Chae “Piglet” Gwang-jin is a League of Legends World Champion, and yet he now spends his days playing in NA LCS Promotion Tournaments and sitting at the foot of the league table. In an interview with Korean outlet Inven Global, fans were shown a side to the Team Liquid AD Carry that they had not seen before as he lashed out in frustration at his teammates and team management.
Team Liquid started their 2017 NA LCS Summer Split as they had left off in the spring, two back-to-back losses against two of their supposedly middle-of-the-pack rivals, Echo Fox and Counter Logic Gaming.
After reintroducing mid laner Greyson “Goldenglue” Gilmer and then immediately dropping him in favour of Andrew “Slooshi” Pham, Team Liquid appeared to have taken a step backwards rather than forwards since their dismal Spring Split. Settling down to speak with South Korean journalists, Piglet did not hold back in voicing his thoughts.
“Overall, shotcallings in NA is not as clear as what I’m used to.
“If you need help, you don’t just ask for help, you ask for someone to do something. Here, all you get is ‘Help’ or ‘they are pushing lane’.
“You won’t hear what they want to be done, let alone why they think they need something to be done. They are often nearsighted when asking for help or making calls.”
Chae “Piglet” Gwang-jin
Team Liquid fans are not entirely unfamiliar with seeing Piglet in a state of disharmony from his teammates. Despite being one of the longest-standing brands in the NA LCS, the past two years have seen the team regress, in spite of numerous roster swaps, managerial changes and continued investment.
A little over a year ago, Team Liquid released “Breaking Point”, a feature length documentary in which the flaws of the 2016 Team Liquid roster and management staff were laid bare. Piglet featured prominently as a primary protagonist, though there appears to have been little improvement in the way in which TL operates, at least not from Piglet’s perspective.
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“It’s a depressing story. Especially today, everyone just said what they wanted to say – they weren’t conversations, but just blurting out what they wanted for themselves – I don’t know what to do about this, even when we somehow manage to reach an agreement, not everyone sticks to it.
“Our scrim winrates have hit the bottom for the last few days. In my opinion, I think we just do scrims absent-mindedly: no thoughts on future.
“It could be because they don’t understand the game enough, but they are too focused on the present to think about the future.
“NA players are not patient enough, not good listeners and yet greedy.”
Chae “Piglet” Gwang-jin
After sacrificing a glamorous and successful eSports career with SK Telecom T1 in South Korea, Piglet’s American adventure has far from panned out as he might have wished. That he is so open in his criticism of his teammates and the Team Liquid organisation is certainly concerning.
Team Liquid have frequently faced criticism for their inability to manage their players; their emotions and frustrations within the organisation’s setup. That Piglet would choose to express his dismay through a native media interview, as opposed to sitting down and engaging in a discussion in the practice room, will only widen the cracks appearing in Team Liquid.