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With Cloud 9 deciding to devote their time to preparation for IEM Cologne on December 16th,  Cloud 9  players Hai ‘Hai‘ Du Lam and Lee ‘Rush‘ Yoon-jae will be unable to attend the 2015 All-Star Event. Normally, Rush would have taken the place of Hai, who is now supporting for Cloud 9 after switching to jungle in the 2015 Summer Split. However, since both players are now on the same team and competing together at IEM, the spot goes to the 3rd place nominee. Receiving the third highest votes behind his fellow teammates, William ‘Meteos‘ Hartman will represent North America in the jungle at the ASE on December 10th.

Cloud 9 released a press statement explaining their reasoning behind the decision and addressed the perceived non overlap of dates between events:

 

Soon after the All-Star Event poll results began flooding in, it was clear that things were about to get complicated. While we were thrilled to see our players once again being recognized by fans, we were faced with a serious quandary: Is attending the ASE a viable option?

The short answer is yes. The dates of the ASE (Dec 10-13) do not directly interrupt our attendance and participation for IEM Cologne (Dec 16-21).

The long answer is no.  Unfortunately, the time commitment required for either Hai or Rush to attend the ASE is simply too disruptive to the teams preparation for IEM Cologne as the ASE runs for four days of public play and also includes extra preparation time off-stream. As the 3rd place vote receiver in the Jungle role, William “Meteos” Hartman has agreed to represent the North American LCS for the entirety of the event.

 

The 2015 All-Star Event takes place from December 10-13th in Los Angeles, California.

 

 

 

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With a roster set to compete at IEM San Jose, TSM has revealed the final pieces to the roster puzzle in it’s new coaching staff. Taking over the Head Coach position will be KC “Woodbuck” Woods. Operating as Strategic Coach will be Josh “Jarge” Smith, who formerly served as Head Analyst for Fnatic.

 

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Meet the Coaches:

 

 

 

Head Coach KC and TSM analyst Parth took to reddit to discuss working together and the future of the team:

 

KC, aka Woodbuck, here. I am the new head coach for TSM this year. Hopefully you give me a small break for my first time on camera, it was not very natural for me.

This year, I will be working with my strategic coach, Jarge, to help the team reach their personal and team oriented goals. Jarge will focus on their performance in game by helping the players understand the fundamental strategy of the game, adjust to metas, pick/ban, etc. You all should be extremely hyped by how ridiculously talented he is in this regard. Since this is an extremely time consuming task, I will take responsibility for everything else, so he can remain focused.

My role as the head coach will be to create a culture and structure within the team that promotes a strong work ethic, a resilient team bond, and a sense of responsibility to do everything the right way — the TSM way. I have laid out my expectations to the players and I will ensure they follow through. I am telling everyone right now, I will not accept anything but their best effort and I will not allow the culture of this team to breakdown. This will be the most unified and disciplined team in NA.

Jarge and I are 100% committed to working our asses off this year and we will set the example for the players to follow. A lot is going to change in the TSM house/office, and I hope everyone is ready to come along for the ride.

 

Hey guys, Parth here.

I’ll be working closely with Andy, Josh, and KC to set up a solid infrastructure for this year. Then I’ll be stepping back and working for the TSM organization. Thank you everyone for your support last year, and I know KC and Josh will do an incredible job for the team moving forward.

 

Check out the new TSM roster in action at IEM San Jose, beginning on November 21st.

We are announcing that the tryouts for our AD Carry position have ended, and would like to welcome the newest member of our organization, Peter ‘Doublelift’ Peng.

Doublelift is a player who truly needs no introduction. Consistently heralded as the best AD Carry to have come from North America, Doublelift has been a professional player since Season 1 and has represented our region at Worlds twice. His storied career is well known internationally, and he has proven himself on numerous occasions to be a worthy opponent on the world stage. His reputation as a consistently motivated and hardworking player, in addition to his status as a North American have led us to believe that Doublelift was the best choice for the position over a large number of talented applicants. We are extremely excited to welcome him to TSM, and look forward to the upcoming year with him.

“Joining TSM will be a new chapter in my life, one that I am both excited and proud to be a part of. I hope to prove myself and earn the welcome of TSM fans worldwide. I am determined to use this fresh start to break through my current limits and dominate the competition harder than ever.

To all my current fans: regardless of the team I play for, I will always be the same person that you have known. I will now be playing for an organization I believe that will respect my loyalty and hard work. I am extremely grateful for all the support you have shown me throughout my career, and hope to deliver even better results this season.” – Peter ‘Doublelift’ Peng

As a result of this decision, we are also announcing that Jason ‘WildTurtle’ Tran is now a part of our substitute roster, and is looking at starting AD Carry positions on other teams. We will announce any future updates regarding his situation.

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The TSM roster is now wide open as the team has announced they will be holding tryouts for the ADC position. With last week’s roster shuffle, and the ADC slot also up for grabs, Team SoloMid looks to rebuild over the next few weeks in preparation for upcoming IEM San Jose in November.

“We are announcing tryouts for the AD Carry role on our League of Legends roster. As we are in the process of restructuring our management and rebuilding the team, we would like to explore more talent, new or old, in hopes of finding the best roster possible. Our current AD Carry Jason ‘WildTurtle’ Tran will be participating in these tryouts. The position will go to whomever we feel to be the best suited for it.

Like the other tryouts, every applicant must have the following requirements:

  • Fluency in English
  • Challenger ranking in NA, EU, KR, CN, or TW
  • Willing to relocate to the TSM Gaming House in California, USA
  • A positive mind set, which includes but is not limited to the following:
    • Willingness to learn from others
    • Competitive spirit
    • The ability to accept criticism and be self-critical
    • Cooperative and willing to adapt to and work within a team environment

 

As a side note: we are still accepting applicants for all the previous positions listed.”

 

Application details

 

 

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Counter Logic Gaming has announced that Jae-hyun “Huhi” Choi will take over as the starting mid laner for the team heading into the 2016 NA LCS.

Replacing Eugene “Pobelter” Park, who joined the team alongside Huhi in May, the move comes as a surprise after achieving successful results with the current roster. Winning the North American LCS Summer Split and qualifying for the 2015 World Championship for the first time since season two, Pobelter was regarded as one of the best mid laners in the region, often cited in the top two.  Despite their domestic success, CLG failed to exit the group stages at the 2015 World Championship, putting up a 2-4 record before being eliminated from the tournament.

Excerpt from the official statement by CLG:

 

It was not an easy decision to make. Eugene “Pobelter” Park has accomplished more than CLG could have hoped for during his time as a starter these past months. His efforts and talent were key in what culminated to be CLG’s first LCS championship victory. Although he will no longer be CLG’s starting mid laner, the team believes that he is an exceptionally talented and consistent player. CLG will be actively looking to provide Pobelter with the best possible opportunities moving into the next LCS season.

 

Despite no official games with the team, It appears Huhi has been meshing well and performing in scrims,prompting the decision. Huhi took to twitter after the announcement:

 

Pobelter shared his frustration:

 

 

Read the full announcement by CLG

 

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After a 3-4 run at the 2015 World Championship and making it to the world stage in what is considered a miracle run, Cloud 9 has announced that they will begin searching for either a new Jungler or Support player.

Current starting support Daerek “LemonNation” Hart will be stepping down from playing to transition into a staff role, where Cloud 9 will move forward based on who they find to fill the void in their roster, with two main ideas in mind:

 

  1. Recruiting a talented Jungler while Hai transitions to the Support role, or
  2. Recruiting a talented Support while Hai remains in the Jungler role.

 

NoL will continue to follow Cloud 9’s roster heading into the 2016 LCS Spring Split as the offseason develops.

 

For full tryout details, check out the official post.

 

 

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Flaresz becomes free agent

October 23rd, 2015

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Enemy eSports (NME) Top Laner  Cuong “Flaresz” Ta took to twitter to announce that he is now a free agent and is ready to be contacted for potential offers.

 

NME fell to 9th place during the Summer Split of the North American LCS, with Flaresz putting on a subpar performance and averaging 5 deaths per game, leading the league at 90 deaths. The team was then relegated from the LCS after an 0-3 defeat to Team Coast.

 

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French organization Against All Authority (aAa) announced that they will be making a run at qualifying into the 2016 Challenger Series after recent roster changes.

With the departure of top laner Aymeric ‘Darlik‘ Garçon and jungler Eric ‘Spontexx‘ Peugot, aAa scoured the scene for replacements, eventually deciding on Swedish players Amin ‘Amin‘ Mezher and Olof ‘Flaxxish‘ Medin. In the past, Amin has played for Supa Hot Crew and Ninjas in Pyjamas, and served as a substitue for Team Roccat for the 2015 season.

The team has also added William ‘Galette‘ Lobjois, former manager of training Imaginary Gaming, as their team manager.

aAa plan to debut their roster soon:

 

The first official meeting of the offline team will probably be at the ASUS RoG Tournament to be held in Montpellier on 21 and 22 November (vote for aAa!). Then follow the “marathon ladder” to hope to earn a spot in the qualifying stages of the Challenger Series. Stay tuned!

 

 

Current AaA roster

 

Flag  Olof  “Flaxxish”  Medin – Toplaner

Flag  Amin  “Amin”  Mezher – Jungler

Flag Louis “Polyokov” Hamet -  Midlaner

Flag  Florent  “Yuuki60”  Soler – Carry AD 

Flag  Leo  “Lounet”  Maurice – Support

 

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In September speculation rose surrounding the roster of North America’s Team Liquid. After support player Alex ‘Xpecial‘ Chu confirmed he would be stepping down from the roster rumors began circulating on who would fill the void in the bottom lane. Now, Team Liquid has released an announcement video confirming that Andy ‘Smoothie‘ Ta will be joining the teams starting lineup.

 

Smoothie previously played support for Team Dragon Knights, who were eliminated from the LCS in the Summer Split via auto-relegation. With the duo of Smoothie and current AD Carry Chae ‘Piglet‘ Gwang-jin Team Liquid looks to improve their synergy in the bottom lane after former support Xpecial revealed that him and Piglet were having trouble getting along.

 

 

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Team SoloMid has announced the departure of 3 members of it’s League of Legends team, with Marcus “Dyrus” Hill, Lucas “Santorin” Larsen, and Ham “Lustboy” Jang-sik leaving the starting roster. Dyrus will remain with TSM as a full-time streamer and content creator, Lustboy will become an analyst for the team and assist in building a new roster, and Santorin will no longer play competitively.

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As Season 5 comes to a close, we announce with a heavy heart the departures of Lucas ‘Santorin’ Larsen, Jang-sik ‘Lustboy’ Ham, and Marcus ‘Dyrus’ Hill from our League of Legends line-up. Santorin will be stepping down from the TSM roster, while Lustboy and Dyrus will remain as streamers under TSM.

Lucas ‘Santorin’ Larsen and our brand are mutually parting ways. Both him and the team remain on amicable terms, and we appreciate all his hard work in the past year. TSM wishes him farewell and best of luck in his future endeavors.

 

“I have enjoyed my time with TSM but we have now decided to part ways. Everyone has been nice to me and Andy has always done his best to help me out with everything. I will most likely not be playing competitive League Of Legends anymore but I will try to make full time streaming work while studying on the side.”

-Lucas ‘Santorin’ Larsen

 

“Santorin was a pleasure to work with. It’s a real shame that things didn’t work out. I wish him the best of luck for the future”

-Andy ‘Reginald’ Dinh

 

Jang-sik ‘Lustboy’ Ham is departing from TSM as a result of his decision to retire from professional play. His retirement marks the end of a very storied career, having been a part of the dominant Azubu Blaze, and spending the last year of his career as a part of the TSM family. Lustboy has left behind very large shoes to fill, and he will be remembered fondly with his hard earned victories on TSM. Lustboy will move to an analyst position, while also helping TSM construct their 2016 roster.

 

“Due to shoulder injuries and being tired of playing, I decided to step down as a player but I’ll still be involved with TSM helping in anyway possible. I will never forget how much fans and everyone treated me kindly, and I appreciate the opportunity given to me by TSM to prove my skills even though I was a foreigner.”

– Jang-sik ‘Lustboy’ Ham

 

“Lustboy joined TSM at a critical time, when we were left without a support due to unforeseen circumstances. He was rushed to join the team and was a crucial part of our 1st place finish in summer split 2014. He’s been a pleasure to work with in and out of game and I hope he can continue his success for the rest of his future endeavors”
– Yoonsup ‘Locodoco’ Choi

 

Last, but not least, the departure of Marcus ‘Dyrus’ Hill. In the last four years, Dyrus has built a legacy. This is a legacy of dominance over the North American League of Legends professional scene for the previous four seasons. Four seasons where Dyrus maintained a berth on the top of North American standings throughout his career, and became one of only two players to have attended every World Championship to date. Dyrus’ achievements during his tenure within Team SoloMid have made him a legend, and his retirement marks the end of an era. Dyrus will be moving into the “TSM Retirement Home” with ex-teammate Brian ‘TheOddOne’ Wyllie to become a full time streamer.

 

“After 5 seasons of playing competitive I think it’s time to give someone else the chance to play with such amazing teammates. I am burnt out and it would be unfair to keep going without the same level of motivation. I will still be under TSM and I will support them from behind the scenes. Thank you all for everything I look forward to seeing the new roster soon!”
-Marcus ‘Dyrus’ Hill

 

“Thanks so much for being an awesome friend, teammate, and employee for the last 5 years. I look forward to continue working with Dyrus in supporting his transition from a player to streamer.”

-Andy ‘Reginald’ Dinh

 

We wish to express our gratitude to these players, all of whom have dedicated an extreme amount of time and their lives to Team SoloMid. Their contributions will have a lasting influence within the organization, and again we wish them all fair fortunes and the best of luck.