JackeyLove departs Invictus to become Free Agent

We start Friday with a bang, because of intriguing information from the Far East, specifically from the Invictus Gaming camp. It turns out that the next player said goodbye to the team, we are talking about Yu “JackeyLove” Wenie-Bo, who became a free agent and thus began to look for a new team for the upcoming 2020 season.

The 19-year-old is the second player who has recently split up with the championship team. Earlier, at the beginning of November, the ranks of IG left the two-time world champion, Lee “Duke” Ho-seong, who decided not to renew the contract with the organization. JackeyLove began cooperation with the Chinese team in 2016, winning, among others NEST 2016 and 2017. Then this player moved in 2017 to Young Glory, in which he remained for less than two months, to return to IG composition again in November 2017.

From that moment, the career of the Chinese Marksman began to gain momentum. JackeyLove and the company in the spring stage of LPL came in fourth place, but they made a real surprise during the summer games, where they came in second and advanced to Worlds 2018. Before the start of the championship, 19-year-old Markman contributed to the triumph of the Chinese league during the Rift Rivals 2018. However, during the championship, Invictus Gaming was unstoppable and it was this team that won the first Summoner Cup for their region.

Problems began in 2019. It is true that IG took second place in the LPL in the spring, but in the summer this team was in a terrible situation, finishing the playoffs at 7-8. position. The hopes of fans of this formation were awakened again during the Regional Finals, in which the 19-year-old team triumphed, gaining a promotion to Worlds. Here, however, there was no hope of a happy ending crowned with the second world championship. Finally, Invictus was eliminated in the semi-finals, succumbing to their rivals from LPL, FunPlus Phoenix, who also won the world championship a few days later. This probably must have shaken the players and the organization, who came to the conclusion that it is time for major changes.

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Numerous changes on the horizon for Vitality?

So far, all reports of Jacob Wolf from ESPN Esports in this transfer window on the League of Legends scene have been accurate. If it is the same for those on Thursday regarding Team Vitality, then we will be able to talk about a kind of personnel revolution in the ranks of Bees. According to information provided by Esportsmaniacos and confirmed by the American service from VIT, three players and the head coach said goodbye, which we could watch in the 2019 season.

Good information for Polish fans will probably be the fact that there are not among these three players Jakub “Jactroll” Skurzyński. As the ESPN Esports informed, the 21-year-old will remain bound by the current contract with the French organization, which will be valid for the whole year. The same applies to Lucas “Cabochard” Simon-Meslet playing on the upper avenue, but they are the only two players who will be fighting again for the best Vitality place in LEC.

The other three players will already be new faces, at least when it comes to games at the highest European level. In the jungle we will see Duncan “Skeanz” Marquet, who should be known to fans of the French club – he represented Vitality colors in local competitions. In addition to him, Aljoša “Milica” Kovandžić and Markos “Comp” Stamkopoulos, who previously represented Vodafone Giants and Team-LDLC, will also play under the Bee flag. The team will be led by former trainer Splyce, Hadrien “Duke” Forestier, which in turn informed French L’ÉQUIPE.

If the rumors are confirmed to be true, Vitality’s roster in the 2020 LEC season will look as follows:

Lucas ” Cabochard ” Simon-Meslet
Duncan’s ” Skeanz ” Marquet
Aljoša ” Milica ” Kovandžić
Markos ” Comp ” Stamkopoulos
Jakub ” Jactroll ” Skurzyński
Hadrien ” Duke ” Forestier (coach)

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Physical violence and verbal abuse. Griffin players break silence about their coach

Yesterday, the Korean branch of Riot Games decided on the issue of irregularities in the transfer of Seo “Kanavi” Jin-hyeok from Griffin to JD Gaming, imposing a fine on the organization and excluding from participation in any League of Legends competitions the former director of Griffin Cho Gyu-nama and trainer Kim “cvMaxa” Dae-ho. Riotu’s investigation showed that cvMax was mentally and physically abusing his pupils, but Dae-ho himself denied ever getting carried away and reacted in an indecent way.

Now, however, more accusations against cvMax saw the light of day, saying that he was not just harsh for his players, but he used physical and psychological violence on them daily. These accusations are statements of the players themselves and one of the coaches who in an interview with Inven Global confessed their traumatic experiences related to Dae-ho.

– I joined Griffin during the second round of last summer’s split. There has been physical and verbal abuse since my arrival in the team. I have often seen cvMax throw his notebook when expressing his opinion on matches. He often behaved aggressively towards some players. For example, he once yelled at a player saying he played like an orphan. In addition, he sometimes hit the chair in which the player sat or grab the collar and shake the player  – reveals one of the witnesses of all events, coach Byun “Chaos” Young-sub.

However, these are not the only situations that harassed players had to deal with. In addition to calling players orphans, which is also considered one of the worst names in South Korea, cvMax often vulgarly called charges and used physical violence against them, as mentioned by team toplaner Choi “Sword” Sung-won. –cvMax once told me that: “You can’t make a person with one hand clap. Other players have two hands, but you only have one. I can’t treat a disabled person like anyone else. ” In addition, on February 9, while speaking his opinion about the match, he grabbed my collar and shook me hard. After that he called me to his room and said: “I have nothing to apologize for. You deserved it. Do you know what you did wrong? ” In addition, he stated that I was disgusting and that he could not stand me. He said that if we lose because of me, he would follow me even to the end of the world to get revenge or kill me. I also have a recording of a phone conversation in which he swore terribly –  confesses Griffin.

We also learn from the interview that cvMax notoriously insulted competitors who did worse even during training. Even worse, former trainer Griffin didn’t feel guilty and thought that what he was doing was all right. – Personally, I wasn’t a victim of physical or verbal violence, but I saw how he used it against other players. While we were preparing for the summer split finals, cvMax said to one of the contestants: “asshole, you really suck”. I  remember it a lot – recalls Griffin jungler Lee “Tarzan” Seung-yong.

It cannot be denied that being and cooperating with an aggressive person like cvMax every day must have left a mark on the players’ psyche. In addition, telling about such a case may also affect the future of the players in esports. No wonder that some of them did not want to speak on this topic in an interview, and those who gathered courage had a lot of difficulty talking about all incidents. –In fact, speaking directly on this subject can also affect us badly. With this in mind, we agreed to give this interview to correct what is bad. To be honest, I’m scared even now. cvMax thinks that revealing this matter is tantamount to dividing the team and taking someone else’s side. The players were really hurt emotionally and went through a terribly hard time. I just wanted to prevent anyone else from getting hurt. I’m just talking about what I’ve experienced with cvMax and I want to fix what’s wrong – explains band’s second midlaner, Shin “Rather” Hyeong-seop. –I was really afraid to give this interview and I was even selfishly thinking if I would be hurt. Either way, I’m here to reveal the whole truth, that’s why I know that nothing bad will happen to me. I came from my own free will not to lie – added Tarzan.

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FORG1VEN: “Playing at a pro level is something I do with joy but it doesn’t define who I am”

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Konstantinos-Napoleon “FORG1VEN” Tzortziou, one of the most celebrated players to have played in the European League of Legends elite, is returning to the game after nine months of military service and one year without competition.

The Greek League star was absent from the highest level since 2016 when he played in the semifinal of Worlds with H2K Gaming. After a short stint with Origen to win the EU Masters a year ago, he spent the last nine months in his country (from July to April) to perform his compulsory military service.

Now FORG1VEN announced his intention to return to the game and compete at the highest level. The 26-year-old player talked about his plans and goals in an interview with L’ÉQUIPE.

Your military service has just ended. You knew you were going to have to deal with it during your career. Why now?

In 2017, things that I put aside in Greece when I became a professional player resurfaced. Personal things. I had to stay in my country for about a year and I thought: I’m here, why wouldn’t I do my military service to get it out of the way? So I went there. Today I am free to do what I want with my life again.

So that you could focus on League of Legends?

I did not do that for League. In the end… The game is one of the reasons, but not the main one. It’s more for my life. Playing at a professional level is something that I do with joy. But that’s not what defines me as a person. I did not join the army to get rid of it and become pro again.

If it happens, so much the better. But it stops there. League of Legends is an extra. It has always been for me. My life has never rested solely on the game. But it was my job and no matter what I do, I do it thoroughly.

What did you do during your military service?

I was near the Bulgarian border, involved in the administration of the army, as a soldier of course. I also had the opportunity to discover military weapons, to practice with guns, that sort of thing. In the Greek army, you are not trained to go to war. But I had never touched a weapon before, I had seen it only in movies.

Today I can assure you that I would be able to defend my country if it becomes necessary one day. I learned a lot. Something you understand when you’re in the military is the value of civilian life. It’s very important. In terms of life experience, it was strong, useful.

But we could use these nine months differently. Can you imagine South Korean professional players doing their military service? Two compulsory years. For two years of your life you become inactive… In your life, essentially.

Have you found the time to play, to follow the competition over the last few months?

In general, I only watch the semi-finals and up. Matches with important stakes. When there is pressure when the mental force comes into play. Otherwise … I was at home one day a week in general. I did not waste it playing League of Legends. I did some ARAM, but that’s it. This is how to summarize my relationship with the game in the last nine months.

I started again a few days ago to get used to it again. I think that before that I had not done a ranked game since June. Now that I’m free, I think I play more. If I become pro again, that’s all I’ll do. If not, I will reduce my playing time again.

You are not ready to try to come back at any cost?

It depends on a lot of things. I can not make promises. I like the competition in League of Legends. I do not particularly like the game, especially the solo q, how it works. It has become terrible, worse and worse over the years and I do not think it’s my opinion alone.

But I have always wanted to discover regions like Korea, China, the United States … It never happened. If I have a good offer, I see myself returning, yes. But today it’s more of a hobby than anything else. I saw this as my job in the past and if it must be the case again, perfect. I will do it with joy. If it does not happen, I’ll watch a few games, I’ll play from time to time and that’s it. It’s not a problem.

Were you surprised by the passionate reaction of people? It’s been two and a half years after leaving H2K after all…

There are very few veterans in the game today. Almost everyone has gone. For my part I have never paid attention to smooth my communication, to be friendly … If I see something that I do not like, I say it. If it’s something I like, the same. No doubletalk. No detours. People remember my level too. I was an aggressive player on and off the game. All of this helps, I think, to grab the interest of the people and leave a strong impression.

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In February 2019, the CIS-based organization Vaevictis eSports took an unexpected step — the club decided to sign the League of Legends women’s team for the LCL. For several weeks, the girls became one of the main topics for discussion in the esports community.

Vaevictis ended the regular season with a record of 0-14, not being able to win a single game against more experienced teams in LCL. The female team faced an impossible task to begin with and the result seems all but expected. Nonetheless, the girls were often seen smiling even in the face of defeat. This felt like a great time to get to know one of the team members, Elena “VioletFairy” Koval, better.

In order to catch up with what the team has been up to, we talked to VioletFairy, who plays on the middle lane. The girl told how unexpectedly she found herself on the professional stage, what she had learned in a few weeks in the Continental League and what kind of atmosphere prevails in the women’s team.

When you started playing games it was still a boy’s club?

When I started to play, I was about 11. My first game was the first DotA, and there were practically no girls there. Well, or they all, like me, were using a male name, because they faced hostility. I didn’t play very well and got a lot of flame in my direction.

But as soon as people somehow knew that a girl was playing with them, they immediately began to show excessive attention and add to friends. It was very new. Then I began to play Lineage 2. This is a game of a completely different genre, and it was easier for girls there.

At that time I was playing in a computer club, in which a lot of adult guys were hanging out. I felt so adult, unusual! Not like all girls who play some board games or something like that. And I’m here with the guys playing video games!

Did you have some company there or did you go alone?

At the very beginning, I played alone. I bought a computer, but I did not have the Internet. I could only play with bots. When I played at home, I got bored and I went to a computer club. So I already met with the local guys, then it turned out that my guy friends play too. So there was a company with which we played.

Mostly there were boys, but in my footsteps some girls also joined. But often it was all just to get a little attention from young people, nothing more. Two weeks to play and they’re done.

And I often played with fanaticism. I am not limited to everything by creating an account and pumping a character to a certain level. If we are to start, then in a big way.

How did you move from Lineage to LoL?

League of Legends was created when there was no Dota 2. And my friends from the computer club told me about it. Then there was no account binding in DotA, there were no statistics — you just play, win or lose, that’s all. And in LoL, an account appeared, on which the level was pumped and statistics were saved. This interested me. And the game itself turned out to be much more dynamic, matches are faster, team fights are more mobile. So I stayed in LoL.

And in L2, they just closed the server where I played and tried for a very long time. I was upset and did not go into this game anymore.

Was it love at first sight?

I had love at first sight with the champion Katarina. I still play her, but then it was completely different. It was the first champion with whom I played in a match with real people. I liked the character so much that I ran LoL not so much for the game itself, but for the sake of playing on this champion. But since I like this genre in principle, I like LoL itself.

In life, do you like a sense of competition? Are you a competitive person?

Many people think that cybersportsmen are very gamblers at heart. And here I am, probably, more a team player. I do not have such drive that I am ready to do anything for the sake of victory. But to support my team, to see the desire of my team mates to win and to understand how I can help them in this — that’s me.

By the way, about the lessons. Games do not interfere with your studies?

Up to grade 9, I studied the minimum amount. For me, the priority was in the game. How many nights, when my mother stood near the door, demanded to turn off the computer, but I was nervous and did not want to go to bed. There have been many similar conflicts. This, of course, hindered learning.

But from the 10th class, when the brains turned on, I began to distinguish between these areas of life. I was aware that if I am playing now, then later I will need to devote more time to study. I finished school well, though not with a gold medal. This is because in grade 9 I passed some exams badly. But I managed to turn on my head and finish school with good grades.

Did it affect your skill?

Feels like, yes, definitely. There is a saying: while you sleep, the enemy swings. And it is true. It happened that during the control at school you do not play, and then you go into the game with friends, and they have already raised their Elo, and you are lagging behind in the tail.

After all, most people, on the contrary, sacrifice their studies in order to play longer. 

In fact, I never aspired for esports. And regarded the “League of Legends” as a good way to spend time. And so I was sure that if I graduated badly from school now, then where this Diamond will not help me in the future. “It will not pay your bills!” – I thought. Therefore, I did a bet on education.

Although the university was already simpler, but it was rather stuffed. In the first year I established myself as a good student, and then all the grades were easy for me, and the teachers were loyal. Therefore, I managed to play and learn.

What did you study?

I’m a computer engineer. Many people think that this is related to programming, but this subject was very superficial for us. It is rather something connected to networks and electronics. I finished my studies with a red diploma. But, as for me, this does not mean anything, because IT is a field in which if you stop being interested and develop, then all knowledge quickly becomes irrelevant. I graduated from the university almost two years ago, and everything was already a little forgotten. Basically, remember something, Windows reinstall itself! (laughs)

How did esports come into your life?

My friend Ksenia, our ADC, so she constantly watched the scene, was a volunteer in the Continental League. And all my knowledge of esports is from her hands. Then she became the manager of the Vaevictis team, when they still had a male lineup. Somehow she wanted to participate in the tournament in a public, and she gathered us girls. We didn’t play that women’s championship, but Ksyusha told us that there is an opportunity to perform at the LCL. Well, how could I refuse? I’ve been playing this game for so long!

It seems to me that no one would refuse such an opportunity. Many in the comments write: “How do you agree, it’s such a responsibility!” Well, who would have refused in our place? I think very few people.

That is, esports is completely new to you! Tell us what it is like to get from the ship to the ball?

At the very beginning, I thought that this was limited to just games on the weekend. I did not know that there are training sessions, scrims. But it turned out that this is like real work. You wake up, your working day starts, you practice, play, you analyze something with a coach.

This is like a real job — and for me it is strange. I imagined that the guys play on anyone they want and how they want, and then they come to the tournament and play.

How long is your training day?

It all depends on whether we have partners for training. I suspect that everything is not as tough as it is for the guys. Somewhere I heard that they have an 8-hour working day straight. We do not have this. Basically, we do about 3 workouts a day with other teams, and then solo for about five to six hours.

Many said that the signing of the female composition is just a PR action. How do you feel about such statements?

I believe that there is some truth in this. To assemble a women’s team, when no one in the Continental League did it — this is a challenge, a strong media move. Of course, as many have said, it was possible to arrange triads and choose girls who will be much stronger according to their skill. But first, it would take a lot of time and resources. Secondly, this composition would still be an outsider, in my opinion. The newly minted team compared to the guys played, who train every day, would still look weaker. Of course, they could show more promising results. But I doubt that they were earning super-victories or prizes.

I think the organization made the right choice. As far as I know, Vaevictis did not win much in the last season and with the male line-up. So to make a bet on our team, the composition of the beautiful ladies is a good decision.

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Just after winning in the grand final of the first Ultraliga season for Rogue Esports Club, Kacper “Inspired” Słoma talked about the meeting against devils.one and team chances during the European Masters.

After an impressive regular season record of 13 wins a single loss, Rogue entered the Ultraliga playoffs as the clear favorites. With $15,000 dollars in prize money and a slot in the European Masters on the line, the Polish league was bound to get heated.

In the opening game Rogue Esports Club defeated devils.one 3:1, same team they would eventually face in the grand final. While Rogue moved straight to the grand final after a single victory, devils had to fight against Illuminar for the final spot.

In the finals the two Polish teams gave their all, bringing the game all the way to the deciding, fifth, map. In the end, Kacper “Inspired” Słoma’s Rogue defeated their opponents, winning a direct invite to the European Masters Spring 2019.

After the finals, in an interview with cybersport.pl Kacper “Inspired” Słoma talked about their games against devils, the Polish league, and their chance in the European Masters.

Congratulations on becoming the Polish champions. What are your feelings after this triumph?

It seemed it would be easier at first, but the games were very difficult. Maybe except for the first two matches.

Exactly, these first two maps looked as if they were written under your dictation. Were you aiming for a quick victory?

We did not expect the characters they chose in the third and fourth game. In the first two, they had their standard compositions. In the third, Viktor appeared under the scaling. They gave us a lot in the early stages of the game, and their characters would counter our choices.

We had to adapt to it, which did not work out so well. Only during the fourth game, and only after it we understood how we have to counter their characters and managed to do it in the fifth.

What did you feel during the fifth map? Were you afraid this could be the end and you wouldn’t win?

For now, every final that I play, i.e. the last finals of the Polish Esports League and Ultraliga, I played full BO5. Especially in the fifth game I played very well, I did not feel any pressure and I knew that we were a better team, so I should have won. Ultraliga recently did not show this because we lost 2:3, but in this match I knew that we would win it.

And how do you feel with your own game? You were very good throughout the season, and now you could sum it up.

It seems to me that I had a very good season. Now I have to show it at the European Masters and win the whole tournament.

Do you think that LEC is a possibility now? There is a lot of talk about the fact that you could play in this competition.

I can show myself, and if I go, we’ll see. It seems to me that I still have to learn a lot.

You will perform at the European Masters, which should be considered a success. You are certainly happy about it, but what are your impressions before these games?

We feel very confident and it seems to us that we will go very far. Devils.one is one of the best teams in Europe, we defeated this team, and if so, we will also manage other teams.

What now? Preparation for EUM straight away?

We have two days off and after that we start to try to get ready and prepare for the European Masters.

Source: cybersport.pl

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