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Tyler1 declares he’s “the GOAT” after finishing jungle-only LoL challenge

Published: 28/May/2020 6:16 Updated: 28/May/2020 8:04

by Andrew Amos


Tyler ‘Tyler1’ Steinkamp set off on a challenge back in January to climb to Challenger in League playing jungle only to prove a point. After four months, and 1,800 games, the former ADC main has done it.

On January 27, Tyler1 made a statement: “Jungle is the best role in the game played by the worst players.”

He set out on a challenge to prove that “good players” can play jungle, and beat players who have mastered the role for years. Four months, and 1,800 long and arduous games on Summoner’s Rift later, Tyler1’s challenge is finally complete: the former bot lane main officially broke into Challenger on May 27.

Tyler undertook most of the challenge on stream, starting from unranked, before placing into Gold and blitzing his way to Diamond. After there though, things got tricky. He enlisted the services of ranked superstar Tarzaned to help him breakthrough, and it helped.

He took a break from streaming in April to focus full time on climbing up the ranked ladder. With him basically off-the-grid on his grind, the only way people could check in with Tyler was through other streamers facing off against him, or fan accounts following him around.

After finally breaking into Grandmaster at the end of April, it took Tyler a few weeks to crest the final mountain ⁠— Challenger. He did it in an MVP performance too, according to League stats site OP.GG, with a 6/1/19 Ivern game, smashing pro players like Evil Geniuses’ Kumo and 100 Thieves’ Ssumday.

In-game, he typed he was “the GOAT, period.” However, when talking to Tarzaned on stream, he was a bit more reserved. “I don’t even feel excited. It’s just like ‘ok, about f**king time’,” he said.

However, once he learned he was live on-stream, the usual Tyler1 came out. “Yo, I did it,” the streamer screamed. “What’s up yo ⁠— I’m the greatest of all time!”

Tyler1 hit Challenger with a 52% win rate after 1,811 games (947-864) at 434 LP. On his five most played champions ⁠— Olaf, Ivern, Karthus, Jarvan IV, and Lee Sin ⁠— he maintained a winrate between 52% and 57%.

He hasn’t technically hit Challenger yet. Once the ranked ladder updates at the end of the day, it will finally reflect his true rank ⁠— and he should slot in at around rank 300, right on the cusp.

There’s still a long road ahead if he wants to try and challenge for the number one spot though. Currently, it’s held by Cloud9 star Jesper ‘Zven’ Svenningsen. He’s sitting pretty on 1,632 LP, a thousand points more than Tyler1.

However, Tyler1 has proven that anyone can hit Challenger playing jungle. It only took him four months of hard work to prove his doubters wrong, and now it’s just a game of trying to maintain his position on the ladder.

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T1 & LS respond to League of Legends coach controversy

Published: 24/Nov/2020 14:02 Updated: 24/Nov/2020 14:05

by Lauren Bergin


Both Nick ‘LS’ De Cesare and T1 have responded to the mass backlash against the iconic Korean organization seemingly ignoring LoL fan toxicity.

When Korean League of Legends behemoths T1 by mistake leaked that Nick ‘LS’ De Cesare would be the organization’s new coach, T1 fans went wild.

In a story that has gone viral, die-hard T1 fans have been seen giving LS racial and homophobic abuse online, as well as doxxing his grandmother and sending mysterious packages to her address. For many, T1’s lack of substantial response up until this point has been considered as them condoning the abuse, and the controversy has caused many a fan to stray away from the T1 fold.

So while it’s taken some time, both parties have finally spoken out on the situation in an attempt to clarify what has been happening behind the scenes.

One of the most famous pictures from this event is of a T1 fan’s van being parked outside T1’s HQ demanding LS’ removal.

T1 apologizes

A lengthy apology was released via Twitlonger from CEO Joe Marsh regarding the LS situation on November 24. The document is largely an apology towards the T1 fanbase for not speaking out quicker, and in turn, allowing the fans to be slandered and attacked by the press.

Marsh claims that T1 fans and South Koreans, in general, have been made victims of “unfair generalizations about their cultures, moral, and character” due to being “accused of harassing LS.” Additionally, the apology covers the unacceptable abuse towards LS that had been left on the organization’s discord, apologizing to the fans for any upset these may have caused.

T1 player Lee ‘Effort’ Sang-ho also receives T1’s condolences, as T1 did not come to his defense after the LS news was leaked accidentally on his stream.

However, most League of Legends fans were concerned with LS, who only gets mentioned at the end of the Twitlonger in a paragraph that reads as more interested in appeasing the fans than addressing any abuse and doxxing. While Marsh confirms that a “police report” has been filed regarding the package sent to LS’ mother, there seems to be very little apology directed only to LS.

LS’ video response

In a 14-minute long YouTube video, LS addresses the T1 situation and his future with the organization. While he had initially been chosen to join the T1 content creation team, questions were asked whether or not he would like to move up to the role as a coach.

While expressing that it would be a dream come true, LS clarifies that he was happier with the content role.

He expresses his apologies for any previous support of bbq Olivers’ Sebastian ‘Malice’ Edholm’s racist remarks, noting that he had not seen the messages containing the offensive comments before he endorsed the player. As a man living in South Korea who calls it home, it’s clear LS would never knowingly have participated in defending racism despite T1 fans claiming otherwise.

As for the future, LS has chosen to remain in Korea. He states that “for all the years that teams wanted me to leave Korea and go coach elsewhere or join a different org, or join different teams; one thing’s always remained true and that’s that I love Korea and I don’t want to leave here. T1 is going to enable me to be able to do everything I’ve always wanted to do and more.”

So while this may not be the dramatic response that many fans were hoping for, LS seems prepared for a bright future regardless.