01x08 - Philadelphia

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01x08 - Philadelphia

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This could be the make-or-break

fight here in game four,

and it's-it's the Organizm f*re puff.

He's flying and he's already gotten one.

He's gonna crush every single member.

They are taking over the entire map.

f*ck yeah, hell yeah.

Everyone was playing well,

but we were winning

because our comps were clean.

A-And you got to give a lot

of credit to Cream for that.

Ever since Foresite left,

Fugitive's comps

have been centered around Creamcheese.

No, no, that's it, that's it,

that's it, that's yours.

Everyone else feeds him info

and he decides what to do with it.

And they say, "I can fight,"

and he decides whether

or not they should fight.

Creamcheese looking for the engagement

and jumps right on in,

and it's gonna be an easy fall

where you cannot defend this one.

All right, nice. Thanks, Cream.

Cream sets up a fight

and I win it.

It works.

Fugitive waves farewell to Team Liquid

and hello to Philadelphia.

Three-to-one victory, the Nexus falls.

Fugitive takes the series.

Yes! Yeah, we f*cking

And now we're one series away

from the LCS final.

So, they are Philadelphia-bound.

This roster comes together

when they need it most,

and Creamcheese gets

another sh*t at redemption.

And what a story. In his rookie year

Organizm is gonna be playing

in a semifinals in the LCS

just 30 minutes from where he grew up.


For this weekend

Philadelphia is the center

of League of Legends

for all of North America.

Fugitive Gaming

just stormed their way through

the back half of the regular season

This team has done a complete 180.

Somehow, Creamcheese and Organizm

have found a way to coexist

in the bot-lane.

We are going to the semifinals, players.

Fugitive, baby. Let's go.

The Elmore brothers were coming home.

I mean, I wouldn't have been surprised

if they was building a statue for us.

They got a statue of Joan of Arc,

and she ain't even from Philly.

Uh, traveling across the country

to play in semifinals

and hopefully the finals

is a challenge that we welcome.

We've been to this point

several times, but, uh,

never gotten over that hump.

And as the veteran leader on our team,

I'm-I'm relying on Cream to help

set the tone for our success.

You know, it's about focus, honestly.

I mean, I-I've had issues

with that in the past, but you just

You have to block out the noise.

You have to just be

100% focused on the game.

Want to go home, that's all.

We finally home.

Yo! Yo, what up, fam?


Org's family seemed really excited

to see him at the airport.

You know, they're huge fans

of Organizm, I guess.

But they're clearly

not that big of fans, because

if they were fans of Org,

they'd be fans of me, too.

You know? Like, I'm his support.

Like, "Hi, Mom, hi, Dad, I

I'm the guy who set up

100% of your son's kills."

This is the family,

you know, it's authentic, so

Yeah, so, about that,

um, we doing, like,

a Puma sponsorship thing at the

crib first thing in the morning,

- so he gonna be staying with us.

- Okay.

- Yeah.

- We'll see you soon though, bro.

- Of course.

- Yeah.

It's so good to be home, man.

Bring it in, bring it in. Let's

- get that group hug in there.

- Group hug.

PJ in the middle.

- Hey

- PJ! PJ

I'm excited

for the semifinals. I am, but

I-I just, um

I just wish it was happening

anywhere else but home.

Fugitive is gonna take the Nexus!

It's all over.

We'll probably win seven championships.

A two-year, $3 million contract?

He's gonna be the youngest

pro player in North America.

Creamcheese is a choke artist.

This would've been the perfect

setup to wombo combo.

Is it time for Fugitive

to move on from Creamcheese?


is brutally wrong in this team.

This season will make

or break the Fugitive franchise.

The whole experience

at finals is difficult.

You don't usually have

away games in the LCS,

so, yeah, it's different

to stay at a hotel

and practice in a makeshift scrim room.

- Let's go.

- I'm loading in.

I'm roommates with Bap

when we travel, and,

you know, I-I love Bap,

but I just hate his bedroom routine.

Like, he snores a lot.

Like, he pisses a lot.

And, you know, it's really hard

to get a good rest

because how loud he does all his things.

And-and, candidly, finals

is a huge business opportunity

for-for the whole scene,

so distractions are everywhere.

All right, we're

gonna have a lot of analysis

we got to dig into,

but before we get to that,

the biggest announcement

around the LCS finals weekend.

This has to do with streaming.

It's a huge global rebranding

of Neverlost Gaming.

Dad and I have been

talking a lot about Neverlost.

After leaving the Sacramento Kings

and Fugitive, my dad

took an interest in streaming,

and he decided to invest

in Neverlost Global.

It's a big global rebrand

teaming up with Guru of all people.

Resnick is taking this thing

worldwide. He's bringing in

- all types of investors.

- And they're expecting

the Neverlost brand to be worth

nearly $400 million


- by only 2023.

- Just a little bit.

It's not bad.

We are playing games

at the highest level.

I mean, we have a house in Berlin,

Beijing. This is Seoul.

With the money that

Just in rent here,

you could fix an entire country.

And I hope that we do that one day.

I'm not interested in

running sports teams right now.

I'm interested in this cross section

of gaming, sports,

entertainment and culture.

And that is why Neverlost

made so much sense to invest in.

Nathan and Guru

is a match made in douchebag heaven,

where God is Logan Paul

and the chef is Guy Fieri.

Or not Guy Fi I've heard

Guy Fieri is nice, so

It's kind of a new chapter for me, too,

because I decided to become

a streamer at Neverlost.

But Fugitive is still dear

to me, and for Organizm

it's the semifinals.

We're in Philadelphia,

and Org's getting pulled

into all kinds of distractions.

So I really wanted to be there for him.

- Hi. It's so nice to meet you.

- The queen.

- Pleasure, pleasure.

- Emmanence.

- Hi. Emma.

- Hi! Oh, she's pretty.

You know what, I have a niece

who plays video games,

so maybe I can, uh, hook you guys up,

and then you can teach her,

and she can teach you

- what she knows.

- Yeah.

There's a whole bunch

- of video games. All kinds.

- Oh, okay.

- You don't know if she plays

- So, uh,

if you ain't notice,

we got a bunch of cameras up in here.

And they're from Puma,

and Puma wants to do a spread

on PJ and I's relationship

and the brotherhood that it took to

You know, it's like,

it's like the prodigal sons

return to Philadelphia. All of that.

You know? And then we got

a sports doc over here,

which is about the game.

You know, it's about League of Legends.

It's about Fugitive,

which is the team that PJ's on.

I mean, all these people

around me are trying to get me to

to-to do this or to do that,

but I just want to play.

Little Percy

would run around in the yard

with his little booty showing.

Little ding-a-ling hanging out.

And his mama's over there chasing him.

"Come back, Percy. Come back, Percy."

My bro was out there streaking,

stripping for no paper.

Just stripping 'cause he felt like it.

Is that your grandma?

I think that's my aunt.

I only met her, like, two times.

I love that.

That's what you should be

getting. You see that?

- Make sure you get all of that.

- Yeah,

he went down to the basement,

and sometimes I'd come by,

and I'd be like,

"Man, what is what is

what is little Percy doing

down there? Does anybody know?"

You know, he has water bottles

full of piss and all that.

But we-we wasn't really tripping.

But now, if I'd known

it was gonna turn out like this,

I'd have went down there myself.

I'd have been, "Hey, Percy."

You know, hook me up."

"Show me a little something about it."

I know my baby brother thinks

that pro play is all that matters,

but he needs to realize

that now is the time

to leverage all of the work

that we've done

while we have the biggest

platform that he's ever had.

'Cause the Elmores,

we built this shit up,

and now it's time to cash in.

Morgana, Jinx?

If they went Morgana,

we go Karma, Ez.

Yo, yo, we got to bounce.

Time to get over to the school.

We running late.

- See you in a bit.

- f*ck.

I'll call you back.

It's fine. Come on.

I'm gonna come with you.

I'm really not

jealous that Rudy has Org doing

all this sponsorship during finals week.

Like, I'm not. It's just a little

annoying that he doesn't seem

to appreciate that this is

as close to a championship

as we've been in years.

Hey, yo, PJ.

I'll see you in a bit, all right?

All right.

And I'm sorry, but I'd like

to have my ADC in scrims.

The point is, is that there are

so many different careers

in gaming. I'm a streamer,

Rudy works behind the scenes

in business,

and Org is a pro player.

I agree.

Right, well, uh

I don't even know why they wanted

to hear my advice anyway.

In the lane phase,

I noticed you play aggro

with t*nk supports. Is that just you

'Cause when I went there,

they said I was the weird kid.

The crazy kid.

I got a call one day from the school.

And they said that Percy

had been involved

in an incident.

He wasn't just involved.

In gym class one day,

some kid named Todd,

he came up, and he pantsed Percy.

I was messing around, trying

to make people laugh and be funny.

I mean, it was funny.

He didn't even seem that pissed

at the time.

It was typical high school f*ck, man.

I used to pants my friends all the time.

It's a classic.

But don't nobody hold a grudge

like my little brother.

And he does so quietly.

Until he explodes.

We had these bags of milk

that we had to poke with a straw

like a Capri Sun.

And he smacks me on the back

of the head with a milk bag.

This shit hurts,

and I'm covered in milk.

So, I turn around,

and I'm staring at him,

and he doesn't do anything.

Almost like he's asking to be h*t.

I'm a pretty bad fighter,

so I pretty much knew I was

gonna get my ass b*at, but..

Only one of us was covered in milk.

We both got suspended for three days.

I should have been angry

because he was the first Elmore

to get suspended,

but Percy said

he was standing up for himself,

so I was okay with it at first.

So, getting suspended

means that you, like, home

for three or four days or something.

So, for any other kid, that's like

a week of watching TV or some shit.

But for Percy, it was like

50 extra hours on the Rift.

When we come back from suspension,

he's still laughing

like he's better than me or something.

So I come back and I do it again.

So I b*at his ass again.

And I'm whaling on this kid,

and I'm going in hard,

and he's just taking it.

And I think

it's gonna be the end of that.

So, Percy gets suspended again.

And I'm like,

"PJ, you really that sensitive?"

Like, "What the f*ck

are you doing this for, man?"

So, uh, after the first suspension,

I went from Diamond V to Masters.

But when I went back to school,

I felt my, my skills fading,

so I had to do another milk b*mb.

It just became this thing.

Randomly throughout the day,

he would smack a bag of milk on my head.

Then I'd b*at his ass.

He was covered in milk.

You know, he's full milk.

And even though he's b*ating my ass,

he's covered in milk, so

The more time he spent at home,

the more time he could playLeague,

so these suspensions,

they were not punishment to him.

I begged him to stop.

I said, "Please, son,

I'm missing a lot of work

coming to pick you up and stay home."

I guess that was

the first time I realized

that sometimes I do take things

a little too far, so

I apologized.

Here's the thing.

Anytime I would b*at him up,

he would have this look in his eyes.

I don't even know how to explain it.

This kid, he's wired differently.

The fact that he would get his revenge

over and over on this kid

and then spend his suspension time

getting better at League,

like, looking back,

that's-that's when we should have known

that this kid would stop

at nothing to become the best.

No one works harder than Org,

and that is why he beats you.

That's what makes him the player he is.

You know, he always wants another one

and another one and another one.

I have to pull him away

from his rig sometimes

because he pushes this team.

He never stops.

Korea and China

do so much better at Worlds

because they just practice

so much harder than us.

But they don't practice more

than Organizm.

Nobody does.

I used to be

a college basketball player,

right? So I get high-level athletics.

And in basketball

or any other traditional sport,

rest is a key part of your training.

Any sports scientist will tell you

that if you start training

for more than, like, six hours a day,

that shit actually hurts you.

But there is no

physical limitation to gaming,

so the best players, they just compete

for 14, 15, 16 hours a day.

And PJ

he's a f*cking machine.

The one, the only,

of course it's Organizm

cleaning up the fight

and claiming another win for Fugitive.

I know people think that I'm weird

or that I'm intense.

But that's just because

they're playing the game.

I don't think it's a game.


It's not a game to me.

The water tastes

straight up different here.

Tastes like Crystal compared to L.A.

Yeah, it's a lot better than L.A.

- Look at that.

- It's the filtration.

Hey, hey, Org. Hey.

It's all right. It's all right. Come on.

- It's like 8:00 p.m., dude.

- I know, man.

They keep trying to get me

to do this promo shit,

and I don't want to do it.

- Can we start?

- Uh, it is

15 minutes till the next block.

God, man.

It's a really tough situation.

You know, it's the semifinals.

We're in Philly, and Org's being pulled

into all kinds of different directions.

- Come on, pop that queue.

- Of course we want Org

to do promotions

and put his face out there,

but none of it means anything

if we don't win.

All right. Good work, everybody.

Let's go again.


- Again.

- Bro, that

No. We've been scrimming all day.

Okay, good stuff, good stuff.

- I'm gonna go.

- Guys-guys,

can we play one more, please?

No, bro, we haven't ate yet.

We haven't eaten. I think, guys,

let's get some food, get

some rest. I think, everyone,

- you did great work today.

- Yes.

Cream, Cream, wait,

wait, wait. Uh, can we, uh,

can we, please, get, like,

one duo queue in, please?

- Man, I need Please

- Bro, you haven't eaten.

We got to eat.

- I just want to get one more

- Take me to one of your favorite

spots in Philly. What's your

favorite restaurant in Philly?

- Mmm.

- That's good, right?

- Good?

- That hits so hard.

- I have been sleeping on these.

- You have.

These are so f*cking good.

- They're amazing.

- What the f*ck?

I feel like the food

at Dave & Buster's is

so much better than people realize.

Like, people come here for the games.

It's like a restaurant.

- It is fully a restaurant.

- It is. Yeah.

And a good one.

Sometimes the pressure

just gets too crazy for me,

and sometimes I just need

something to clear my head,

and Dave & Buster's does that for me.

What's Rudy got you doing next?

Some sponsorship.

- Sponsorship?

- Yeah.

Sounds lame, honestly.

I'm so sick of this shit, man.

I told you about

how we started Fugitive?

Yeah, you did.

- You told me that story a lot.

- Yeah.

And this is even before

we were Challenger.

And I needed my keyboard,

but they wouldn't

- give it back to me.

- Yeah, I heard I know this.

- You heard it. I know, I know.

- Yeah, you told me.

I know.

Say no more.

I feel like, when people

hear this story, they're like,

"Oh, Cream, you're such

a badass," but, like,

um, that's not the point of

the story, you know what I mean?

Like, the point of the story

isn't that I'm a badass,

it's like, that shit with my family,

like h-how they treat me, all that shit,

I don't let it stop me.

Like, if anything, I let it fuel me.

You-you have to fight for yourself

because we need you.

We need you right now. For this week.

- Yeah.

- It's not Puma,

not the family shit, but-but Fugitive.

You're as big of a part

of this team as me.

And, like, I know you would steal

your keyboard from your parents

if that was relevant.

- Thank you.

- Yeah. I-I mean that.

- It's easy.

- That finger trap's

like a metaphor, dude,

because that's like the way

That's like your family.

There's a metaphor in there, for sure.

And this, this hand's,

like, a metaphor for, like,

how I, how I'm gonna slap

your b*tch ass, you know?

What is that even?

Welcome to Philadelphia

for the LCS semifinal

between Cloud9 and

Who would have guessed it

Fugitive Gaming.

Fugitive! Fugitive!

Fugitive! Fugitive!

And, Kobe, first things

first, I'm thinking about

the Fugitive Gaming bot-lane.

We saw in quarters, they

actually worked well together

- It's about time, Phreak.

- I know!

What a time to come alive.

Creamcheese will be trying

to prove that he can win

on the biggest stage,

that he won't melt down under pressure,

but still, the fate of Fugitive

hangs largely on the shoulders

of their 17-year-old rookie.

That's right. He's made

semis his rookie split.

He's got a home crowd behind

him, like, this is his time.

Hey, so y'all get

a little bit more how the game works?

Just look for FUG Organizm.

That's Percy.

I paid $12 for a hot dog,

did you know that?

And it's gonna be worth every penny.

And the hot dog wasn't even good, man.

- Already?

- No, it wasn't good.

Some people will thrive off this energy,

some will crumble under it,

and today we find out

which one Organizm is.

Let's win this.

Cloud9 came into the series

with the best regular

season record in the LCS.

A team with aspirations at Worlds.

But Fugitive clearly had

the talent to compete.

Heading into the bot-lane.

When's it gonna happen? Here we go.

Got to find the first knock

from Creamcheese.

They're gonna get a k*ll.

First blood comes through for Nightfall.

But Creamcheese was indecisive all day.

And I think that indecisiveness

was the story

of those first four games.

Okay, can I get on top?

Fugitive is sitting there 5v4 in mid.

There's no engagements, no push.

They're just giving up

the uncontested dragon.

g*dd*mn it.

Cream has a reputation

for choking in big games.

- Oh, my goodness.

- Fair or not,

that's not exactly what you want to hear

about your leader and sh*t caller.

Creamcheese looks,

but he's engaging too early.

- Ooh!

- We got his screen right now.

He's gonna get deleted,

and you don't win 4v5s at this point.

Cloud9 take game three

and a two-to-one lead.

They're just one game away from finals.

- They can almost touch it.

- Terrible engage!

Never should have taken

that fight. What are you doing?

It was an off day for Cream

and the way we were playing,

I think we all felt lucky

that we avoided a sweep.

The dim light at the end

of the tunnel is named Ezreal.

Organizm, Arcane Shift for it

He's gonna knock out Renekton.

No, no. He's gonna

- You're kidding me!

- Oh!

What? He's a telepath, Kobe!

They have fought and scraped and clawed

and got a little bit lucky,

but they're gonna take down the Nexus.

Queue up the "Silver Scrapes."

It all comes down to this.

Playoff League of Legends

is a beautiful thing.

You h*t game five and suddenly

it's a best of one.

Fugitive! Fugitive! Let's go!

Just 30 minutes to decide

who goes to the LCS finals

and who goes home.

Cloud9 are already off

to a 2,000 gold lead,

and Fugitive, they just look lost.

They're not making any proactive plays.

Every time I called a sh*t,

Cloud9 had an answer.

And Creamcheese gonna pay with his life

for that terrible ward timing.

I hate to say it, but

it's become a familiar sight,

Creamcheese not performing

on the big stage again.

And then

Organizm saw something I didn't.

- Okay, push mid, push mid.

- They don't have vision.

We can sneak Baron.

Watching the game,

I'm listening to the comms,

and I hear Cream wants to push mid.

Org says no,

and the team listens.

Game's in a bit

of a stalemate right now,

but wait, they're gonna sneak Baron!

They're gonna two-man Baron.

Wait, they don't have vision?

They don't know!

- Cloud9 don't know!

- They're gonna get it.

- No, no way.

- They actually get the Baron!

- Yes!

- The sneak works.

- Yes.

- They're looking to Org

to call the sh*ts.

- Org, top? Okay.

- Yes, top.

When I h*t the tower, be ready to fight.

- Yeah. Yeah, yeah.

- Okay.

This could be the series-ending fight.

Not enough time to get away

'cause the dive is already in.

There's a double k*ll already.

And that's lambs to the slaughter.

The turrets will follow,

the Nexus will follow.

- And that's all she wrote!

- Holy shit!

Yes! Yes! Yes!

We're going to the f*cking finals, baby!

And Fugitive are heading

to the LCS finals.

And what a story, Phreak.

Nobody expected Fugitive

to get this far,

and now they are one series away

from the LCS trophy itself.

We're going to the finals!

We're going to the finals!

It felt good.

- Yes! Yes!

- Me and Cream

were starting to mesh a little bit more,

and it started to create, uh,

this kind of family wavelength

that we didn't have in the beginning.

Try and come for my boy, you can't.

- Come on up.

- He's the king!

Everyone's gonna be talking about

how this is a-a big moment

for Organizm, and it is.

But if you ask me,

this is an incredible moment

for Creamcheese's leadership.

And I said to Organizm,

"Isn't it better when we win as a team?"

Uh, and he, uh, I couldn't hear

what he said back.

One, two, three, Fugitive!

It is the matchup so many

of us have been dreaming of,

Fugitive Gaming versus

the reigning champs TSM.

Cream's former bot-lane partner

versus current;

the GOAT versus the prodigy?

- I can't wait.

- The thing is,

we didn't just witness Organizm's birth

as a sh*t caller,

we were watching this kid

find his voice on

the biggest stage of the LCS.


Elmores, baby. Elmores in the house.

Man, you earned that shit.

- Oh!

- Champion. Champion.

So, son, you did really good.

Now, I didn't really understand

what was going on,

but they said you did good, son.

I know you did good.

They said he was at the bott

The bottom,

I said, "No, put my man at the top,"

but you was at the bottom,

and y'all still won,

- so whatever, the bottom

- Yeah, yeah.

Whatever, it worked out,

it was good. I liked it.

We were so happy watching you

play your little game.

I was like, "That's my PJ,

that's my PJ."

Yeah, yeah

No, the Organizm. Organizm.

Come on, get it right, get it right.

April Braxton, uh, Fugitive Gaming.

- Hey.

- So nice to meet you.

- Nice to meet you.

- Uh, I know you

- Yeah, good to see you.

- We are so proud of Percy.

Oh, yeah, yeah, so

are we, man, h-he's an Elmore.

He got that Elmore spirit, you know?

Hey, just remember,

you got to get dressed quick,

'cause we got, uh, we got people

at the house for the victory party.

Yeah, we got the sponsors, man.

Make it quick.

I'm not going.

All right, first of all,

watch your tone.

Secondly, you've been gone

for a long time.

Your family wants to spend

some time with you.

You can spare some time for your family.

Why? I mean, as far as I remember,

none of y'all wanted anything

to do with me or this game.

I had to go to every single one

of Rudy's basketball games.

- Yeah? He's family, son.

- Every single one?

But it took you guys

a multimillion dollar deal.

A multimillion dollar deal.

And a semifinals half an hour

away from the house

for y'all to finally

come see me play once.

Son, this ain't the place

for this. We didn't understand.

And now it's just as if

I'm supposed to spare

some time for y'all?

- Man, f*ck y'all, man!

- Whoa! Hey! Hey, man

You're bl*wing this

way out of proportion.

You just can't keep

things bottled up forever.

Eventually they explode.

He's right, though, 'cause-

'cause, look, we-we've been

grinding at this for a while

now, and y'all really didn't

- give a shit until he

- We? What?

You used to treat me

like shit in high school, dawg.

You used to call me Piss Jar.

You are a D3 basketball player, dude.

That's uncalled for.

A D3 basketball player.

I want to be the best in the world.

- The best.

- Yeah. Yeah, and you

So why the f*ck would I take

advice from a loser like you?

Why would you take advice? Yeah, why?

Or any of y'all for that f*cking matter?

I'll tell you why, man.

No, I'll tell you why,

I'll tell you why,

'cause I got your best

interests at heart, dawg.

I ain't never played you.

He's got so much money, why

I got to pay $20 for parking?

$12 for a damn hot dog.

I didn't even get no nachos!

It's not always about money

He brought it

He started the thing with the money.

What did he say?

I paid for my own hot dog.
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