It’s tempting, in the middle of 2021, to try and forget that the world is in the midst of a pandemic. Especially as people try and return to normal, with safety precautions and vaccinations helping to bring things back to pre-pandemic status.
However, LCS fans were reminded acutely reminded of how un-normal things really are as the League was once again forced online due to Covid-19. For the first time since the start of the Summer season, the LCS was returned to it’s online format, just like the bad-old-days of Summer 2020. With the new-look LCS of 2021, it was hoped issues like this were a thing of the past, but still the problems remain.
It all began as Immortals players were forced into playing remotely after a spate of positive tests. Immortals stated that all their players and staff were vaccinated. But even with their precautions, the team were unable to prevent the outbreak.
However, despite the swift response, just a day later the situation got worse. LCS Commissioner Chris Greely revealed that the league would be forced to move to an online format once due to the positive test. He stressed that the reasoning behind this would be due to an abundance of caution, rather than any positive tests inside the LCS Arena. No one at the on-site LCS staff has tested positive thus far.
Making the Best of Online LCS Play
Despite the bad news, players looked to make the best of a bad situation. Immortals’ Mitchell “Destinyy” Shaw unwound by posting memes on Twitter, showing ‘Peepo’ playing things safe in a haz-mat suit. At the time of writing, Immortals were 2-0 on the weekend. It goes to show that playing from home wasn’t all that of a bad thing for them.
On the other hand, playing online was not all fun and sunshine for other teams. Evil Geniuses Coach Peter Dunn attested to some direct issues arising from their online play. Attributing their loss to Immortals to a missed Ryze ban, he bemoaned the issues with communication that can arise online.