MAD Lions’ Carzzy targeted in the tweet
MAD Lions faced reigning World champions DWG Kia in the quarterfinals. Coming into the series, fans hoped they would make the impossible run a reality. That, however, did not happen as MAD Lions only had a good chance of winning in game 2.
Luis Miguel “Revenant” Amor Velarde, who claimed to be an owner of the MAD Lions, made a post on Twitter later that day. He criticized MAD bot laner Carzzy’s performance. While the original tweet has since been deleted, it was up in the socials enough for people to notice and take evidence.
“I feel sorry seeing Elyola like that, he has to carry them on his back alongside Kaiser,” Velarde said in the original tweet. “I keep thinking that Carzzy doesn’t have the level, but he gives the team things that they consider important. It’s clear for me that I’d put Flakked in the starting roster, but I don’t decide anything related to those things.“ Carzzy quickly replied.
The initial tweet sparked outrage from fans and members of the community and the tweet was later eliminated. Velarde followed up with another tweet, clarifying his willingness to delete the comment and apologize to Carzzy.
“Clearly my tweet about Carzzy has bothered [everyone], so I have zero problems in deleting it and I ask for your forgiveness,” Velarde said. “The last thing I wanted was to lose any respect towards him or his teammates or the year they’ve done. Don’t look into it too much as I’ve already DM’d him. ”
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Many members of the League of Legends European Championship broadcast spoke up to show their support for Carzzy and defend the player. Among them, LEC caster Aaron “Medic” Chamberlain was the most “creative”.
MAD Lions’ official statement
MAD Lions also made a public announcement, clarifying that Velarde is not part of the MAD Lions ownership group but rather a “content provider” for the organization. Hence, he has no managerial duties within the company, nor does he speak for MAD Lions or OverActive Media.
Carzzy didn’t seem fazed much by the backlash as he told the fans he loves the team.
“My friends, don’t be too mad,” Carzzy said. “It doesn’t matter what someone who doesn’t have a single clue about the game says. I am not going to feel down because someone such as @G4G_Revenant said something like this. Just stay happy. Don’t let other people get you down.”
Carzzy will be entering Free Agency soon
The timing of the backlash comes in a very important moment for the player. Carzzy’s contract will be expiring on Monday, Nov. 15th. If he will not reach an extension or new agreement with MAD, he will enter free agency. A player of his caliber will surely be sought after by all the other organizations, including G2 Esports, who are looking for a new ADC.
While Europe did not shine at Worlds 2021, we hope to see fans cheer on their teams and support them all along. The west is still inferior to Korea and China, and work must be done. With that being said, however, this will be better for our LoL betting. As EU, we’re going to have higher LoL odds in the next international tournaments, which increases our opportunities to make more money!