The game between Fnatic and Excel Esports at the LEC Week 4 happened to be one of the most controversial ones in the history of European League of Legends.
Fnatic was the better team from the very first minute and had already secured an ocean soul. They had a 700 gold lead and a killscore advantage of 20-8 when, suddenly, a game-breaking bug featuring Samira forced the match to come to a halt.
Elias “Upset” Lipp’s Samira continued to channel her R - Inferno Trigger through the animation for Guardian Angel. The full channel of the bugged ultimate was enough to kill XL’s top laner, Felix “Kryze” Hellstrom’s Jax, which instantly demanded a pause to the game.
As a result, Excel Esports requested the LEC officials for a rematch of the League of Legends contest as chronobreak was not possible in this very case for execution. The match was remade, and Fnatic won it deservingly. But the controversies did not stop there.
Fnatic not happy with League of Legends LEC rematch; Selfmade reveals squad's toxicity
Fnatic's jungler Oskar "Selfmade" Boderek, in a live stream, spoke of his squad's toxic take on the match remake.
Selfmade revealed that their support player Zdravets "Hylissang" Iliev Galabo taunted the XL players during the game's live chat. Hylissang wrote, "Remake?" after solo killing XL's bot level 1.
Controversies arose as soon as Selfmade talked about the incident in a public stream. A section of the League of Legends community thought the comments from Hylissang and Selfmade were unsportsmanlike. According to them, taunts and banter make the game more toxic and less beautiful.
Others believe the comments were made in the heat of the moment and that light banter should be seen as part and parcel of the game.
Fnatic’s head coach Jakob “YamatoCannon” Mebdi, too, expressed his displeasure with the process of match-remaking through a series of controversial tweets. He felt that once a match saw an abrupt pause, the rematch should have followed “immediately” and not after a complete reschedule.
Even though Fnatic eventually shut down the show with a dominating win over Excel Esports in the rematch, fans think that the rules and regulations in professional League of Legends must be stricter and better-structured.