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Touted as one of the best junglers in the world, Lee “Spirit” Da-yoon has announced that he will no longer be playing for World Elite.

After a disappointing 11th place finish in China’s LPL Summer and being on the edge of relegation in both splits, Spirit took to Facebook to announce that he is an “unemployed kid” and will be streaming from his home in Incheon, Korea. Despite his teams placing, Spirit has shown incredible performances in the 2015 season, and his high pressure style of play has earned him a reputation among the world’s finest. He will likely be in high demand as a free agent, and has sent the community ablaze with speculation.

나는 백수다.. ㅠㅠ

Posted by 이다윤 on Thursday, 27 August 2015

With rosters locked for the rest of the 2015 season, it is uncertain where Spirit will play next. Team WE has not commented on this matter. NoL will provide updates to this story as it develops.

Spirit’s post on Facebook


UPDATE: Korean host and translator Susie “lilsusie” Kim has spoken directly with Spirit and indicates that he will is still under contract with WE.


Image Credit: CGA


Interview with Forg1ven banner

Touted as one of the best AD carries the west has to offer, I had a chance to talk with Konstantinos “Forg1ven” Tzortziou about his time on Gambit, the upcoming World Championship, and his competitive future.


I’ll jump straight into it. You’re currently serving a 4 game suspension due to negative behavior. What are your thoughts on the ruling?

Whatever I say on this matter won’t change anything even if I obviously am still really furious so what’s done is done.


How are you spending your downtime? What are your hobbies besides League?

Whenever I am not in front of a computer for my job I just divulge into social life. Otherwise I am either watching a tv series or playing a different game.


You were recently searching for another game to play, with a potential to win money in the future. Does this mean you wish to switch games, or is it just something to do on the side? Are you considering taking a break?

I have changed from CS 1.6 to DotA to League to CS:GO and in the future to HotS or whatever gaming title is really fun and appealing so yes. This doesn’t mean I will go pro because at some point I will have to finish my university studies and fulfill my army obligation so we will find out eventually.


Where do you stand on your current goals for competitive LoL? Do you see yourself returning to Gambit next year? If not, where would you want to play if you could play anywhere?

My intention is to play my last upcoming spring split with GMB unless an offer comes for the team which me and the organization find beneficial for both(Which i don’t see happening). I intend to honor my contract.


How is playing with Edward? Did you have to make any changes to your playstyle?

It was certainly the most entertaining and fun bot lane partnership I’ve ever had. It was harsh in the start but I really cared about Edward to improve him and through this I would improve too. I think in the end he became a better player, not the best, but significantly he showed progress that he did not with his former AD carries. One of the best personalities I’ve ever encountered. I didn’t have to change playstyle cause of Eddy, mostly cause of how my team operated and how I think I was misused or not prioritized at all so I gave up a lot.


If you could play with any support in the world, who would it be?

I don’t care tbh I believe that whoever I play with for a month or a bit more the player will show drastic improvement in at least one or more aspects of the game. Unlimited did, nRated did, Edward did, so I can’t see why this trend wouldn’t continue.


Would you ever consider playing in a different region? Where?

Yes. Obviously I want a go to NA at some point. Next worlds I will be 24 years old and I don’t think that is really hopeful. In general. wherever they speak English.


What do you think the teams “skill cap” was in terms of potential placing?

I think 4th place was the highest most likely.


What are Europe’s chances at worlds? Do you believe Fnatic is a title contender?

I am not following league since I got punished so whatever I say would be wrong and a lie so good luck to the representatives.


Which AD Carries were the most difficult to play against in the regular season? Who in your opinion are the top 3 AD carries in Europe? Who do you want to play against the most?

There was no bot lane that would stand out in general either cause of the meta or cause of the inability that exists with European bot lanes for consequent years. The only exception was the H2K bot lane. I think top 2 are Hjarnan and Freeze. No preference since everything seems to be the same over and over.


There was a recent overhaul of AP items, and talks have surfaced of AD Carries needing an item overhaul as well. What do you think on the current state of AD carry items and do you think item paths are stale? What would you change to improve the role?

I really wish that at some point AD carries would cease to exist so they fully realize that the role/items are extremely problematic. I prefer the Bloodthirster meta. I am not the one responsible for changing the role there are people that are getting paid to solve this kind of issues so it’s up to them.

It already started to happen kind of with Mordekaiser. I was thinking about it and I don’t get why teams haven’t tried to replace AD Carries with an AP Mage bot lane for example.


There has been criticism of your champion pool in the past, notably that you don’t like playing champions like Kalista and Sivir. Is there a truth to this? What is the decision making like behind what champion you will play during the game?

I didn’t play Kalista and I don’t think this was a problem since even if I played I am 101% sure that nothing different would have happened or we wouldn’t get a win just because of ‘that champion’. I was playing Sivir but after 1 week teams that had blue side were banning Sivir against us so nothing I could do there either. It’s rarely up to me to pick a champion. I present my team with the choices we have during a champion select and based on what we trained last week and they decide pretty much what is the most optimal.


The promotion tournament is just around the corner and Gambit has chosen Mousesports as their opponent. Why Mousesports?

I guess they are seemningly the weakest team available to pick. Wishing GMB the best since I won’t be able to assist.


After watching the final, were there any surprises in the Origen vs. Fnatic Matchup?

I saw the vods. Pretty much expected a 3-1 in favor of fnatic but not 3-2 to be honest.


What are your thoughts on either team and their current strength heading into worlds?

Origen could go further if they don’t collapse under pressure or hype. But for most Fnatic is the sure bet.


Do you watch/follow other regions?

No not at all.


Did you watch the NA Finals? What are your thoughts on NA teams and where they stand comparatively to Europe? How good is Doublelift/Aphromoo?

Since lane phase has pretty much disappeared it is really hard to see combinations to shine but I personally think they will stand up to their responsibility that they will be given by their team.


What has been the biggest obstacle you’ve faced in maintaining a career as a pro gamer? What drives you to keep playing?

Riot cause with their rulings or decisions they have created a really big apathy and disappointment inside of me for the game and this ‘career path’. In the past it used to be motivation to show a better quality than my counterparts in my role, now I really don’t know. It doesn’t matter anyway.


Will you continue competing in League of Legends? 

We will know after worlds.


You’ve been playing quite a bit of Heroes of the Storm. What is your opinion of the game so far and do you expect its eSports scene to grow to be a viable option for players? What attracts you to the game?

I think it’s a fundamentally different game from DotA and League and it will attract people. It’s up to Blizzard to pretty much make it a stable professional gaming title because in some years the other titles will ‘drop’ in popularity. I have no idea how it will do. You can say that HotS is comparable to Season 1 League at the moment.


What is your ideal breakfast?

Fast food or cereal.


Tim Kimbirk is a journalist for Team SoloMid. You can find him in the depths of solo queue, or on twitter talking about eSports.


Finishing in 8th place of the 2015 EU LCS Summer split, Gambit Gaming finds themselves facing relegation yet again on September 5th. With star AD Carry Konstantinos “Forg1ven” Tzortziou still serving the last two games of his suspension, Substitute Kristoffer “P1noy” Pedersen will replace him in the upcoming promotion tournament, where Gambit Gaming will play against Mousesports for their spot in the 2016 EU LCS.



Official Statement


Coming off of a 2nd place finish the the LJL Grand Championship, I spoke with Hiroki “MizuRussian” Nakamura on the recent finals, the future of the LJL, and eSports in Japan.


Hello Mizu. Nice to speak with you again! You took first in the regular season and 2nd in the Grand Championship. Are you satisfied with these results and what are the immediate goals for the team?

To tell the truth, I’m not 100 percent happy with the result because we had our goal from the start to win Grand Championship. But I’m proud of how well Rampage players has performed from being middle tier team last year to this result.


You played a close 5 game series against DetonatioN FM. What was your preparation like heading into this set?

We had good preparation for S2 Final, we researched a lot and our Coach Dragon is really good at it. For the Grand Championship we didn’t prepare very well. One of the biggest reasons was our Top Laner getting into in Car accident 1 week before the Grand Championship. So our scrims got cancelled meanwhile, but I’m really glad that he’s still alive and recovery is going well.


You were up 0-2, what happened after that second game? What contributed to losing the next three matches and ultimately the series?

Our mentality and physical strength wasn’t good enough, since we have  recently recruited the team I think we lacked in experience compared to Detonation FM. We need to take this loss in a positive way and use it as a learning experience for next time.


How strong do you rate the other wildcard regions? Who do you see as the biggest threat at the IWC? Can DetonatioN FM make it out of wildcard?

Most of the people probably think Turkey is strongest team as I do. I think Detonation need to prepare and use their full potential to win against them, and against other regions too. But I have full hope and wish Detonation FM to win since they beat our team. I want to see Japan make it out Wildcard.


What got you into eSports originally? What led to you taking an interest in the Japanese LoL scene, especially given its infancy at the time.

I was a player before in Europe, born in Sweden and after a while I talked with Japanese players about 3 years ago which made my interest to organize teams here in Japan.

Right now I’m living in Japan, before in Sweden it was ok to manage the team from distance. At that time, Rampage was keeping number one spot for about 1 year since there wasn’t that many good teams. Now I have to be here in Japan to manage the team and I think I made the right choice since team has changed for the better..


How much has changed in the past year for the Japanese LoL scene? What steps do you think need to be taken to bring the competition to a higher level?

The eSports scene in Japan is getting more popular but not enough for the marketing side, and I think that’s our work to do. We need to work all together here in Japan since the eSports scene isn’t big enough but I think in the future future it will grow and improve a lot.

I think most effective part for LoL scene in Japan would be making a server, which I’m waiting for!


Japan has been slower to take to PC gaming, LoL included. Do you think there is a naturally smaller cap to the growth of the scene and talent pool because of this? How much of a difference would a dedicated server make?

I think the reasons are that arcade games got too popular here in Japan, and the culture here is a bit different. Japanese parents/people don’t prefer kids to use the PC or play games.. Once a server is made here in Japan, I think the amount of players will increase a lot, x20 to x30 and that’s great for us to pick up more talented players.


What is a practice schedule like typically? Walk me through a day in the life of an LJL team.

I think Rampage lack on practice, we only practice 3 to 4 days a week because we have students. Other professional team has 5 to 6 days a week with longer practice time. It’s one thing Rampage need to change and working on it now.


What do you think would help grow the Japanese LoL scene? Do you believe it can be as large as other scenes and do you expect it to see a surge in popularity once it has an official server?

I think the first step is to open a new server and everyone needs to adapt after that.


There has been a lot of discussion on Coaching styles recently. I am wondering how the Rampage coaching staff approaches the topic and what your thoughts are on different coaching styles?

Rampage is working with CTU organization from Korea right now, we got Coach Dragon san from there and getting a lot help from the CTU. Dragon san was an ex Professional player for HoTs and LoL so he knows how the players are feeling when they play and he can advise well by reading their mindset to show them the right way to get better. I’m really happy I met Dragon san and that he became Rampages Coach.


Do you play the game? What rank are you and who is your favorite champion?

I don’t play the game anymore, playing ARAM only with friends. I was rank 12 solo queue before and I was known as Cassiopeia/Twisted Fate in Japan.



I would like to thank Tim san for a great interview again, and I hope there will be more Japanese esports lover in future like me. I’m a big fan of League of legends and hoping Japanese eSports scene will get better with time. Next time Rampage will try to get the Wildcard spot here in Japan, so please remember us and if we get there, please cheer for us!


Tim Kimbirk is a journalist at TSM. You can find him in the depths of solo queue, or on twitter talking about eSports.


By Riot Magus

With teams on the brink of qualifying for the 2015 World Championship, here’s a comprehensive overview of the tournament structure. In this article, we’ll be summarizing the 2015 Worlds format and explaining our process for determining team placements during the main stages of the tournament.



As we confirmed in our Worlds venue announcement, the 2015 World Championship will be made up of the Group Stage, Quarterfinals, Semifinals, and Finals.

The tournament is divided into two main sections:

Group Stage

Over two weeks, 16 teams will compete in a double Round Robin-style tournament in Best of 1s. The Group Stage contains four groups with four teams in each. Each group will have 12 total matches, plus potential tiebreakers. The groups are populated based on seeding from their regional events and determined during a live Group Draw. This Group Stage format is the same as the one we used in 2014.

Knockout Stage

Following the Group Stage, eight teams will advance to the Knockout Stage (formerly known as the Bracket Stage) and matchups will transition to Best of 5s. The Knockout Stage is comprised of Quarterfinals, Semifinals, and Finals.



Heading into planning for 2015 Worlds, we’ve made a couple of improvements to the overall structure of the tournament. To promote transparency around how teams are selected into groups, we’ll be hosting a live Group Draw Show.

We also weren’t completely satisfied with the way teams were seeded into the Knockout Stage from the Group Stage, with teams potentially being incentivized to not win a group in order to draw a perceived better matchup in the knockout round. As such, we’ll be introducing randomization elements on which 1st place group finishers face-off against 2nd place group finishers in the Quarterfinals.

We’ll share more about the Group Draw in September, but here are some details on what this means for Worlds 2015.



To kick off the 2015 Worlds, a Group Draw will occur according to the illustration below to sort the teams into four different groups – A, B, C, and D.


Group Pool

Overall, the 2015 Worlds Group Pool Structure is almost identical to that of 2014 Worlds with the exception of some qualifying International Wild Card (IWC) regions. Pool 1 contains the first-place seeds from China, Europe, Korea, and North America. Pool 2 has the second-place and third-place seeds from China and Korea, LMS’s two representatives, and the second-place seeds from North America and Europe. Pool 3 is comprised of the third-place seeds from North America and Europe as well as the two International Wildcard Qualifier winners. Each of the four groups will contain one team from Pool 1, two teams from Pool 2, and one team from Pool 3.

Group Draw Procedure

Like last year, there’s one cardinal rule for the 2015 Worlds Group Draw, and it’s intended to maximize the amount of cross-regional play:

  • No group will have more than 1 team per region

During the Group Draw Show, teams will be drawn until a pool is exhausted and we’ll place one team in each group before drawing the next team. However, if a team is randomly drawn that cannot be placed in the first available group; it will be automatically placed in the next available group.

For example, if an LCK team is randomly drawn with the 9th overall pick, but there’s already an LCK team in both of Group A and B, the LCK team would be moved automatically to the next available group (i.e. Group C).

Additional procedural rules apply to prevent invalid draws but we’ll release the full technical details of the Group Draw in advance of the Group Draw Show.



Previously, there was a preset bracket based on how Groups finished, but this year teams will be drawn into randomized Quarterfinals matchups. We’re making this change to incentivize teams to win their group and focus on playing their best. The Knockout Stage bracket will be drawn live on-air immediately following the final day of the Group Stage.

There are two cardinal rules for how we will decide teams’ Quarterfinal placements in the Knockout Stage for 2015 Worlds:

  • First-place group finishers must face second-place group finishers
  • No two teams from the same group can be placed on the same half of the bracket

The first rule is to reward teams that finished higher in the Group Stage while the second rule is to prevent rematches of Group Stage games before the Finals.

Knockout Pools and Procedure

Based on the bracket rules, we’ll assign the Quarterfinals bracket based on two pools: the first seeds from the Groups (A1, B1, C1, and D1) and the second seeds from Groups (A2, B2, C2, and D2).

The Knockout Stage Draw will proceed as follows:

First, all of the #1 seeds are randomly drawn and placed from top to bottom in the bracket.

For example, B1 was randomly drawn first and placed in the topmost matchup, then A1 was randomly drawn and placed in the second matchup, and so on.

Then, all of the second seeds are drawn. During the drawing of the second seeds, keep in mind that no two seeds from the same group can occupy the same half of the bracket. However, if a team is randomly drawn that cannot be placed in the first available matchup; it will be automatically placed in the next available matchup.

For example based on the above graphic, if A2 is randomly drawn from the second-seed group, it must go to the first valid slot (vs C1), then if C2 is drawn it goes to B1 because that’s the first available slot, etc.

After Quarterfinals, matches will proceed as bracketed for the remainder of the Knockout Stage.



We look forward to kicking off an exciting 2015 Worlds. Stay tuned to Lolesports to see what teams will qualify for the 2015 World Championship.


Rift Pulse August 15


Rift pulse returns with the latest standings and news from around the scene. In the LCS, Fnatic closed out the first ever perfect season in the LCS as Team Liquid surged to a first place finish. With teams from around the world clashing in their regions playoffs, the road to the 2015 World Championship is underway.


North America


  • Team Impulse issued a statement on the suspension of Mid Laner XiaoweiXiao.
  • Dignitas Head Coach Sami ‘Rico‘ Harbi has returned to LA and will take back the reigns as Head Coach.
  • David ‘Yusui’ bloomquist has announced his retirement.
  • TSM Online Analyst Dylan Falco has left the team.
  • Riot has ruled that Yu ‘XiaoWeiXiao‘ Xian  is suspended until spring 2016.
  • Nicolas ‘Gleeb‘ Haddad has announced his retirement from competitive play.
  • Team 8 has chosen to play against Team Imagine in the upcoming Spring Promotion tournament.



NA LCS 2015 Summer Playoff Schedule









EU LCS 2015 Summer Playoff Schedule










LPL 2015 Summer Playoff Schedule











LCK Final






LCK 2015 Summer Playoff Schedule


Korea Playoffs






  • Hugo ‘Dioud‘ Padioleau has been granted legal status as a “Professional eSports player” by the Brazilian Government.
  • The CBLOL 2015 Summer Season has ended, with paiN Gaming taking down INTZ e-sports 3-0 to qualify for the 2015 International Wildcard Tournament.


CBLOL 2015 Summer Season Finals Results







  • OPL Finals concluded August 8th, with Chiefs eSports Club taking the title and the ticket to the 2015 International Wildcard Tournament.
  • Riot has made their ruling on Curtis “Flying Joo” Schembri relating to toxic behavior.







  • LMS playoffs have concluded, with AHQ emerging as champions.
  • LMS Regional Finals will conclude August 15th. Post will be updated accordingly.




LMS Playoffs






Challenger Series


  • Team Dignitas EU qualify to the 2016 LCS Spring Split
  • Renegades qualify to the 2016 LCS Spring Split












images via lolesports. Banner via Chefo.


In the latest step forward for government recognition of eSports, paiN Gaming Support player Hugo ‘Dioud’ Padioleau took to Facebook to announce that he was granted legal status as a Professional eSports player by the Brazilian Government.

From Dioud’s Facebook:


These 2 last days were very important for me. Indeed, it’s now official and approved by the Brazilian Government:

I’m the first foreigner to have a legal status as “Pro Esport Player”


Read the post in it’s entirety.


image via Dioud official Facebook


Interview with Powerofevil Banner


Last time we spoke you were just coming off of a second place finish in the Spring Split. Now, you’re about to face Fnatic in the Semifinals. First however, let’s talk about your most recent game against Fnatic.

Our game vs Fnatic was not as we expected coming into the rift. We had a good start but made 1-2 crucial mistakes which got us really far behind and props to Fnatic with closing out the game insanely fast and punishing our mistakes.


You let Ryze through seemingly with the plan of attempting to shut him down early, which did work and led to an early advantage for you. What fell apart that the game turned around so rapidly and was closed out in only 23 minutes? What was your gameplan before the match?

As mentioned before these 1-2 errors crucial were the biggest reason we lost the game. I felt ahead BUT we were only even. We had a better scaling composition so we were totally fine with that until we got dived bot and Ryze got back in the game.


With Fnatic going 18-0, and an almost assured qualification the 2015 World Championship, do you think they are title contenders? What makes them so strong?

They are for sure title contenders. Not dropping a single game in the regular is insane BUT I am hyped to face them in the playoffs in a bo5. I am sure we can make it a close series. I think they just have some of the best tp decision calls and shotcalling in the game.


You were playing with Gilius. What are the differences between him and Kikis?

Gilius is not as experienced as Kikis LCS wise. He is warding less and his routes are not as carefully plannes as Kikis but he improved a lot on that. With his good mechanics he got us ahead in the early game most of the times. The best thing on him was that he always wanted to improve and he was really confident in the calls he made even as a new player.


Can you talk about H0r0? It is understood that he will be playing with the team in the playoffs. Has the team been practicing with him? How has the team dynamic been and is there a difficulty communicating in the team due to language barrier?

Horo was the starter vs Roccat. We felt really confident after practicing for a week with him in scrims. I think one of the biggest thing was that we started having fun in scrims again and you learn a lot if you enjoy the game as well. I dont think we have to many problems communicating with Horo both outside of the game or in the game. He sometimes speaks a little bit slow but he improved a lot on that already. We are trying to help him ingame when he trys to say something but normally thats not a big deal.


What are the advantages of H0r0, in your opinion? He’s definitely no stranger to the competitive scene, where do you think he stacks up with the rest of the competition? How is the Jungle/mid synergy going?

Horo is planning his route really careful which means he nearly never gets chaught. His warding is similiar to Kikis which helps me out a lot. If you call for him, he trys to come ASAP and is not looking at what he is losing. He will try to help you and get you back in the game even if he falls behind for that. He had a really good performance in the series and I am proud of reaching semis with him. I would say the jungle/mid synergy is fine right now but obviously can still get improved on.


How did you feel heading into your series against roccat, and what steps did you take to prepare?

We prepared the whole week playing scrims and speaking nearly everyday about bans, counterbans, picks and counterpicks. We felt really confident in the series with our bans that we didnt switch anything till the last game where a change was needed after the “sivir” ban.


What are you working on most to improve on individually? What is your current favorite solo queue champion?

I think I need to improve on my eye when I can go for a roam and get kills on another lane. I feel like I dont have the perfect eye for that yet. Syndra is my favorite soloQ champion. Your laning phase is decently strong but her burst after 6 is just insane.


How do you feel about the recent Azir changes? Was it overdone? What changes would you have made?

In my opinion Azir is not tier 1 anymore. He lost an insane amount of combat potential (1v1) with losing the knockup on the E spell. In general it is way harder to ult people in both teamfight and 1v1.


What changes would you make on the mid role, if any?

I dont think I would do any changes. I like the meta right now and that you have a huge diversity in the champions that are available.


What is the pregame and in-game dynamic like? What I mean is, what is the thought process behind say, your pick for example, and what factors go into what you will play? Once in-game, how is shotcalling handled? Is it just one player making calls, or does everyone have a role?

When I look what I am going to pick, I am checking out their bans. What did they ban what do they want to go for maybe. What is our team composition about. What is the enemy team composition about. Do they, for example, have enough engage? This can lead sometimes to picking a poke champion. (Kog/Varus). Normally I dont care about what I can get countered with BUT sometimes you NEED to look at that and you are forced to go for not the best pick for the team but the 2nd best.


Who do you think are the top 3 mid laners in Europe right now? Who is the hardest to lane against and what makes them difficult?

I think the competition is really close so its hard to say who is top 3 right now. The hardest to lane against is probably Ryu/Nukeduck and Pepiinero because they are always trying to win their lane even if they maybe overextend.


How dank are your memes?

Not good, haha!


You started the series off with a strong 2-0. What was your mindset heading into the 3rd game and what happened in games 3 and 4 that led to those defeats?

I think a huge factor was the Kalista pick. We didnt play against her for weeks and werent used to the overaggressive style that the support can manage to do.


You’ve been in a game 5 scenario for most of your playoff life, are you used to it to the point you would say you feel comfortable, or at least calm?

I dont think a 5th game will ever be calm. It went to 50 minutes again and it was the same scenario as in the 4th game. People were scared of losing it again so everyone took his last power and we played it out carefully…keeping TP’s and Maokai Righteous Glory engages in mind.


What was your plan heading into the final match and what was going through your head?

We were thinking about Kalista but in the end we didnt want to change anything. The 4th game was ours and we lost it more than they won it (Not denying that they had an insane comeback). When they banned Sivir we saw our chance of being able to switch a ban.


You’re up against an undefeated Fnatic next. What is your preparation like heading into that series and are you confident you can come out ahead? Do you expect a close series?

They didn‘t drop a single game and that is why you should respect them BUT that is a weakness as well when they drop their first game in the series I think. It doesn‘t matter that you went 18-0 in the regular split. If you lose the series, you lose and go to gauntlet system most likely.


Did you expect to be in yet another semifinal in what is still your rookie season? Is there a lot of pressure this time?

I dont think there is much pressure on us. I am sure everyone expects us to lose against Fnatic which means we can only upset people and not disappoint anybody.


What are your thoughts on the NA semifinal matchups and who do you believe is the strongest of those teams? Which NA teams do you think will be at Worlds and which do you feel are the strongest or you would like to play against the most?

Its hard to predict to be honest. I will let myself get suprised who goes to worlds, but I would love to face Bjergesen there. I am sure he would want revenge from our last time we met in IEM.


How do you think Incarnati0n has done in his NA debut?
I think he is a middle tier midlaner for now but becomes better every day.



Thanks to everyone who supports me and keeps supporting me in the Playoffs. I am going to try my best reaching worlds with my team!




After a mid July coaching shuffle, Team SoloMid online analyst Dylan Falco has decided to step away from the organization.

Announced in September, Dylan has worked with TSM for the past 14 months, travelling with the team for multiple events and helping the team prepare for the 2014 World Championship and 2015 Spring LCS playoffs.

“Recently, with Parth in-house and Reginald as acting head coach, TSM is now running with 3 on-site staff members helping the team prepare for upcoming matches. As the sole online member of the coaching staff this split, my role has been less impactful than I would like. Much of the match and strategy preparation is being done by Reginald, Locodoco and the team in person. As a result, we have mutually decided to part ways.”


You can read his full statement here.

As team Impulse adjusts to their new mid laner Austin ‘Gate‘ Yu in a 3-0 sweep over Team Dignitas, Riot has finally spoken up on Yu ‘XiaoWeiXiao‘ Xian. Doling out their official ruling, it remains to be seen if the Team Impulse mid laner will remain with the team.


By Hunter ”Riot Hebble” Leigh



Xian “XiaoWeiXiao” Yu Elo boosted one account, was in talks to boost further accounts, and was also negotiating the sale of an unlocked account granted to LCS pros. As a result of these actions, he is ineligible for competitive play in any Riot-affiliated League of Legends competition until February 2016.




On July 21, LCS officials were made aware of evidence suggesting that Xian “XiaoWeiXiao” Yu was engaged in Elo boosting. Further investigation also suggested that XiaoWeiXiao had been in talks to sell an account with all champion skins unlocked to the same party who paid him to Elo boost. XiaoWeiXiao came forward shortly after allegations were made public and admitted to LCS officials that he had Elo boosted one account even after allegedly being discouraged from doing so by his Elo boosting associate. After further inquiry, he denied boosting any other accounts or negotiating to sell an account.

Over the next several days, LCS officials discovered evidence that XWX had been attempting to sell an unlocked account in addition to Elo boost. After a second interview with XiaoWeiXiao where he was presented with the evidence, he admitted that he had been attempting to sell an account to the same party who paid him to Elo boost. LCS-unlocked accounts have all in-game content unlocked and are given to LCS players as a privilege for participating in the LCS.





Sharing accounts and engaging in Elo boosting not only violates the Terms of Service, but has many negative effects on the community. Elo boosting produces unbalanced games, devalues the commitment many players make to earn their rankings, and endangers account security.

There are a number of factors that we consider whenever we’re assessing a penalty for any violation of LCS rules. We also look for whether players are aware of the severity of the violation – we have repeatedly stressed to players that Elo boosting is impermissible and harms other players. We also look for precedent, which in this case includes recent rulings issued in other leagues which have levied suspensions ranging from six months to a year for Elo boosting. Lastly, we took into account the fact that XiaoWeiXiao had boosted only one account and admitted misconduct to LCS officials, though he did make several misrepresentations to LCS officials such as denying that he was aware he was working with an Elo booster.

We have multiple examples of Elo boosting punishments globally and this is something we’ve taken a firm stance on as a league. Pros, including XiaoWeiXiao, are aware that Elo boosting is a violation of league rules and he went ahead despite that knowledge. As a result of his Elo boosting, XiaoWeiXiao will be banned from participating in any Riot-affiliated League of Legends competition for six months, retroactive to July 21, 2015, when he first admitted misconduct.



Account selling is a violation of the Terms of Service. The attempted sale of an LCS unlocked account is a particularly acute breach of trust since these accounts are offered as a special privilege to LCS pros to honor their achievement of competing in the highest level of competition in their region.

In weighing what an appropriate penalty would be in this case, we took into account that while XiaoWeiXiao was negotiating the sale of the account to his Elo boosting associate he ultimately did not sell the account in question.

As a result of attempted account selling of an LCS-unlocked account to a known Elo booster, XiaoWeiXiao will be banned from participating in any Riot-affiliated League of Legends competition for an additional month.




10.2.8 Player Behavior Investigation

If LCS or Riot determines that a Team or Team Member has violated the Summoner’s Code, the LoL Terms of Use, or other rules of LoL, LCS officials may assign penalties at their sole discretion.




XiaoWeiXiao is ineligible for all Riot-affiliated League of Legends competition until February 21, 2016.




What about Alex Gu and Team Impulse management? Is there any reason to believe they were involved?

XiaoWeiXiao made use of Alex Gu’s PayPal account to collect payment for Elo boosting, which raised questions about whether Alex or TIP management was involved in the alleged Elo boosting. After speaking with Alex and XiaoWeiXiao, both denied any involvement or knowledge of TiP management in XiaoWeiXiao’s Elo boosting or attempted account selling. Both maintained that when XiaoWeiXiao first began streaming in the United States he found that he could not set up a PayPal account without a Social Security Number, so he opted to use Alex’s instead in order to collect stream donations. Other members of Team Impulse corroborated that Alex never discussed or encouraged Elo boosting with team members. Alex maintains that neither he nor any other TiP players used the PayPal account; XiaoWeiXiao was the primary user of the account. XiaoWeiXiao maintained that he acted alone, without the participation of TIP management or his teammates.

Our investigation ultimately uncovered no evidence to indicate that Alex Gu was knowingly involved with XiaoWeiXiao’s Elo boosting or attempted account selling.


Was Rush involved in the Elo boosting?

While Elo boosting, XiaoWeiXiao duo queued many of his games with his teammate Rush to help boost the account more quickly. When asked, both players denied that Rush knew that XiaoWeiXiao was Elo boosting. Based on our conversations with XiaoWeiXiao, Rush, and several other sources we believe that Rush did not realize that XiaoWeiXiao was Elo boosting. As a result, we are not penalizing Rush in connection with this case.


Why does XiaoWeiXiao’s penalty for Elo boosting differ from other recent Elo boosting cases, like HKES Raison?

XiaoWeiXiao has only been found to have Elo boosted one account. Raison’s case differed because he was found have boosted a much greater number of accounts and was a much more severe case of Elo boosting.


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