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Team SoloMid reportedly revamping LCS bot lane with Kobbe, Biofrost

Published: 19/Nov/2019 5:11 Updated: 2/Nov/2020 10:37

by Isaac McIntyre

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Team SoloMid is reportedly looking to revamp their bot lane ahead of LCS 2020 Spring with another major European import and an old fan-favorite, to replace departing stars Jesper ‘Zven’ Svenningsen and Andy ‘Smoothie’ Ta.

LCS champion support Vincent ‘Biofrost’ Wang, who was released by Counter Logic Gaming on November 18, is set to re-join TSM after a two-year tenure away from the organization where he thrice lifted the North American trophy.

Biofrost first played for TSM alongside league superstars like Søren ‘Bjergsen’ Bjerg, Yiliang ‘Doublelift’ Peng, and Dennis ‘Svenskeren’ Johnsen. That former lineup dominated the LCS, winning three consecutive titles in 2016 and 2017.

Biofrost is reportedly preparing for his TSM return.

Following two relatively poor showings at Worlds — 9th-12th both times — however, TSM owner Andy ‘Reginald’ Dinh blew up the championship roster, keeping only Bjergsen and Kevin ‘Hauntzer’ Yarnell under the org’s banner for 2018.

For Doublelift, the move was an immediate success. He marched on to four consecutive titles with Team Liquid, though international success still eluded him.

Biofrost, on the other hand, dropped into a mid-table battle with CLG, and after two years fighting for playoffs, it appears the Canadian superstar is returning to the black and white trim of his first LCS roster to take another crack at the title.

Biofrost forged an LCS dynasty with his former TSM roster in 2016 and 2017.

Joining the returning TSM star in the bot lane will be Worlds quarterfinalist and veteran Splyce commander Kasper ‘Kobbe’ Kobberup, ESPN’s Jacob Wolf reported on the opening day of the global League of Legends signing period.

After the perceived failure of European duo Zven and Alfonso ‘mithy’ Aguirre Rodríguez — who has now retired and is set to coach Fnatic in 2020 for TSM in 2018, many fans may be nervous about importing another star from the LEC.

Zven failed to make his mark after his big-money move from Europe to TSM.

Kobbe may face a hard road to show fans he’s worth the pick-up for the organization that has previously prided itself as one of North America’s most dominant teams, but he’s no stranger to having to prove himself in his career.

The 23-year-old has spent the last four years playing for the Vipers, and attended Worlds in 2016 and 2019. He has contested a single EU LCS final, losing 3-1 to G2 Esports, and finished top-eight in their last international campaign.

Kobbe earned more international experience against teams like SKT and FPX at Worlds.

While Kobbe and Biofrost will step out onto the Rift alongside Bjergsen and BrokenBlade in 2020, TSM’s jungler situation has not yet been resolved.

The team boasts jungle trio Matthew ‘Akaadian’ Higginbotham, Jonathan ‘Grig’ Armao, and Mingyi ‘Spica’ Lu on their roster, but the org is expected to look outwards for a solution to their highly-publicized struggles to replace Svenskeren since his departure two years ago.

With TSM set to pick up Kobbe, Zven was also left as a free agent for 2020. The former G2 champion has allegedly already found a home, however, with Cloud9 reportedly in discussions with the Dane to fill the hole that will be left by Zachary ‘Sneaky’ Scuderi stepping away from professional LoL.

Keep track of all of League of Legends’ ongoing news and transfers with Dexerto’s dedicated offseason roster tracker.

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T1 & LS respond to League of Legends coach controversy

Published: 24/Nov/2020 14:02 Updated: 24/Nov/2020 14:05

by Lauren Bergin

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Both Nick ‘LS’ De Cesare and T1 have responded to the mass backlash against the iconic Korean organization seemingly ignoring LoL fan toxicity.

When Korean League of Legends behemoths T1 by mistake leaked that Nick ‘LS’ De Cesare would be the organization’s new coach, T1 fans went wild.

In a story that has gone viral, die-hard T1 fans have been seen giving LS racial and homophobic abuse online, as well as doxxing his grandmother and sending mysterious packages to her address. For many, T1’s lack of substantial response up until this point has been considered as them condoning the abuse, and the controversy has caused many a fan to stray away from the T1 fold.

So while it’s taken some time, both parties have finally spoken out on the situation in an attempt to clarify what has been happening behind the scenes.

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One of the most famous pictures from this event is of a T1 fan’s van being parked outside T1’s HQ demanding LS’ removal.

T1 apologizes

A lengthy apology was released via Twitlonger from CEO Joe Marsh regarding the LS situation on November 24. The document is largely an apology towards the T1 fanbase for not speaking out quicker, and in turn, allowing the fans to be slandered and attacked by the press.

Marsh claims that T1 fans and South Koreans, in general, have been made victims of “unfair generalizations about their cultures, moral, and character” due to being “accused of harassing LS.” Additionally, the apology covers the unacceptable abuse towards LS that had been left on the organization’s discord, apologizing to the fans for any upset these may have caused.

T1 player Lee ‘Effort’ Sang-ho also receives T1’s condolences, as T1 did not come to his defense after the LS news was leaked accidentally on his stream.

However, most League of Legends fans were concerned with LS, who only gets mentioned at the end of the Twitlonger in a paragraph that reads as more interested in appeasing the fans than addressing any abuse and doxxing. While Marsh confirms that a “police report” has been filed regarding the package sent to LS’ mother, there seems to be very little apology directed only to LS.

LS’ video response

In a 14-minute long YouTube video, LS addresses the T1 situation and his future with the organization. While he had initially been chosen to join the T1 content creation team, questions were asked whether or not he would like to move up to the role as a coach.

While expressing that it would be a dream come true, LS clarifies that he was happier with the content role.

He expresses his apologies for any previous support of bbq Olivers’ Sebastian ‘Malice’ Edholm’s racist remarks, noting that he had not seen the messages containing the offensive comments before he endorsed the player. As a man living in South Korea who calls it home, it’s clear LS would never knowingly have participated in defending racism despite T1 fans claiming otherwise.

As for the future, LS has chosen to remain in Korea. He states that “for all the years that teams wanted me to leave Korea and go coach elsewhere or join a different org, or join different teams; one thing’s always remained true and that’s that I love Korea and I don’t want to leave here. T1 is going to enable me to be able to do everything I’ve always wanted to do and more.”

So while this may not be the dramatic response that many fans were hoping for, LS seems prepared for a bright future regardless.