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TSM sign SwordArt as new support in record breaking deal
The Taiwanese veteran will have the biggest salary in LCS history.
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The current champions of North America, Team SoloMid have announced the signing of Worlds 2020 finalists Suning Gaming’s support player, Hu “SwordArt” Shuo-Chieh.
According to earlier reports, TSM have been keeping an eye on the veteran support player and have had his name on their wish list following the end of the League of Legends competitive season for 2020, but the deal to go ahead was being prevented by visa and payment issues.
Nevertheless, the news was announced by the organization's Owner and CEO, Andy “Reginald” Dinh, who also revealed that the terms of agreement for SwordArt’s contract would be a $6million deal for two years, the highest ever in LCS history.
Reginald said the 23-year-old’s impressive play at the 2020 League of Legends World Championship was the catalyst behind the decision to sign him for the next two years. He also said “finding out that Bjergsen was retiring made this a good time for the investment.”
SwordArt has been competing professionally since 2012 and has gained himself a reputation for being one of the best players to come out of his region. He has a ton of experience and has even made a few appearances at the international stage, known for his successes competing on the roster of Flash Wolves.
(Image Credit: Riot Games)
“I think it’s a lot of pressure on the players SwordArt is going to be playing with,” Reginald said. “He’s a Worlds finalist, and there’s a minimum level of expectation to be playing with a player of that caliber.”
Following the announcements of Bjergsen and now Doubelift’s retirement, TSM have found themselves in a position where they have had to completely restructure their roster and so far, they seem to be doing an excellent job.
As well as having just acquired SwordArt, arguably one of the world’s best support players, the team have already signed Tristan "PowerOfEvil" Schrage from FlyQuest, to fill in for Bjergsen’s shoes as the starting mid laner.
PowerOfEvil also has a respectable amount of experience and has played at the top flight for several years now. He also sported a good season with FlyQuest, who ended the Summer Split as runners up after falling short to TSM in the grand finals.
All eyes are now on TSM going into the next season of the LCS. With what will soon be a totally revamped squad and with Bjergsen taking up the role as the team’s Head Coach, fans of the organization will be expecting big things to come from now more than ever before.
Disappointment for TSM at Worlds this year. (Image Credit: Riot Games)
After a terrible performance at Worlds this year, which saw TSM failing to make it out of the group stages and losing every single match they played (they exited the tournament and returned home with a 0-6 record), the expectations will be high for the team and most people will share the opinion that it cannot really get any worse on the international stage than what fans witnessed this year.
“I think the extremely large stretch goal is Worlds finals. I think it would be a travesty if we don’t get to quarters. The expectations are really clear: our players better work their asses off,” said Reginald.
We will have to wait some time before we get to see TSM’s completed roster, but for now, only time will tell whether or not the team will manage to see some success on the international stage.
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