Two-step verification – when will professional eSports figures learn? The security of social media accounts and team networks was placed under the spotlight ahead of the 2016 League of Legends World Championship, but it seems that players have been slow to react to the obvious threat to their online personas. Team Liquid AD Carry, Chae “Piglet” Gwang-Jin is the latest star to have had his twitter account hacked, what emerged was a string of potential roster leaks and sordid player rumours.
For an industry that operates almost entirely online, the naivety of the scene’s pros is certainly cause for concern. Team Liquid’s Chae “Piglet” Gwang-Jin’s twitter account was just the latest mouthpiece acquired by a now infamous League of Legends hacker, Rorylol.
The hacker who has previously claimed responsibility for hacking a Team SoloMid employee and leaking scrims online, as well as hijacking the twitter account of Cloud9 coach, Bok “Reapered” Han-Gyu. Rorylol used Piglet’s account to spread the information acquired from yet another hack on ‘former’ TL Jungler, Joshua “Dardoch” Hartnett.
For clarity, it’s impossible to know if there is any truth to the leaks on Piglet’s account – they could as easily be the ramblings of a narcissist, as they could be a genuine leak from an internal communication within the pro League of Legends scene. We’ll evaluate the merit of each in turn:
Many of the leaks fell under the narcissistic category, boastful tweets aimed at pro players to give Rorylol a sense of importance, but amongst them were one or two crumbs of substance.
Smoothie Out of Cloud9 – False
When the leaks went live, the potential release of Cloud9 Support, Andy “Smoothie” Ta was certainly one of the more significant claims. It didn’t take long for C9’s owner Jack Etienne to jump on the thread and quash the rumour, citing Smoothie’s performance in the NA LCS Summer Split as an important part of the team’s World Championship run:
PSG eSports Attempting To Sign Piglet – Likely
There’s certainly a shred of credibility to this leak. With access to Piglet’s accounts, any messages sent from PSG’s Head of eSports, Bora “Yell0wStaR” Kim, would certainly be accessible. The former Fnatic man has previously outlined his plans to bring Korean veterans on board to reach the EU LCS at the first attempt.
Dardoch Back to Team Liquid – Probably
This would be the least surprising news of the year. By releasing Dardoch, Team Liquid were essentially denouncing any ambition to challenge for the championship. Considered that the hacker had access to all of private conversations – indeed he posted one regarding Dardoch, IMT Adrian and CLG Stixxay’s taste for marijuana online – it’s quite probable that conversations existed between Dardoch and Team Liquid owner Steve Archanet, outlining a return to the squad.
Roleswapping to AD Carry… that seems less likely.
An Immortals Reignover Makeover – Not Out of the Question
The rumour that Immortals could pitch an entirely new line up for the Season 7 NA LCS Spring Split acquires more traction week on week. After the team’s chances of reaching the World Championship disappeared, CEO Noah Whinston announced that every player in the squad was free to pursue moves away from the organisation.
The future of Kim “Reignover” Yeu-jin and Heo “Huni” Seung-hoon is of particular interest, though the specifics of moves back to Fnatic seems unlikely, given that in a previous tweet, the hacker suggested that Team Liquid were looking to acquire the Korean Jungler.