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MonteCristo reveals what it would take for him to return to LoL

Published: 5/Jun/2019 7:57 Updated: 5/Jun/2019 9:29

by Joe O'Brien

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Overwatch League commentator Christopher ‘MonteCristo’ Mykles has revealed the circumstance under which he would consider a return to working in League of Legends.

Though MonteCristo has commentated in multiple esports titles, prior to joining the Overwatch League he was best known for his time in League of Legends, during which he and commentary duo Eric ‘DoA’ Lonnquist were the main voices for South Korea’s LCK.

During his time in League of Legends, MonteCristo had several run-ins with Riot Games. Working primarily for OGN, rather than for Riot directly as most commentators in the NA or EU LCS did, MonteCristo was often willing speak out against the developers.

It was the handling of the controversy surrounding his own NA LCS team, Renegades, that ultimately led to MonteCristo departing League of Legends for good, however.

The former LCK commentator held an ownership stake in Renegades in 2015 when his business partner, Chris Badawi, was banned from the LCS. Badawi had been responsible for operating the organization due to MonteCristo spending most of his time in South Korea.

Blizzard EntertainmentMonteCristo and DoA now work as one of the commentary pairs for the Overwatch League.

The official ban was for attempted poaching, although other accusations levelled against Badawi included mistreatment of Renegades players. MonteCristo himself was not accused of any wrongdoing.

In May 2016, however, a new competitive ruling announced that Renegades would be forced to sell its LCS spot on the basis of an alleged agreement between MonteCristo and Badawi to allow the latter to return to his ownership position when his ban was lifted. MonteCristo denies these allegations and claims not to have been provided with the supposed evidence by Riot, nor has such evidence been made public.

Given such a bitter end to their working relationship, it’s hard to imagine a world in which MonteCristo appears on a Riot Games broadcast again. While visiting the LCS, however, he was interviewed by LocoDoco, and when asked whether he’d consider returning to League of Legends in the event that the Overwatch League ended, revealed the terms under which he might.

“I would do it potentially if Riot made public apologies to me about everything that happened, but I really have no reason to work for a company that treated me like shit and if they acknowledge they did that maybe it can happen again.”

MonteCristo also reiterated that nothing short of a public apology would suffice, given the significance of public perception to him as a public figure.

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MonteCristo was a popular figure in League of Legends, responsible for multiple highlight moments both in the LCK and on international broadcasts – perhaps most famously the ‘SKT hype train’ at the Season 3 World Championship – so fans might be pleased to hear that there is a world in which he could return to the game, even if the circumstances for such a return seem quite unlikely.

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Sneaky reportedly in talks with Dignitas to return to the LCS in 2021

Published: 24/Oct/2020 1:36

by Andrew Amos

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It’s early days in the League roster shuffle, but one of the biggest moves could be just around the corner. Veteran AD carry Zach ‘Sneaky’ Scuderi could be making his triumphant return to the LCS, with the star reportedly in talks with Dignitas.

Could Sneaky be making his return to the LCS? The two-time champion has been out of the limelight for 12 months now after being dropped from the Cloud9 roster ahead of Spring 2020.

He marked his intentions to return back in August, and now, those dreams could be realized. After “actively looking for a pro play opportunity,” Sneaky could have snagged a spot back in the LCS to make his triumphant return.

Sneaky playing for Cloud9
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Sneaky was absent in 2020, but is ready to return in 2021.

Sneaky is reportedly in talks with Dignitas to return to the LCS for Spring 2021. Travis Gafford reported the rumor in an October 23 video ⁠— but it’s just that for now, a very big rumor. He would be coming in to replace 2020 rookie Johnson ‘Johnsun’ Nguyen.

The move could send shockwaves through the North American League scene, given Sneaky’s prestige on both a domestic and international level. He made 339 appearances for Cloud9 from 2013 to 2019, and won two domestic titles.

On the other hand, Dignitas has had a less-than-stellar 2020. While they technically made it to Worlds in 2019 under Clutch Gaming, they were unable to make it a repeat appearance, coming seventh and eighth in both LCS splits this year. The organization is still yet to win an LCS title.

However, Sneaky’s rumored return to the LCS also comes at a time where fans are asking for more fresh blood. After NA’s disappointing performance at Worlds 2020, there’s been calls for dramatic reform of the LCS.

This includes buying into more academy talent, and bringing in fresh faces instead of constantly recycling players between teams.

Johnsun playing for Dignitas in LCS Spring 2020
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Sneaky would be replacing Dignitas’ rookie AD carry Johnsun.

Sneaky’s return could be seen as flying in the face of such reform. However, if there is a veteran AD carry you want to bring onboard, you could do much worse than the former Cloud9 star.

Sneaky and Dignitas are yet to confirm the rumors. We will update you once more information arises. In the meantime, be sure to check out our League off-season rostermania hub for the latest transfers as they happen.