Tian is not your regular solo queue jungler, as Tian is a defending world champion and the 2019 World Championship finals MVP. So when a solo queue player attempted to flame him, Tian had the perfect comeback.
LPL players often play in the Korean server. Despite having their own Chinese super server with only high elo players, the Korean solo queue is considered to be better. However, the Korean server certainly is not immune to toxicity. An incident took place while Tian was streaming. At the time, Tian was playing Lee Sin and wearing his World Championship skin. Yes, the same skin that shows Tian’s signature in the recall animation.
One of Tian’s teammates, a Maokai top laner, criticized his gameplay.
“Only jungling. Can’t read the map. Nice jug. Big brain,” Maokai wrote on the chat.
“Only Maokai. Good brain,” Tian replied.
At this point, Tian’s team was significantly behind and Maokai had died two times. Tian kept farming, but Maokai wouldn’t let it go.
“Don’t play Lee when you’re untalented,” Maokai wrote.
“No, this is my skin,” Tian replied. But Maokai kept harassing him.
“You got carried, thank you Doinb,” Maokai said.
At this point, the game was doomed.
This is only one example of the type of existing toxicity in the League of Legends community. Even at the highest levels, players will harass one another and int just for the sake of it.
Riot Games is acknowledging these problems and deployed a series of measures to put a stop to the game-ruining behavior. One of those measures in giving instant feedback to players that report bad behavior in-game. Riot originally ran a test in North America and is ready to implement more of these changes internationally.