On the evening of August 18, TSM general manager Parth Naidu took to r/TeamSolomid to detail the full situation of what lead the team to bench starting jungler Matthew "Akaadian" Higginbotham in favor of academy rookie Mingyi "Spica" Lu.
Before their Quarterfinals match against Clutch Gaming, on-air personality Isaac "Azael" Cummings-Bentley revealed in a tweet that TSM opted into starting Spica for the entirety of playoffs. Surprisingly, neither Akaadian nor Jonathan "Grig" Armao were kept on a subs; Edward "Tactical" Ra and Erik "Treatz" Wessén were listed in their stead.
Recently, League personalities Christian "IWillDominate" Rivera and Yoonseop "Locodoco" Choi revealed information on internal drama within TSM (given to them by personal sources) on their YouTube talk show Facecheck. Akaadian was quick to refute the rumors on Twitter, but after so many different stories had been made public, Parth stepped in to provide full disclosure. Here are the key points from his post.
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After their 3-1 loss against Clutch in Quarterfinals, TSM will be preparing for the Gauntlet on September 6 with Spica as their starting jungler unless otherwise stated. According to LCS commissioner Chris "IAmGrza" Greeley, all teams participating in the Gauntlet have until September 3 to lock in their official rosters.