Team Liquid’s coach INTERNETHULK passes away
Team Liquid’s League of Legends head coach INTERNETHULK passes away at the age of 30.
The news about the death of Dennis “INTERNETHULK” Hawelka was disclosed on Twitter. Team Liquid lamented the loss and expressed its condolences to Dennis’s family and friends. And while the exact circumstances of death are unknown, it’s clear from Hawelka’s last posts on social media that he’s been feeling very sick.
To many League of Legends fans, the name INTERNETHULK might not seem familiar, but Dennis’s esports journey span over multiple competitive titles like World of Warcraft, Starcraft 2, and Overwatch. The last game is particularly important because, in the world of Overwatch, INTERNETHULK was a legend.
His biggest accomplishment was founding the IDDQD lineup that dominated the early Overwatch tournaments. Dennis was a huge part of its success, leading the team with solid play on supports and tanks.
This roster was later signed by Team EnVyUs and went on to win OGN’s APEX Season 1 and MLG Vegas 2016.
What’s even more impressive is that no one in the scene had a bad word to say about INTERNETHULK, and even though he was part of the most successful esports team, he always treated his peers with respect. In 2017, INTERNETHULK decided against renewing his player contract and slowly moved to a coaching position.
He coached lineups like Lazer Kittenz as well as Rogue before transitioning into League of Legends. The move didn’t come out of the blue either.
Back in season 4, INTERNETHULK was playing the game under the handle of rdmx and became the first Challenger player in the world. Making it big in the League of Legends scene was a long-time dream of his, so it made sense for Dennis to then accept Team Liquid’s offer to become their LoL head coach. It was a big first step, but one uncompleted.
At merely 30 years old, it’s the kind of thing you never expect to see. A very sobering moment of reality. Him passing away mere moments before turning his dream into reality makes this news even more soul-crushing.
It’s always sad to see players go like this, but Dennis “INTERNETHULK” Hawelka wasn’t just any player. He was a competitive legend and a massive part of the esports scene.
He deserves the recognition.
And while INTERNETHULK had plenty in his future, he also left plenty to be remembered by. For the person he was, for the figure he was, for the player and for the coach he was, he will be remembered as such.