By Isaac Chandler
February 14, 2020
In most sports, and especially esports, players tend to not air team dirty laundry until after leaving the squad. Players prefer to keep an air of professionalism even if they aren’t happy with the situation unless it’s coming down to abuse or a lack of pay.
League of Legends legend pro FORG1VEN didn’t seem to get the memo. He dropped a rather shocking tweet following the announcement by his team, Schalke 04. The team benched FORG1VEN and brought on Academy ADC Innaxe who starts in his place this week.
The team had initially clarified in a follow-up tweet to their announcement that the decision to bring up Innaxe was a result of his strong performance in their Academy squad. At the time of the post, it was sitting at 7-0 in the German regional league.
“We have decided to give Innaxe a shot, as it aligns with our vision to give Academy players time in LEC if they perform well,” the tweet read, “We’re still counting on @FORG1VENGRE for Spring & Summer Split and would like to stress that Kostas has been very dedicated during his time with the team.”
But a rather blunt tweet from FORG1VEN claimed the benching was actually a mutual decision based on his frustrations with a lack of change.
In his tweet, he stated: “In my 7+ LOL career I always played to win and be competitive. As of now at least, [the] current roster doesn’t fit this principle. Schalke is unable/unwilling to make changes to fit that goal, so we mutually agreed that I stepdown until and if they are willing to do so.”
FORG1VEN is well known for his history of attitude problems. He’s had a history of sharing his thoughts on the scene and game without a real filter. But, this latest outburst surprised many in the scene. Some of his biggest supporters like Veteran and Thorin expressed disappointment with his decision to seemingly step down from team.
Others, including several Rioters, suggested the outburst could mark the end of the famed ADC’s career, citing his recent mediocre performances not justifying the high potential he rage quits out if things don’t go his way, especially after calling out his current team like this.
FORG1VEN has yet to make a comment since the initial post either apologizing or further explaining what changes he wanted. However, he’s been sharing tweets pinning his issues to struggles with the team’s support and jungler performances, suggesting he may have wanted big roster changes to keep going.
Schalke 04 has also yet to respond to FORG1VEN after getting benched. But, we’ll be sure to keep you updated as the situation develops.