Rocket League

Rocket League caster struck by lightning mid-series

Published: 29/Jun/2020 5:01

by Brad Norton

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Professional Rocket League player and caster Jaime ‘Karma’ Bickford was covering a match on June 28 – in the midst of a local thunderstorm – when she was zapped through her controller thanks to an electrical surge.

Residing in Boston, Bickford was going about her day commentating a Rocket League matchup. What the pro didn’t account for, however, was just how big an impact that the weather in her area would have.

As a 1v1 series neared the 30-minute mark, a loud jolt of electricity could be heard followed by a sudden scream.

The caster’s neighborhood was struck by lightning and that electricity trickled all the way through to her controller. While she suffered minor injuries, Bickford was heroically able to cast the rest of the series.

Graphic warning: While nothing can be seen in the Twitch clip below, the audio might be difficult for some readers to listen to.

“I’m fine,” she assured her concerned viewers almost a minute after the sudden shock. “I think lightning just struck my house and went through my controller into my hands.”

Twitch chat suggested she take a break and have someone else cast the remainder of the match. Despite the evident pain, she pushed through for another 15 minutes before ending the broadcast.

“We’re having bad thunderstorms here. Apparently my house got hit and it went through my controller and shocked my hands. I’m completely fine. I just got scared and my hands burned for a little bit,” she explained after.

After switching gears and casting the end of the game, she turned her camera back on and addressed the audience. Detailing how the electricity must have passed from her neighbors’ house, causing her controller to spark.

“The house next door to me got struck by lightning. It’s not on fire. It must have gone down through the house and somehow hit me,” she said. “The controller sparked…really big sparks…and just burned my hands.”

She soon sought medical attention and reassured the Rocket League community that everything was ok. “Talking to [a] doctor,” she later followed up on Twitter. “Hands are burned and [the] controller is broken. Unlucky.”

While the controller may have seen its last game, thankfully Bickford will be able to make her return after recovering from the burns.

League of Legends

Doublelift explains how TSM’s “bad” SwordArt negotiations made him retire

Published: 2/Dec/2020 1:24 Updated: 2/Dec/2020 1:43

by Alan Bernal

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League of Legends star Yiliang ‘Doublelift’ Peng revealed more about the strained timeline of Team SoloMid’s negotiations with Hu ‘SwordArt’ Shuo-Chieh, which ultimately led the North American veteran to retire.

Doublelift went into the off-season with a single objective for TSM: sign an elite support who spoke English. SwordArt just got done with a stellar season lifting his team to win the LPL 2020 Regional Finals and getting second place at Worlds.

The TSM veteran also recommended Team Flash’s Nguyễn ‘Palette’ Hải Trung as a suitable support for TSM. However, DL really wanted to play with a bot-lane partner that spoke his native English; a requirement Palette didn’t fulfill, but SwordArt did.

TSM were looking forward to staving off Doublelift’s retirement by making a deal with SwordArt. However, TSM later told their star ADC that negotiations were shaky, and asked if he would be okay with Palette instead. He wasn’t.

On November 25th, Doublelift retired. On November 26th, TSM announced they had successfully signed SwordArt from Suning on a two-year deal that would pay him an LCS-high of $3 million per season.

“No, I didn’t know SwordArt was coming before I retired,” Doublelift said, before explaining how rough transfer discussions made him lean into retirement. “I was really excited for the whole SwordArt thing. They told me SwordArt was confirmed, and I got really excited

“And then I guess the negotiations were going really bad at certain points. So then they told me: ‘Actually, (the deal with SwordArt) fell through. It’s not going to work. Would you still be committed if your support was Palette?’”

Although impressed with Palette, DL was really keen on getting the bot-lane synergy rolling with someone he could effectively communicate with.

At this point, SwordArt was the unobtainable lynchpin in keeping Doublelift from retirement.

But it wasn’t until a day after Doublelift, 27, decided to retire, after production had wrapped on his retirement video, and after TSM were already moving past the seasoned ADC, that the org announced the new support.

“The whole situation made me realize: I’m better off retired,” Doublelift said.