T1 bebe872, a Korean challenger Teamfight Tactics streamer, announced on his YouTube channel yesterday that he would no longer be playing TFT competitively, citing the lack of desire from Riot developers to make the game less ‘RNG’ and more competitive.
“I started TFT because I thought it was a competitive game where if I tried hard enough I could get an advantage over other Professional Gamers in total [sic]”, Bebe wrote in his statement posted to his YouTube channel yesterday, “but a TFT Game Developer told me a few months back that that is not going to happen”.
Bebe goes on to explain that Riot’s lack of interest in getting rid of the RNG factor and making the game as competitive as other esport titles such as League of Legends and Starcraft has taken away his motivation from competing.
“And stuff like this really destroys motivation for people like me who wanted to participate in tournaments and show off all the effort I’ve put into the game genre for the past few years”.
As a result of his lack of motivation to compete, Bebe explains that he attempted to pivot to make more ‘for fun’ videos and streams, such as coaching sessions and off-meta builds, but that this style of content creation did not suit him, “So what I did was I tried to make Meme content for fun(coaching, OP builds, Weird Strats) and it wasn’t really that successful…and I didn’t really enjoy playing the game.
So it was too stressful and I quit!”.
In a thread linking to Bebe’s announcement on the subreddit r/competitiveTFT, TFT lead designer Riot Mortdog responded to Bebe’s comments, writing: “Bebe has to do what’s right for him. He is right that it will never be on the competitive scale of OG Starcraft or League of Legends. Then again…what games are?”,
Mortdog then went on to address Bebe’s statements regarding the development team’s mentality towards making TFT a competitive esport, “And finally, the idea that we’re going to back off of competition is ludicrous. I’ve been in 3-year plan meetings the past two weeks and I 100% promise you that eSports/Competition is a category that is there and being discussed as something we want to continue AND GROW”.
Bebe was a player most known for having an extremely flexible playstyle, with which he found great success on the competitive leaderboards. The Korean esports brand, T1, signed him as a TFT content creator last year, and back in May, Mortdog tweeted congratulating Bebe on being the first player globally to reach Challenger rank in TFT set 5, showcasing Bebe’s impressive nearly 40% winrate, and 77.5% top 4 rate.
— Riot Mort (@Mortdog) May 2, 2021
At the end of his statement, Bebe announced that he would begin competing in both Pokemon VGC and Pokemon Unite, the former referring to competitive battling in the series’ mainline games and the latter being Nintendo’s Pokemon-themed MOBA title on the Nintendo Switch, which released in July, but that he would not limit his options.
“I want to enter in Tournaments play competitive and get a high rank in those game genres!! >:D And its not going to end there. If I keep finding more games that I really enjoy…I am going to participate in those games and try to hit Rank 1 or win Tournaments!!!!!!”.
Ultimately, Bebe is looking for a fresh competitive start, and is hoping to put his name at the top of the leaderboards in whatever game he touches,
“I’m restarting from the beginning 😀 I am not Bebe872 Rank 1 TFT Global Regional Record-Breaking LP Player, I am just a guy who is a gamer and wants to get high ranks in a variety of games :D”.
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