TSM Line-Up Still Uncertain for 2021
As it turns out, TSM is one of the few remaining North American teams that still hasn’t settled on its starting line-up for 2021, and that’s quite a problem. The off-season has only just begun, but there aren’t any high-profile free agents left — the best ones have already been snatched up. There seems to be a bit of turmoil over in the TSM camp, and how it’ll resolve is anyone’s guess at this point.
According to former ESPN reporter Jacob Wolf, the trade between TSM and Evil Geniuses — the one that would exchange Lawrence “Lost” Sze Yuy Hui for Heo “Huni” Seung-hoon — is currently in jeopardy. This trade has been verbally agreed upon on Monday, but because TSM is struggling to import Hu “SwordArt” Shuo-Chieh (of Flash Wolves and Suning fame), it seems as though they’re forced to backtrack on their word.
They were close to finalizing a deal with the veteran support, but numerous issues popped up, including immigration, taxes, and payment. This means that TSM doesn’t have a top laner nor a support, with Evil Geniuses in an equally complex situation as they still haven’t signed a marksman. Both line-ups are in a state of flux, but Evil Geniuses at least have Huni, along with a verbal agreement with Jeong “Impact” Eon-yeong.
The 2020 off-season sure is filled with surprises.
Trouble in Paradise
The biggest issue, however, seems to be Yiliang “Doublelift” Peng. North America’s most prized AD carry is refusing to play for TSM in 2021 if he doesn’t have a top-tier (foreign) support by his side. This means that a bad situation just got a whole lot worse, and there’s no solution in sight. There are still a couple of solid players that TSM could potentially sign (like Kevin “Hauntzer” Yarnell and Jason “WildTurtle” Tran, for example), but which route they’ll ultimately go for is currently unknown.
Losing Søren “Bjergsen” Bjerg was already a huge blow for the boys in black and white, and if they end up without Doublelift as well, there’s no telling how much they’ll struggle come 2021.