The North American LCS representatives have struggled to make a mark in the 2018 League of Legends World Championship, as they stand at a 1:2 record in their respective groups. Cloud9 still stands a chance at second place in the group of death (Group B), but the same cannot be said about Team Liquid and 100 Thieves given their level of play and the groups they belong.
With professional players from the region noting that they were giving it their all, former professional player turned streamer Christian "IWillDominate" Rivera gave the community and fans reasons to question that sentiment in two tweets:
NA Pros don't deserve any sympathy from others. The amount of WoW/Fortnite that people play is disgusting over here. Then they go in front of the cameras and say they gave it their all. People actually dont try their best and the results match perfectly to the effort put in.— Christian Rivera (@LiquidDominate) October 13, 2018
Not going to put any specific person on blast but in NA there was a player in playoffs who had 186 matches of fortnite played the WEEK of his playoff match. Makes me sick— Christian Rivera (@LiquidDominate) October 13, 2018
If that is the case, North American players’ statements ring hollow in comparison to competitors from other regions. European players have long pointed out that distractions were few and far in-between, if any, during moments of intense competition (such as the summer splits, playoff rounds, and World Championship), and many players from the region postponed such things to the offseason (or as filler content in-between solo queue waiting times at worst).
The news of a player spamming Fortnite a week leading into the playoff match had community members speculating as to their identity, but it raises questions regarding the willingness of coaching and front office staffs to instill discipline within their ranks (as such amount of Fortnite games would undoubtedly interfere with efficient practice). World of Warcraft is also another game players tend to play, with the recent expansion’s release.
The ability of players to get away with such behavior in North America is cause for concern regarding the region’s strength — and the willingness of its participants to raise the region’s level.