Team SoloMid fall apart after their poor performance at Worlds

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Earlier this week TSM said goodbye to one of their best player, Marcus “Dyrus” Hill, and yesterday TSM released a statement that Lucas “Santorin” Larsen and Jang-sik “Lustboy” Ham are parting ways with the team as well. Dyrus had announced his departure several months before, stating that this World Championiship would be his last. Unfortunately for TSM, Worlds was not all they’d hoped it would be suffering losses 5 losses out of the 6 games played. It was widely known that TSM were not in good shape, once being the strongest team in North America, to not making it out of the group stages.

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Team SoloMid after their victory at the 2015 NA LCS Spring Split – Image Courtesy of DailyDot

The statement was put out on their website which was down upon the announcement due to an in flux of traffic. Kotaku were able to grab the statement before the site exploded and it reads as follows:

“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.

As a result of these changes, Team SoloMid is currently holding tryouts for starters in our top, jungle, and support positions. Any candidate 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”

What’s next for TSM?

Left in the lineup are Bjergsen and WildTurtle, two of the best players currently in the North American scene, butbuilding from here is going to be tough for TSM. The new season kicks off at the start of 2016 and if TSM wish to retain their position in the LCS in NA they have to fill three crucial roles before then. Added to the statement was an application for tryouts, and the North American LoL scene has a large player base to choose from, but matching those who left is going to be a tough feat.

“Please send applications to [email protected] with the following format:

Name: Age: Position: Screenshot of current solo queue rank in client: Experience in competitive League of Legends: Motivation for joining.”

Naturally players from all over the world will be sending in their applications and I have no doubt TSM will bounce back ahead of their next season. But in the mean time the community is waiting to see what’s next for the two free agent players, and their decision regarding their competitive futures.

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Last Updated: October 15, 2015

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Kyle Wolmarans

Critical Hit’s esports guy. I talk about esports and drink whiskey. I also write and cast for elsewhere – but my work here is independent of that.

  • Well that’s what you get for soloing mid*

    *I have no idea what I’m talking about

    • ^ insta lock Akali mid or AFK

      • urrr…. what?

        • I don’t know, I am just repeating what people were shouting at me xD

      • Commander JJ of the Normandy

        Wow. I really have no idea what you guys are on about.

  • Alien Emperor Trevor

    Oh, this is about esports. I thought you were going to talk about the English rugby team.

    • yoh lol

    • Hammersteyn

      When I read fall apart I thought it was about Jean de Villiers 😛

    • Commander JJ of the Normandy

      My knowledge on either of these is iffy at best.

  • Hammersteyn

    Figgy Stardust should apply and enclose a video link of himself. Solomid could have a rockstar in their group if they play their cards right

    • But Figgy Stardust’s life is in turmoil as well at the moment.

      • Hammersteyn

        cabbage consumed too much bong water?

  • Frik van der Hewerskink

    In all honesty they really did play terrible this split, I mean they lingered on and on without doing well, by some miracle they ended as the 2nd seed for worlds

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