The fallout from the League of Legends Season 2 World Championship seems to be continuing, as more drama has been revealed regarding questionable decisions made throughout the tournament. In an unexpected announcement, Team SoloMid top laner Dyrus posted a video recently apologizing to both Team Dignitas and TSM fans for potentially costing their fellow North American counter-parts the Season 2 Championship.
As he describes – the day before the group stages where CLG.eu and Dignitas were to meet – Dyrus was talking to CLG team member and good friend Wickd. With the tournament on everybody’s mind, it’s no surprise the conversation eventually led to who they thought was going to win what and, more importantly, how. And as essentially exclusive scrimmage partners in the weeks leading up to the championship, TSM knew quite a lot about Dignitas’ strategy. Specifically, Dyrus let slip two key pieces of Dignitas’ strategy: 1) They use a roaming Taric and 2) They use a Bruiser mid versus melee casters.
The people around the two individuals realized what was being talked about, and a number of reactions came in consequence. A strategy that was difficult to adapt against and successfully used to best TSM 4 times in a row was now common knowledge, and Dignitas went into their matches with a somewhat demoralized mindset; as you may recall, Dignitas had quite possibly their worst showing in a tournament to date, finishing 0-3 and being immediately eliminated.
Moreover, the members of TSM became equally demoralized knowing that Dyrus had now become something of a liability.
Understanding the severity of the situation, Dyrus took full blame and offered his sincerest apologies not only to Dignitas, but also TSM fans and the entire North American regions. With numerous European and Asian teams questioning the NA scene, we’re all very much aware that this is just another example that can be pointed to of how the region does not take eSports seriously.
”…My actions effected 9 other players mentally, and there’s nothing I can really do to make up for it…but I owe it to all of you to let you know what I did and there’s no reason why it should be kept underground…I’m coming out with my sincerest apologies. I am very sorry.”
Does this shed a little more light onto why the NA teams collectively performed poorly during the World Championship? Do you think that Dignitas would have gotten further had they not had their strategy blown from the get go? Or does the domination from the European and Asian regions make this a moot point?
Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!