TSM Bjergsen "embarrassed" as they're humiliated 0-6 at LoL Worlds 2020 - Dexerto
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TSM Bjergsen “embarrassed” as they’re humiliated 0-6 at LoL Worlds 2020

Published: 10/Oct/2020 14:16 Updated: 10/Oct/2020 14:17

by Calum Patterson

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Team SoloMid have been eliminated from the League of Legends World Championship 2020 with an abysmal 0-6 record in the group stage, the first time a top seed has ever gone winless at the biggest event on the LoL esports calendar.

It’s been a poor showing from NA teams overall at Worlds, with Team Liquid also bowing out in groups. However, the TSM rivals had a much more respectable 3-3 record overall after their six group matches, compared to TSM’s 0-6.

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While Team Liquid only narrowly missed out on a tie-breaker opportunity, after Suning beat G2, TSM were not even close, and it now begs the question, once again, where the LCS really stands in the scheme of great LoL regions.

After the loss that sealed their fate, TSM cited “a turbulent year and roster changes in the summer,” but remain proud of their LCS Spring Split victory.

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TSM legend Bjergsen kept his reaction to the finish short and sweet, simply writing “embarrassing…”

Of course, their 0-6 finish has inevitably spawned a meme all on its own. The reaction on social media has been expectedly tongue-in-cheek.

European rivals G2 Esports were among the first to get in on the action, joking, “Crazy to think it’s been 3 years since TSM last played at Worlds.”

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Fnatic, who are on course to top the group which TSM has been annihilated in, also got in on the action (albeit on their dedicated memes account).

Analysts highlighted the history-making TSM have achieved, although certainly not how they would have liked to. It’s the first time a top seed has bowed out without a single win. As pointed out by Mark Zimmerman, the last time a top seed performed so poorly was Flash Wolves in 2017 – whose solitary win actually came against TSM.

But, on a more serious not, it now begs the question of where the LCS stands for future Worlds events. The poor showing, not just from TSM but from other NA teams, could risk the league not receiving a top seed spot next year.

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The discussion about the LCS’ viability as a top tier region will only be spurred on by this TSM exit, while some will argue that these were just freak results, and not indicative of the region’s quality as a whole.

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Astralis fined by Riot Games after LEC investigation

Published: 13/Oct/2020 14:27 Updated: 13/Oct/2020 14:33

by Calum Patterson

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Danish esports organization Astralis must pay a €5,000 fine, and must fulfill new requirements, Riot Games has ruled after an investigation into the team’s missing salary payments to players, and the actions of the team’s general manager.

LEC Commissioner Maximillian Peter Schmidt said that “multiple Astralis Team Members had reached out to the League reporting missing salary payments as well as conduct unbecoming of an LEC Team Manager by the interim Astralis General Manager.”

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The LEC investigation found that the missing salary payments were “tied to the specifics of the Danish jurisdiction and human error.”

“Astralis was fully cooperative and swiftly resolved the matter,” the ruling continues. “The League confirmed all missing payments have now been received by the Team Members.”

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Astralis previously played under the Origen brand in the LEC, until rebranding in September.

However, the investigation also found that “the Astralis GM exhibited conduct unbecoming of an LEC Team Manager including the misrepresentation of certain contract terms with the Team Members and a singular instance of verbal misconduct.”

The GM in question is not named. Astralis’s former GM, Martin ‘Deficio’ Lynge, who was there when the team went by Origen in the LEC, left at the same time as the rebranding was announced, back in September.

In addition to the €5,000 fine, Astralis must now meet four extra requirements as an organization in the LEC:

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  • Astralis is required to establish and communicate a direct avenue which Team Members can use to report potential grievances towards the Astralis ownership group.
  • Astralis is required to establish an on-boarding program for their Team Members including an outline of the above as well as an overview of Danish vacation pay and tax/payment/EasyID requirements.
  • The League will schedule check-in calls with all Team Members in the 2021 Season to ensure the above has been executed.
  • Astralis and their General Manager will be officially warned for conduct unbecoming of an LEC Team Manager as we consider the LEC organizations responsible for the actions of their employees.

At the time of writing, Astralis has not commented publicly on the LEC’s ruling.

The organization is best known for its CS:GO team, and rebranded their FIFA and LoL teams to unify the brand under the Astralis banner.