With a rosterÂ set to compete atÂ 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.
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.Â 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 theÂ new TSM roster in action at IEM San Jose, beginning on November 21st.
Rounding out the six team IEM San Jose lineup is LGD, who took over half of the votes to see which team would represent China at the upcoming tournament in California.
LGD enters IEM with redemption on their minds after taking first place in China’s LPL but failing to make it to the next round ofÂ the 2015 World Championship, picking up only two wins before being eliminated from the group stage.
Complete IEM San Jose Lineup:
- Fnatic (Europe)
- Origen (Europe)
- Counter Logic Gaming (North America)
- Team SoloMid (North America)
- Jin Air Green Wings (South Korea)
- LGD Gaming (China)
IEM San Jose will take place on November 21-22, at the SAP center, where teams will compete for a $50,000 prize pool.
images via IEM
As IEM San Jose draws nearer, ESL has announced that they have invitedÂ Korea’s Jin Air Green Wings to join the competition. Jin Air recently placed second in the 2015 LCK Regional Qualifiers falling short of qualifying for the 2015 World Championship.
Jin Air is set to compete withÂ the other teams from Europe and North America, with the Chinese region’s voting currently underway. Lineup so far:
- Fnatic (Europe #1 Seed)
- Origen (Europe #2 Seed)
- Team SoloMid (North America #2 Seed)
- Counter Logic Gaming (North America #1 Seed)
- Jin Air Green Wings (Korea #6 Seed)
IEM San Jose is set to kick off on November 21st, at the SAP center in San Jose.
image credit: ESL/IEM
After an extended trial period, Team SoloMid would like toÂ welcomeÂ Lucas “Santorin” Larsen as our new starting Jungler. With several weeks of practice together, Santorin said he was “excited to be able to play for TSM and ready to prove [himself]Â to be the right choice for the team.”
Santorin is no stranger to competition. Having served as Team Coast’s jungler for multiple challenger series victories, his high mechanics and playmaking ability stuck out among the best in the NAÂ Challenger Scene. Ready to play on a professional stage at the upcoming IEM San Jose event, he joins TSM just in time to compete against some of the West’s finest competition, including Alliance and Cloud 9.
Owner Andy “Reginald” Dinh said he was “thankful that we could get Santorin in time for our team to compete.”
Santorin is already living at the TSM house and will be competing at IEM San Jose on December 6th-7th
You can follow Santorin on:
Twitter -Â https://twitter.com/santorinlol
Twitch -Â http://www.twitch.tv/santorinreborn
Facebook –Â https://www.facebook.com/SantorinLoL
Current TSM starting roster:
Top â€“ Marcus â€œDyrusâ€ Hill
Jungle â€“ Lucas â€œSantorinâ€ Larsen
Mid â€“ SÃ¸ren â€œBjergsenâ€ Bjerg
AD â€“ Jason â€œWildTurtleâ€ Tran
Support â€“ Jang-sik â€œLustboyâ€ Ham
Head Coach â€“ Yoonsup â€œLocodocoâ€ Choi
Analyst – Dylan (https://twitter.com/lolclashdylan)