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Chris Badawi, part owner of LCS team TDK, and CS team LA Renegades, will have to reapply to join the LCS as an owner in 2017 if he wishes to serve in the LCS in the owner, coach, or manager capacity. Riot has released an official statement, found below.

 

By RiotNickAllen

TL;DR

 

Chris Badawi, current part-owner of LCS team Team Dragon Knights (TDK) and CS team Renegades (RNG), solicited a player under contract with Team Liquid to join his team. After doing so he was notified by Team Liquid’s owner and LCS officials that soliciting LCS players under contract was a violation of league tampering rules and could disqualify him for consideration as an owner, coach, or player. Despite the warning, he again tampered with another Team Liquid player shortly thereafter. Due to this pattern of willful tampering, we are declining to certify Chris Badawi as an eligible LCS owner and issuing a one-year ban on him holding any officially recognized LCS team position (i.e. owner, coach, manager). In order for TDK and RNG to be eligible to play in the LCS next season, Chris will have to divest his ownership stake in both teams.

 

SUMMARY

 

Over the last month and a half we have received numerous reports from parties directly involved with the LCS of alleged misconduct by current Renegades (formerly Misfits) owner, Chris Badawi, who is also a part-owner of the LCS team TDK. After concluding an investigation into these reports we have determined that he has engaged in tampering on multiple occasions. Given his repeated pattern of misconduct, we are declining to certify Chris Badawi as eligible to be an LCS owner and issuing a ban on him holding any officially recognized LCS team position (ie. owner, coach, manager) for the remainder of the 2015 season and the entirety of the 2016 season.

Ownership in the LCS is a major responsibility, and requires a relationship built on trust between the owner and all members of the league. In this case, Badawi’s actions as a team owner have shown a lack of integrity, challenging that trust and disqualifying him from consideration as an LCS owner at this time.

 

FULL CONTEXT

 

This week, we concluded a full investigation into several allegations of tampering against Chris Badawi, current owner of Renegades (formerly Misfits). Our investigation confirmed that Badawi engaged in tampering– inappropriately influencing a player under contract with one organization to consider joining another– specifically against Team Liquid on two separate occasions. He was also dishonest about it to LCS officials during the standard screening for entry into the LCS that all prospective LCS owners must undergo before being approved (in this case, TDK submitted Badawi as a part-owner).

In the first incident, Badawi approached LCS player Yuri “KEITH” Jew while he was under contract with Team Liquid in an attempt to recruit him to Misfits, including discussing salary. Upon being made aware of this contact, Team Liquid owner Steve Arhancet warned Badawi that soliciting players under contract with an LCS organization without first getting permission from team management was impermissible. After his conversation with Arhancet, Badawi then reached out to KEITH and asked him to pretend their conversation had never happened if questioned by Team Liquid management.

Following the first incident, Badawi spoke with LCS officials in early February to discuss the CS and LCS poaching and tampering rules. After discussing how tampering and poaching rules operate in CS and LCS and having numerous questions answered, he was directly told tampering was impermissible and was given the following condition of entry into the league in writing: “At some point owners, players, coaches, are all behavior checked and if someone has a history of attempting to solicit players who are under contract, they may not pass their behavior check.”

Following this discussion with LCS officials, Badawi approached Diego “Quas” Ruiz, who was also under contract with Team Liquid. During discussions with Quas, he suggested that Quas consider leaving Team Liquid – in addition, he made an explicit offer that Misfits would offer a higher salary than Team Liquid if Quas were to join his team. Both of these statements constitute tampering. When questioned about approaching Quas, Badawi originally denied that the conversation had happened. However, after media reports about his discussions with Quas became public he later admitted to LCS officials that he had engaged in impermissible conversations with Quas regarding leaving Team Liquid and had offered him a spot on Misfits. He still denied having offered him a salary, a statement which we ultimately determined to be false.

When we considered appropriate penalties, we took into account the fact that Badawi had engaged in multiple instances of tampering, even when aware of the ruleset which expressly forbids it and after being directly briefed about tampering rules by LCS officials. Tampering is an offense which we take very seriously, and recent events have shown that our previous penalties are not achieving the goal of deterring organizations from this kind of unscrupulous behavior. As a result, we are taking a harder line on tampering and poaching to ensure that it is clear that they are unacceptable.

Due to the repeated pattern of soliciting players under contract, we are declining to certify Chris Badawi as eligible to be an LCS owner and issuing a one-year ban on him holding any officially recognized LCS team position (i.e. owner, coach, manager).

 

RULING

 

Chris Badawi will not be accepted in any official LCS position for any team for the remaining 2015 and entire 2016 season. If Renegades qualify for the LCS during the 2015 promotion tournament, they will be required to declare another owner or will be denied entry into the LCS.

In addition, Badawi currently owns a minority stake of TDK. In keeping with this ruling, we will require TDK to replace or resell his stake in the team’s ownership – if not completed by playoffs, the team will face disqualification.

 

Q&A

 

Q: What does this mean for the players on Renegades?
 

A: The Renegades players are in no way implicated in this ruling– the penalty is solely against Chris Badawi as owner, and it is our hope that this has as little as possible impact on the Renegades players. It’s up to the team as to what their next steps are, but this can be settled by either selling the ownership slot to another individual, or (as has been the policy for CS spot ownership in previous splits) offering up the slot to the players.

 

Q: Chris Badawi wasn’t a member of the league when he engaged in this tampering, is it fair to penalize him for breaking a rule he may not have thought he was covered by?
 

A: Entry to the LCS is a multi-step process that involves not only qualification through the Promotion Tournament, but also meeting the professionalism bar of the LCS. In the case of players and coaches, this includes things like abiding by the Summoner’s Code and LoL – for prospective owners, this also includes vetting based on past actions. In this case, Chris Badawi was warned in writing by LCS officials that further tampering might challenge his entry into the LCS as an owner – the fact that he continued to engage in these behaviors shows us that he does not currently meet the professionalism requirement of being an LCS member.

 

Q: Does this effectively ban Chris Badawi from working within esports?
 

A: No. Chris Badawi is free to work within any esports organization he chooses, including Renegades. Our only stipulation is that he cannot currently serve in a recognized LCS capacity (owner, coach, manager) due to these incidents. If he would like to reapply to join the league as an owner in 2017, we would be willing to reevaluate his application and potentially approve it.

 

Q: This seems like a pretty long time to keep someone out of the league. Is tampering really such a big deal?
 

A: To recap some of the issues we discussed in a previous post, poaching protections are important both for the stability of organizations and to avoid situations in which legitimate contracts are undermined by competing offers from other teams during the season without the agreement of all parties – the player, the current management, and prospective employer.

When players and teams sign a contract they are entering into an agreement that a player will play for a team during a defined period of time and be duly compensated – players abruptly dissolving their contracts due to employment discussions with other teams during the season creates a chaotic environment for teams and players and undermines stability for teams and their competitors. It also puts honest teams which comply with anti-tampering/poaching rules at a disadvantage in acquiring players.

This doesn’t mean that we don’t want players to ever switch teams or find the team that is the best fit for them – players always reserve the option of exercising buyout clauses that may exist in their contracts, discussing the possibility of being traded to another team with their management, or simply waiting until their current contract is up before engaging in any negotiation they want. Ultimately, the value of contracts goes both ways. For players, contracts provide stability and the promise of a paycheck. For teams, contracts guarantee that contracted players play for their team and if a player wants to leave a team, the team management are a necessary part of that discussion. This is an important dynamic to preserve, and tampering/poaching protections are one way of doing so.

 

RELEVANT RULES

 

3.1 Team Ownership Restriction
 

The League shall have the right to make final and binding determinations regarding Team ownership, issues relating to the multiple team restriction and other relationships that may otherwise have an adverse impact on the competitive integrity of the LCS. Any person that petitions for ownership into the LCS can be denied admission if they are found to have not acted with the professionalism sought by the LCS. Someone seeking admission into the LCS must meet the highest standards of character and integrity. Candidates who have violated this rule set or attempted to act against the spirit of these rules, even if not formally contracted to the rule set, can be denied admission into the LCS.

 

10.2.13 No Poaching or Tampering
 

No Team Member or Affiliate of a team may solicit, lure, or make an offer of employment to any Team Member who is signed to any LCS team, nor encourage any such Team Member to breach or otherwise terminate a contract with said LCS team. Violations of this rule shall be subject to penalties, at the discretion of LCS officials. To inquire about the status of a Team Member from another team, managers must contact the management of the team that the player is currently contracted with. The inquiring team must provide visibility to LCS officials before being able to discuss the contract with a player

NoL has reached out to Chris Badawi for comment.

 

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Joey “Youngbuck” Steltenpool, Captain of the Copenhagen wolves, has revealed plans to step down from the team. Citing a team atmosphere with seemingly unchangeable conditions, here is his statement, from his twitter:

Last night I expressed to the team and staff my desire to leave the team. The atmosphere in the team has been awful this split and I’ve come to accept that it won’t change anytime soon. I will try my hardest in this weeks LCS games but hope that CW will find a replacement for me shortly after. I want to thank all the fans for their support throughout the years, through thick and thin. League of Legends is still a game I love playing, and love teaching others in so I will stick around and consider my options after this is all said and done.

 

NoL will continue to provide updates on the Copenhagen Wolves as changes develop.


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After injuring his hand playing basketball, CLG may opt to use substitute AD carry Trevor “Stixxay” Hayes in place of Yiliang “Doublelift” Peng.

 

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As stated on the lolesports fantasy website, Doublelift is day-to-day, with Stixxay ready to stand in if necessary. Doublelift doesn’t seem too worried, and took to twitter to announce that his finger “should be back to normal in a week or 2.” He also gave a brief update on his Facebook:

 

Ok so the story is that we were playing basketball on lunch break, and I grabbed the rusty metal net with one hand trying to stuff someone. Didn’t feel any pain at first, but I looked down and saw my pinky looking weird. Only 12 stitches and looks worse than it is :^) hope I can still play this weekend

 

Plagued by visa issues, TDK will continue using substitute players in week 4. Zachary “Mancloud” Allan Hoschar and James “Lattman” Lattman will fill the void in TDK’s roster for week 4.

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This week, Ekko became eligible in the LPL, as well as the EU and NA LCS. While still disabled in LCK, it’s always exciting when a champion enters or returns to the meta, and in this case rings especially true. Regarded as “overloaded”, Ekko can be seen as a burst mage with a ton of utility,  not to mention the fact that he can escape most situations relatively intact. His E skill, Phase Dive, grants him the ability to chase down opponents, or get out of a potentially lethal encounter. Coupled with an AoE stun, the pick potential is real from whatever position he is played.

Making his competitive debut in EU, Ekko would take on a variety of roles as players figure out exactly where the AP assassin belongs. Billed as a mid laner, does Ekko truly stand without limits?

Let’s take a look at what we’ve seen so far.

 

Stage 1 Europe

After bans in the first 3 games of the week, we would finally see Froggen bring Ekko out to a strong performance of 4-1-4, though eventually falling to Fnatic. In his next appearance, Airwaks brought the time shattering menace into the jungle, ending up with a 3-2-3 score and a defeat.

Played 3 more times, only one player would find success on Ekko as Froggen received yet another loss with a modest score of 2-2-1. Fnatic top laner Huni pulled off the only Ekko win in EU, going 7-1-7 and rushing what has become the standard: Morellonomicon. In the clip below, Huni shows us Ekko’s bait potential, Fnatic style.



Kikis would also bring Ekko into the jungle, suffering a 1-4-5 loss to H2K. It’s worth noting that in both Kikis and Airwaks games, neither jungler opted to build sightstone. With a questionable rush of Spirit Visage on Airwaks, and Kikis going from his Cinderhulk into a Locket of the Iron Solari and Glacial shroud, a case can be made for the early vision offered by sighstone over getting tanky as fast as possible. Time will tell.

Ekko premiered in Europe, but would make his first true mark in North America.

 
Stage 2 North America

At the end of day 2, Ekko’s debut would spark numerous questions. Where is he best played? What should he build? What role does he serve? The NA LCS would provide no clear answer as he ended week 3 with wins across all three roles.

Interestingly, in both of his losses in North America, Ekko was played mid lane, and ended with a positive score. With Innox going 5-2-5 in their loss against Team 8, and Bjergsen 7-1-6 against Team Dignitas, neither player could capitalize on their advantages, hinting at something far from revolutionary: Ekko is team dependent. While he boasts awesome slaying power, Ekko is also loaded up with a stun and a slow, granting his team just as much utility as damage. Coordination is key, best displayed in Team Liquid’s game against Cloud 9.



Opting for a sighstone rush and lots of early game pressure, IWillDominate gave us the first glimpse of Ekko’s strengths in the jungle. At the end of the 39 minute matchup, Ekko became a tanky time-travelling terror, soaking up damage for his team and controlling team fights through zoning and intelligent placing of his ultimate.

In their match against TDK, Bjergsen was able pull off a score of 12-6-7, taking control of the mid lane and eventually the game in a relatively standard match from TSM.



Finally, ZionSpartan would put up an admirable 4-3-9 in his victory against Gravity, once again showcasing Ekko’s carry potential even when starting defensively, choosing to build a Seeker’s Armguard before the traditional Morellonomicon.

Ekko secured a 3-2 overall win record in NA, leading to even more questions.  Next stop, China.


Stage 3 China

There was no shortage of Ekko play in the 12 team LPL, finding himself played in 11 out of the 24 games in Week 4. In a region known for it’s teamfighting, it would be interesting to see the Chinese teams approach to the league’s newest champion.

Our first glimpse of Ekko in the LPL would come in the form of a loss in the midlane as Dade gave up first blood and fell 3-5-1 to Pawn’s Leblanc. Being forced into an abyssal scepter, Dade never quite managed to claw back into the game and EDG closed the game out in typical EDG fashion – convincingly.

The next showing of Ekko would be by none other than Rookie. Living up to his nickname of “Faker Junior”, a 10-3-13 score in game 2 against LGD showed us what can happen when Ekko gets ahead early. Controlling the pace of team fights and zoning enemies with his W ability, Parallel convergence, Ekko’s presence in 5v5 scenarios is impossible to ignore.

 

 

In a less than spectacular performance, Flandre would flounder, going 2-7-1 with another strange item build on Ekko, choosing to build Cinderhulk and Trinity force and operating with a summoner spell combination of Teleport and Smite. After Snake took an early tower, QG would take hold of the game with a solo kill from V, and never slowed down from there. From behind, Ekko was never able to get into the Snake backline, and his team fight impact was rendered useless.

The first matchup of IG vs. OMG would feature Cool on Ekko, but with an 0-0-1 score, it was pretty much the Uzi show. It would be the 4-1-16 Jungle Ekko of mlxg to give us our next win on the champion in game 1 of RNG vs. WE, followed by a poor attempt to do the same by Spirit in the next game, closing the set 0-2 with a score line of 3-2-6. Not wanting to follow in Spirit’s footsteps, Eimy showed us once again that Jungle Ekko is more than a gimmick, controlling the pace of the game against one of the best teams the world has to offer in EDG.  He would close game out game one with an impressive score of 4-1-22. With Pawn and GODV both posting losses in the mid lane, it would be Eimy to bring out Ekko two more times, posting up a 3-1-19 win and a 1-4-4 loss in their set against WE. Not out of the ordinary for a jungler, every game Ekko was played in the jungle featured a Sightstone rush, with victories using both Ranger’s Trailblazer and Stalker’s Blade.


 

Wanting a more clear idea of his success in China, I consulted with LPL caster Froskurinn Devin “Froskurinn” Ryanne Mohr.

 

“I think Ekko has found most of his use in the jungle – starting fights using his kit as a gap closer and slow for the rest of his team, serving as an initiation tool. Mlxg and Eimy showed much better performances than the mid laners, apart from Rookie.”

 

I asked her what she thought about Sightstone on Ekko, and mentioned that in EU, there was no Sightstone on Airwaks Ekko in his loss against Gambit, but Team Liquid’s win against Cloud 9 was impacted heavily by the presence of IWillDominate’s sighstone Ekko, allowing him free reign over the map.

 

“I mean obviously it has some relevance but I think it’s more how they’re considering using him versus how its being executed. In the mid lane he’s just another burst that can soft counter assassins but in the jungle it’s more about choke points – and his W being used in those choke points.  They only build him tanky to help his clear be safe, but he can run so far ahead of his team and catch everyone with his W/E combo. His ult is a safe backup in case the enemy team turns to burn him – and while they try to do that, the time the enemy spends on him allows his team to catch up and murder them now that all their cooldowns are gone.

As far as China is concerned – His jungle dynamic really works with the team fighting specialties in China of in playing with angles and choke points, and I think that’s how the Chinese teams have been using him best and where we’ll see a priority outside teams that have all-star mid laners like Cool, Rookie, GodV, etc.”

 

Ekko would end his run in China at 5 wins and 7 losses, with three of those wins coming from the jungle. It’s been made clear that Ekko doesn’t fare well from behind, and that team coordination is more important than ever, with many of his strengths coming from how much impact he has in team fights. He may have a huge toolbox, but using those tools efficiently is critical to his success. It will be interesting to see where Ekko finds his place as the various summer splits unfold, but one thing is certain: Ekko does have limits, and teams will have to play around them if they want to succeed with – or against – the boy who shattered time.

 

By the Numbers

Here’s a quick look at Ekko’s performance so far, broken down by region. All games took place between Jun 11th and Jun 14th.

 

Global

 

Number of games available June 11-14: 44

Picked or Banned in: 37/44 (84% P/B)

Total picks:  21

Total bans:  16

Winrate: 43% (9 Wins, 12 Losses)

Most successful position: Jungle (4 wins)

Breakdown by wins: Jungle (4), Mid lane (4), Top Lane (2)

Breakdown by losses: Jungle (3), Mid Lane (7), Top Lane (1)

Most played by: Eimy – Jungler of Unlimited Potential (3 times, 2 wins, 1 loss)

Total games mid: 11

Total games Top: 3

Total games jungle: 7

 

Europe

 

Total Games: 10

Picked/Banned: 90% (5 picks, 4 bans. Uncontested 1 game)

Winrate: 20% (1 Win, 4 losses)

 

North America

 

Total games: 10

Picked/Banned: 70% (5 picks, 2 Bans. Uncontested 3 games)

Winrate: 60% (3 wins, 2 losses)

 

China

 

Total Games: 24

Picked/Banned: 87% (11 Picks, 10 Bans. Uncontested 3 Games)

Winrate:  45% (5 Wins, 6 Losses)

Winning players across EU/NA LCS and LPL

 

Top: Huni (EU), ZionSpartan (NA)

Mid: Bjergsen (NA), Cool (LPL), Rookie (LPL)

Jungle: IWillDominate (NA), mlxg(LPL), Eimy (LPL)

 


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

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Rift pulse returns with the latest standings as TSM and Fnatic reign at the top of the NA and EU LCS. Plus, a look at the 2015 World Championship seeds, and other scene news.

 

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  •  Team Gravity announced that Head Coach Nick “LastShadow” de Cesare is leaving due to emerging personal issues.
  • Team Dignitas added former CJ Entus and Winterfox jungler Dong-jin ‘Helios‘ Shin to their starting roster, in place of  Andrew ‘Azingy‘ Zamarripa.

 

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As leagues around the world kick off their summer seasons, Riot has announced the seeding information for the 2015 World Championship. LMS has been granted the two slots formerly belonging to the GPL, and there be two separate tournaments to determine the wildcard competitors. The number of teams remains at 16.

 

2015 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP REGIONAL SEEDS

 

 

As we begin the march towards the 2015 World Championships, we’re excited to reveal the final seeds per region. Below is a breakdown of the regional seeding for the upcoming 2015 Worlds compared to the 2014 tournament:

 

 

 

WHAT’S CHANGED AROUND SEEDING?

For the most part, the seeds per region haven’t changed between 2014 and 2015 with the exception of Southeast Asia and Taiwan.

 

Southeast Asia: GPL and LMS

In 2014, the GPL included the top teams from both Taiwan and Southeast Asia. After the split of last year’s GPL into the LMS (composed of the top teams in Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau) and the current GPL (composed of teams representing the rest of Southeast Asia), we’ve transferred the league’s two guaranteed seeds to LMS, while also giving GPL a qualification path to Worlds through an International Wildcard Qualifier.

Based on historical and recent performance, we feel that LMS merits the two seeds that it historically earned through the GPL, while the new GPL deserves a chance to compete for a spot at Worlds with other growing markets in the International Wildcard Qualifiers.

 

International Wild Card Regions and Qualifiers

Two new leagues, Southeast Asia’s GPL and Japan’s LJL, will join the fight to be a part of Worlds. They will participate along with Oceania, Latin America, Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), Turkey, and Brazil in the International Wild Card Qualifiers. The top team from each IWC region will compete in two qualifier tournaments, each of which will qualify a single team to participate in 2015 Worlds:

  • Qualifier 1: CIS, Brazil, and Latin America
  • Qualifier 2: Southeast Asia, Turkey, Japan, and Oceania

The first IWC Qualifier tournament will be played in Chile and the second IWC Qualifier will be played in Turkey.

We’ll share more information about the Group Draw as we get closer to Worlds, as well as following each region’s progress as teams get closer and closer to the 2015 World Championship. Tune in along with us to see which teams will qualify to represent their regions at Worlds in Europe later this year.

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After facing visa issues heading into their debut in week 1 of the LCS, TDK will once again be using a roster composed of 3 substitute players. Their official roster will be ready to compete in week 3 as they complete the visa process. From TDK’s Facebook:

 

Hey guys!

We have some good news, and some bad news concerning our players for this weekend. The good news is that Ninja, Emperor and Smoothie’s Visas have been officially approved by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services. The bad news is that in order to complete the process, they must fly back to their respective countries to conduct an in-person interview to finalize their Visas. All three of our players will be flying out this weekend and will be eligible to play next weekend! Our substitute players from last week, Bischu, Lattman, and Baby, will once again be filling the spaces in our roster for this week’s LCS.

We apologize to our fans who were excited to see our players this weekend, and ask for a little bit more of your patience while we prepare our players.

Thank you,
Team Dragon Knights

 

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After sitting out from the casters desk during the inaugural week of the 2015 EU LCS Summer Split, Riot has issued a surprise ruling for caster Martin “Deficio” Lynge.

 

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CONTEXT

 

Last week, we became aware of allegations involving Martin “Deficio” Lynge, a Rioter and EU LCS caster. Specific allegations were made that SK Gaming’s in-game strategy had been leaked to their opponent that day, the Copenhagen Wolves. We immediately launched an in-depth investigation and, as a precaution, removed Deficio from the broadcast and delayed the SK vs. Copenhagen Wolves scheduled game while initial inquiries took place.

Allegations were made that Deficio had discussed SK Gaming’s in-game strategy with their opponent on May 28, 2015 – and specifically with Head Coach Karl “Dentist” Krey. Over the course of our investigation, LCS officials reviewed available evidence and spoke with players and management on SK Gaming, Copenhagen Wolves, and other affected players as well as Deficio himself.

Despite evidence that Dentist had verbally claimed to Copenhagen Wolves players he was receiving information from Deficio on in-game strategy, our investigation uncovered no evidence to support this claim. While interviewing with LCS officials, Dentist admitted that in the interest of shoring up his authority with the team, he had implied to them that he was getting strategic information from Deficio, but his claims were unfounded. Based on the lack of evidence to support Dentist’s initial claims, we concluded that no strategy had been shared which could have challenged competitive integrity in this case.

However, during the course of this investigation, we were made aware that Copenhagen Wolves had offered Deficio a management position to join the organization at the conclusion of the 2015 season, and that the two parties had had ongoing conversations for the past six weeks.

Although it’s not unusual for Rioters to be approached with offers from LCS organizations, it’s important that the organization and Rioter let us know as soon as an offer is made to raise awareness around potential conflicts of interest. In this case, we believe that Deficio showed poor judgment in navigating this conflict of interest. Over the course of our investigation we found evidence indicating that Deficio had begun speaking with several active LCS players – contracted and free agents – about their future and the possibility of working with them on the Copenhagen Wolves. These conversations influenced – or had the potential to influence – player decisions on where they chose to play, and affected the competitive integrity of the LCS.

When considering consequences for Deficio’s actions, we examined whether or not there had been former precedent set within past LCS rulings. Many former rulings revolve around poaching (i.e. the CLG ruling) – the improper recruitment of a player under contract with one organization to a different one – but Deficio’s actions constituted tampering – inappropriately influencing a player under contract with one organization to consider joining another. As such, this is the first official ruling that deals specifically with tampering. Due to his former position as a pro player, Deficio has relationships with former teammates and friendships with current pros. However, his unique position as a shoutcaster and representative of the EU LCS meant that his actions were inappropriate and a breach of the trust that the League and Riot places in him.

 

OUTCOMES

 

SK Gaming vs. Copenhagen Wolves

Having reviewed all the evidence, we found no proof that Deficio shared any in-game strategy with competing teams, or affected the outcome of the game in question – SK Gaming vs. Copenhagen Wolves on Thursday, May 28. Having concluded the investigation, we stand by the result of the match.

Karl “Dentist” Krey

By making false claims (by his own admission) to his team that Deficio was providing information on other teams’ strategy, Dentist knowingly misled his own players and created the expectation that cheating was an acceptable part of team play. Equally, Dentist obstructed the investigation by changing his story and initially denying making these claims to the Copenhagen Wolves team, though he ultimately cooperated after being presented with evidence. Above all, Dentist was complicit in tampering that could compromise the integrity of the LCS. As a result, we will be suspending Dentist from the LCS until Week Four.

Martin “Deficio” Lynge

The evidence of tampering that we uncovered shows that Deficio has not lived up to the high standards of integrity we hold all Rioters to and contravened internal policies and league rules. These standards are higher than those we ask of LCS players, managers, and owners, and represent our trust in the judgment of Rioters. Despite his full cooperation with this investigation, we take this lapse in judgment extremely seriously. As such, we will be suspending Deficio from on-air duties until Week Four and in talking to Martin we’ve mutually decided to withdraw him from the casting desk for all Copenhagen Wolves games on an indefinite basis to help avoid any future conflict of interest. As a Rioter, he will also be subject to internal disciplinary measures which by law are confidential.

Furthermore, we will be restricting Deficio from being approved as a Team Member (player, coach, manager, or owner) for any LCS team for the rest of the 2015 and the entirety of the 2016 season. This does not prevent him from joining an external organization in another capacity, but given the breach of trust we feel that this ruling is important to protect the competitive integrity of the LCS and to demonstrate our intolerance for any tampering or inappropriate influence over any LCS games, teams or organizations.


Lynge has also voiced his thoughts on the ruling on his facebook. The entire post is shown below:
 

Hello guys.

I want to share a personal statement in light of the recent competitive ruling.
Leading up to the summer split, I have made some poor decisions and not respected the seriousness of the matter. I should have informed Riot about my offer the moment I received it and not discussed the situation with any active LCS players. When two friends talk one thing often leads to another and opinions get shared that should have stayed private.

Throughout my career as pro player and shoutcaster, I have always been close with a lot of players and I value these relationships very highly. This will not change but I have had to learn the difference between talking to a player as friends and talking as a Rioter. It is 100% NOT okay to give opinions on career choices and to share your own potential future plans as a Rioter, as it can impact a player´s decision making. While I never intended any harm, I definitely didn’t act in the professional manner that I expect from myself and as Riot expects from me.

I want to first and foremost apologize to the fans that support me, to Riot, our broadcast team here in Europe and everyone watching the LCS. I can say that this will never happen again. My focus always has been and will remain on making this the best EU LCS split and to keep improving my shoutcasting. I will prepare and be ready for week 4 to deliver a great show.

Thank you for reading my message and thank you to everyone who follows my career and supports it.

EDIT: To address some of the comments I’ve seen, it’s absolutely not true that Riot is trying to force me to stay as a shoutcaster. They were supportive once they found out about the offer, and would be supportive in the future if I decide to pursue opportunities elsewhere. I personally WANT to stay as a shoutcaster and love the EU LCS.

 

Official Ruling

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Rift pulse is back with another weekly update of the most recent events in LoL esports. With the NA and EU LCS back in full swing, the second half of season 5 has officially gone global.

 

North America

 

  • CLG announced their new coaching staffwith  Chris “Blurred Limes” Ehrenreich stepping in as Head Coach.
  • Ex Nihilo, a new organization, has formed a team consisting of a blend of former LCS players and Challenger players.

 

NA LCS

 

NA

 

 

Europe

 

  •  Gambit Gaming announced that they will have a two-week trial period for Kévin “Shaunz” Ghanbarzadeh in the head coach position.
  • Mike “Wickd” Petersen announced on twitter that his team has signed to Denial eSports.
  • Jesse “Jesiz” Le and Luka “PerkZ” Perković join Gamers2 in their fourth attempt to make the European LCS.
  • Pierre “Steeelback” Medjaldi has left Fnatic in wake of Rekkles return, joining Odyssey Gaming in their pursuit of qualifying to the the NACS.

 

EU LCS

 

EU

 

 

 

China

 

 

LPL

 

cHINA

 

 

 

 

Korea

 

 

LCK

 

LCK

 

 

 

 

SEA

 

LMS

 

 

LMS

 

Brazil

 

CBLOL

 

CBLOL

 

OCE

 

OPL SUMMER

 

OPL summer

 

 

 

Scene Updates

 

  • The NA LCS Summer Finals will be played in NYC, with the EU finals heading to Stockholm.
  • IEM announced the details of Season 10, with the World Championship once again taking place in Katowice.

 

 

images via lolesports, Riot Games

 

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When were you originally contacted by c9? What were the original talks like and did you have plans pending the removal of your ban?

Originally Jack reached out to me around November last year inquiring if I was interested in being a mid lane coach for Hai.  I was interested in being a part of Cloud9, but as a player not a coach.  This led to several conversations about how this could potentially happen if I was to ever be unbanned.  Ultimately we came up with a plan where I would be contractually bound to Cloud9 and if the opportunity ever presented itself I could try out for the mid job.

 

On entering the mid lane in place of Hai, will you be taking over as primary shotcaller, or is a different system being developed? How comfortable are you shotcalling and do you believe you can grow in the role? 

I’m open to getting more involved in shot calling but Meteos is handling it now and doing a great job at it so I see no reason to make any changes.

 

Are there any champions you wish were played competitively that aren’t, or some that you just wish to see played more?   

Yasuo, Fizz. I wish the mid lane champion pool was more diverse and not mainly control mages.

 

What do you like to do in your downtime? Do you play other games or have any hobbies?

At the moment I don’t have other games I’m playing but in the past I enjoyed playing CS:GO.  For now though I’m putting all my focus into League.

 

You were at a significant deficit in the lane phase against TSM, what was going through your mind? Did you get into the “play for lategame” mentality? How confident were you that you could bring it back?

I was very nervous as this was my first competitive match on stage and I felt like I had to prove myself.  I knew there was going to be a lot of attention on how I performed today which increased the pressure of the event.  To make matters worse I saw that Bjergsen got ahead by getting the small raptors on an already difficult match up.  Add in the level 3 gank and I was looking at a rough start.

As the game progressed I felt more comfortable playing on stage and I knew I just needed to be patient and scale into late game.

 

In your opinion, what was the biggest turning point of that game and when did you realize you were going to win?  

When I stole blue and we sieged mid and then rotated top and got two towers.

 

How is the communication in game? What do you think needs improving the most and do you believe you will be one of the top teams at the end of the summer?

The communication is going well but we still have several things to work on.  I’m satisfied with the progress we’re making though.  If we continue to improve I expect we will be one of the top teams at the end of Summer.

 

Shoutouts?

I’d like to thank Logitech for providing us with an office to practice.  I’d also like to thank HTC for my new M9!

 


Author’s Note: This interview has been condensed from twenty questions to seven. Please excuse the brevity, I hoped to provide more insight and will include a follow up interview with the original, extended question set in the future.

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