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Vitality.Bee forfeiting victory for using too many LEC players

Lucas "Saken" Fayard was among three players who competed for both Team Vitality this weekend and Vitality.Bee on Tuesday. Provided by Riot Games

Vitality.Bee, the academy team of Team Vitality, will forfeit a victory from a Tuesday match against GamersOrigin in La Ligue Française after using three players who also competed for the organization's League of Legends European Championship lineup on Saturday, according to a competitive ruling issued by Riot Games.

On Tuesday, Vitality.Bee fielded mid laner Lucas "Saken" Fayard, AD carry Markos "Comp" Stamkopoulos and Pierre "Steeelback" Medjaldi, who all competed for the main Vitality team on Saturday versus Misfits Gaming, too. Riot Games restricts the use of more than two professional players in any of the European regional leagues.

"Yesterday's victory against Gamers Origin has been canceled following competitive ruling," Vitality said in a Twitter post on Wednesday. "This breach of the rules was obviously absolutely not intended. We would still like to apologies [sic] to the supporters for letting them down."

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Vitality used both Saken and Comp in Wednesday's La Ligue Française match versus Team MCES. In place of Steeelback, the team fielded their manager Mitch "Krepo" Voorspoels, a former professional League of Legends player, as their support. Before Wednesday, Krepo has not competed in a League of Legends competitive match since January 2018, while a member of Schalke 04 Esports. Since then, he has worked as a commentator for Riot Games and in various staff roles with Splyce, Schalke, G2 Esports and Vitality.

Vitality were not expected to play Saken -- who they signed with the intention of playing exclusively on Vitality.Bee -- in the League European Championship this split, but the team's starting mid laner Aljoša "Milica" Kovandžić, who is from Serbia, has continued to encounter visa issues. Similarly, Vitality.Bee top laner Pavle "Yoppa" Kostić of Serbia is unable to compete due to visa complications. Vitality.Bee has used bot laner Damian "Lucker" Konefał in the top lane and Comp from their LEC team in his place.

The LEC team promoted Steeelback on Saturday against Misfits after they went 0-7 in prior matches with longtime support Jakub "Jactroll" Skurzyński. Vitality lost to Misfits and is now 0-8, in last place, in the LEC.

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