One of the most popular League of Legends players on the planet announced today that he will be stepping down. William “Scarra” Li, who has been the captain for Team Dignitas since it was formed in 2012, said he will no longer be the team's mid laner, choosing instead to work as a coach and substitute.
In many ways, Li is a father figure to the scene. At 24-years-old, he’s one of the oldest players in North America. In 2011, he led Dignitas victory at IGN’s Pro League 3, one of the first North American League titles ever. The team has been competing at the highest levels since, including a trip to South Korea to play a season in OnGameNet, the country's premier competitive league. Under his guiding hand, Dignitas have remained one of the top teams in the country.
Li is also a popular streamer, which has helped him attain another strata of fame in the League community. He’s been known to play unconventional mid lane champions like Katarina and Soraka from time to time. His Twitch channel boasts 26 million total views.
But Li's also managed to reach mainstream audiences, and has been designated as something of a spokesman for both the game and the esports industry as a whole. When HBO’s Real Sports ran a story on League and their World Championships last year, Li was the one who walked correspondent Soledad O’Brien through the basics of the game.
This season, however, Li's team is stumbling. Dignitas are currently in fourth place, but that belies the fact that they are a full five games behind third, and only have a 41 percent win rate.
Greyson "goldenglue" Gilmer will take Li's place, Dignitas announced in a statement earlier today. Gilmer, who was the mid laner for CompLexity Red, helped his team take third place in the first Challenger Series qualifier. Now, he’ll be stepping into some much bigger shoes as he and Dignitas face the rest of the season and the coming playoffs.
As for Li, he’ll be moving into a coaching role within Dignitas.
http://t.co/WBWN8l0M9N I'm happy for all the support I've had throughout the years. I'll be staying on at least for Spring Split as a coach.— Scarra (@dscarra) March 25, 2014
So Li will be very much a part of Dignitas, at least for the time being. He added in a comment on Reddit: “I still very much believe in this team, and I'll try to help them succeed as best as I can.“
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