Even prior to MSI, we have been extremely vocal about running a six man roster in the 2017 LCS Summer Split. As our roster with Jason ‘WildTurtle’ Tran and Yiliang ‘Doublelift’ Peng contained two of the best AD Carries in the region, we were extremely confident in our ability to succeed with such an arrangement. Despite this, WildTurtle had expressed a desire to have a full time starting position, to which an opportunity arose for him to transfer to FlyQuest. Thus, WildTurtle has chosen to leave TSM and rejoin his former teammates Hai, LemonNation, and Balls for the upcoming Summer Split. Both WildTurtle and the team remain on excellent terms and we at TSM wish him well on his new team and for the future.
“I've spent most of my career on TSM now and I’m extremely thankful for all the experiences I've had with Andy and the rest of the team. I'm really going to miss playing with everyone and within such a motivated environment. At the same time, I’m looking forward to this next split and to be moving onto another stage of my career with my old teammates Hai, Lemon, and Balls. I think FlyQuest will be a good home for me, and I hope continue my success with them.”
-Jason ‘WildTurtle’ Tran
“Turtle has been a friend of mine even before he initially joined us in Season 3. I’m super pleased that he’s found a home on a team with players he both likes and respects. He has demonstrated the quality of character and work ethic that embodies the spirit of TSM in all his years of play, and for that I have every wish that he is able to be successful and happy not just in his career but in all aspects of his life. I expect to remain good friends with him personally for the years to come. I hope that the fans can respect this roster change and appreciate the amount of hard work and dedication Turtle has put into making TSM the best it can possibly be.”
-Andy ‘Reginald’ Dinh
In light of this departure, we are still resolute in our commitment to run a six man roster for the Summer Split. As such, we are announcing our search for a second AD Carry to replace WildTurtle. To recapitulate our goals: we are aiming to have a team dynamic similar to that of C9’s Impact/Ray. We are looking for an experienced player who will grow under the team’s leadership and worthy of the trust we had in WildTurtle. This second AD Carry will be sharing play and scrim time with Doublelift and is expected to carry out the same duties of any member on the team. All interested parties should contact us through appropriate channels. We will release additional information regarding the roster in a future video.