TSM 2021 LoL Roster Finalized with Huni and Lost
TSM has officially unveiled its LoL roster for 2021 and, frankly, it’s not exactly what fans were expecting coming into the 2020 off-season. First of all, no one could have foreseen that Søren “Bjergsen” Bjerg would make the switch to coaching. Then came the news of Yiliang “Doublelift” Peng’s retirement, which — while somewhat foreshadowed — was an equally bitter pill to swallow.
TSM has lost both of its most prized and revered veterans, and that’s not a blow you can easily rebound from. Both Bjergsen and Doublelift were the foundation of TSM and the two players who always delivered when it mattered most. This holds especially true for the Danish mid lane prodigy who’s been inseparable from this perennial North American giant for nearly seven years. For all intents and purposes, he was the poster child of TSM and even the LCS, too. Calm, intelligent, outspoken, and respected by his peers, analysts, coaches, and everyone in between. And sure, he’ll remain with the organization (he’s a part-owner, after all), but things simply won’t be the same.
To their credit, TSM scrambled quite nicely after what can only be described as a series of unfortunate events. Most fans had quite lofty expectations for the boys in black and white, despite a historically dreadful run at Worlds. In the end, however, TSM will field a very peculiar LoL roster come 2021, and no one’s quite sure how to feel about it.
But before we delve any deeper into their odds of finding success, let’s first go over the starting roster!
The Official TSM 2021 LoL Roster
Top: Heo “Huni” Seung-hoon (of Fnatic, Immortals, and SKT T1 fame)
Jungle: Mingyi “Spica” Lu
Mid: Tristan “PowerOfEvil” Schrage (formerly of FlyQuest and Misfits Gaming)
ADC: Lawrence “Lost” Sze Yuy Hui (former TSM Academy marksman)
Support: Hu “SwordArt” Shuo-Chieh (former Flash Wolves and Suning support extraordinaire)
What a confusing mix of players. You look at it and wonder: how did this come about? Were these players assembled with care or is this the best TSM could salvage after losing two of the most popular North American players of all time? This is by no means a bad line-up — it’s just a strange one. Spica definitely surprised a lot of people throughout 2020, but no one would believe you if you told them that he’d be the only remaining member on the team coming into 2021. That’s definitely a twist for the ages.
Then we have the one and only Huni joining TSM in 2021. Yet another pairing that no one saw coming. Simply put, Huni hasn’t been all that great ever since he left SKT T1 and came back to North America. In fact, he’s been quite mediocre, to say the least. Of course, we all remember his incredible highs from years past but they happened so long ago that this signing fails to create any semblance of hype. He’s just not good enough at this point in time to start for the defending champions, despite his incredible legacy and the many mind-blowing things he’s accomplished up to this point. Granted, he’s not bad by any means, but he’s still Huni — and we all know what that entails. He’s as volatile a player as they come, and he’s been like that for as long as anyone can remember. In that sense, he’ll either blow his opposition out of the water and single-handedly win you the game — or — get caught out of position, misplay like he’s a solo queue random, and run it down like there’s no tomorrow.
That’s not exactly what you want when it comes to playing at the highest of levels. You want those peaks performance-wise but not the lows as they’re simply too debilitating. And, frankly, as time went on, Huni has been running it down more often than not. Whether that’s because he’s not as motivated as in years past or is getting a bit too much leeway is less important at this point in time. In any case, he’s a legendary player who didn’t impress much (if at all) ever since he came back to North America. A couple of flashes of brilliance don’t warrant a starting spot, especially not for an organization as revered as TSM. He is, however, a player who’s been “grandfathered” into the LCS, which allows TSM to field both PowerOfEvil and SwordArt.
For TSM, these two individuals are the light at the end of the tunnel.
There’s Long-term Potential
PoE and SwordArt need no introduction. The former has been dominant beyond measure throughout 2020 and has quickly risen to prominence as one of the best performing mid laners in the entirety of North America. The latter, however, has flown under the radar for years, despite playing out of his mind in the LMS. SwordArt is one of the best supports in the world, and while his inherent bravado and aggression might not always pan out, it’s easy to see how big of an impact he has on the teams he plays for. 2020 was the year he finally broke through with Suning in one of the most unexpected runs in competitive League history. As a result, TSM went above and beyond to bring him over to North America to join their 2021 LoL roster for a record-setting $6 million two-year contract.
Talk about an offer you can’t refuse!
He’s also fairly similar to Lee “IgNar” Dong-geun playstyle-wise which should bode quite well for his European mid laner — an individual who’s also known for his aggression and willingness to throw caution out the window and skirmish no matter the odds.
Finally, we have Lawrence “Lost” Sze Yuy Hui, former TSM Academy marksman. He’s not exactly a household name but, with time, he has the potential to become one. He was pretty darn great throughout 2020 and is more than worthy of getting promoted to the starting line-up. Plus, with a seasoned veteran like SwordArt by his side, there’s no doubt he’ll blossom much like Edward “Tactical” Ra did with Jo “CoreJJ” Yong-in. It’s the same kind of pairing: a veteran support and an up-and-coming marksman with a ton of potential. And much like the Team Liquid bottom lane duo, TSM could have a winner on their hands.
Overall, there’s quite a lot to like when it comes to TSM and their 2021 line-up. It’s not mind-blowing by any means but it has a ton of long-term potential. It would’ve been even better had they gotten Jeong “Impact” Eon-yeong instead of Huni, but alas — the former LEC and LCK champion will do for the time being. Hopefully, he’ll channel a bit of that Fnatic and SKT Huni, instead of the Dignitas and Evil Geniuses one. In any case, watching TSM next year will be an absolute must!