Before Season 6 began, Team SoloMid blew up the /r/leagueoflegends subreddit and their fans minds by signing Yiliang “Doublelift” Peng, the former face of their “arch-rival”, Counter Logic Gaming, to replace their Marksman, Jason “WildTurtle” Tran. A year of regional success later, Doublelift went to take a vacation for the Spring Split and TSM were in a pickle, having to find a good enough AD Carry to stand in for LiftLift. Several famous names were floated as possible replacements, WildTurtle was one of them, even standing in for his former team at IEM XI Oakland. Fans hoped that that tournament was a tryout instead of a simple favor for his old friends. It’s quite likely that the fan’s hopes weren’t in vain, because TSM has announced today that they’ve signed WildTurtle as their starting AD Carry for the 2017 season.
WildTurtle is a very good AD Carry who found his mojo on Immortals in the previous season. His ingame suitability for playing on TSM is without question. He is, after all, one of the best American AD Carries. With him filling the position, Team SoloMid should do very well in the Spring Split, possibly even winning the whole thing, unless the rest of the competition really shapes up, having gotten stronger rosters than TSM, allowing them to blow past them in the regular season and the Playoffs.
Even though WildTurtle has played on the team before, the roster is almost entirely different from what he was used to, with the only player remaining from his old roster being Soren “Bjergsen” Bjerg in the Mid Lane. Still, it is not entirely different because Parth “Parth” Naidu and Andy “Reginald” Dinh are still there. Despite that, the environment should be somewhat familiar. As WildTurtle noted in the video released by TSM announcing his signing, the team house is just as he left it, so he should feel right at home.
Despite three new players on the roster, WildTurtle is a happy-go-lucky goofball. He should quickly find rapport with his new teammates. What is more interesting is the fate of the team’s shot calling duties. Previously, it seems like the responsibility was shared by Doublelift and Bjergsen. Now, the NA Faker might have to do it alone, possibly influencing his ingame performance. Let’s hope that it won’t happen.
All in all, the news of WildTurtle joining TSM isn’t entirely unexpected, it makes a lot of sense. Still, Doublelift was quick to point out that he’s not retiring, only taking a break to recharge for a single Split, planning to come back and get his spot back for Summer. When he does, TSM will have a very hard choice to make. Do you sign Doublelift or WildTurtle? It’s a first world problem many LCS teams would love to have, however, that doesn’t make it any less difficult. We can’t wait to see what TSM does in that situation if they encounter it.