Professional League of Legends [official site] player Austin “LiNk” Shin has recreated that scene from Office Space where they dropkick a jet printer except instead of a trashing printer he has written an 18-page letter to the public about why his Counter Logic Gaming teammates are jerks.
You can read the treatise, which Shin released to Google Docs, in full here. It’s extensive. The letter covers his three-year career, including running away from home and dealing with the havoc of team drama, particularly from one Yiliang ‘Doublelift’ Peng.
“One biggest problem I have is with double and him not playing as a team player,” Link wrote. “I mean he flamed the entire team and blame deflected after playoffs ended. To me that’s the biggest backstab anyone can do. You either lose as a team or you win as a team. You accept your loss and you move forward to figure out what you can improve. To blame your team and say there’s nothing you could have done = telling me you will never trust your teammates.”
In the textual equivalent of a mic drop, Shin concludes:
“so reasons for leaving:
-don’t know if i can give it my 150% next split
-too much work and burden on me and I doubt it’s going to get better
-only wanted to play 1 more split minimum and compete and do well at worlds (ideally win)
^ me being greedy and I recognize a team just doesn’t magically come together and win worlds
-i was promised change and there wasn’t going to be any so well me leaving is pretty much the drastic change. ( a coach doesn’t magically solve all problems i think )
I’m pretty much done with league. Cause NA is terrible and League of Legends is devolving into a game that I don’t even recognize anymore. No one even plays it properly lmao”
So far, Peng – who Shin singled out as problematic – has refuted the claims. Taking to Facebook, he writes: “A lot of the criticism lacks context, which isn’t something you can easily digest and circlejerk about.” He later suggests that Shin is simply deflecting blame, saying: “If I was the aggressive cancer on the team who didn’t trust anyone, I would have kicked one of our incompetent leaders out and taken charge myself.”
The former teammates appear to have sorted stuff out on Twitter since.
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After stepping down from the mid lane for Counter Logic Gaming, Austin "LiNk" Shin wrote an 18-page "farewell message" that detailed his entire career with the organization, as well as his feelings towards each of the CLG players.
Of all his ex-teammates, Shin had the most to say about the ADC player, Yiliang "Doublelift" Peng.
One biggest problem I have is with double and him not playing as a team player. I mean he flamed the entire team and blame deflected after playoffs ended. To me that’s the biggest backstab anyone can do. You either lose as a team or you win as a team. You accept your loss and you move forward to figure out what you can improve. To blame your team and say there’s nothing you could have done = telling me you will never trust your teammates.
Peng responded to Shin's message through a Facebook post and fired back towards the criticisms directed at him.
I did a lot of things I'm not proud of, and I apologized for it. ... We needed leadership on the team who can effectively solve problems and NOT put all that burden on Link, or blame me for the fact that we suck at playing together
Regarding CLG itself, Shin felt they were too resistant to the change necessary for the team to improve.
CLG is too close minded. The players need to see beyond and be more aware else they’ll never be a top level team. Think of a team like you have 4 girlfriends on the team. ... Sometimes it just doesn't work out. I probably should have moved on a while ago, but the contract system in LCS just ... a lot of it up. I tried with what I had I really tried.
Despite Shin heavily criticizing CLG and his former teammates, he still wishes them, and their new roster, well in the future.
Do I hope CLG will do well after I leave? yes of course. Despite us sucking I still want my friends to still do well. Will they have a hard time? You make the call. I hope they do well with pobelter/huhi. I mean I’m still a CLG fan. Did I rant a lot? yea probably. But at least this gives you guys insight on how the team is.
UPDATE: George "HotshotGG" Georgallidis commented on the post on the CLG subreddit, but spoke more generally about CLG, rather than responding to Shin or anyone else's post directly.
That being said, this is the first season we've started to shift from being player first. We've only recently been able to enact change in the structure of the organization. There are changes I feel would bring the team the most success, but sometimes there are things that prevent me from making those changes. In the end, I have expectations that we'll start to progress this split. I've tried my hardest to adapt for everyone who cares about CLG's success, and I'm proud of where CLG is today. Even with all its glaring imperfections, there's something about CLG and its fans that's special to me. I know that my remaining chances are limited, and I can't afford to make any mistakes for everyone's sake. It's a bit cruel, and I feel like I'm writing my own death note with this post, but I intend on stepping down when the time comes. Until then, I will do my best.
Dennis Gonzales is a Toronto eSports writer who enjoys whiskey, Dungeon & Dragons and first-picking Timbersaw. You can follow him on Twitter.