Our weekly newsfeed continues to keep you informed about what is going on in the LCS field. The games continue and they are as exciting as ever. However, some questionable actions cast a bit of a shadow on the integrity and sportsmanship of the series this week. These actions were discovered, investigated, and punished, which only speaks of the great level of organization we’re talking about in the LCS (you can read more about it below). Other than that, it has been a quiet week in terms of roster changes and team dynamics, but this only serves to make the games even more entertaining, because teams are more focused on playing than on making changes.
Upcoming LCS matches:
Europe (LCS EU):
06/04 – 06/05: Week 2 – LCS EU Summer Split 2015
North America (LCS NA):
06/06 – 06/07: Week 2 – LCS NA Summer Split 2015
LCS EU News:
The jury is out on Deficio and Dentist
Last week allegations were made that Martin “Deficio” Lynge, a Riot employee and caster in the EU LCS, was conspiring with Karl “Dentist” Krey, head coach of Copenhagen Wolves. The claims were that Deficio was sharing the strategy of Copenhagen Wolves’ opponent for the next match – SK Gaming, with the team’s head coach.
After Riot learned about this, they immediately launched a detailed investigation in order to uncover the truth. The game between the two teams was delayed. After talking to all parties involved and having a good look at the evidence, Riot concluded that no information had been shared, despite the fact that Dentist had made such claims in front of the team. He said that he was getting inside information from Deficio, but later admitted that he was lying. No evidence was found to support his claim, either. It turned out that he was simply trying to cement his position and authority as head coach. However, he did it in such a way that implied cheating was OK, essentially undermining the principles eSports is built on.
As for Deficio, it turned out that he had received an offer to join Copenhagen Wolves on a management position. This is not against Riot’s principles, however when it comes to eSports, such information is supposed to be shared by Riot employees in order to avoid a conflict of interesting, like the one in this case. Deficio did no such thing, and neither did Copenhagen Wolves. The investigation uncovered that Deficio had spoken to active players about the possibility of working with them if or when he joined the organization, something that influenced (or could have influenced) the honesty and sportsmanship of the LCS.
In summation, the game between SK Gaming and Copenhagen Wolves has a legitimate result that has not been influenced by the actions of Deficio and Dentist. Dentist gets a suspension from the LCS until Week 4 for misleading his team and bending the principles of the LCS. As for Deficio, he will be suspended until Week 4, as well. Furthermore, he will not be casting any Copenhagen Wolves games for an indefinite amount of time. Last, but not least, he will not be able to join any LCS organizations for the rest of the year and the entire 2016. The punishment may seem harsh, but in reality Riot want to send a message that tampering will not be tolerated and that their principles are going to be upheld. We hope that we won’t be seeing any such actions in the future.
Read the statment from Deficio
Jesiz and PerkZ join Gamers 2
Jesse “Jesiz” Le and Luka “PerkZ” Perkovic are joining the European organization Gamers 2. Jesiz is the new AD carry of the team, and PerkZ is the new mid laner. The change was made when the old AD carry and mid – Mohammad “Jebus” Tokhi and Jérémy “Eika” Valdenaire, were released. It will be interesting to see what the new players will bring to the table once they get acclimated into the team. We’ll keep you posted.
Gambit Gaming gets a new head coach
Kévin “Shaunz” Ghanbarzadeh is the new head coach of Gambit Gaming. His trial began on June 2. Will he be up to the challenge? This remains to be seen. We wish him all the best, and to the team as well. As always, we’ll keep you posted with all the changes and everything interesting that is happening on the LCS front.
About the Author: Amna El Tawil is a news reporter and a technology blogger. For the past five years, she has worked for major publications and TV networks in the Middle East, covering one of region’s hotspots. When Amna is not chasing after the truth amidst gas canisters, she can be found cheering her favorite football team on, or unwinding with some online gaming.