League of Legends has never been a prime example of trash talk in esports, but eight years of competitive play has brought some great gems. Let’s look at the best (the worst?) of them.
“They are by far the worst team in the LCS”
Yiliang “Doublelift” Peng is known as a multi-time NA champion, but the first years in the closed-circuit system didn’t bring him any trophies. Still, he was confident enough to diss newcomers from Velocity eSports during the 2013 NA LCS Summer Split. Too bad CLG were even worse in that game.
Doublelift wasn’t wrong though. Velocity eSports placed last in that split, and most players from the squad have never even made it back to the league.
“Fnatic is gonna crash and burn”
Spring 2015 was a lovely time for NA LCS fans. Back then, they could count on a team not named Cloud9 to perform well internationally, as both C9 and Team SoloMid made it to the 2014 World Championship playoffs. Shortly before the 2015 Mid-Season Invitational, TSM’s coach Choi “Locodoco” Yoon-seop made a bold claim.
The prediction was wrong both short- and long-term, as 2015 Fnatic were one game away from qualifying to MSI finals over SK Telecom T1 and reached top 4 at Worlds. TSM is yet to qualify for another World Championship playoffs.
“Can’t wait to clap Faker”
Following the 2016 World Championship draw, Nicolaj “Jensen” Jensen was quick to throw a friendly jab at the game’s GOAT, Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok. Jensen clearly wanted to expand his move set, as he promised to clap Faker as opposed to bodying him.
Unfortunately, things went quite the opposite way. Cloud9 lost the game in 34 minutes, and Jensen gave away multiple solo and gank kills.