Beyond Gaming mid-laner Maoan suspended for remainder of Worlds 2021 after wagering on team’s series against Galatasaray

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Beyond Gaming mid-laner Chien “Maoan” Mao-An has been suspended for the remainder of the 2021 League of Legends World Championship after he was discovered to have wagered on his team’s series against Galatasaray Esports.

In a statement provided by Riot Games, the player violated Rule 9.3 of the 2021 World Championship ruleset–“which prohibits association with gambling”–after their Competitive Operations team “obtained definitive evidence showing Maoan provided inside information to a friend for the purposes of wagering on today’s match.”

Of course, that match concerns BYG’s recent series against Galatasaray Esports which ended in their victory by a reverse sweep. In the team’s three wins, Maoaon posted a KDA of 7/8/29 by playing Syndra and Ryze.

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Riot’s ruling came shortly after PCS host Jenny “Reirachu” Lee’s wrote on Twitter that the team’s owner, Xue “DinTer” Hong-wei, announced on stream that he was firing the mid-laner after confiscating his phone and discovering text messages which leaked confidential strategies to bettors.

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More players are allegedly implicated in this matter as well. Reirachu wrote in a follow-up tweet there are rumors circulating that more people within the team are operating the betting scheme alongside Maoan. Riot hasn’t commented on this matter as of now though.

What Happens Next for BYG

Beyond Gaming is in a tough predicament amidst their journey to reach the Worlds group stage. After defeating Galatasaray, the team is scheduled to face Korea’s Hanwha Life Esports tomorrow in the next round of the Play-In knockout stage, but with Maoan’s dismissal, they must find a substitute to fill the vacant spot at mid-lane.

It’s unclear which player they’ll select to stand-in against HLE. They brought Hsieh “PK” Yu-Ting to Iceland as an additional option at top lane besides Wu “Liang” Liang-Te.

According to Rule 3.2 of the Ruleset, teams are required to bring one or two substitute players for the tournament. They are not allowed to add any additional players to their roster after the Active Roster Lock of their region.