League of Legends for Yiliang “Double lift” Peng beat his former organization TSM (Team Solo Mid) for alleged roster problems during the League Championship Series 2021 pre-season, in which the organization rejected its chance to qualify for the Worlds this year. Doublelift takes a problem with how the Taiwanese player Hu “SwordArt” Shuo-Chieh was signed by the organization.
It was rumored that Hu joined TSM in the low season, and Doublelift blames TSM owner Andy “Reginald” Dinh for taking too long to sign the player. Due to the alleged delays and management issues, Doublelift left the list and withdrew from pro-play.
Why SwordArt did not stay in TSM
SwordArt was signed last year for as much as $ 6 million USD, making the deal the highest paid contract in League of Legends history. During his time on the roster, SwordArt experienced a mixed bag of results, with the team finishing in third place at the Mid-Season Showdown after being taken down by Team Liquid.
During TSM’s run at the Summer Split Playoffs, the team missed out on competing in Worlds 2021. In the low season, TSM decided to revise the list and let go of SwordArt. The player expressed his interest in continuing to play on the list, and Doublelift claims that Reginald took too long to come up with an offer, affecting TSM’s chances of getting to Worlds 2021 in the low season.
Doublelift’s view of the situation
TSM considered Vietnamese support for Nguyễn “Palette” Hải Trung for the low season according to Doublelift, but the North American player wanted a teammate who could comfortably communicate in English. Doublelift said on stream, “SwordArt called me afterwards and said ‘I’m coming to TSM’. He still wanted to play with me and then I called Andy and told him ‘SwordArt still wants to play with me and I would love to keep playing for the organization ‘, and Andy said no because he has too much ego.
Doublelift said last year that part of the reason he withdrew from pro-play was that TSM took too much time to sign SwordArt. The former TSM pro said on stream that he hates TSM and hopes the organization does not win anything back because of how badly the players were treated.
Doublelift reportedly called Reginald and and he said no because “he has too much ego.” There are rumors that Doublelift will return to professional play next year, and it is still unknown where he and SwordArt will end up in the next LCS season.