A decade ago, there was still some novelty in finding out that a famous person or politician enjoys playing video games. As the industry's expanded and more generations have grown up with games, it's almost become more surprising to hear that [insert public figure here] doesn't play games. Today, though, we've got to stop and take note: U.S. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) outranks former NBA player and embattled esports team owner Rick Fox in League of Legends.
That's right: in between building support for her Green New Deal proposal, co-signing a letter expressing concerns over Blizzard's suspension of Blitzchung, and stumping for Bernie Sanders on the presidential campaign trail, AOC has squeezed in some ranked League play. Last month, Ocasio-Cortez tweeted that she was "dusting off" her League account, having taken a break in 2018 at the start of her campaign. Since then, she's been making Bronx and Queens residents of New York's 14th proud by climbing through solo/duo ranked play (her mains, in case you're wondering, are Morgana, Lux, and Miss Fortune).
Last night, Ocasio-Cortez posted an Instagram story revealing that she made her way into Silver 4:
That same evening, former Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers player Rick Fox documented his struggle to climb out of Iron 1 on Twitter. After peaking with 95 League Points to his name, Fox lost another two matches before calling it quits for the night:
I want it to bad - need to go to sleep and reset for tomorrow - #InMyHead now not good - Time for a bowl of cereal #ComfortFood #EmotionalEating coming up #TheClimb #IronUghhhhhh pic.twitter.com/0rMDth8twg— Rick Fox (@RickFox) November 13, 2019
Recently, Rick Fox announced he was leaving Echo Fox, the esports organization he co-founded in 2015, after months of turmoil between its investment partners. PC Gamer reports that Echo Fox has officially been dissolved, with its League of Legends Championship Series slot already was sold in September.
Fox says he plans to stay involved in esports. As far as his personal love of League goes, Fox has until November 19 to try and make Bronze before the close of the 2019 ranked season. With the Echo Fox implosion behind him, maybe Fox can catch up to AOC. I know I'll be eagerly watching their social media feeds over the next week.