Challenger support player Johnny “Swifte” Ngo has announced his withdrawal from the upcoming Twitch Rivals League of Legends tournament.
Recall that he had been drafted by streamer and team captain Tim “Trick2G” Foley to support a Diamond 4 ADC in the competition.
The development which has surprised many has elicited a lot of reactions which have been a backlash over his decision to opt-out of the tournament.
Pundits have already answered the question that trailed his withdrawal. It all started when Trick2G selected Swifte to join his team.
During the tournament’s draft process, captains usually pick players from a pool to join their five-man squads.
Trick2G also added one of Swifte’s friends, Horsey, who is ranked as a Diamond IV player on the North American ranked ladder into the ADC role.
This development didn’t go down well with Swifte, who immediately announced his withdrawal from the squad via his Twitter handle.
So, Swift will not be participating in the competition dubbed “for fun” tournament, by refusing to play with Horsey as his lane partner. The development has forced Trick2G to pick another player in the draft as the rest of the teams to get busy selecting players.
To further confirmed his absence from the tournament, he replied Julian “Tarzaned” Farokhian, who mentioned the “for fun” aspect of the competition in a tweet, saying: “I won’t have fun; therefore, I made the right decision.”
Swifte later deleted the tweets in question, but both his withdrawal from the tournament has already been screengrabbed by many on social media. He has therefore suffered backlash as many participants in the competition have been calling him out on social media, including 100 Thieves streamer Moe “Yassuo” Abdalrhman, who Swifte has clashed with in the past.
Swifte has garnered some professional experience after spending time as a substitute on Dignitas in the first half of 2017. He later switched to another sub role on TSM for the second half of the year.
He made a name for himself to League fans as an exceptionally skilled Thresh player in high Challenger.
As a streamer, he’s often seen on other channels, like that of Yiliang “Doublelift” Peng as a duo partner.
Twitch Rivals League Draft Showdown II will commence on January 21 and end January 23, with the winner going home with a $75,000 prize pool.
Written by: Oladipupo Mojeed