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Lustboy joins TSM

July 22nd, 2014
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Jang-sik “Lustboy” Ham will be replacing Gleeb as TSM’s starting support player. This was not an easy decision for us since playoffs are less than a month away, but this drastic change is necessary for us to maximize our chances of qualifying for the World Championship.

Lustboy is the former support player of the Korean team CJ Entus Blaze and played for them for two years. He helped Blaze secure their 1st place win at OGN 2012 Spring, 2nd place at OGN 2013 Spring, and 1st place at IEM 7 World Championship in 2013.

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“Our performance this split has been underwhelming and we don’t feel very confident going into playoffs. When we picked up Gleeb, I knew it would take time for him to play comfortably against top supports, but he’s not where we need him to be yet and we are running out of time. I know it’s late in the split, but we feel this change needs to be done to improve our chances of making it to the World Championship.” – Yoonsup “Locodoco” Choi, coach of TSM

Gleeb will remain a substitute player for TSM and we will continue to support him. He will be posting a statement within the next couple of days.

Lustboy is already at the TSM house and will debut at LCS this weekend.

You can follow Lustboy on:
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/TSMLustboy
Twitter – https://twitter.com/LustboyLOL

Current TSM starting roster:
Top – Marcus “Dyrus” Hill
Jungle – Maurice “Amazing” Stückenschneider
Mid – Søren “Bjergsen” Bjerg
AD – Jason “WildTurtle” Tran
Support – Jang-sik “Lustboy” Ham

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Introduce yourself!

 Hello I am Marcin “Jankos” Jankowski, I am Polish and I play Jungle for Team ROCCAT in the European LCS.

 

You finished 3rd in the playoffs, but you’ve had a rough season so far? What’s going on?

 We are underperforming because we did not really adapt to the new meta, but we are playing a lot right now which hopefully will lead with us catching up and managing to fight for the top spots

 

What do you think are the biggest issues in the team? What influences your play the most?

 Our individual decision making is currently not on par with the other teams. Our team fights are lacking the microgame, so we are trying to improve it.

 

Do you think the team can recover? Is going to worlds still in your crosshairs?

 We are doing our best to recover, I think we are on the way on getting back competing for the best slots, and I definitely think that we will be fighting for a worlds spot at the playoffs!

 

How does the team operate in game? Who is responsible for primary shotcalling? What is your mindset like entering a game?

 I think main shotcallers are me and Overpow, but everyone has its calls and ideas in game. We do not limit ourselves to one or two persons, we all have our tasks during the game.

And about the mindset – #ROCCATFIGHTING

 

How do you deal with criticism on social media/from fans? Is it hard or demotivating, or do you take it and use it positively?

 Lately people are actually trying to help us rather than criticize and bash on us. Which i think its quite helpful for us. People are trying to cheer us up on our social media rather than flaming us for losing. And usually those things dont really affect me in a bad way.

 

The tables seemed to have shifted quite a bit. How big of a skill difference do you believe there is between the top half of teams and the bottom half?

 I think SK and Alliance are ahead of the rest right now, but most of the teams right now are able to catch up with them with the time if they continue adapting the way they are right now. I think we are one of those teams that can catch up to them.

 

How strong is Alliance? Do you think they are still only warming up? What’s it like playing against Shook, who shares a similar champion pool to you?

 

Alliance is currently the best team in Europe. Most of their players solo skills are the best in the region and not only that but right now they are even good with their team play and rotations. I don’t see anyone beating them for now in EU. Shook is the best jungle in European LCS and I really like to play against him because i learn new stuff, and it is always a challenge.

 

You seem to be relying on old favorites in the jungle. Is this personal or team preference?

 I think everyone right now is relying on the old champions like Elise, Lee and Eve. They are just the best options right now for the jungle, and those are anyways my personal favorites.

 

What do you feel are the most viable junglers right now in competitive play, and do you think we will be seeing anything new?

 If the 3 OP’s are not available, we might see Rengar, Jarvan, Vi, Skarner – but you need to build a team around them specifically for them to be as useful in game.

 

Shoutouts?

 I want to thank all the people that support us even when we are losing – that means a lot to us! Also i would like to thank ROCCAT and AMD for the continued trust and support, without them we wouldn’t be able to be where we are. Also a big thanks to my girlfriend for supporting me and being there for me!

 

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The location, or should I say locations, for Season 4′s finals have been announced!



Back in November, we shared our excitement that the 2014 Worlds Final would be hosted in South Korea. Fast forward a few months, and we’ve got even more news to share as we kick off the final countdown to this season’s finale in Seoul.

We’re thrilled to announce that we’re going to be hosting the 2014 World Final on October 19th at Sangam Stadium. This stadium is most famous as the venue of the 2002 FIFA World Cup, and since then has played host to some of the best sporting and entertainment events in South Korea. Bringing the action to so many passionate and dedicated fans requires an awesome venue – and we look forward to welcoming more than ever before in this world-class sports arena.

Of course, no end goal is complete without the journey. This year, we’re taking Worlds on the road and hosting group stages in Taipei and Singapore in September. The action will then move on to a quarter final showdown in Busan, Korea in October before the victorious teams emerge to battle it out in Seoul (home of defending champions SKT T1 K) in the semifinals and final. We’re looking forward to making our first stop in some of these regions and bringing the most talented League of Legends competitors in the world directly to local fans.

Fueling the epic journey through Taiwan, Singapore and Korea will be our brand new event format that now includes a sixteen team group stage arranged from our global leagues. Three top teams from NA, EU, Korea, and China will join two teams from Taiwan and SEA and two wild card winners to fight on the global battlefield. The teams will be placed into four groups and battle it out in the group stages before the top two teams from each group move on to the quarter-finals.

We’re also increasing the number of wild card teams that participate from all around the world. Latin America will face off against Brazil at the NA LCS Regional Final, while Oceania, CIS and Turkey will battle it out on the ground at EU LCS Regional Final for the last spot. We’re opening the door for more teams and more world-class talent from around the globe – all hungry for the chance to lift the Summoner’s Cup.

We’ll be updating LoLesports.com in the next few weeks with more news, dates and ticket information as well as all the action leading up to regional qualifiers so stay tuned!



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[ mrboo007 ] Why is Worlds hosted in both Taiwan and Singapore?


RedBeard Riotlink Button RedBeard: Cheap trick? I wish…way more complex and expensive actually. We just want to bring the event to multiple locations so different fan based are able to attend and enjoy.

 

 

 

[ batatox ] What if it rains during the finals?


RedBeardRiotlink Button RedBeard: Nick Allen anti-rain dance plz!

 

 

 


[ Kyle700 ] Why are the group stages held in September and the finals over 3 weeks later?


RedBeardRiotlink Button RedBeard: World Cup is over a few weeks.

You think it’d be better played all consecutively? Sounds extremely tiring to me. Trying to give this the proper time it deserves imo



[ DrowsyOne ] Wouldn’t getting visas be more difficult?


RedBeardRiotlink Button RedBeard: As it relates to the locations – half the teams go to Tapei, half to Singapore, so actually not as much travel as it sounds.





[ Catchyy ] CANT WAIT FOR YOUR AWARD CEREMONY


RedBeardRiotlink Button RedBeard: Too soon? Nope! Hahahahaha.

Honestly though, we’d love to know what you guys think we should be doing? Clearly missing the mark here, so we want feedback.

Edit: Just want to really thank people for the legitimate feedback and thoughts on this, super interesting hearing it, great ideas in here and am confident we will do a better job this time around (granted our bar isn’t too high :P)



[ sandwiches_are_real ] Feedback on award ceremony Reddit Gold


I know that you, and Tryndamere/Ryze put a tremendous amount of work into this, and are respectively the faces of LoL eSports and LoL as a whole.

But we don’t really want to see you stealing the limelight from the winning team. Last year, one of the SKT members couldn’t even touch the trophy when it was being held up because Ryze and Tryndamere were all up in there.

Don’t raise up the trophy with them. The trophy is for victors – not for the people who built the game. By all means, go out there and shake their hands and congratulate them and give a speech (with a translator!), but don’t hoist up the trophy as if you’ve won.

And let the winning team give a speech of their own (again, with translation!). I don’t really want the pinnacle of a season of competitive LoL to be some suave Californians talking about how great LoL is. We already know it’s a great game, and we love to feel good – but the championship award ceremony isn’t really the time to celebrate just LoL as a whole, to the exclusion of the Season 4 championship victors.

More emphasis on the winning team, please.

I would also like to see some acknowledgment of the second place team.

Edit: The gold, it blinds.

 

RedBeardRiotlink Button RedBeard: Good feedback, thanks.

 

 

 


[ imtheproof ] Will the Top 2 teams from each group be put on separate sides of the bracket?


RiotNickAllen Riotlink Button RiotNickAllenyessir.


 



[ nubit ] Will the quarterfinals be Best-of-5?


RedBeardRiotlink Button RedBeard: Yuppp

 

 



[ Follow-up ]


MagusRiotlink Button RiotMagus: Bo5 for quarters, semis and finals.

 

 



[ Second Follow-up ] 


MagusRiotlink Button RiotMagus: Bo5 throughout the single elimination knockout stage.

 

 

 


[ sammyarmy ] What about groups Best-of-1 or Best-of-2?


MagusRiotlink Button RiotMagus: 2 Bo1s (so a split bo2 if you want to think of it that way, no points though), similar to last year.

 

 

 

[ melkorthefoul ] Unless I’m mistaken, it’s an open-air stadium, yeah? What happens if it rains?


Magus Riotlink Button RiotMagus: Lots and lots of umbrellas :)

 

 

 

Riotlink Button Riot Deficio: WORLDS HYPE !!!


[ FelixByrd ] Deficio support at Worlds confirmed.

 


MagusRiotlink Button RiotMagus: Supporting all the viewers by dropping knowledge bombs.

 

 



If you have any questions, feel free to ask me at @NoL_Chefo or e-mail me at nolchefo@gmail.com.


Makler

 

 

Introduce yourself for those who may not know you.

Hi! I’m Makler, AD Carry of “Lublin Shore”. You might also know me as former player of mouz and MYM.

 

You’ve been around for quite a while. Do you think you are on the strongest team you’ve played on so far?

Since the begining of LoL I’ve played with almost the same people. For 3 years it was Me, my brother Mokatte, Czaru, Kubon and of course the big guy Libik, my support! I would say we are strongest at this moment, we have one of the best junglers in Poland which is Kikis from Departed, and TakeFun in midlane who replaced Czaru very well.

 

Going back to the promotion tournament, what exactly happened? Do you think it was possible for you to win, or were you simply weaker overall than SHC? Do you think if you played those matches now, you could win?

 To be honest we were really excited to play vs SHC for LCS because at that time we considered SHC as a mid-tier team. We were pretty confident and I think that lost us the series. We were suprised by how well they were playing at that day. SHC has a little bit different roster right now, Selfie instead of Moopz, Wewillfailer instead Migxa. I think those changes are good for SHC but I still feel our team is stronger. I would say 3-1 for us in a bo5.

 

What is the biggest obstacle in being relegated or attempting to promote into the LCS?

Financial pressure I believe. When you are in LCS you have some presure on you, many people watching your every move. but after all you are still getting money even when you lose. When you play in the Challenger Series, you’re only getting money from tournament wins.

 

What keeps you motivated to keep playing? What is your routine like?

I just love competition. Playing competetively is motivation for me. I just love being better at something than others. Every day looks the same, eat, workout at the gym or go running, play play play, sleep. Day after day.

 

How do you think your botlane stacks up compared to other EU teams right now?

We can perform well against any other bottom lane that we have a chance to play.
What are your thoughts on how sustainable it is to be in the Challenger scene for extended periods of time?

I’ve been part of both LCS and Challenger teams and I can say that they are totally different worlds. Being a Challenger team is hard, and Coke Zero format is bad. You play too few matches to attract sponsors and there’s too much randomness on the way to the top 8.

 

What do you think of the skill level of EU overall? Do you feel it is stagnant at the moment? What issues do you think are the most prevalent in trying to go pro?

I think the skill level in EU is ok, we have many really good teams but none of them really stand out from another. I think financial problems are the most critical in going pro. You have to spend ALOT of time playing and there is no guarantee to make a super high cash reward, and you need to live from something.
Who do you think are the strongest teams in the EU challenger series right now?

Beside us NIP and C9 seem to be best ones. I think they will cause the most trouble to LCS teams in relegation.
Thoughts on Alex Ich moving to NiP? Do you think NiP will qualify for the spring split?

Alex is really solid player, but I’m not sure if he can adapt to the top lane playstyle, time will tell. I’m pretty sure it will be hard for him to replace Zerozero. Hard to predict, last promotion I was sure they would make it so I won’t try to predict their matches anymore :p

 

After facing Gamers2 at the Solomid invitationals, how strong do you feel they are? Is Ocelote still as good as he was, if not, how far do you think he has fallen in terms of skill? Do you feel they have a chance to qualify to LCS?

They are ok, Ocelote is good, but right now is not up to par with other mid laners.

Everyone has a chance to qualify to LCS but I would say C9 and NIP are slighty ahead of them.

 

Will you continue playing if you do not qualify for the next LCS split? What will you do after pro gaming? Do you intend to stay in eSports?

We’ll find out in time. If I can make a living playing then I won’t give up easily, but if I can’t then it will be hard.

It’s hard to tell what i will do after pro gaming, but i don’t see myself in any other role in esports aside from player. I will just fade away probably, and see what opportunities I get from life.

 

Shoutouts?

Thank you to all of my fans and my team!

AMA With Reginald

May 7th, 2014

 

AMA Reginald

 

Link to AMA.

 

 

Q: What is the biggest regret of your game career?

 

Button Rioter Reginald: My biggest regret is how I ran TSM season 2 &3. We were not focused and didn’t work hard enough.

 

 

Q: How do you deal with anti-fans?

 

Button Rioter Reginald: I try to just focus on my goals rather than thinking about them.

 

 

Q: How hard was it to let Xpecial go?

 

Button Rioter Reginald: Benching Xpecial was the second hardest decision I’ve ever made. After we decided to go with Gleeb, I reached out to curse to make sure that Xpecial had a team to go to. He is a great player and will do well on Curse.

 

 

Q: Was benching Chaox the hardest decision in your career?

 

Button Rioter Reginald: Before I benched Chaox… I cried and puked for several days. He was my closest friend at one point. We no longer talk though.

 

 

Q: How is Gleeb doing in scrims and such? Does he match your expectations?

 

Button Rioter Reginald: I didn’t expect Gleeb to do well in scrims and I thought he was average solely because he was an amateur … (very similar to what everyone else is thinking) . Not only did he exceed my expectations , but the entire team’s expectations. He brings much more than just his play.

 

 

Q: What did you see in Gleeb that motivated you to pick him for TSM?

 

Button Rioter Reginald: Gleeb is hungry and he really wants to prove himself. He is motivated, productive and very vocal. If Gleeb can continue to do what hes doing, he would bring more to the team than anyone currently on it.

 

 

Q: How hard was it to bench TheRainMan?

 

Button Rioter Reginald: TRM did not get benched .

To Clarify: Chaox, Xpecial, Oddone and I wanted to scrim and practice more, TRM wanted to solo queue. When we disagreed, TRM decided to step down.

 

 

Q: Were you surprised when Oddone decided to step down or had it been in the works for some time?

 

Button Rioter Reginald: I was extremely surprised. I had a meeting scheduled with him that day to talk about the split. It was the same day that we muted all of the streams where Bjergsen and Dyrus were crying on stream. I’m really happy that he wants to stay with the team and help me coach the team. Oddone stepping down was not planned.

 

 

Q: How much can you bench?

 

Button Rioter Reginald: I use to bench 200, now i’m just a weak little gamer that can’t even lift a grape.

 

 

Q: Will you do more vlogs and content on TSM’s Youtube page with the team?

 

Button Rioter Reginald: We will do more vlogs just because of you :D. Thanks for reminding me!

 

 

Q: Did you try to convince Oddone to stay as a pro when he decided to retire? Was that his solo decision or was it a team decision?

 

Button Rioter Reginald: Oddone decided to step down on his own. I was really worried though because I had 2 days to find a jungler and we made it happen.

 

 

Q: Where do you see TSM placing in the summer split considering CLG/Dig/LMQ have turned this whole off season upside down?

 

Button Rioter Reginald: I want us to place #1. My dream is to win worlds and we need to prove ourselves to be the best in NA first.

 

 

Q: What is the average day in the life of Regibro?

 

Button Rioter Reginald: I never have a completely set schedule and I do whatever needs to done.

I help the team with their rotations and overall strategy. ( Something we didn’t so well at) . I definitely want to look for a full time analyst though. It’ll help the team even more if we can have several people helping them.

I spend 16 hours a day enjoying myself because I love my job =D. If I was more efficient though, I could probably complete all of my tasks in 8 hours.

 

 

Q: How are scrims going for TSM?

 

Button Rioter Reginald: We have not had any scrims yet. Bjergsen has to go to allstars ;(.

 

 

Q: What is going on with Amazing right at the moment?

 

Button Rioter Reginald: Amazing is flying here on the 13th.

 

 

Q: Why was Gleeb chosen over Xpecial?

 

Button Rioter Reginald: We understand that Xpecial is a good player, but the whole team felt that Gleeb was a better fit.

 

 

Q: What do you think of the “end of an era” response from fans?

 

Button Rioter Reginald: This is a tough question .

Although it saddens me that our fans are unhappy with our decisions, TSM’s goal was always about winning worlds. Avoiding roster changes would only be a step in the wrong direction. Our goal seems very far fetched, but if we don’t try to improve … we’ll only fall further behind. For the most part, we only have roster changes when it is completely necessary . ;(

 

 

Q: Did you consider buying out Diamond from Gambit Gaming?

 

Button Rioter Reginald: Didn’t consider Diamond because he has a wife and if I had a wifey, I wouldn’t move to the US. 2) LMQ has good strategies and is really good at executing what they plan. I’m guessing they will be top 3-5

 

 

Q: What do you think about Dignitas’ buying out Shiphtur and ZionSpartan? Is fixing their solo lanes enough to get them to compete with the top 3 of Spring split?

 

Button Rioter Reginald: Dig will be strong if Zion becomes more consistent and if they all work well together… Working well as a team is the hard part though.

 

 

Q: Do you follow your own instinct and analysis when making important team-related changes, or do you take your team’s thoughts into account first?

 

Button Rioter Reginald: I usually follow instinct on decisions that the team cannot decide on. I always ask the team for feedback before making any big decisions. As a team , its important that everyone is on the same page.

 

 

Q: How do you see All-Stars going this year? What do you think will happen with SKT being a slump and C9 not having Hai? Do you think OMG might sweep All-Stars if they surprise other teams with their playstyle?

 

Button Rioter Reginald: No Opinion of Allstars tbh. I don’t really care who wins, I’m just extremely excited to watch it. I hope SKT wins :D I’m a big fan of them. Losing Hai is huge for C9 because he’s their late game shot caller, Link is also much weaker than Hai.

 

 

Q: There has been a rumor about Krepo being one of the try-outs, was it all but a gossip or an actual thing? If so, how did he do?

 

Button Rioter Reginald: We only played scrims with Xpecial and Gleeb.

 

 

Q: What are your thoughts on the current TSM roster, do you think that Amazing brings the needed shot-calling? Do you plan on working on TSM’s pick and ban phase?

 

Button Rioter Reginald: We need to work on rotations and shot calling… that is our biggest downfall… we’ll have to see when we start to scrim.

 

 

Q: How do you truly feel towards CLG/HotshotGG, etc.?

 

Button Rioter Reginald: I’m pretty neutral with CLG.

 

 

How do you feel about the rivalry between pro teams now?

 

Button Rioter Reginald: Its not even a rivalry anymore sadly… It was a lot more fun when there was animosity and the fans were hyped about it. The pros are too afraid to trash talk because of the backlash from the community. Doublelift is the only player allowed to trash talk because everyone thinks hes actually joking.

 

 

Q: Why did you choose Gleeb over Daydreamin, Sheep, etc?

 

Button Rioter Reginald: Bad impression of Sheep because he told Dyrus to kill himself in Solo Q.

Daydreaming never impressed me besides his crazy blitzcrank.

Gleeb because he will motivate the team .

 

 

Q: Did you consider some other junglers from EU or just Amazing? And if yes who?

 

Button Rioter Reginald: Bjergsen recommended Amazing and I watched several of his replays.

 

 

Q: What stood out in Gleeb out of all the other supports?

 

Button Rioter ReginaldGleeb is vocal, I like that. TSM has problems with rotations and having a real shot caller.

 

 

Q: What’s your coaching strategy with TheOddOne from here on out?

 

Button Rioter Reginald: Everything has been absolutely crazy as of late and we still have to plan for the upcoming season. I want to focus on worlds and doing whatever I can to increase our chances.



Q: With Bjergsen away for All-Stars are you worried that the lack of time to build team synergy will impact you further than just the roster changes?


Button Rioter Reginald: I am very worried that we will not have as much practice as needed for the split because of our new roster .. But lets be honest… season matches don’t really mean anything until playoffs unless we’re like last.

 

 

Q: Why pick Amazing over Nightblue3? 

 

Button Rioter Reginald: NB3 wants to be an entertainer. He is our sub and will sub if we need him. He is also a good player.

Amazing has LCS experience and its too soon to have 2 non LCS players =D.

 

 

If you have any questions for me, feel free to ask me at @NoL_Chefo.

 

AMA With TSM Gleeb

May 7th, 2014


AMA Gleeb


Link to AMA.

 

 

Q: Which LCS bot lane are you most looking forward to facing?

 

Button Rioter TSM Gleeb: I think Aphro/Dbl are a really strong bot lane and really look forward to facing them.

 

 

Q: What do you bring to the team that is unique to you?

 

Button Rioter TSM GleebI am very motivated to win, have a good work ethic, and get along well with all of the team.

 

 

Q: Who’s your favorite Support Champion?

 

Button Rioter TSM Gleeb: Thresh/Morg!

 

 

Q: What weaknesses do you perceive in your gameplay?

 

Button Rioter TSM Gleeb: Some weaknesses I know I have are overextending to go for aggressive plays, and my aim for skillshots needs work.

 

 

Q: How did the team come to the decision to pick you?

 

Button Rioter TSM Gleeb: I’m not sure how the team came to the decision but our scrims went very well when I played with them. We won almost every scrim vs top LCS teams and had a lot of matches where we got 2v2 kills bot lane. We also all meshed together really well as a team. Thanks!

 

 

Q: Were these scrims with TheOddOne in the jungle, or Amazing?

 

Button Rioter TSM Gleeb: TheOddOne

 

 

Q: Can you give us some background on your LoL career?

 

Button Rioter TSM Gleeb: You can look at this page for a good summary: http://lol.gamepedia.com/Gleebglarbu

For more detail, I started playing league early in season 2. I climbed from placements to diamond by the end of the season and started playing on small amateur teams / go4lols etc. I did that for a while and then joined Denial/NiD and played with them until InnoX left and they disbanded. Afterwards I was on Crs Acad for a bit before leaving to join C9T. We tried to make LCS but didn’t and after that I tried out for TSM.

 

 

Q: What was the try-out process for joining TSM?

 

Button Rioter TSM Gleeb: Trying out consisted of mostly playing with the team in scrims. I use to duo with turtle before then so that wasn’t really anything new.

 

 

Q: How well do you feel you can play with Wildturtle?

 

Button Rioter TSM Gleeb: I feel like we play really well together and have a good understanding of what we both want to do during lane. I’ve known/been playing with turtle since early season 3.

 

 

Q: How do you plan on keeping Wildturtle entertained during boring matches?

 

Button Rioter TSM Gleeb: I have a long list of jokes prepared already…

 

 

Q: When are you going to change your Twitter picture so it accurately reflects your current haircut?

 

Button Rioter TSM Gleeb: No more jimmy page hair for me!

 

 

Q: Who do you think are the top 4 Supports in NA right now?

 

Button Rioter TSM Gleeb: Idk about top 4, it’s hard to order them. I think aphromoo overall is the best support in NA though. He is really mechanically sound, plays soloQ a lot, and has really good synergy with not just doublelift but all of his team.

 

 

Q: Which teams will be in the top 3 in NA next split, in your opinion?

 

Button Rioter TSM Gleeb: Depends how the roster changes affect all of the teams. TSM/CLG/C9/DIG/LMQ/CRS all seem very strong and could potentially be top 3. This LCS split will be much closer than the last.

 

 

Q: Did you plan on burning down TSM’s house or are you going to do it with Amazing?

 

Button Rioter TSM Gleeb: Don’t leak our plots please…

 

 

Q: Who are your favourite Champions, standard and non-standard?

 

Button Rioter TSM Gleeb: Thresh and Morgana are both really fun to play and really strong on this patch. As for non conventional picks, Gragas support is really fun to play.

 

 

Q: When should i pick Gragas Support over other Supports?

 

Button Rioter TSM Gleeb: When you are vs weaker lanes and can make it past his laning phase. I feel like it is pretty weak vs thresh/morg atm which are really popular though which is why I haven’t been playing it as much.

 

 

Q: Do you feel more or less pressure stepping into one of the most well known teams in the world when there is less hype surrounding you than, say, Bjergsen?

 

Button Rioter TSM Gleeb: I think it’s similar, it doesn’t really matter how much hype there is or isn’t, there is a lot of pressure for a player to perform , especially on a top team.

 

 

Q: In an attempt to name the TSM botlane, do you prefer GleebTurtle, TurtleGlarb, WildGlarb, or anything else?

 

Button Rioter TSM Gleeb: Wildglarb sounds hilarious but idk if it is fitting anymore now that I shortened my name. Wildgleeb?



Q: Who are you closest with in the TSM family, at the moment?


Button Rioter TSM GleebI know Turtle the best.

 

 

Q: Are you more nervous or excited about the upcoming summer split?

 

Button Rioter TSM GleebExcited!!

 

 

Q: What do you think are your strengths and weaknesses as a Support?

 

Button Rioter TSM Gleeb: I think my strengths are laning, vision control, and a good work ethic/attitude.

Weaknesses are being too aggressive and not being patient enough with skill shots.

 

 

Q: Are you still in highschool or are you currently enrolled into college?

 

Button Rioter TSM Gleeb: Graduating highschool june 12th.

 

 

Q: Does your teacher call you Gleebglarb?

 

Button Rioter TSM GleebOh god no!

 

 

Q: What’s your opinion on Braum and will he be viable?

 

Button Rioter TSM Gleeb: Depends on his numbers but he seems really cool! Could potentially be a top pick.



Q: Do you agree with what Loco said about you on Summoner Insight, that you’re a raw talent who’s “alright” in all aspects of the game except shot-calling, where you’re subpar?


Button Rioter TSM Gleeb: I think loco was pretty accurate, though I think the shot calling was more of a team issue on C9T with all of us often not being on the same page and not having solid rotations. I’d describe myself similarly to how Loco did, though I think he over exaggerated how long it will take me to become top tier. I don’t think it will take a whole split, especially since now I will be in a gaming house/out of high school so I can commit even more time to practicing.

 

 

Q: Were you interested in joining TSM or did they find you?

 

Button Rioter TSM Gleeb: I was approached by TSM. Consisted of scrimming with the team, duoing with Turtle/Bjerg, and talking to Regi.

 

 

Q: How long did you scrim with TSM before you were told you’d be their new Support?

 

Button Rioter TSM Gleeb: Got back from relegations sunday and tried out from tues-thurs. Played one set of scrims each day.

 

 

Q: Were you approached by other teams prior to TSM?

 

Button Rioter TSM Gleeb: Yeah I have received an offer before from an LCS team during the spring split, and was also approached by other LCS teams after relegations to tryout.

 

 

Q: Are you still going to be Gleebglarbu or can we call you Gleeb?

 

Button Rioter TSM Gleeb: Just Gleeb!

 

 

Q: How will you and Amazing work on improving TSM’s macro understanding of the game?

 

Button Rioter TSM Gleeb: I think we will all just have to work together as a team to improve macro strategy. Watching our own vods of scrims/LCS games as well as those of OGN/LCS/LPL should be very beneficial. When I was trying out, Bjergsen/myself/Turtle were the most vocal, though that will probably change when Amazing gets here because I have heard he is quite vocal as well.

 

 

Q: What do you think you have to currently work on as a Support in order to fill Xpecial’s shoes?

 

Button Rioter TSM Gleeb: Toning down aggression in lane, working on my mechanics, and helping the team w/ our picks/bans and in game decision making.

 

 

Q: Are you affected by the community shouting that you’re a downgrade for TSM?

 

Button Rioter TSM Gleeb: Mm, not really, I don’t care if the community thinks I am good or bad. The pressure is still there because if I don’t perform well it wouldn’t make sense to keep me on the roster. That being said, I just go day to day and focus on improving, worrying about things like that doesn’t really help.

 

 

Q: What do you think went wrong in C9T’s relegation matches against EG? 

 

Button Rioter TSM Gleeb: Their vision control and rotations were a lot better.

 

 

Q: Are you excited about your stream view count, now that you’re part of TSM?

 

Button Rioter TSM Gleeb: It’s to be expected with how big and successful the TSM brand is, but it’s also really cool!



Q: So who do you think is going to be the main shot caller for TSM?


Button Rioter TSM Gleeb: Not sure, will need to see once we all get in the house and play! When I was trying out I think bjerg and I were the most vocal, but I hear amazing is as well. I think they will.

 

 

Q: Were you pressured to remove the “glarbu” for marketing reasons?

 

Button Rioter TSM GleebIt was recommended that I changed it but after thinking about it I definitely agree. It’s a lot easier to remember/say now!

 

 

Q: Which of the Support focused Champions are your favorites for premade team play (outside of solo queue), why?

 

Button Rioter TSM Gleeb: Braum seems good. I prefer Thresh/Morgana for team play. They both have good pick potential and are strong in most team comps.

 

 

Q: How do you handle being part of a team and then having that team disband even if you get a new job?

 

Button Rioter TSM GleebI’ve never been in a team house, but it’s sad when a team disbands. Especially since most of the players on C9T and DNL are all good friends of mine.

 

 

Q: What can you can provide for TSM that Xpecial couldn’t?

 

Button Rioter TSM Gleeb: Better/Positive team atmosphere. I don’t know what the team was like when practicing before I joined so I can’t comment on how Xpecial’s attitude was specifically, but from past experience on teams it is VERY detrimental having a player with a negative attitude and makes it hard for the team to improve as a whole, even if that player is individually doing very well.

 

 

Q: Are great individual mechanics equal to great duo synergy?

 

Button Rioter TSM Gleeb: They’re both important.



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Xpecial

“Xpecial”

We are sad to announce today that we are parting ways with Alex “Xpecial” Chu.

 “Xpecial is an amazing player, but just because you have the best players on a team does not mean you have the best team. After we had the tryouts, I discussed it with the players and as a team, we decided that having a new support player would be better for the team. Xpecial is still a friend and it was very hard for me to have to let him go.” – Andy “Reginald” Dinh

 

 

GLEEBGLARBU

“Gleebglarbu”

 Nicolas “Gleebglarbu” Haddad will be TSM’s new support player. Gleeb is currently ranked #34 on the NA Solo Queue Challenger ladder and was the support player for the Cloud 9 Tempest Challenger team.

 One of the major reasons we chose Gleebglarbu for the role is his commitment and willingness to work harder than anyone else. Everyone on the team feels motivated when playing with him. Even though he’s a new player, we believe Gleebglarbu will help TSM become the world’s best.

 The team was unanimous in their decision to pick Gleebglarbu. The tryouts for a new support included both him and Xpecial, after which Reginald went to Curse to trade Xpecial.

 

 “After deciding on Gleeb as TSM’s new support, my one goal was to find a good home for Xpecial. I chose Curse because I believe Xpecial is an invaluable player and will make Curse stronger.” - Reginald

 Xpecial willl be joining Curse as their new support player in the upcoming LCS Summer Split. We wish Xpecial the best of luck.

 

The new TSM starting roster will be as follows:

Marcus “Dyrus” Hill – Top Laner
Maurice “Amazing” Stückenschneider – Jungler
Søren “Bjergsen” Bjerg – Mid Laner
Jason “WildTurtle” Tran – AD Carry
Nicolas “Gleebglarbu” Haddad – Support

Brian “TheOddOne” Wyllie – Coach
Andy “Reginald” Dinh – Coach

Rabia “NightBlue” Yazbek – Substitute
Patrick “MegaZero” Glinsman – Substitute

 

You can follow “Gleebglarbu” on:

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/Gleebglarbu
Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/gleebglarbu

 

 

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OddOne

“TheOddOne”

 Today, we are sad to announce that TSM TheOddOne has decided to step down from his starting position to focus more on a supportive role for the team as a coach for TSM. TheOddOne will continue to live with the team and help them improve.

 “With our current roster, we can definitely be top 2 in North America, but I want TSM to be the best team in the world. I know that I don’t have the best mechanics, but I want to help TSM succeed and I will continue to be there to support them.” – Brian “TheOddOne” Wyllie

 

 

 “OddOne is my friend and colleague and I’m really sad to see him retire. He has been playing since Beta and he is one of the first competitive League of Legends players. He is a crucial member of the team because of his years of experience and extensive game knowledge. I feel that he is the most qualified person to help TSM improve as a team.” – Andy “Reginald” Dinh

 

Amazing

“Amazing”

 After discussing it as a team, we decided to have Maurice “Amazing” Stückenschneider, former Jungler for Copenhagen Wolves, come to North America to be our new Jungler. Maurice really stood out due to his competitive experience, incredible mechanics, and a varied champion pool. His performance was truly amazing during the EU LCS 2014 Spring Split.

 Now, with TheOddOne and Reginald both coaching TSM, we are confident they can shape TSM into a world class team!

 

 

You can follow Amazing on:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TSMAmazing
Twitter: https://twitter.com/TSM_Amazing

 

You can follow TheOddOne on:

Twitch: http://www.twitch.tv/tsm_theoddone
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TSMTheOddOne
Twitter: https://twitter.com/TSMTheOddOne
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/OddOneLoL

Tomorrow, Oddone will post a more detailed explanation on why he decided to retire.

 

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  Disclaimer: Some of you may remember this article being published a few weeks ago. It underwent heavy editing since then and should be a lot tighter on arguments now. Enjoy reading!

 

  I believe gamers need a realistic perspective on the issue of sexism in eSports and gaming in general. Here are the major points this article will address:

  • The banal sexist remarks and misogynistic jokes we’ve all grown accustomed to as a result of constant stereotyping.
  • The male dominated culture of gaming.
  • Team Siren‘s impact on professional gaming last year and the negative perception they have created towards females who want to become pro gamers.
  • Female gamers being forced to either openly express their gender or hide it entirely.

 

 

Stereotyping Females

 

  We all like to make our assumptions about a group of people who seem consistent in behavior; stereotypes make life easier for us. They also lead to a complete lack of understanding issues in society and almost always promote hate speech, abuse and bullying. So how much do we really know about what women go through when they try to adopt gaming as a hobby or profession compared to men?

 There’s a huge difference between how two players, a man and a woman, are seen in the eyes of the majority. Females are condemned and bullied for being incapable of competing in gaming alongside men because the male-majority assumes women can’t achieve the same skill in video games as men, which is untrue. Let me explain.

  There are no studies that show females are weaker players than males. You can use the argument that there are far more men than women in pro gaming, and casual gaming in general, but that’s due to how games were originally marketed and how “gaming” was assigned, and socially upheld, as a male gender role. As a result women have had less time to: develop serious interests in gaming, develop the skills needed to compete at a top competitive level, and make major contributions to gaming, both in achievements and in their numbers. 

 However, this does not mean that gaming is incapable of embracing strong female contenders. For example, StarCraft II player Scarlett is recognized as one of the strongest players in the scene at the moment, consistently beating top-ranked opponents, despite being “a gamer girl.” But she is one of few and that is the problem. Women are less encouraged to pick up gaming as a hobby as a result of consistent framing and the rest of the community alienating them. The problem with sexism in pro-gaming starts at the bottom of the pyramid; if the industry molds around female interest and starts marketing itself equally for both genders, then we’ll see the issue resolved in more serious gaming.

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 We’ve established that women are repressed in gaming, but that this is mainly due to the marketing tactics used early in the industry, alongside the community’s shock and inability to properly accomodate the increasing flux of women becoming interested in games. Pro-gaming isn’t a viable profession for women yet, as the industry hasn’t tried to reach up to a female audience. Circumstances have developed a situation where women who wish to make a living out of their hobby are cornered into finding alternate ways to do it, because their gender is a detriment to this.

 One such alternative is streaming. Streaming generates revenue through view count, rather than skill. (sometimes, skill results in a bigger audience, but this is just an isolated case, whereas in pro-gaming skill is a requirement). It favors one gender over another, because looks and character generate attention quicker than just playing well in most cases. Note that this does not include all female streamers, but it’s simply the reality of the medium. Because (most) women are left without opportunity to pursue a pro-gaming career, but streaming is easily available to them, you get a discrepancy in relevance of the two careers for females.

 Women didn’t become involved in streaming with the mentality of selling their looks. But they approached a scene that was (and still is) awkward in how it accepts them. Exploiting gender traits for revenue isn’t a conscious decision made by the majority – it’s simply a logical alternative to professional gaming when professional gaming fails to provide women the proper environment for a stable job.

 

 

Team Siren

 

Team Siren Promo Video The majority of the playerbase has only had bad experiences with female teams. To have girls compete in pro-gaming is a recent concept and is burdened not just by the gaming community’s prejudice, but by segregation in the real world. What few opportunities females have had to be recognized as eSports material have gone down in history as sore examples and have further exacerbated the issue. Such is the case from last year with Team Siren.

I believe the majority have seen their introductory video. One can immediately tell this promotion wasn’t thought through. It implies that their team (Gold I at the time) was capable of taking on any competition from the pro teams. The Sirens tried to sell immaturity and snobby attitude to the public and this severely imapcted the perception people had of female pro players.

Trash-talking enemy players during games only served to further degrade Team Siren’s image. The team’s reaction to the community backlash, coupled with poor management, forced the Sirens to disband a month after creating the team.

Ironically, the demise of Team Siren may have actually benefited women who wish to compete in eSports, by bringing attention to the issue that there are practically no pro women gaming currently. Attitude and marketing aside, the Sirens were brave enough to step up to the spotlight as a team of women aiming for the big scene. If the focus had been more on gaming and less on selling an image, the team could had been a success.

This all partially leads to the creation of the 2014 Amateur Challenge for ladies.

 

 

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Colalin_tps  We shouldn’t ignore the fact that what being a gamer means for a male doesn’t mean the same for a female. There are societal views and expectations that all weigh heavily on a woman’s decision to commit to gaming. Women generally care more than men how they look in the eyes of the public. It’s a problem with gaming in general that it continues to be shunned by popular opinion, but women are much more affected by this than men.

  Women want the approval of others and when gaming doesn’t resonate with the people around them, they tend to stay away from it. Those women who have committed themselves to gaming and feel comfortable with are attributed the same characteristics, simply because they are a minority.

  There is a fact working against females who want to be in eSports – they’d be among the first. Teams participating in the Season 3 World Championship didn’t have a female member and, historically, have never had. After extensive research, the only example I found was Lin “Colalin” Ying Hsuan, substitute player for Taipei Assassins and Taipei Snipers. Statistically, women who compete in pro-play are a rare sight. A female wishing to pursue this career is going against the odds and that’s a demotivating realization.

  As a male you’ll probably face a wall of criticism if you go right now and tell your parents you want to abandon everything else and become a pro-player. This is without taking into consideration outside views and having the evidence to show them that people like you have become successful in pro-gaming. Now imagine how it would feel from a female’s perspective – she holds both a responsibility towards friends and family not to be perceived as “weird’ or “out of social standards” and she can’t show that women can become pro players and make a living.

  A woman who’s decided to be a pro gamer has all of this to overcome and she can’t be sure whether or not it’s even worth it.

 

 

Catch 22

 

  All these complex reasons for why sexism is so prevalent in gaming boils down to a simple truth – female gamers just aren’t taken seriously. Because the community is dominated by men, they assume everyone is male. Women then stick out as sort of exceptions to the rule, and they either need to conceal their gender or openly express it.

  In the first scenario, a woman is afraid of revealing who she is, because she understands the repercussions of doing so and the backlash that will follow. And insults targeted towards female gamers rarely attack the way they play; more often than not they’re just gender abuse. The male community treats women like outsiders and that’s why so many girls hide behind male avatars and nicknames – they don’t want to be blamed for being themselves.

  Good, then the problem is gone since they pretend to be male and we don’t have to care about their problems. Wrong! Being forced to hide your identity doesn’t solve anything; it’s a band-aid, a desperation move. This actually magnifies the second situation gamer girls find themselves in – expressing their gender.

  Most women simply choose to forget they’re women when they game online. This hurts those who don’t want their gender identity bent by senseless sexism on the part of the majority. When a girl gamer openly displays the fact she’s female, she’s seeking attention. If she doesn’t, she emphasizes the problem for those who are honest with their gender.

  This is not something women can solve for themselves. The male community of gamers needs to look at the way it views girl gamers currently. If basic understanding and respect aren’t present, we can’t move forward.

 

 

2014 Amateur Challenge

 Background: keSPA ( Korea e-Sports Association ) hosted The Amateur Challenge Ladies tournament this year, which features exclusively all-female teams on the pro Korean scene (OGN).

All female league  The all-female league in eSports, though inherently wrong, is currently the only real opportunity women have of breaking the gender barrier of the scene. People have likened it to other amateur leagues already out there, but what it gives girls with an interest in pro-gaming is a chance of creating a competitive environment where they are able to improve, gain experience as teams and compete at the peak level, and have a chance at making a living playing games competitively. “Professional status,” as in making a living playing video games, is something females currently aren’t even given a chance to achieve, and this league changes that!

  Though segregation of genders is inherently wrong, in the case of pro-gaming it can lead up to an equal audience of men and women. Once there are females at a skill level high enough, with experience backing them, we could see a female team climb into the LCS, and beyond. This will, indeed, make eSports a scene where anyone can become big.

  A female league is a solution born out of lack of alternatives. The fact that it’s, right now, the only shot women have at becoming relevant in eSports shows how deeply rooted this issue has become. There are girls out there who can and want to compete on the same level as other pro players, but, as all the above-mentioned arguments point out, the community and the scene have been slow to adapt to the rising interest in gaming among women.

 

 

The Sad Reality


  Female leagues serve to artificially equalize the number of men and women competing in pro gaming. The more females being involved with the scene, the more will start aiming for a career in eSports. And this is the bothersome aspect of the whole issue – we’re not that far off as a community to fixing it, we just refuse to acknowledge that the issue exists, due to the preconceived notion that games, and the leagues the pros play in, are unisex.

  In a previous section I touched on the topic that no LCS team has a female in the roster. This isn’t only applicable to the actual team members; several teams lack a single female staff member. It proves how male-dominated the gaming industry is. Bad thing? Certainly. It does make one consider whether or not we truly appreciate talent more than we appreciate the comfort of a mono-gender environment. The people reading this are among the most dedicated players and viewers of eSports and LoL. I’m assuming we all want the same thing – the best experience pro-gaming can deliver and a sport that can keep us a close community.

 

What Can I do to fix this

 

Everyone could make this easier simply by avoiding misogynistic remarks they’d never use in person. When referring to a player, talk about their skill, strengths, weaknesses and exclude gender from your mindset. This goes both ways: if you use your cleavage to attract people to your stream, then you know what kind of people to expect. Allow me to quote Magic the Gathering player Jackie Lee, from an amazing article of hers:

1. Gender jokes are not funny, they’re insensitive.

2. Seek criticism and express criticism at poor behavior.

3. Don’t insult someone based on gender. (or race, or sexuality, all these characteristics do not determine a person’s qualities)

Small note, all these points relate to both men and women. Gender equality goes both ways.

 

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Inven, a popular Korean forum, recently announced The SKT LTE-A LoL Masters All Star Event, which features multiple events. The “Legends” event which is to take place on Thursday, March 27th features the ten players voted in to play their role in a 5v5 match to compete for the title of Legend. Alongside the legends event, there will be a showmatch featuring the Season 2 Azubu Frost roster of Shy (Top), Cloudtemplar (Jungle), Rapidstar (Mid), Woong (AD Carry), and Madlife (Support) up against the original Najin Em-Fire Roster of MakNooN (Top), MOKUZA (Jungle), HooN (Mid), Hiro (AD Carry), ViNylCat (Support).

The All Star event on the other hand features ten players that are voted in, however they will not play their standard roles and there is no restriction to how many players of each role can be voted in. Each role will be randomly assigned to the players before the game. Theoretically, you could vote in entire teams to play in both the Legends and All Star matches, however it’s likely they’ll be split up onto seperate teams. The All Star event is now open for voting from fans all over the world, and OnGameNet is encouraging western fans of the Korean scene to vote.

The SK Telecom LTE-A Masters Tournament features a round robin between the seven most powerful organizations in the Korean professional scene (14 teams in total). The Legends/All-Star event is going to be a great event, showcasing the top players in Korea. There could be more to the event than we currently know, so follow Newsoflegends for more updates!

 

EDIT:
According to reddit user /u/JebusMcAzn:

Sunday night will feature a different matchup, with the “Flower Five” going up against the “Manly Five” – the former team are considered the most attractive players for each role in Korea, while the latter are the most charismatic in their position. After their game will be the All-Stars Match, where the ten most popular players in Korea will form two teams and play each other in what is sure to be a fantastic game. The rosters are:

F5 M5
Flame TrAce
Watch inSec
Nagne Ambition
Mystic BetKyo
Kish Mata

 

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