Team Solo Mid’s President, Leena, Admited To Saying That No One Wanted Dardoch On Doublelift’s Stream

Team Solo Mid’s President, Leena, Admited To Saying That No One Wanted Dardoch On Doublelift’s Stream
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Viewers of Doublelift’s stream today overheard a conversation in which TSM president Leena Xu said “no one wants to pick up Dardoch,” TSM’s jungler.

During the stream, Doublelift paused just as Xu said, “It’s not up to me. Like, for example, no one wants to pick up Dardoch. That’s not my fault.”

Xu admitted on Reddit it was an “unfortunate mistake” and that she has previously had work conversations in the same room as Doublelift, her boyfriend and TSM’s new bot laner, but that her comments were caught on stream this time because of different stream settings. She also said the incident was her fault, not Doublelift’s.

Based on Xu’s comments, it appears TSM has tried to move Dardoch, who joined TSM in November, before the Summer Split. With Dardoch and recently-signed Misfits ADC Kobbe, TSM finished fourth in the LCS Spring Playoffs.

When TSM acquired Doublelift in April, many fans and analysts claimed there was a conflict of interest because of the relationship between Doublelift and Xu. In a vlog after the move was official, Doublelift said he would’ve still wanted to play on TSM even if Xu wasn’t a part of the organization.

Xu also said in a recent podcast appearance she thinks “it’s ridiculous that Riot came out and said, ‘Hey we did the investigation and everything has been approved by the league,’ and it’s still not really satisfying for [the community] and they’re still talking shit.” Leena Xu has apologized to “our community” and Dardoch for a “lapse of judgement [sic] on handling an important call next to a live stream.” She said Dardoch expressed interest in joining another LCS team after he was told he may be splitting time or moving full-time to TSM’s Academy roster.

While Dardoch didn’t have the greatest split, he was a reliable jungle so it’s surprising that TSM decided to replace him just after one split. It’s surprising TSM keeps replacing their members after just one split. With this progress it’s unlikely we will get to see TSM participate at international tournaments since other teams keep their members and develop them instead of throwing them out after one split. It’s interesting to see how will TSM fare after all this drama in LCS’s Summer Split, considering the hatred from the community. With the split a month away from now, we might get to see the kitchen of other teams as well so stay tuned for more information in the next days.

The 2020 LCS Summer Split begins June 13.