Leena claims TSM no longer sees value in having a good LCS team
Feb 28, 2022
TSM is currently having a terrible LCS run. The organization benched new support Wei “Shenyi” Zije after running out to a 0-4 record, but fans are angry with the decision and wondering why the organization was so quick to do so after hyping Shenyi’s signing. Behind the scenes, the esports organization is dealing with investigations after Riot Games was informed that TSM may play host to a toxic workplace.
It’s safe to say that TSM isn’t having a good time. Now, some in the League of Legends community is claiming the decision to have the current underwhelming LCS roster was made by former general manager Parth “Parth” Naidu. But former president of esports Aileena “Leena” Xu declared that this is not the case.
Leena explains TSM LCS roster decisions
League of Legends fans are wondering what is going on with TSM’s LCS roster and how decisions are being made. Leena said on a stream with former TSM player Yiliang “Doublelift” Peng that the current TSM roster is not what Parth had in mind at all.
Apparently, Leena and Parth spent the 2021 offseason attempting to re-sign famed mid laner Soren “Bjergsen” Bjerg, a former TSM star. When Bjergsen went on to join Team Liquid, Leena and Parth decided to secure Nicolaj “Jensen” Jensen, Doublelift, and Philippe “Vulcan” Laflamme. Unfortunately, TSM management decided that this roster move was “not worth the cost.”
According to Leena, TSM wanted to have a “development project” instead of paying for a more veteran team that could have a greater chance at immediate success.
TSM’s CEO Andy “Reginald” Dinh took to Reddit to condemn these comments. He told fans that Leena’s roster would have carried the same cost as TSM’s current roster, and that the revised roster structure was about “building a winning roster over a three-year period” rather than due to lowering costs.
Leena wasn’t done with her revelations, however. On Doublelift’s stream, Leena also claimed that TSM didn’t no longer found the LCS to be a good investment. TSM prefers spending money on mobile gaming rather than its LCS roster, which is one of the reasons Leena decided to leave TSM.