After a protracted day full of COVID-19 false positives, isolation cubicles, and sport delays on twenty ninth September, Day 2 of Worlds 2022 began with out a hitch. Nonetheless, followers and the casters panicked slightly when the second match that includes Evil Geniuses (EG) and LOUD was delayed. Nonetheless, the sport delay was for one of many strangest causes. The English casters on the printed revealed that the sport had not began since Evil Geniuses’ mid-laner Joseph “Jojopyun” Pyun wore crocs on stage.
Sport delayed for inappropriate footwear
One of many casters requested, “So now we have a small delay on stage. Don’t panic, only a small delay. Are you aware why?” The opposite caster confidently guessed that jojopyun had spilled water on the desk. “Very shut. You recognized the proper participant. Inappropriate footwear! He’s sporting his crocs.”
The official rulebook for Worlds 2022 by Riot Video games states the next beneath Rule 4.5: Participant and Coach Attire: “Gamers should put on pants and closed-toe footwear, in addition to seen team-branded attire, on their higher physique, throughout the entirety of any WCE [Worlds Championship Event] or look.” It additionally famous that WCE officers could have closing approval over all attire.
In consequence, crocs, which don’t adjust to the foundations needed to be eliminated by jojopyun, who was then offered with a pair of footwear on stage by the referees. Nonetheless, a number of EG gamers have been reportedly noticed sporting crocs earlier than at League of Legends Champions Series (LCS) occasions, together with press conferences.
The sport resumed after the preliminary pause and regardless of dealing with a number of extra technical pauses, Evil Geniuses received the match towards LOUD in a dominant trend. On Day 2 of Worlds 2022, Evil Geniuses received each its matchups and is at the moment second in its group with a scoreline of 2-1, simply behind Fnatic.
Impressed talks concerning the crocs within the post-game interview
Within the post-game interview with Laure Valée, EG’s jungler Kacper “Impressed” Słoma talked about jojopyun wearing crocs. He mentioned a Riot referee got here on stage and requested jojopyun to vary into a distinct pair of footwear. “Yeah principally Riot forbid us from sporting crocs on stage. They mentioned that we are able to play both with footwear or with out footwear, however not with crocs. I don’t know what their rule is however now we have to comply with it. That was a bit annoying however I assume that’s the rule. Fairly bizarre rule in case you ask me.”
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