Confirmed: TSM's Xpecial Benched For Poor Attitude
Streaming is a very valuable bridge between eSports players and their fans. While it is easier to communicate and connect with viewers, it's also easy to let announcements slip pre-reveal.
Over the weekend, Xpecial had streamed through the popular website, Twitch.tv. While playing his game of choice, League of Legends, fans began to notice that he was streaming much more frequently than usual, and also from his personal home rather than the Team Solomid gaming house.
During the stream, Team Solomid's star support dropped a bomb on the League of Legend's eSports fanbase:
It's hard to believe that this bottom lane idol could have been benched as a substitute, especially after being chosen multiple times to represent North America on the "All Star" team.
However, it seems that his performance is not the issue at hand. In fact, the reason he was taken off the starting line up actually seems to be for poor attitude:
This series of tweets from Counter Logic Gaming's--another rising North American team--Dexter also solidifies the motive behind benching Alex "Xpecial" Chu.
It doesnt matter how good a player you are if your attitude isnt appropiate for a team and you drag down your teammates with stuff.— Marcel Feldkamp (@CLG_dexter) April 28, 2014
People going all crazy about the Xspecial bench and start hating .. If a player like him gets benched its to keep up the team environment— Marcel Feldkamp (@CLG_dexter) April 28, 2014
Its not the communities interest who the team will keep and bench as players .. Im sure that Reginald has his teams interest as #1 priority— Marcel Feldkamp (@CLG_dexter) April 28, 2014
It goes to show that, no matter what the game, sportsmanship is always the most important aspect of a team.
Even though Xpecial is a revered League of Legends support player, if his attitude is bringing down the morale of a team, then he is doing much more harm than good.