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The final major region qualifiers for the 2018 LoL World Championship are confirmed

Published: 17/Sep/2018 16:04 Updated: 17/Sep/2018 16:29

by Joe O'Brien

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Regional Qualifiers in the major regions have determined the final teams that will attend the 2018 World Championships.

The three teams representing Korea’s LCK, China’s LPL, and the European and North American LCS have now been locked in.

In the North American qualifier, Summer Split runners-up Cloud9 secured the spot at Worlds, completing an incredible turn-around from being dead last earlier in the season and joining Team Liquid and 100 Thieves at the World Championship. Notably, Team SoloMid will not appear at Worlds for the first time in the history of the event.

In Europe, however, Summer Split runners-up FC Schalke 04 weren’t able to make it through, losing to a resurgent G2 Esports despite the latter having had an underwhelming 5th-6th finish in the Summer playoffs. They join Fnatic and Vitality as Europe’s representatives.

Likewise, the second-place team in LCK Summer, Griffin, was denied a place at the World Championship. Gen.G Esports, who won Worlds in 2017 as Samsung Galaxy, made their way through SK Telecom, Griffin, and Kingzone DragonX to claim a spot alongside KT Rolster and Afreeca Freecs at Worlds, earning a chance to defend their title.

Finally, EDward Gaming locked in the final spot from the LPL, marking their fifth consecutive appearance at the World Championship. Though EDG has had an underwhelming domestic season by their high standards, they were able to defeat JD Gaming and Rogue Warriors to claim the Regional Qualifier.

Only the LCK, which has produced the champions of the last five World Championships and also the runners-up of the last three, is guaranteed three spots in the Group Stage. The Regional Qualifiers from other leagues, therefore, will have to fight through the play-in to advance to the main event.

The LMS is the only league that still has a spot up for grabs at Worlds, with Flash Wolves and MAD Team already locked in. Other than the LMS Regional Qualifier, all of the other teams at the 2018 World Championship, both Group Stage and Play-In, are now confirmed.

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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.