League of Legends

TSM owner Reginald under fire for comments about LCS import rule

Published: 20/Feb/2021 11:43

by Luke Edwards


TSM owner Andy ‘Reginald’ Dinh was criticized after he said Cloud9 League of Legends support Philippe ‘Vulcan’ Laflamme would be “out of a job” if every LCS team abandoned the tournament, amid controversy over import rules.

The LCS import rule discussion is a tale as old as the tournament itself. In order to ensure NA talent receives proper attention and development, LCS teams are limited to only two import slots in their squad, meaning three of their five players must be North America or Oceania residents.

However, a series of interviews by journalist Travis Gafford revealed a large proportion of LCS team owners were in favor of changing or scrapping the rule, resulting in substantial backlash from the League community.

Cloud9’s Vulcan echoed this criticism. He tweeted: “If you want a full import team, go buy a team in that region?”

TSM owner and founder Reginald hit back at Vulcan, suggesting the Canadian would be left unemployed if LCS owners decided to pack their bags and move their teams to other regions.

“Ignorant tweet,” Reginald said. “If every LCS team left the LCS — you’ll be out of a job buddy and probably be paid minimum.”

Vulcan wasn’t happy. He replied: “You saying I’d work at McDonalds man?”

Other major figures in the LoL Esports scene got involved too, with LEC caster Christy ‘Ender’ Frierson referencing Reginald’s legendary 2013 Twisted Fate performance vs Dignitas. He said: “This is the blue card of Twitter takes.”

LCS shoutcaster Clayton ‘CaptainFlowers’ Raynes joked about TSM’s torrid Worlds 2020 performance, as he said: “This tweet went 0-6.”

Former LCS jungler Christian ‘IWillDominate’ Rivera backed Vulcan as a “world class player”, while G2 owner Carlos ‘Ocelote’ Rodriguez’ labeled Reginald’s comment as “one dumb f***ing take”.

Why do LCS team owners want the import rule removed?

When interviewed by Travis Gafford, Cloud9 owner Jack Etienne supported the removal of the rule on the grounds that he wants to more readily develop talent from regions other than NA. He said: “I am not a fan of the import rule.

“I want to support young players who are passionate, skilled and want to work hard no matter where they are born, so I want [the rule] to go away.”

Like Team Liquid owner Steve ‘Liquid112’ Arhancet, Etienne is keen to ensure investment in young NA talent remains a priority. “If we were to go down that path, I would want it mandated that every team needs to increase their investment in the Academy and amateur scene,” he added.

However, casters, fans and players are largely against the idea. Former Curse and Dignitas pro player Joedat ‘Voyboy’ Esfahani shared his concerns about more teams like LMQ — a team composed entirely of Chinese players who qualified for 2014 Worlds through the NA LCS — being created.

This, in a concern echoed by many others, would potentially undermine the purpose of the LCS as a regional league.

“If this goes through, what happens to the pipeline of NA dreams and talent?” he said.

Whether the import rule will be scrapped remains to be seen, but Riot has a big job on its hands to solve this rift between team owners and LCS fans & players alike.


Valorant Champions Tour Stage 1 Challengers 2 EU and NA: Envy 3-0’s Sentinels in Finals

Published: 23/Feb/2021 21:34 Updated: 23/Feb/2021 22:29

by Andrew Amos


With Challengers 1 out of the way, Valorant Champions Tour Stage 1 is continuing with Challengers 2 in Europe and North America. With Masters spots on the line, be sure to tune into the action across the coming days.

  • Envy take a 3-0 win against Sentinels in the Grand Finals.
  • Envy only dropped 1 map in the entire Challengers 2 run.
  • Alliance and NiP are the first to qualify for EU Masters after beating Wave and G2.

Challengers 1 in the Valorant Champions Tour is now behind us. This event marked the first step in global competition for the year but this past weekend was all about North America and Europe. Now, Challengers 2 is underway, and the first spots at the end-of-stage Masters tournament is up for grabs.

If the event calendar has you a little baffled, then check out our comprehensive explainer right here. If you’re looking to get up-to-speed with global coverage, our dedicated global hub has all of the info you’ll need! For now, here’s a complete rundown on the NA and EU competition.

VCT Stage 1: Stream

VCT Stage 1 NA: schedule and results

Future events

  • Challengers 3: March 3 – 7
  • Masters: March 13 – 21

Past events

  • Challengers 1: February 4 – 7
Place Team Prize money
1st Sentinels $20,000
2nd Immortals $10,000
3rd Luminosity Gaming $7,000
4th XSET $5,000
5th-6th Team Envy $3,000
Gen.G Esports $3,000
7th-8th NRG $1,000
Andbox $1,000

As action got underway, two teams were quickly knocked out of the running. Both Andbox along with NRG were eliminated without having won a map. Meanwhile, it was Immortals who blitzed through the upper bracket, taking down XSET, Gen.G, and Luminosity on their path to the Grand Finals.

There they would meet Sentinels who had already been put through the wringer. Having lost their first matchup, Sentinels had to win four consecutive series to complete the lower bracket run. In the ultimate rebound, they pulled it off and took out Immortals 3-1 in the closing showdown to cement their place atop NA.

  • Challengers 2: February 20 – 23
Place Team Prize money
1st Team Envy $20,000
2nd Sentinels $10,000
3rd Immortals $7,000
4th XSET $5,000
5th-6th Luminosity Gaming $3,000
100 Thieves $3,000
7th-8th FaZe Clan $1,000
Gen.G Esports $1,000

Top teams like FaZe Clan and 100 Thieves once again struggled in Challengers, failing to make deep runs to qualify for Masters. But the event saw teams like XSET and Immortals get through to the next stage of VCT.

The biggest headline was Envy’s incredible run throughout the upper bracket. The team only dropped one map in their campaign, beating the likes of XSET, Sentinels, Immortals, and a 3-0 win in their rematch with Sentinels in the Grand Finals.

VCT Stage 1 Europe: schedule and results

Future events

  • Challengers 3: March 4 – 7
  • Masters: March 12 – 21

Past events

  • Challengers 1: February 4 – 7
Place Team Prize money
1st Ninjas In Pyjamas €4,375
2nd Monkey Business (now OG) €4,375
3rd Wave Esports €4,375
4th FunPlus Phoenix €4,375
5th-6th G2 Esports
Guild Esports
7th-8th Fnatic
Team Liquid

On the European side of things, teams only had to play one match each to lock in their spot at Challengers Stage 2. Some big upsets came through during these matches as a number of huge names were knocekd out by relative underdogs.

G2 Esports, Guild Esports, Liquid, and Fnatic’s brand new Valorant team were all taken out of the EU tournament. Instead, it was FunPlus Phoenix, Wave Esports, Ninjas In Pyjamas, and an orgless team in Monkey Business, that closed the show as winners.

  • Challengers 2: February 18 – 21
Place Team Prize money
1st Alliance €4,375
2nd Ninjas in Pyjamas €4,375
3rd FunPlus Phoenix €4,375
4th Team Heretics €4,375
5th-8th Wave Esports
G2 Esports

Yet again Challengers 2 of the Valorant Champions Tour EU saw some familiar faces suffer some similar losses. With G2 Esports and Fnatic failing yet again to make it into the top four, we saw some of the scene’s rising stars dominate instead.

With Alliance topping the charts after failing to make Challengers 1, they move onto the Masters with NiP, FPX and Team Heretics.

Valorant Champions Tour: Format

  • Teams battle through three separate stages throughout the year.
  • Each stage is comprised of three Challenger events, which feed into one Masters event.
  • Masters events are where teams earn points to qualify for the Champions event.
  • 16 of the world’s best will go head-to-head in Valorant Champions to determine Future Earth’s first global champ!
Valorant Champions Tour calendar
Riot Games
The VCT promises to be a year-long Valorant fiesta!