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TSM’s Bjergsen explains how NA can improve after EU stomps Rift Rivals

Published: 5/Jul/2019 8:07 Updated: 5/Jul/2019 9:20

by Joe O'Brien


TSM League of Legends pro Soren ‘Bjergsen’ Bjerg explained how North American teams can improve following a convincing defeat by Europe at Rift Rivals 2019.

The top teams from the LCS, Team Liquid, Cloud9, and TSM, faced off against the LEC’s G2 Esports, Origen, and Fnatic at Rift Rivals 2019, and the results weren’t encouraging for North America.


Only Team Liquid seemed capable of really going head-to-head with Europe’s best, with all three EU teams – not just MSI finalists and LEC Spring Champions G2 – looking very comfortable against TSM and Cloud9.

By the time EU secured victory in the competition, NA had only claimed a total of four game wins, with three of them coming from TL and one from TSM, a win over Fnatic. In the aftermath of the tournament, TSM’s star mid-laner spoke to Travis Gafford about how TSM and NA can improve moving forward.

Riot GamesThe LEC dominated Rift Rivals 2019 against the LCS.

For TSM, Bjergsen highlights consistency as a key area the team needs to work on in order to avoid early deficits that make it incredibly difficult to secure victory.

“We have a lot of things to work on, especially with consistency. I mean in half of our games we didn’t even get out of the first minutes of the game without being down thousands of gold.”

Bjergsen also weighed in on the idea that European teams were “trolling” during Rift Rivals. With the EU teams pulling out a variety of unconventional picks and strategies, many feel they weren’t even playing at their best during the tournament.


While Bjergsen agrees there might have been a little bit of showboating, he feels that some of strategies were simply teams being creative. This is something he feels North American teams can learn from, as it makes the drafting phase much more difficult for opponents to successfully navigate.

“I don’t necessarily think that the crazy picks are what makes EU better, but it’s definitely something you have to respect in draft, and it feels like they can play so many different things. You can see four different champions but you don’t know where any of these champions are going. Especially against a team like G2, it’s really hard to draft against. I think that it’s definitely motivating the NA teams to be more flexible in the draft.”

Despite the poor results, Bjergsen considers Rift Rivals to have been a valuable experience, as being convincingly beaten leaves TSM with plenty to learn and improve from.


TSM currently sits tied with three other teams for second place in the LCS Summer Split, with five weeks of the regular season still to play. While the team will undoubtedly be looking to reclaim their domestic title, it seems more than ever this year that a good showing at the World Championship is the real goal for teams looking to prove themselves.


Hashinshin claims FBI cleared him of sexual harassment allegations

Published: 8/Oct/2020 4:00

by Andrew Amos


Popular League of Legends streamer Robert ‘Hashinshin’ Brotz has claimed the FBI investigated him over allegations he was sexually harassing minors, and cleared him of any wrongdoing. He was permanently banned on Twitch over the claims.

Hashinshin was ostracized from the League of Legends community back in July, after claims the 30-year-old Twitch streamer sexually harassed underage girls by abusing his platform of power.


Other popular content creators, like Joedat ‘Voyboy’ Esfahani, stated that “Hashinshin is a manipular, predator, and worst of all [a] pedophile who used his platform to abuse so many underage girls over the years.”

However, the disgraced streamer has claimed he was investigated by the FBI and cleared of all wrongdoing.


“There has been an FBI investigation into me, and I have neither been jailed or charged with a crime. Some of you might not believe that. I have a freedom of information request [to prove my innocence publicly], but that can take up to a year,” Brotz said in a October 7 statement.

Numerous women came forward stories in July of Hashinshin grooming them while they were underage. However, Hashinshin has always maintained his innocence, claiming these stories were false, and that many of those who came forward have since deleted their statements.

He also stated that he was potentially looking into suing some of the alleged victims for defamation, stating they did a “public assessment of [his] character” that distorted what people thought of him.


“I was going to sue Alli for defamation ⁠— and I probably should have ⁠— but Alli is not a victim, and people started getting these really distorted views on what was happening,” he said, referring to one of the victims.

“Things aren’t as they seem, regardless of what they seem. I’m not a rich and powerful figure. They didn’t find that I did anything. I think a lot of this was a public assessment of my character, and a lot of people did this because they didn’t like me.

“I’ve been working on bettering myself over the last two years, and I think I’ve become a better person overall. It hurts a lot…to see all these people denying that.”


Brotz claimed that while he believed his accusers weren’t “all terrible people,” they betrayed his trust. He also said that while he believes they should apologize, he hopes no one in the community attacks them. He just wants to “go back to living a normal life.”

“I thought these were nice people, I thought I could trust them and work with them. That’s why my response to this was all sh*tty because I shouldn’t really have trusted anyone. I don’t think they’re all terrible people, but things really escalated,” he said.


“I don’t want anyone to attack them. I just want to go back to living a normal life. I just want to exist peacefully, and I hope people can start letting me do that. I hope this can change their minds in some way.”

Hashinshin remains permanently banned on Twitch despite his attempts to clear this name. He has also lost his Twitch partnership, and has instead moved to streaming on YouTube.