League of Legends: LCS CEOs argue in favor of proposition to get rid of LCS import rule to undesirable community reactions
Earlier this week, it was revealed that owners of the franchised organizations competing in the 2021 League of Legends Championship Series had proposed the removal of the LCS Import Guideline to Riot Games. The elimination of the import guideline would enable LCS groups to field a complete group of gamers without the existing roster constraints, and would bypass the requirement of investing in North American skill in favor of a totally imported roster of worldwide gamers.
The discussion surrounding North American skill recruitment and development has been going on for several years, but disappointing efficiencies at Worlds 2019 and 2020 from the LCS has actually resulted in a bigger part of the neighborhood vocalizing the requirement to purchase domestic NA talent.
Numerous members of the community have actually slammed the owners for suggesting the elimination of the import rule. Cloud9 CEO Jack Etienne reacted to a reddit thread comment that mentioned, “We desire to see our players in the LCS, not a lot of Koreans.” Etienne disagreed and stated that the initial comment was xenophobic and borderlining on racist. The response by C9’s CEO has actually given that ended up being a copypasta utilized in the community, including previous TSM ADVERTISEMENT carry. Yiliang “Doublelift” Peng.
The other viewpoint heard from the C9 camp was in the kind of a tweet by support Philippe “Vulcan” Laflamme. Vulcan is one of the greatest homegrown gamers in the area, and offered his outspoken nature, it didn’t come as a surprise that he had an opinion about owners who wanted lineups complete of only imports. What did come as a surprise was the action by TSM CEO Andy “Reginald” Dinh.
Reginald was instantly under fire from numerous members of the community, and not just fans, either. LCS caster Clayton “CaptainFlowers” Raines buffooned TSM’s poor performance at Worlds 2020 in his response, specifying that Reginald’s tweet ‘went 0-6’ as TSM performed in the Group Stage of in 2015’s World Champion.
Cloud9 streamer Christian “IWDominate” Rivera called his bluff, pointed out that Vulcan was among the couple of NA talents who would be talented enough to discover a task in another area if all of the groups in some way left LCS.
Possibly the most brutal take on the scenario was from previous Evil Geniuses Academy mid laner Aidan Joseph “5fire” Reckamp, who is currently completing in the amateur scene as the starting mid laner of No Org. 5fire is intimately knowledgeable about the amateur scene, and indicated that Reginald’s tweets were alienating to striving pros who have actually taken part in TSM’s efforts to establish domestic like TSM Scouting Premises and TSM Scouting Combine.
No other LCS CEOs have made any kind of public declarations regarding the proposal to eliminate the LCS Import Guideline at this time, and after the community responses to Jack Etienne’s and Reginald’s statements, it is unlikely we will see anything but of a professional formal statement, if anything, from other organizations regarding the proposition.