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With a roster built on the experience of veteran players and upcoming Challenger talent, startup organization HUMA has their eyes set on the LCS. At the teams core, Jungler Lucas “Santorin” Tao Kilmer Larsen, formerly of Team SoloMid, and former Giants Gaming Top Laner Jorge “Werylb” Casanovas spoke with NoL on competing under a new banner, qualifying for the LCS, and more.

 

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After leaving TSM, did you immediately decide to return to Europe, or did you consider staying in NA? What led to you joining HUMA?

After TSM, I wasn´t sure what I was going to do. I spent a lot of time considering all my options. Despite many teams making offers, I decided to go with HUMA. One of the main reasons being I saw a lineup that could make it into the LCS.

 

How confident are you in your chances of qualifying for the EU CS and eventually the LCS?

Right now I think our chances of getting into the EUCS are high, and if we make it into the EUCS I think our chances of getting into the LCS are even higher. After working with this team for a little while now I see us improving steadily and everyone truly trying their hardest. A huge upside to this team is the fact that we receive criticism really well together and individually. No one feels hurt or threatened if they are being approached with a problem, which really helps us grow a lot.

 

You’ve played in the Challenger series before. Do you have a different mindset going in this time now that you’ve gone as far as the world stage?

I definitely have a different mindset going into Challenger series once again. I have so far failed twice getting into the LCS with challenger teams, but this time I feel like I not only have more knowledge and experience behind me, but the right team to finally make it to LCS with.

 

You’re taking on more of a shot caller role in the team. What makes you suited for this role and have you already started to transition?

I have decided to take a leadership role in the team because I think my worlds experience, and playing with TSM, gave me a lot of helpful experiences to make the transition into being the shot caller easier. I am still getting used to the shot calling aspect of our games, but I believe that with time I can become more comfortable with it.

 

You have been criticized in the past for being passive. Do you believe you have played too safe of a style and do you think we can expect a more aggressive Santorin, or is this more of a product of the function of the team?

I think my style on TSM was too passive, it was a mix of a lot of different things. I do not really know why it all started where I became super passive, but back on Coast I was a really aggressive jungler and I always went for skirmishes and tried to outplay my opponent. The style I had on coast was the style where I was able to carry games and lead my team to victory and that´s the style I will be using with my new team, HUMA.

 

How have you been spending the offseason?

In the offseason I decided to visit my girlfriend, Kelsie, in Canada for a month and outside of that I, I have been playing solo queue, streamed and visted my family and obviously going to the gym too.

 

Are you enjoying the state of the jungle right now? What do you love/hate most about the preseason?

I really enjoy the state of the jungle right now, it allows me to play all the aggressive junglers which is what I love playing and it also puts me in a position where I can carry games. The thing I love the most about the preseason is the rift herald, I really like that they added that to the game, it makes the game more interesting. A thing I hate about the preseason is the fact that thunder lords is stronger than every other keystone which makes the choices of masteries very one sided.

 

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What led to your decision to leave Giants and how did you end up on HUMA?

Well about leaving giants, it was more about how I was not comfortable in general and that I wanted to try finding better options. At the same time they were not comfortable playing with me so I think it was better for everyone if I left. Huma came to me with a great offer and a roster that was really good, so I decided it was the best possible option and took it.

 

You’ve already qualified for the LCS through promotion in the past. What makes it different this time, and are your goals different after having played in the LCS before?

The difference is that now I have a lot of experience, I know more about how everything works, and I know how much we have to train as a team to really make it to the top. Also individually I’m a much better player than when I qualified before. My goals are different since I got into LCS. Before just staying in was good enough, but now I want to be one of the top teams

 

You’ve been playing a lot of duo queue with Santorin. How has that been and has the rest of the team been practicing together?

I get along very well with Santorin, I like his attitude and I think he’s really skilled. About the team, we haven’t played that much, but at the moment I think we are a really strong team and we are going to get better and better.

 

With the preseason in full swing, what type of role do you see yourself filling in the team for 2016? What is your favorite way to play top?

I don’t think I’m going to have a specific role in the team. I prefer the carry-role, but I’m also playing more non-carry champs so my team can just carry me.

 

What are your impressions of Illaoi? Have you had time to play her and do you think she has a place in competitive play?

I still haven’t played Illaoi because I don’t think she’s a good champ overall, so right now I don’t think we are going to see her in competitive play.

 

Shoutouts?

I would like to say thanks to HUMA, my fans, and my team mates for trusting in me, you won’t regret it.

 

image credit: Ciqret, lolesports, HUMA


Caymus is a journalist and content creator for SoloMid. You can find him getting caught out in the depths of solo queue, or on twitter talking about eSports.

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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.


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As the 2015 LCS Summer Split approaches, Team SoloMid has renewed its player contracts through dates ranging from 2016 to 2018.

Formerly ending in Q4 2015, Team SoloMid shows faith with these extensions to their LoL squad, adding up to 3 years onto each player’s tenure.


Current TSM Roster with updated Contract dates:

 

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