LPL teams Invictus Gaming and Vici Gaming punished their support and jungler, respectively, today for inappropriate remarks made during recent livestreams.
The League of Legends teams issued statements on Weibo earlier today detailing the punishments.
IG said in its Weibo post that support Su “Southwind” Zhilin used “uncivilized language expressions and inappropriate remarks” during his livestream on July 11 that “caused adverse effects.” He was fined 50,000 yuan (roughly $7,147), according to Korizon Esports translator Kevin Kim.
Vici said in its Weibo post that jungler Lu “Leyan” Rong used “inappropriate expressions and expressions of uncivilized language” during a recent livestream. The team also said, “As a professional player and public figure, Leyan should lead by example.” He was fined a month’s salary, according to Kevin Kim.
Fines are nothing new to players in China’s LPL, though. A month ago, eStar’s jungler forgot to take Smite and was fined a month’s salary after the team couldn’t remake the game and lost the series.
LPL team eStar Esports punished its jungler, Yan “Wei” Yang-Wei, who forgot to take smite in the first game against Bilibili Gaming, by withholding his salary for one month, the organization announced today.
The team issued a statement via Twitter earlier today, saying Wei forgot to change his summoner spell from ignite to smite, the latter being a crucial spell for junglers. Despite Wei apologizing to the coaches and his teammates, eStar said it would “deduct the salary of Wei this month, and conduct team criticism to prevent such mistakes.”
When the team realized Wei had ignite, the players brought the issue to the attention of the referee. In a translated video posted on Twitter, the referee told the team there would be no remake and that the team would have to play the game with the chosen summoner spells.
The team reacted positively, with the players assuring Wei it was an honest mistake and deciding they would be aggressive and try to fight as a team to negate the power of objectives throughout the game.
With Wei on Graves, eStar hung with Bilibili, even taking two Ocean Drakes, but ultimately lost the game in 33 minutes. Wei finished the game with a 2/6/12 scoreline and two levels behind the opposing jungler, Zhou “l3est16” Zhi-Li.
In the next game, Wei’s Ekko proved to be a big difference as he finished three levels ahead of l3est16 and dominated the jungle. The team had a lot of trouble in game three, however, losing to BLG in just under 25 minutes despite Wei securing four of eStar’s five kills.