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How the LoL community carried a player to LCS.

Discussion in 'Blog' started by Darigaz, Sep 25, 2014.

  1. Darigaz

    Darigaz Level 3 Elder Dragon Staff Member

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    Californiatrlolz joined Team 8 when the NA Challenger scene seemed to be lacking in the top lane. MegaZero was in the Challenger scene, but wasn't ready to commit to anything without guarantees. Every other top laner in the scene hadn't yet made a name for themselves, and any new pickup was a risk at best. With the loss of YungRichieRich, Team 8 found themselves on a bridge. In a place where they must choose to turn around and go home, or cross. Lucky for Team 8, there was a troll under the bridge.

    Before Californiatrlolz joined the team, he was known for trolling the ladder with off-picks and incredibly aggressive plays. In fact, there was some player objection to the pick up. As a fairly new Challenger team, this was a group of players who were very familiar with solo q. Each of the players were all too familiar with Californiatrlolz comical antics. But the team still recognized the raw talent he had, and without any other free agents to choose from, they invited him to the team. The choice Team 8 made that day proved to be instrumental in their success. Despite failing to qualify early in the season after their loss to LMQ, the team managed to justify remaining in the scene on April 20th, 2014, when they won the Black Monster Cup. This gave the team enough financial stability to continue their intensive training, and gave them the boost they needed to continue playing the game. With a recent change in management and a question mark regarding funding, the $5,000 they secured from that victory made a big impact on their survival as a team. Simply put, without their victory in Black Monster Cup, Team 8 probably would have disbanded without a chance to compete in Lone Star Clash.
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    Simply put, without their victory in Black Monster Cup, Team 8 probably would have disbanded without a chance to compete in Lone Star Clash.
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    With Lone Star Clash under their belt, and their qualification for Spring Promotion, the rest is history. On September 11th, 2014, Team 8 secured their spot in the LCS after a close series against Complexity LoL. As the shot caller for the team, Californiatrlolz showed once again how vital he was to the teams success. However, it appeared almost certain that his success in LoL would be short lived. He had already started Pharmacy school, and with such an important obligation already made, it would take a miracle to keep him in the LCS. In desperation, Californiatrlolz asked for the community to sign a petition so that he could send an appeal to his dean. This would hopefully give the dean a viable reason to allow Californiatrlolz to defer his admission for one year. The initial goal for the petition was a few thousand signatures. The League of Legends community showed up big, throwing down a whopping 18,142 signatures within a week. Californitrlolz submitted his appeal to the dean, and a few days later announced that he would be participating in the LCS for the next year.

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    The League of Legends community showed up big, throwing down a whopping 18,142 signatures within a week.
    What occurred for Californiatrlolz is truly unprecedented in North America. It shows a rare harmony between an academic institution and the eSports scene, and this is largely because of the amount of community support that turned up. If it wasn't for grassroots tournaments like the Black Monster Cup and Lone Star Clash, the chance for LCS would have never come for Californiatrlolz and the rest of Team 8. If it wasn't for the fan support and enthusiasm behind Californiatrlolz, this players LoL dreams would be at an end. That kind of grassroots growth is hard to ignore, and makes it easy to be optimistic about where the eSports community is going.

    Want more about Team 8? Please visit the new Team 8 website here: http://www.team-8.net
     
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    ThirtyyThr33 Level 3 Fire Dragon

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    Super glad his dean let him take the year off! :D
     
  3. DreaMz

    DreaMz Level 1 Ancient Dragon

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    ^ I Love CaliTrollz xD
     
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    HammerBr0 Level 1 Blood Dragon

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    Now we need petitions for sleeping and anime : D
     
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    Doji Level 1 Frost Dragon Staff Member

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    Maybe one day Europe and America will have special rulings for people who are active in esports on a professional level.
    Something like the Korean pro-gamer licence. I figure these series of events are a first step in that direction, with the university taking esports into account.
    Great news for team 8 though. I hope the proceed to do well in upcoming tournaments :)
     
  6. Darigaz

    Darigaz Level 3 Elder Dragon Staff Member

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    Here here.
     

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