TSM Spica All But Confirmed for 2020 LCS Summer Split
There was quite a lot of chaos coming from the TSM camp over the last couple of weeks. Then again, maybe “chaos” is putting it mildly. From the possible conflict of interest between Yiliang “Doublelift” Peng and TSM President Leena Xu, the whole Dardoch debacle, to the layered (and slightly PR-infused) response from TSM CEO Andy “Reginald” Dinh. These were trying times for the TSM faithful, that’s for sure.
But all of that aside, with Joshua “Dardoch” Hartnett being removed from the starting line-up, many wondered whom TSM would pick up in time for the upcoming 2020 LCS Summer Split. After a fairly mediocre start to the season, they need to start things off swinging for the fences if they want to secure a ticket for the World Championship and represent North America on the international stage. For TSM, it’s “do or die.”
Welcome Back, Spica
Fortunately, fans didn’t have to wait long to find out as support Vincent “Biofrost” Wang accidentally leaked a private Discord discussion between all four starting TSM members and their Academy jungler Mingyi “Spica” Lu. Now, Spica already played with the team back in the playoffs of 2019. The decision to make him a starter in the most important moment of the split drew the ire of thousands of fans across the globe and with good reason. Spica wasn’t able to perform as well as people wanted him to (in no small part because of the inhumane amount of pressure that was put on his shoulders), and TSM eventually imploded in the most depressing of ways.
Despite that recent debacle, Spica certainly deserves a shot — this time the way it’s supposed to happen. Still, fans will surely be disappointed that TSM didn’t sign someone like Jake “Xmithie” Puchero or go for a high-profile import from the LCK/LPL. It’s hard to understand what their line-up is truly missing. Is it a seasoned veteran who’ll call the shots from the jungle and push his team over the finish line? Or an impressionable promising rookie who can be molded into the kind of player TSM needs?
It’s anyone’s guess at this point. One could argue for both sides, but with TSM’s history of “abusing” their junglers, it’s hard to give them the benefit of the doubt regardless of the option they go for. Either way, they’ll have a very strong line-up that should definitely be able to compete with the best teams the LCS has to offer.
The LCS 2020 Summer Split is set to begin on June 13.