Massive roster changes are underway for Team SoloMid, with jungler Lucas "Santorin" Larson and support Jang-sik "Lustboy" Ham both leaving the team's starting roster.
In a post on their website, TSM announced the departure of their veteran support and jungler, as well as provided addition information with regards to Marcus "Dyrus" Hill's recent retirement. The news comes only a few days after Team SoloMid failed to make it out of the group stage at the 2015 World Championship with a record of 1-5.
According to the post, Santorin decided to step away from competitive League of Legends in favor of streaming and returning to his studies. He will not remain under the TSM brand.
"Santorin was a pleasure to work with," said TSM owner Andy "Reginald" Dinh as part of the press release. "It’s a real shame that things didn’t work out. I wish him the best of luck for the future."
The rookie jungler, who moved from Europe to North America earlier this year, joined TSM prior to the 2015 spring split. During his time on TSM, the team took first place in the spring split and second in the summer split before ultimately qualifying for the World Championship.
As for Lustboy, his retirement marks the end of a long and prestigious career that began back in 2011 on MiG Blaze. Most recognized for his time on Azubu Blaze and CJ Entus Blaze, Lustboy's many accomplishments include winning the first ever Korean Champions League in 2012 and the 2013 World Cyber Games, countless playoff appearances in both his native Korea and North America, as well as being the first player to win two IEM World Championship titles. He joined TSM in July 2014, and helped the team win two NA LCS titles.
Lustboy will be moving to an analyst position for TSM and will assist in the reconstruction of their roster.
"Due to shoulder injuries and being tired of playing, I decided to step down as a player but I’ll still be involved with TSM helping in anyway possible," Lustboy said of the decision. "I will never forget how much fans and everyone treated me kindly, and I appreciate the opportunity given to me by TSM to prove my skills even though I was a foreigner."
Finally, TSM announced that Dyrus will stay on with the organization as a sponsored streamer. Dyrus retired on the World Championship stage after TSM's final game of the event, and since has been considering his options. He will move into a TSM owned "retirement home" alongside former jungler Brian "TheOddOne" Wyllie as part of his transition to full-time sponsored streamer.
"After 5 seasons of playing competitive I think it’s time to give someone else the chance to play with such amazing teammates," Dyrus said. "I am burnt out and it would be unfair to keep going without the same level of motivation. I will still be under TSM and I will support them from behind the scenes. Thank you all for everything I look forward to seeing the new roster soon!"
Dyrus is a competitive legend within the community, having participated in all five World Championships to date, and has spent the majority of his career manning the top lane for TSM.
As a result of the massive changes, TSM is currently holding open tryouts for the top, jungle, and support roles. They will have a lot of work to do to make their roster competition ready before the 2016 NA LCS.
Nic Doucet is a News Editor for theScore eSports. You can follow him on Twitter.