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League of Legends caster LS deactivates Twitter after T1 fans harass his family
The drama surrounding the South Korean esports organization continues and takes a dark turn as LS is forced to deactivate his Twitter following abuse from fans.
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Only yesterday it was reported that angry T1 fans had protested outside of the South Korean esports organization’s HQ in the country’s capital, Seoul. The bizarre stunt included the rental of a truck which was used to circle the building which projected frustrated messages about the team’s recent decisions around management.
T1 fans rented a truck. Messages read:— Shakarez (@Shakarez) November 8, 2020
"Reports of picking up an unproven head coach and a coach who's caused public controversy"
"We demand the SKT T1 front office to clearly explain their thought process"
"there is no future for an organization that has abandoned its fans" https://t.co/IjjVqDhMnA
The truck reportedly started its journey at SKT Headquarters (the parent company of T1) and then drove past a number of the South Korean capital's news outlets, in a bid to protest against the choices made by the team for their future plans.
It has now been revealed today by Fnatic’s mid laner Tim ‘Nemesis’ Lipovšek during one of his streams that T1 fans have moved on to harassing and abusing LCK caster Nick ‘LS’ DeCesare and his family.
But why exactly has LS been targeted by the fans? Recent events over the past few weeks revealed that LS and ex-StarCraft II player Choi ‘Polt’ Seong Hun would be hired as heads of the coaching staff as part of the team’s restructuring.
The news was accidentally leaked by T1 support Lee ‘Effort’ Sang-ho who showed Discord conversations that mentioned the plans for the addition of the new coaches for the team, and fans have been becoming increasingly restless ever since.
It has gotten so bad now to the point at which two pro players, Fnatic’s Gabriel ‘Bwipo’ Rau and Nemesis have come to LS’ defence due to the personal attack on the caster.
Since it's unclear - I am asking the fans to look into the new T1 and find a reason to support them.— Bwipo (@Bwipo) November 8, 2020
They aren't SKT T1 any longer.
If you can't find a reason, ONLY THEN, please don't hate on the team you used to support. 1/2
It has been reported that fans have targeted LS’ grandmother, with the coach himself being “in a very bad spot.”
Other personalities in the LoL community have voiced their concerns for LS and opinions of the entire situation, including streamer Christian “IWDominate” Rivera and 100 Thieves General Manager Chris ‘PapaSmithy’ Smith.
(Image Credit: IWD Twitter)
“The doxxing/harassment of LS’s grandma is just sickening tbh, having to be on calls trying to plan out what to do if someone mails her something harmful or comes to her house to try and harm her in person is surreal,” IWDominate said. “How can video games make anyone do this…”
Seeing this crusade against LS & a bold new direction in an LCK team's coaching staff continue to gain traction has been very disappointing to me - Fans are welcome to be skeptical, but a witchhunt to stop it happening in this scenario is peak toxic fandom IMO https://t.co/JzlyMKcklI— Chris Smith (@PapaSmithy) November 7, 2020
T1 fans have attacked the team’s decisions for two main reasons: the first being Polt’s perceived inexperience when it comes to coaching and playing League of Legends, as the ex-SC2 player has not been deeply involved with the scene for any significant amount of time.
The second point directly involves LS and his personality. Korean fans have referred to him as “controversial” due to his time coaching BBQ Oliviers and argument with SKT player Park ‘Untara’ Ui-jin, at the time.
The bitter temperament and frustration from T1 fans is certainly understandable. The glory days for the org and SKT dynasty at a time where the team was so dominant has elevated the standards from their followers to be extremely high.
SKT (T1) are still the most successful team in the history of the esport; they have the most Worlds titles (x3) and have produced some of the game’s best players. Amongst them are the Unkillable Demon King himself, Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok.
Whilst it is ok for fans to be in disagreement with the org’s decisions, it is certainly not ok for them to take things as far as they have done with the abuse and personal attacks to LS and his family. After all, it is just a game and whilst people, including myself, are heavily involved with the scene and the esport, conversation should remain within the realms of the game and should never extend beyond that.
Until then, we wait for T1 to make a statement on the matter and respond to the recent criticism.
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