM
Jesper ‘Zven‘ Svenningsen AD Carry TSM
Andy ‘Smoothie‘ Ta Support Echo Fox
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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.