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Voyboy responds after Doublelift calls him out for praising “toxic” Tyler1

Published: 30/May/2020 16:40 Updated: 30/May/2020 16:46

by Daniel Cleary


TSM star Yilliang ‘Doublelift’ Peng has criticized Joedat ‘Voyboy’ Esfahani over his support for Tyler ‘Tyler1’ Steinkamp’s jungle-only challenge in League of Legends.

Tyler1 recently achieved the prestigious challenger rank in his Jungle-only challenge, after declaring it the easiest role in League of Legends Season 10. He bet against fellow streamers that he could level an unranked account up to the top of the region, despite normally playing as a bot laner.

After a couple of months of playing, Tyler1 finally completed the challenge. However, when Twitch star Voyboy congratulated Tyler1 on his achievement in the new role, LCS veteran Doublelift was quick to respond, revealing some of his issues with the popular LoL content creators.

During his May 29 Twitch broadcast, Doublelift explained that, while he was impressed with Tyler1’s latest climb, he felt as if Voyboy was acting “hypocritical” for showing his friend support following his recent complaints.

“Tyler’s challenger thing is pretty cool, I thought it was pretty funny that Voyboy retweeted him though,” the star ADC revealed, before calling out the two popular LoL personalities.

Doublelift highlighted that Voyboy has been quite vocal about the state of Solo Queue matches in NA and has made multiple videos addressing the issues and calling on Riot to make some changes.

“Voy is the one who’s like, ‘League Solo Q people leave and troll, they’re really toxic, its the worst it’s ever been’,” he explained before labeling Tyler1 as a prime example of toxicity in Solo Q.

“Why are you praising the guy who’s extremely toxic and embodies what you hate in Solo Q” he continued, “which is people who leave, [intentionally feed], and everything you’re talking about. It’s super hypocritical.”

Voyboy later responded to Doublelift’s comments on stream claiming that he has called Tyler1 out in the past over his behavior and that he does not support all of his actions.

“You have to understand that I have called out Tyler before […] I don’t just blindly support Tyler because he’s my long time friend,” he responded, “You can’t say that me celebrating the accomplishment of one of my friends is the same.”

Voyboy added that while Tyler1 has gotten better over the years, he felt as if some of the criticism he got for his Tweet was unfair, explaining, “I’m legitimately proud of Tyler, he’s still my friend even if he does stuff that I don’t approve of. I don’t think that makes me a hypocrite.”

Tyler1 has still yet to respond to any of the comments made by Doublelift and Voyboy and has not streamed on Twitch since doubling down on the challenge earlier in the month.

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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.