Fnatic’s jungler Gabriël “Bwipo” Rau has dismissed aspersions of team drama drummed up by fans reading into a Twitter bot.
League of Legends fans decided to channel their inner amateur detective after Bwipo unfollowed some Fnatic accounts. While he was at the World Championship, a Twitter account by the name of LEC Ditto published a series of tweets noting that Bwipo had unfollowed a bevy of Fnatic accounts. The account is a bot that publishes League-related Twitter activity.
Some fans insist it’s a sign of deep inner turmoil within the Fnatic camp. Though Twitter can certainly make a mountain out of a molehill sometimes, players have been known to intentionally leak insider info on Twitter.
With Elias “Upset” Lipp returning home due to an urgent family matter, former Fnatic player Tim “Nemesis” Lipovšek theorized that internal dysfunction was being covered up by the organization. Nemesis has already deleted most of the messages questioning the statement and there are no other signs of anything being amiss.
Bwipo certainly didn’t appreciate the uninvited scrutiny. The jungler dismissed the drama, saying his unfollowing of accounts was a part of a break from social media rather than passive aggression towards his current team. Given the speculation around Upset’s departure and the subsequent unfollowing, it’s understandable why.
Professional players on the Worlds 2021 stage are competing in a multi-million dollar esports event, and dealing with fans’ speculations about social media is likely viewed internally as an unnecessary distraction. Though esports pros have been known to do things like this in the past, this looks to be Bwipo cleaning up his follows more than a sign of deeper turmoil.
Regardless of Bwipo’s Twitter moves, Fnatic isn’t needing any more negative energy in its trip to Worlds 2021. The team is off to a 0-2 start in the group stage with losses to Hanwha Life Esports and Royal Never Give Up. Fnatic returns tomorrow for another best-of-one, this time against PSG Talon.