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True Sight 010 – “What’s wrong with the NA LCS?” with Ryan Tang

I ask Ryan Tang, founder of GoldPer10.com: “What’s wrong with the NA LCS?”

Timestamps

  • 1:49 The main weaknesses of NA LCS organizations (talent consolidation, lack of strategic diversity)
  • 5:11 The effects of the LCS best-of-one structure
  • 7:54 How can NA evolve going forward? The value of mid-season roster changes and focusing on talent
  • 11:50 What’s the value of roster stability?
  • 13:18 Problems with Team Liquid’s team composition in 2015
  • 14:08 Contrasting Team Liquid’s approach with TSM’s rumored 2016 lineup
  • 15:35 The complexities of building a roster when the game itself is constantly evolving
  • 16:33 Problems with building a team for “last season’s meta”, CLG Seraph as an example
  • 17:44 Can NA become relevant internationally in 2016?

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True Sight 009 – Bryce “eSportsLaw” Blum on the legal dispute between TSM vs. H2k

As posted on Unikrn.com/community

Bryce “eSportsLaw” Blum joins me to break down the dispute between Team SoloMid and H2k over the contract status of Svenskeren, and discuss the broader legal landscape of the LCS.

Timestamps

  • 3:02 What exactly is H2k accusing TSM of?
  • 5:42 Potential effects of the dispute on the pending sale of H2k to outside investors
  • 7:45 What are the important questions to ask to know who is in the wrong?
  • 9:50 The factors that make a contract binding (under US law)
  • 10:59 Do the leaked Skype logs show whether Svenskeren had a binding agreement with H2k?
  • 12:34 What’s the difference between a letter of intent (LOI) and a contract? What makes them binding?
  • 15:33 What is Riot’s role in the dispute?
  • 17:32 What are H2k’s options moving forward?
  • 19:43 What is the best-case scenario for each team at this point?
  • 21:36 Why is this such a big issue? How is the League of Legends legal landscape different from traditional sports leagues?
  • 24:23 Bryce calls for a formal grievances procedure
  • 25:41 Why isn’t there a grievances/appeals system already in place?
  • 27:20 Other items on Bryce’s wishlist for improvements to LCS contracting
  • 31:51 The problems with non-standardized contract end dates
  • 34:24 How the LCS is ahead of other esports in its regulation, but with lots more left to do

For context, read the original article on Breitbart, the TwitLonger post by H2k’s CEO, and the responding TwitLonger post by TSM’s CEO.

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True Sight 008 – Kelsey Moser’s Top Five Storylines from Chinese LoL in 2015

I ask Kelsey Moser, writer for theScore eSports: “What were your top five storylines from Chinese League of Legends in 2015?”

Topics:

  • 1:32 Number 5 – The rivalry between Snake and King (now Royal Never Give Up)
  • 6:33 Number 4 – The rise of Qiao Gu
  • 12:55 Rumor that QG is in talks with Newbee
  • 13:33 Number 3 – Zzitai’s evolution
  • 19:43 Kakao’s explanation for why Chinese teams performed poorly at Worlds
  • 20:40 Number 2 – Clearlove’s great year
  • 22:08 The MSI Finals as the “moment” of the year
  • 27:03 The idea of Clearlove as the most team-defining player of the LPL Worlds representatives
  • 29:00 Number 1 – The Korean influx
  • 30:26 Korean players “naturalizing”, taking on the lax Chinese mindset
  • 32:04 The role and effect of Chinese streaming companies in the Korean influx

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True Sight 007 – “What are the biggest challenges facing a League of Legends coach?” with Titus “LeDuck” Hafner

I ask Titus “LeDuck” Hafner, former head coach of Origen and Roccat: “What are the biggest challenges facing a League of Legends coach?”

Topics:

  • 2:00 LeDuck’s challenges working with the Copenhagen Wolves, including Amazing leaving for TSM
  • 3:40 LeDuck’s challenges working with Origen
  • 4:20 Issues with player-owned teams: “I don’t think it’s a good idea at all.”
  • 6:00 How player ownership affects the coach
  • 7:15 Positive effects of player ownership
  • 8:15 How xPeke’s play was affected by owning Origen
  • 9:30 LeDuck’s evolution as a coach, and moving towards a sports psychology approach
  • 10:55 “Coaching is a two-man job.”
  • 12:05 LeDuck’s admiration for Fnatic’s and CLG’s approaches to coaching staff
  • 13:05 LeDuck’s low expectations for Europe in 2016: “Europe has progressed very poorly this year… There will be very defined bottom-of-the-barrel teams [in 2016].”

Share your reactions and opinions using the hashtag #truesightpodcast on Twitter.

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True Sight 006: “What does the future of LCS coaching look like?” with Chris Ehrenreich 6

I ask Chris Ehrenreich, former head coach of Counter Logic Gaming: “What does the future of LCS coaching look like?”

Topics:

  • Chris’s take on CLG’s big offseason changes
  • The big lessons Chris learned this year, and the biggest challenges he faced
  • How to build a winning culture within a team
  • Chris’s struggles fitting in to the esports culture
  • 25:50 Dispelling myths around Chris’s departure from CLG
  • Chris’s future plans

Share your reactions and opinions using the hashtag #truesightpodcast on Twitter.

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