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TSM’s jungle woes continue heading into LCS 2019 Spring Split

Published: 14/Jan/2019 14:46 Updated: 14/Jan/2019 15:42

by Joe O'Brien

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Team SoloMid’s jungle difficulties look set to continue into 2019, as the team announced Jonathan ‘Grig’ Armao would be unable to compete at the start of the Spring Split.

Due to wrist issues for Grig, the starting Jungle spot will instead be filled by Matthew ‘Akaadian’ Higginbotham, who was expected to play for the team’s Academy squad after being signed in December 2018.

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To replace Akaadian on the Academy team, TSM have also announced the addition of Gabriel ‘Fanatiik’ Saucier.

TSM are coming off their weakest season to date. Once the dominant force of the NA LCS, 2018 saw the first grand final without TSM. It was the first year they were unable to lift the trophy at all, and also the first time the organization has not appeared at the World Championship.

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LoL Esports2018 was a year of disappointments for Team SoloMid.

Struggles in the jungle were what many pointed to as being a key factor in TSM wider difficulties in 2018, with would-be star Jungler Michael ‘MikeYeung’ Yeung often unable to perform under pressure. Grig, who had joined the organization to play on the Academy team in Spring 2018, was ultimately moved to the LCS roster for Summer in an effort to shore up the position.

Despite the change, many still identified the jungle as one of the weaker points for TSM. To the surprise of many fans, however, the team opted not to make changes in the Jungle for the start of the 2019 season, instead bringing in fresh blood for the top lane and support.

The 2019 LCS Spring Split will kick off on January 26, with TSM making their debut against 100 Thieves.

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TSM’s starting roster for 2019 Spring:

Player Position Previous
Sergen ‘Broken Blade‘ Çelik Top Royal Bandits
Matthew ‘Akaadian‘ Higginbotham Jungle OpTic Gaming
Søren ‘Bjergsen‘ Bjerg Mid TSM
Jesper ‘Zven‘ Svenningsen AD Carry TSM
Andy ‘Smoothie‘ Ta Support Echo Fox
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Hashinshin claims FBI cleared him of sexual harassment allegations

Published: 8/Oct/2020 4:00

by Andrew Amos

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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.

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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.

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“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.

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“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.”

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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.

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“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.