Drop The Mic: LoL Pro Player Quits Team In 18-Page Letter
Professional League of Legends [official site] player Austin "LiNk" Shin has recreated that scene from Office Space where they dropkick a jet printer except instead of a trashing printer he has written an 18-page letter to the public about why his Counter Logic Gaming teammates are jerks.
You can read the treatise, which Shin released to Google Docs, in full here. It's extensive. The letter covers his three-year career, including running away from home and dealing with the havoc of team drama, particularly from one Yiliang 'Doublelift' Peng.
“One biggest problem I have is with double and him not playing as a team player,” Link wrote. “I mean he flamed the entire team and blame deflected after playoffs ended. To me that’s the biggest backstab anyone can do. You either lose as a team or you win as a team. You accept your loss and you move forward to figure out what you can improve. To blame your team and say there’s nothing you could have done = telling me you will never trust your teammates.”
In the textual equivalent of a mic drop, Shin concludes:
"so reasons for leaving:
-don’t know if i can give it my 150% next split
-too much work and burden on me and I doubt it’s going to get better
-only wanted to play 1 more split minimum and compete and do well at worlds (ideally win)
^ me being greedy and I recognize a team just doesn’t magically come together and win worlds
-i was promised change and there wasn’t going to be any so well me leaving is pretty much the drastic change. ( a coach doesn’t magically solve all problems i think )
I’m pretty much done with league. Cause NA is terrible and League of Legends is devolving into a game that I don't even recognize anymore. No one even plays it properly lmao"
So far, Peng - who Shin singled out as problematic - has refuted the claims. Taking to Facebook, he writes: “A lot of the criticism lacks context, which isn’t something you can easily digest and circlejerk about.” He later suggests that Shin is simply deflecting blame, saying: “If I was the aggressive cancer on the team who didn’t trust anyone, I would have kicked one of our incompetent leaders out and taken charge myself.”
The former teammates appear to have sorted stuff out on Twitter since.