Nothing comes more naturally than ripping into Riot Games for yet another laughable blunder – it’s a cheap shot, but when it comes to Marc “Tryndamere” Merrill, it almost feels justified. 2016 has been a year to forget for Riot’s co-owner: embroiled in a war with team owners, found guilty of account boosting, before finally wrapping up Season 6 by breaking a medal during SK Telecom T1’s championship ceremony.
For everything Riot Games has done right this season, Marc “Tryndamere” Merrill always finds a way to keep the company’s reputation in equilibrium, balancing out each positive move with an action that makes the entire League of Legends community facepalm in unison.
Amidst the dazzling lights and impressive multi-display visuals designed for the World Championship finals at Los Angeles’ Staple Centre, the spectacle was seamlessly reaching its conclusion when Merrill added his own touch of Riot Games magic.
Award ceremonies continue to be the achilles heal of Riot’s event production – Riot’s co-owners, Brandon “Ryze” Beck and Marc “Tryndamere” Merrill, have an uncanny talent for making the tournament’s closing ceremony painfully awkward. As Merrill went to unravel his second World Championship medal, he lived up to the reputation of the champion that shares his nickname, ripping the medal clean from its ribbon.
Fortunately for Tryndamere, SK Telecom T1’s coach, Kim “KkOma” Jung-gyun was on hand to salvage the situation – accepting the broken medal himself before quickly disappearing off-stage, allowing Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok to pick up one of the remaining intact medals for his MVP interview.
Yet another embarrassing episode for Riot’s World Championship closing ceremony, but at least they didn’t act as if they were part of the SKT roster this season. After SKT claimed their first Worlds victory in Season 3, AD Carry, Chae “Piglet” Gwang-jin was denied the opportunity to get his hands on the summoners cup as Merrill and Beck lifted the trophy in his place:
The production value of Riot’s World Championship has come a long way in six seasons, improving astronomically with each passing year. Whilst the gap between the event’s competition may not be closing, we are at drawing ever nearer to a medal ceremony that doesn’t feature a catalogue of embarrassing errors.