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Birdring sparks rumors with cryptic post after OWL Playoff loss

Published: 8/Sep/2019 17:43 Updated: 8/Sep/2019 18:14

by Michael Gwilliam


The future of London Spitfire DPS Ji-hyeok ‘birdring’ Kim may be in jeopardy following his team’s Overwatch League playoff exit at the hands of the San Francisco Shock.  

Birdring was benched for his team’s 4-0 defeat in the losers bracket of the OWL playoffs on September 7. An unprecedented decision that caught many, including caster Christopher ‘MonteCristo’ Mykles off guard.

“London Spitfire the latest team guilty of disappearing one of their key players with no comment or explanation. OWL teams, this has to stop. Where is Birdring?” the former League of Legends commentator asked. 

After the match, Birdring made a cryptic Instagram post and uploaded a blank image.

According to a Google translation, the 20-year-old former champion wrote, “Thank you all for your support, and I’m sorry for the late season, I’ve lost a lot of motivation, and I’m still confused about my future plans. Sorry.” 

If that wasn’t confusing enough, the Korean DPS star even deleted his Twitter account with no explanation.

To add to the speculation, in a now-deleted tweet, the London Spitfire’s social media manager Mateus Portilho said “Imagine getting knocked out of the OWL playoffs because of a kid’s attitude.” The post, however, was screen grabbed and uploaded on Reddit.

C9’s social media manager Mateus Portilho posted this deleted tweet.

While he doesn’t directly mention Birdring, it does raise some eyebrows given everything going on with the organization. 

Last year, the Spitfire emerged victorious as unlikely league champions in part due to Birdring’s excellent play, though MVP honors would go to his teammate, Joon-yeong ‘Profit’ Park. 

Patrick Dodson for Blizzard EntertainmentBirdring and the Spitfire were Overwatch League Season One Champions.

That same season, the hitscan specialist revealed he had been struggling with a wrist injury that occurred after slamming his hand against a desk.

Is Birdring preparing for retirement? Is a trade in the works? Only time will tell as the DPS star takes his time to figure out his future. 


LIVE: LoL 2021 off-season rostermania: all roster changes

Published: 21/Oct/2020 10:19

by Lauren Bergin


As the final of the 2020 League of Legends World Championships draws ever closer, it’s expected that going into 2021 there will be a reshuffle of rosters. Keep your eye on this page as we here at Dexerto compile all the important roster change news.

The 2020 LoL World Championships has certainly seen a wealth of upsets. With behemoths such as Cloud 9, T1, and last year’s champions FunPlus Phoenix (FPX) not even making it into the Championship this year, the LoL community has watched as titans were felled and underdogs have risen to the occasion.

Some of the most notable moments include TSM’s record breaking 0 -6 streak, making them the first even major reason to lose every game on the Worlds stage. While colleagues and fans alike have expressed disappointment, the TSM situation has opened a wider debate on the place of North America in the League of Legends world. If TSM represents the best that America has to offer, some future adjustments are clearly necessary; adjustments that likely take the form of roster changes.

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Is a roster change on the cards for TSM in 2021?

Further upsets included Top Esports’ reverse sweep against European powerhouse Fnatic. While most critics are unanimous that Fnatic’s Worlds performance was sound, questions regarding the performances of Mid Laner Tim ‘Nemesis’ Lipovšek and Support Zdravets ‘Hylissang’ Galabov throughout the regular LEC season have spurred on a lot of debate. While the latter proved his worth during Worlds with outstanding performances on the Rakan, the former appeared to have a much more rocky run. With critics calling for Fnatic roster changes, it’ll be interesting to see if the organization heeds these calls.

2020 certainly was a whirlwind, and if 2021 is in any way similar we expect to see some serious roster switches, especially with so many players ending 2021 as free agents.

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