According to a Weibo post by the Rogue Warriors, they’ve released jungler Wang “WeiYan” Xiang. This comes due to allegations of match fixing. According to their statement, the player was warned and reminded repeatedly, but still chose to ignore the rules.
Rogue Warriors’ statement
The Weibo post by the team added some illumination regarding the situation. In the statement, they said: “The investigations by the club has determined that Rogue Warriors player Wang Xiang (id: weiyan) conducted activities during LPL Spring 2020 competitions that seriously violated the team’s rules and disciplines.”
They additionally indicated, “Even after a year of repeated reminders and warnings, some still chose to ignore the rules which led to severe consequences. We hereby once again remind our players to remind themselves not to violate club and league rules.”
The violations in question
Shortly after the announcement, another Weibo post surfaced from an anonymous account. This included screenshots of the former Rogue Warriors jungler chatting about match fixing in matches against Dominus Esports and Victory Five. RW faced the latter in Week 3 and won 2-0. It is likely that the losses the team faced while using WeiYan need to be investigated further. Who knows what the extent of his influence was in contributing to the defeats.
WeiYan was promoted directly from Rogue Warriors’ League of Legends Development League team, the Rogue Warriors Shark. He started this year for the team over the Rogue Warriors’ other jungler, Chen “Haro” Wen Lin since their match against Oh My God in Week 2.
This season, the team’s current stats are 3-5 in the LPL and they’re ranked 12th in the league standings. The team has an average win rate of 59.7% with a total of 36 wins and 41 losses out of the total games they’ve played historically in League of Legends. WeiYan played on Monday against Team WE, with Rogue Warriors losing 2-1.
Addition 3/27/2020: As a result of match fixing, the LPL has officially banned WeiYan from participating competitively for the next two years.