Team SoloMid have announced two new additions to their League of Legends roster.
Following an underwhelming 2018 season, TSM have officially confirmed that they have signed top-laner Sergen ‘Broken Blade’ Çelik and Andy ‘Smoothie’ Ta for the 2019 season.
Joining from Echo Fox, Smoothie will replace Alfonso ‘Mithy’ Aguirre Rodriguez. The move breaks up Mithy’s four-year partnership with AD Carry Jesper ‘Zven’ Svenningsen, who confirmed he will be staying at TSM.
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Zven has played with Mithy as his Support for his entire professional career. Over the last four years, the duo won three EU LCS titles and reached the semi-finals of the 2015 World Championship together.
Broken Blade will be making his LCS debut after previously playing for Royal Bandits in the Turkish Champions League (TCL).
He will replace Kevin ‘Hauntzer’ Yamell as the team’s starting top-laner, who will depart TSM after three years with the organization. Though no official announcement has been made, reports suggest he will join Golden Guardians.
TSM are coming off a year of unfortunate firsts for the organization. This season was the first in which they were unable to collect an NA LCS title and the first time they’ve ever not appeared in the NA LCS finals. It was also the first time they’ve ever failed to reach the World Championship.
Considering TSM’s history of domestic dominance, many fans have been underwhelmed at the roster news so far, especially with the likes of Team Liquid and 100 Thieves making blockbuster moves to build on rosters that were already more successful than TSM in 2018.
It remains to be seen whether TSM will make any further moves heading into 2019, although the organization did shut down speculation that they might be looking at Echo Fox Jungler Joshua ‘Dardoch’ Hartnett.
TSM's current starting roster:
|Sergen ‘Broken Blade’ Çelik||Top||Royal Bandits|
|Jonathon 'Grig' Armao||Jungle||TSM|
|Søren 'Bjergsen' Bjerg||Mid||TSM|
|Jesper 'Zven' Svenningsen||AD Carry||TSM|
|Andy 'Smoothie' Ta||Support||Echo Fox|