LPL pro fined 1 month after Faker called solo queue inting

Yu ‘Qingtian’ Zi-Han, backup top laner for Top Esports in the LPL, was fined a month by the organization after he was caught intentionally feeding solo queue matches on the Korean Ladder – and was called by Faker.

Toxicity is an ongoing issue in the League of Legends community. Whether it’s offensive language in game chat or players intentionally losing their team the game in solo queue, the issue of poor ranking in ranked is something Riot Games hasn’t been able to successfully combat.

And it’s not just a problem in the lower ranks. Even some of the best players in the world aren’t immune to the effects of toxic teammates, as Lee ‘Faker’ Sanghyeok found out on his Twitch stream on March 9 during a ranked match.

Sometimes a report just isn’t enough

His team’s top laner refused to communicate, played poorly on purpose, and kept spamming a surrender vote despite repeated attempts by his team to come back and win the game. Faker managed to keep his cool for most of the game, merely stating that he would report the player after the game ended. The Aatrox finished the game with a 0-16 kill/death ratio.

However, when the game was over, he discovered that the player who put him in the game for the last half hour was actually another professional player. TES Qingtian, a backup top laner in the LPL who played on the Korean superserver from China.

According to Faker, the problem of Chinese pros intentionally feeding Korean solo queue games is not new and has been an ongoing problem for the server since 2015. He argued that he “don’t understand” why there are still Chinese pros given accounts on the Korean superserver, and that he would boycott ranked matches altogether if he encountered another player grieving in this way.

Translations of his comments have been posted to Redditwith the post gaining tremendous traction with over 16,000 upvotes in less than 24 hours.

Responses from Top Esports and Riot Korea staff

Qingtian’s response came just hours later, posting an official apology on his Weibo account shortly after the clip went viral. In the apology, he stated that he would “accept any penalties imposed by the team and the league” and would treat every game “with integrity” from now on.

Top esports were too react faston the grounds that under the LPL’s official punishment rules they would deduct a month’s wages.

according to a Translation posted on Reddit of an account held by T1 staff, the matter was escalated to the offices of Riot Korea and the matter was discussed. However, Riot Korea’s response only focused on Faker’s statement, in which he questioned that all Chinese pros got accounts on the Korean server.

According to her, it was “difficult to look at this matter only from the perspective of the Korean region” since the accounts are offered to pro players of all regions who wish to play in the Korean solo queue, not just Chinese pros. However, according to Faker’s on-stream rant, this isn’t the first time Chinese players have deliberately played solo queue games. LPL pro fined 1 month after Faker called solo queue inting

Emma Bowman

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