It clearly is apparently a case to be once bitten and twice shy. Koreas T1 wants fans to remain from practice facilities, and respect the privacy of these team among others.
For the longest time, T1 have already been alert to the sensibilities of fans, providing them with unprecedented access, and undertaking activities involving their biggest stakeholders, even engaging fans online and offline through several means. But since trolling and online abuse transcended to some other level, theyve put their foot down having an unwritten message: enough will do.
From bullying Faker and getting sued, to utterly toxic behavior off-stage, T1 fans certainly are a different beast entirely.
T1 cant find peace with unruly fans
Even though organization has cited a rise in COVID cases in South Korea because of this diktat, we arent entirely sure. The center of the problem is the unruly behaviour of fans, and the lengths they will have attended. Unpleasantness that has been bursting at the seams was only waiting to boil over into something dramatic. Finally, everything found head when fans dispatched a truck to LoL park, the LCK venue in Seoul, with an indicator that read: Incompetent Head Coach.
The not-so-subtle message was linked right to fans wanting coach Kim moment Ji-Hwan out. His relative inexperience appears to have irked them no end. His poor record at MSI 2022 was cited as you of several reasons. For the record, T1 finished runners-up at the tournament and were only beaten on your day by way of a sensational Royal Never QUIT team that defied the chances and played beyond their proficiency levels.
Honestly, there is perhaps no shame in losing to a team that elevated its game to unprecedented levels. Even though the T1 players were gracious in defeat, the fans were having none of it, unfortunately. It didnt just end there. In addition they demanded for more transparency from the coaching staff. They wanted head coach hoi Polt Seong-Huns plans for the team before Worlds 2022.
Now, youd think a coach is answerable to the team owner, sponsors and stakeholders. Here, you’d a predicament where each one of these entities were absolutely fine with decisions and pleased to take the outcomes on the chin, the strain on the coaches seemed immense due to a certain group of fans. They werent just unhappy, these were irate. In addition they accused the team of withholding information and communicating poorly.
This is the 4th time T1 fans hired a truck to send a note to the business.
Requests continue coming
Even though T1 tried to support the requests to communicate better, it surely got to a spot where demands turned ugly and stifling. Was the team likely to always live beneath the pressure of what the fans think or want, or try to concentrate on things theyd planned for? Its a delicate line that the fans had clearly crossed.
If they blamed the coaching technique for their loss to Kwangdong Freecs; which broke their all-time record-breaking run that stretched right away of the spring split season until June, fans lobbied hard to obtain the coach removed, because he previously didn’t strategise and deliver feedback to players.
This is in reaction to their first loss in months, even while opponents kept marveling at T1s roster and their ruthlessness in delivering wins for fun. They now wanted players to possess fewer responsibilities in the pick and ban phase.
Equally concerning for the team was the fans behaviour by the end of the 2020 season where they missed from Worlds. When fans parked a truck before their HQ to talk about the teams no future since they shut out devoted fans, T1 knew problems were brewing. 2 yrs on, what seemed to have been a little headache is continuing to grow right into a giant-sized monster of an issue, resulting in their current diktat of banning fans around HQ, team environment, practice facilities and homes.
Fandom is because success and healthy habits theyve exhibited as a team, just as much as the trophies theyve won. For the present time, it may look as though this tussle between fans and T1 is defined to take another decisive turn, no ones likely to be better off for this. The sport, it seems, may continue being shown in poor light and nobody gains from such unsavory episodes.
How should T1 tackle their overly proactive fandom problem?