TSM bench Biofrost for Academy star Treatz after 0-2 LCS weekend - Dexerto
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TSM bench Biofrost for Academy star Treatz after 0-2 LCS weekend

Published: 15/Jul/2020 19:13 Updated: 15/Jul/2020 19:18

by Alan Bernal

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Team SoloMid are making mid-split changes to their LCS roster by benching Vincent ‘Biofrost’ Wang in favor of Academy team standout Erik ‘Treatz’ Wessén.

The org announced the move on July 15, which will signal the LCS-debut for one of the Academy leagues’ up-and-coming stars. Meanwhile, Biofrost will take Treatz’s place on the development team after coming off an underwhelming performance in Week 5.

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For one of the most storied franchises in the league, TSM have a high bar of expectations, regardless of the lineup they field. Going into the league’s fifth week of play, TSM brandished a 6-2 record before slipping in consecutive games against league-leaders Cloud9 (9-1) and bottom of the table Immortals (2-8).

In a team environment, losses don’t fall on one player’s shoulders – but the delicate power-struggle in the league after five weeks could have been enough for Head Coach ‘Parth’ Naidu to make the switch.

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Biofrost Support player for TSM in LCS
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Biofrost will play in the Academy team for the time being.

In the two losses to diametrically opposed competition, Biofrost notched a 0.5 KDA in the separate encounters on Bard and Tahm Kench.

That’s not to say Treatz doesn’t deserve the promotion: Lately, he’s been a force in the Academy scene with his latest performance on Nautilus netting him a 20 KDA with a 1/1/19 scoreline.

Prior to that, he’s been a constant boon for TSM’s Academy side who are working with an 8-2 record. He’s shown his prowess on frontlining champs like Braum and Tahm Kench or proactive playmakers in Rakan and Thresh.

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Though TSM have an over .500 record to show for in the first round robin stage, the league as a whole is prepped for a shakedown of its ladder with only two wins separating third place from seventh.

“Lane kingdom with [Yiliang ‘Doublelift’ Peng] incoming,” Treatz said after the announcement. “Excited and confident for this opportunity and will give it my all.”

Teams like 100 Thieves (4-6), Immortals, as well as Dignitas (2-8) have shown glimmers of brilliance on the Rift after promoting players from their respective Academy pools, and TSM might be looking to replicate that surge.

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Doublelift has already been queuing up in matchmaking with his new lane partner Treatz, and should have some synergy to work off of when they square up against 100T on Friday, July 17 at 6 PM PST / 9 PM PST / 2 AM BST followed by Flyquest (5-5) on Saturday July 18, at 3 PM PST / 6 PM PST / 11 PM BST.

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CoD streamers slam Warzone star WarsZ for “pathetic” K/D tanking

Published: 8/Oct/2020 1:16

by Theo Salaun

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Call of Duty: Warzone stars continue to call each other out – this time Tommey is joined by HusKerrs and others in critiquing multi-event champion, WarsZ, for manipulating tournament Kill-Death Ratio (K/D) caps by tanking his account.

With more and more money being piled into Warzone tournaments, the stakes are higher than ever and competitors are understandably adamant about integrity. Many of these competitions have turned to K/D caps, as a way to limit good players from forming super squads that’ll end up dominating the opposition.

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Following earlier condemnations from top streamers like NICKMERCS and Aydan about others gaming the K/D cap limits, Tommey has exposed WarsZ in particular for allegedly partaking in the unfair practice.

Tommey, a former Call of Duty League player and multi-time Warzone champion, did not hesitate to single out WarsZ for a suspicious drop in his kill-death ration just ahead of this week’s leg of the $210,000 Vikkstar Warzone Showdown. 

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Although the caps have been instituted in tournaments to provide for better parity among teams, they can also be manipulated by purposefully delivering uncharacteristically poor performances.

WarsZ has won six Warzone championships across different tournaments, so Tommey’s linked image of the streamer having double-digit zero-kill matches in the past few days is particularly damning.

“People seem to be scared of the repercussions but I’m fed up with the bulls**t,” Tommey tweeted, tagging the rival competitor directly while calling the alleged tanking “pathetic.”

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As for WarsZ’s response, it was not well-received. Suggesting that this notable drop in K/D was spurred by having his “girl” play on his account, a variety of notable Warzone competitors slammed the excuse. Among those wast renowned multi-time champion, HusKerrs, who replied simply, “Brother, c’mon now… nobody is buying that.”

Popular streamer DougisRaw also chimed in, mocking the excuse for how obviously the screenshot goes against the idea of letting an inexperienced player drop in for some games: “Damn, your girl plays solo squads. She’s cracked.”

 

While none of the allegations can be proven, many seem dissatisfied with WarsZ’s excuse and believes it is unfair to competitors like Jukeyz and others who were unable to snag tournament spots because of their high K/D.

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It must be noted, as Tommey mentioned in the tweet above, that Vikkstar’s tournament technically doesn’t prohibit such a tactic, so while WarsZ isn’t breaking any rules, it’s fair to say that the rest of the big-name competitors don’t think too highly of it.

It remains to be seen if other tournaments will begin following NICKMERCS in the way he runs his MFAM Gauntlets, monitoring participants’ past in-game performances to make sure that they’re not trying to circumvent the K/D cap.

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