An announcement today from League of Legends NA LCS Spring Split champions Team SoloMid was released, thanking ADC WildTurtle for his time with TSM in the Spring Split, during Doublelift’s hiatus. According to the announcement, TSM was fully committed to the idea of a six person roster for the 2017 Summer Split, but WildTurtle, likely suspecting he would be playing second fiddle to Doubelift, sought a starting position elsewhere, landing with FlyQuest.
WildTurtle already shares one thing in common with several members of the FlyQuest team; his long tenure in the professional League of Legends esports circuit. He’s been playing professionally since 2011, originally joining Team SoloMid in 2013. He left to spend one year with Immortals, during the 2016 season, before returning. Now he joins fellow veterans Hai, LemonNation, and Balls on FlyQuest.
— Team SoloMid (@TeamSoloMid) May 25, 2017
In the Spring Split, FlyQuest proved many fans and analysts wrong as they came out of the gates swinging. They’re unconventional plays, picks, and tenacity caught many teams off guard, keeping them in a solid second place for the first half of the split. But their momentum fell off in a big way in the latter half of the split.
Having WildTurtle, who is a very technically skilled player, could prove a boon on the team led by Hai’s strong shotcalling, if he proves as willing as the rest of the roster tends to be at following his daring whims. And he’s not completely a newcomer to the group, because WildTurtle played on Orbit Gaming for a brief stint in 2012, alongside FlyQuest’s key three players. And since Moon seemed to blend in so well with them during Spring, the roster could be looking at some serious synergy.
The announcement from Team SoloMid reiterates their desire to run a six man roster for the Summer Split, and as such, they’ll be looking for an additional ADC to pick up. Their idea is to do something comparable to what Cloud9 does with Impact playing more defensive tank champions and Ray fielding the top lane carries.
The League of Legends NA LCS returns on June 2nd, with the beginning of the Summer Split .