EU’s Scrim Drama Is A Reminder That Even In eSports: ‘Nice Guys Finish Last’

To scrim or not scrim is, apparently, the question. With GIANTS! Gaming seemingly imploding, Fnatic and Splyce have reached an agreement to exclusively scrim with one another, leaving the Unicorns of Love out in the cold with just days to go before the critical gauntlet matches. It’s a ruthless move, but the LCS is a dog-eat-dog environment…

For all the European sceptics, concerned that the EU scene was failing to keep up with the NA LCS, rest assured that EU’s best are closely following in NA’s footsteps, so much so that we’re now even replicating their drama. After Team SoloMid’s victorious AD Carry Yiliang “Doublelift” Peng announced Immortals had denied TSM scrims, in order to acquire a tactical edge – Splyce have now employed the same move on Unicorns of Love ahead of their opening Gauntlet match.

The Unicorns took to twitter to air their dissatisfaction, littering their twitlonger with some spicy one-liners:

Source: Twitter
Source: Twitter

“If Karma exists, we just won the lottery.”

Unicorns of Love

There are a few different perspectives from which to consider Splyce and Fnatic’s collective decision. Naturally, sympathies must be extended to UoL, whose preparation has been plunged into turmoil ahead of what could be the rosters last competition of 2016.

It’s certainly no accident that Fnatic and Splyce walked off into the sunset together hand in hand, leaving UoL behind. The Unicorns currently possess a far better chance of progressing to Worlds than Fnatic; UoL will be Splyce’s toughest challenge en route to the North American tournament.

Source: Riot Games Flickr
Source: Riot Games Flickr

The easiest way in which to gain a competitive edge?

Deny Unicorns of Love any form of practice, practice intensively yourself, whilst training Fnatic for their clash with UoL in the process. It’s far from the “unprofessional” move UoL are claiming it to be – it’s a dick move if anything from YamatoCannon – but tactically genius.

Source: Twitter
Source: Twitter

 

“The Unicorns have my sympathy, but not my regret”

Jakob “YamatoCannon” Mebdi

Yamato is simply making the best of a bad situation – it’s certainly not his fault that GIANTS! left an odd number of scrimming partners. As team manager, his job is to secure scrims for his team. If the trade-off is looking like a bit of a backstabber publicly in order to secure his team gets the best possible practice, so be it.

Source: Riot Games Flickr
Source: Riot Games Flickr

Why should a team trying to reach worlds give their competition more help? It’s a competition with only one winner, there aren’t any prizes for fair play.

Yamato’s job isn’t to make everyone happy, Yamato’s job is to get his team to worlds.