Is SK OK?
Two contradictory chat logs occurring within minutes of each other have left Carlos “ocelote” Rodríguez Santiago exposed and Joey “YoungBuck” Steltenpool without a team. What started with YoungBuck joining the SK Gaming roster a few weeks ago has escalated into a mudslinging fiasco that leaves fans questioning the team’s integrity and their ability to compete in this season’s finals.
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Things were looking bright for YoungBuck when he first joined SK Gaming. They welcomed him to the family and expressed hopes that his addition would mark the start of “a new era for SK Gaming”.
YoungBuck himself expressed his gratitude in the official statement
I'm honored to become part of a great team with a rich history of achievements in E-sports.I look forward to playing at the highest level once again and I'm very confident that together we can achieve the greatness that SK is known for.
Despite this, yesterday YoungBuck’s status update on Facebook confirmed that Ocelote had kicked him from the SK Gaming team. He also revealed that he believes he was removed from the team because “Kevin got bored of playing AD” and wanted to move back to top lane.
A fan’s response to YoungBuck’s update has generated a lot of heat
I dont see SK gaming, kev1n or Ocelote winning ever again. "Being bored" shouldnt make you erase all the proggress you've made in such a little time … I feel like he has chosen the path to become a proffesional streamer not a competing proffesional player.
The faith in SK Gaming’s League of Legends team has become slim, with former team member, Adrian “Candy Panda” Wübbelmann, agreeing that ocelote is more of an entertainer then a proplayer and SivHD suggesting ocelote leave SK, take the entertainer route, and try to remain in tournaments on the side. Both defend ocelote as a man “trying to support his family” and a “really cool guy”, but further accusations have revealed integrity issues. A discussion between Kevin “kev1n” Rubiszewski and ocelote reveals that just a little over one week after YoungBuck was welcomed to the team they decided remove him. On top of this, YoungBuck’s chat log shows that while kev1n and ocelote were speaking of removing him from the roster YoungBuck was simultaneously being reassured that ocelote was going to try to keep him on the team.
Youngbuck himself has tried to do away with rumors started by ocelote
Ocelote has mentioned that I never really was with SK and was just in a testing fase, however that is very untrue
All the drama has left SK Gaming’s League of legends team with three team members; Carlos "ocelote" Rodriguez, Patrick "Nyph" Funke, and Kevin "kev1n" Rubiszewski. With the Season 2 Finals coming up so soon, will SK Gaming be able to pull it together in time?
Source SK Gaming and multiple Reddit threads
This article was written by Melissa "Birchtree" James.