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Tyler1 reveals Team Liquid offered him a spot after his LoL ban

Published: 23/Sep/2020 15:02 Updated: 23/Sep/2020 17:09

by Daniel Cleary

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Twitch star Tyler ‘tyler1’ Steinkamp revealed that Team Liquid offered him the chance to compete as a League of Legends pro in the LCS Academy, following his infamous ban in 2017.

While Tyler1 is one of the most popular League of Legends personalities for his highly entertaining Twitch streams, there was a time when he was permanently banned from Riot’s MOBA.

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After receiving bans on 22 unique League of Legends accounts in the run-up to 2016, Riot Games issued him with a permanent ban from playing the game on stream, citing “a well-documented history of account bans for verbal abuse” as the reason behind their decision.

However, following his massive rise in other games like PUBG, Riot eventually lifted the ban in late 2017, which led to a record-breaking return stream for the star, catapulting him to where he is now.

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Tyler1 is one of the most-watched League of Legends streamers.

Despite his current success, Tyler1 revealed that he could have taken a different career path entirely after his League of Legends ban was lifted. On September 22, Steinkamp revealed that he was previously offered a spot on an LCS Academy roster.

While watching the Twitch Rivals tournament with fellow League of Legends streamer Julian ‘Tarzaned’ Farokhian, the pair discussed their previous team offers and Tarzaned revealed he had offers to join both CLG and Team Liquid’s Academy rosters.

Tyler1 followed up by admitting they had something in common, revealing he had also been approached by Team Liquid in 2017, “Do you what’s funny actually? TL wanted me to play for their academy too.”

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“No, I swear to god, it was a couple of years ago before I was even unbanned, but I was about to get unbanned,” T1 revealed, before he opted out of sharing further details on his stream.

He has recently attempted to make it to Challenger in both the Top and Jungle position but, as a bot laner, Tyler1 would have been consistently ranked as a Challenger on the North American ladder and was particularly known for his skills on his signature Draven pick.

Despite going toe-to-toe with LCS pros in his Solo Q matches, it is likely that Tyler1 declined the offer to continue pursuing his streaming career. His record-breaking Twitch return saw him shatter the platform’s concurrent viewer record, although it has since been beaten.

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With Team Liquid producing stars like Edward ‘Tactical’ Ra, who has risen from the academy roster, replacing Yilliang ‘Doublelift’ Peng as the starting ADC and qualifying for Worlds 2020, fans can only speculate how Tyler1’s pro career might have turned out, if he was in that same position.

League of Legends

Fnatic players crushed as TES wins first-ever reverse sweep at Worlds

Published: 17/Oct/2020 17:04

by Luke Edwards

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Fnatic fell to the first reverse sweep in League of Legends Worlds history, as Top Esports came back from the dead to win their quarterfinal series 3-2.

The world was stunned after Fnatic took the first two games, given Top’s status as the tournament favorite, but Europe’s sweethearts couldn’t finish the job.

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Fnatic took the first two games emphatically. Despite TES taking minor early gold leads in both games, Fnatic ultimately had the upper hand in teamfights, with Rekkles and Hylissang the standout performers in both of their wins.

But from game three, from the brink of elimination, Top dominated. They took Karsa off Jarvan and gave him Lee Sin and Nidalee: two high-mobility, early-game orientated junglers.

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The impact was evident as Fnatic started losing early skirmishes, with Karsa putting down a combined 17/2/22 KDA across the final three games.

Fnatic has fallen at the quarterfinal hurdle for the second consecutive year after last year’s loss to eventual champions FunPlus Phoenix. TES will be hoping to follow FPX’s footsteps in next week’s semifinal against LPL third seed Suning.

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Post-series reactions to FNC vs TES

Fnatic’s devastated top laner Bwipo tweeted after the series, to take blame on his shoulders. “A better top lane could have taken care of at least one more win.”

Jungler Selfmade simply wrote “such a shame.”

Of course, it wouldn’t be League of Legends without someone reveling in Fnatic’s disappointment. LEC rivals G2 Esports tweeted Ocelote’s stunning presidential speech:

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G2 now remains the West’s only hope ahead of their series against LCK third seed Gen.G tomorrow.

And while Fnatic may have lost, LoL Esports definitely didn’t. The series brought in some incredible ratings:

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Given nobody even expected them to take one game from Top, let alone two, Fnatic bows out of this tournament with their reputation enhanced.

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