Flash Wolves' Karsa Banned for "Unspecified Period of Time"
by James Bates
Today is not a good day for fans of the Flash Wolves. Karsa, the team's star jungler who is often hailed as one of the top three players in his position the world over, was banned from playing in the LMS for an unspecified period of time following his early disconnect against Raise Gaming.
The organization announced the ban via an extremely terse and to the point Twitter post. "Karsa is banned for undecided time due to him leaving game before it ended in game 2 vs RG last week by Flash Wolves management" was all the team had to say about their decision to unceremoniously ban their own player from the league. The interesting part of the tweet comes at the very tail end, however, as it does mention that Karsa was not banned from the LMS by Riot themselves, but rather by his own management.
Rumors have already started circulating that Karsa's ban wasn't really a result of his disconnect, but rather comes as a result of his attitude. The Flash Wolves were not playing with their complete roster when Karsa committed his infraction, as the team was forced to bench both MMD and Betty were already off the team due to a separate infraction. The two were rumored to have been caught drinking by the Flash Wolves management, and while that report remains unsubstantiated, the fact that they've both been off the starting line up for some time lends some credence to the rumor, especially considering the Flash Wolves' struggles in recent matches.
If Karsa's actions were attitude-related, it would be hard to blame him. The benching of MMD and Betty has put a huge dent in the Flash Wolves' usually spotless regular season, as the team has struggled to adjust to playing with their substitutes. Karsa and Maple are already usually tasked with carrying the Flash Wolves game in and game out, but it's only become more apparent how reliant the team is upon them now that they are, more or less, the only carry threats on the team. The Flash Wolves have already suffered a number of losses, which is unusual for the team. Seeing as their berth at the 2017 World Championship isn't secure if they bomb this split, it's easy to see how Karsa might be under a rather great amount of stress at the moment.
Regardless of whether he actions were justified or not, it remains true that the Flash Wolves have a history dominating their region, one they will struggle to live up to without Karsa at the helm. For the sake of having the best World Championship possible this year, we can only hope Karsa's return will be swift.