Still8 apologized to the team for the “unfair contracts it gave the players” and informed departing players Jeong “Chovy” Ji-hoon, Son “Lehends” Si-woo, and Choi “Doran” Hyeon-joon that they could sign revised deals with the League of Legends team or enter free agency.
“Sincerely thank you for bringing precious memories and spectacular games to Griffin and Ourfin,” the team said via Twitter.
📍Farewell Lehends-Chovy-Doran— Team Griffin LoL (@TeamGriffinLoL) November 25, 2019
We are here to convey a piece of upsetting news. Our contract with Lehends, Doran and Chovy was ended after mutual consent. Sincerely thank you for bringing precious memories and spectacular games to Griffin and Ourfin. Best wishes. Thank you. pic.twitter.com/wi1bxu7tKk
Despite being one of the best performing teams over the course of the past year, the team faced a number of internal challenges throughout the season including unfair contract issues and numerous claims of physical and verbal abuse from former head Kim “cvMax” Dae-ho.
Griffin relieved cvMax of his duties in late-September just a week before the 2019 Season World Championship in Europe.
cvMax was often criticized for his “intense and unorthodox” coaching methods, but details of his methods weren’t revealed until numerous players stepped forward and spoke about the level of abuse that occurred within the organization.
Chaos spoke extensively about the times cvMax held Sword by his collar and shook him aggressively, while others spoke of other instances of verbal abuse.
Following a developer’s investigation, Riot permanently banned cvMax from all business-related activities as they related to the company.
While it’s unsure where the team will go from here, Still8 did the right thing by allowing the players of Team Griffin to have their freedom.
All of the players have proved themselves to be among the best in the world, so it’s unlikely that many of them will have trouble finding a new home should they decide to leave Team Griffin.
League fans should be prepared to hear plenty of news in the coming weeks as players start making their decision.