After playing just one game in the League of Legends Championship Series, which was lost by Team Liquid, Alphari was benched at the expense of Thomas “Jenkins” Tran. This decision came as a surprise, since the Brit was one of the league’s best players in the past month, leading Liquid to many victories.
Later on, in one of the interviews with Travis Gafford, the team’s coach said that the decision wasn’t made due to the loss, but instead it was “something that was made with a lot of care over the past month,” underlining, that the move had been planned for quite some time now.
After the conclusion of the first week, which didn’t end well for Team Liquid, winning only one game out of three, Alphari made an enigmatic tweet, shedding some light on his perspective.
Was gonna get chik fil a for dinner, then saw an ad for chipotle and decided fuck it why not lets get some mexican— Barney Morris (@Alphari) June 8, 2021
Wasn’t spur of the moment btw, calculated this a month in advance
If we look at the context of the situation, we can understand that Morris basically opposes the words of his head coach, making the drama feel even more tangible. After an hour he decided to hold nothing back, by saying that he will never stand by and be silent about his undying passion for fast food.
People dming me about professionalism— Barney Morris (@Alphari) June 8, 2021
There’s 1 thing in this world I will NOT stand by and be silent about - and that’s my undying passion for fast food
If you don’t like it just don’t read it lol
Former Team Liquid and TSM AD Carry, Yilliang “Doublelift” Peng also weighed on the drama, by listing the impressive stats that Alphari has put up as a Liquid player
Alphari in LCS Spring Split— Yiliang Peng (@Doublelift1) June 8, 2021
KDA - 1st
Kills - 1st
Deaths - 10th
CSM - 1st
KP% - 2nd
DMG% - 1st (28.9% of team dmg as Top)
DPM - 1st
[email protected] - 1st (+905)
[email protected] - 1st (+16)
Solo kills - 1st (8)
TL should play him, or they are running it down for Summer Split
When those are taken into consideration, the decision to drop him seems even more confounding and questions have been raised about what exactly is going on behind the scenes.
Alphari seems to have a lot on his plate at the moment. (Picture: Riot Games)
At the moment, it’s unclear if Liquid are hoping to stick with Jenkins for the upcoming weeks of the LCS, or will switch back to Alphari as a starting top laner, though any potential return looks a million miles away based on the player's tweets. Either way, the decision to drop him looks like it could still result in some getting egg on their faces.
Feature image courtesy of Riot Games.