TSM announces IEM roster, including Hauntzer, Svenskeren and kaSing

by Daniel Rosen Nov 14 2015
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After weeks of speculation as to TSM's new top laner, jungler and support, Team SoloMid has its new starting roster.

Kevin "Hauntzer" Yarnell will replace Marcus "Dyrus" Hill in the top lane, Dennis "Svensekeren" Johnsen is taking Lucas "Santorin" Larsen's role in the jungle and Raymond "kaSing" Tsang will play support instead of Jang-sik "Lustboy" Ham.

"For IEM San Jose, I'm really excited to see how the team players together and I'm excited to see how well they do," team owner Andy "Reginald" Dinh said in the announcement video.

"I think it's an uphill battle because the teams we're playing against have been practicing with each other for a long time. Going in IEM San Jose, just by seeing how well they go together, the problems that arise, it'll really help us look at them and fix them for next year before spring."

After Worlds, Dyrus, Lustboy and Santorin announced their retirements, and TSM dropped Jason "WildTurtle" Tran in favor of Peter "Doublelift" Peng. This leaves Soren "Bjergsen" Bjerg as the only remaining member of the TSM roster that made it to Worlds 2015. This new starting roster will be making its first appearance at IEM San Jose from Nov. 21 to 22.

Hauntzer ended the Summer Split with a 3.94 averge KDA, while his former team, Gravity, ended the Summer split in 5-6th place. Svenskeren comes from SK Gaming, which was knocked out of the EU LCS after losing their promotion match against Gamers2. kaSing also comes from the EU LCS, and formerly played for h2K Gaming. At worlds, kaSing finished the group stage with a 3.0 average KDA and picked up a total of 46 assists, despite being stuck in a group with tournament favorites SK Telecom T1 and EDward Gaming.

TSM was also reportedly caught in a legal battle with h2K Gaming over Svenskeren's contract.

Daniel Rosen is a news editor for theScore eSports. You can follow him on Twitter.