Sources: Hachani to leave Team Vitality starting lineup

by theScore Staff Feb 7 2017
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Update: Team Vitality has put out a public statement confirming that Hachani has been benched, and will continue working with the team as an analyst and assistant coach for the rest of the Spring Split.

Ha "Hachani" Seung-chan will depart Team Vitality's starting lineup, and the team is actively trying out candidates for the support position, multiple sources close to the situation told theScore esports.

Hachani will be bowing out of the competitive scene for the remainder of the spring split, according to a source close to the situation. His departure is due to the fact that the team was not working well together, but also because Hachani is dealing with insomnia, making it difficult for him to focus on the game.

The source further clarified to theScore esports that Hachani is going back to Korea this week to resolve his insomnia, and that he expects to return to Europe.

Hachani's status within the organization moving forward is not clear. According to the Riot Contract Database, Hachani is contracted with the team until Nov. 20.

Team Vitality has a substitute support in Alin "AøD" Baltat, but sources say that the team is actively pursuing outside options. AøD previously played in the 2017 EU CS Spring Open Qualifier and was signed by Vitality as a sub, though he did not move into the house.

Hachani struggled during the first three weeks of the 2017 EU LCS Spring Split, having the lowest KDA among supports, and the highest percentage share of deaths among all EU supports, and of any player on his team. He also had incredibly low wards per minute, ranking in the bottom three.

This story was updated at 11:30 a.m. ET on Feb. 7.

Gabriel Zoltan-Johan is a news editor for theScore esports. You can follow him on Twitter.