Two of the LCS' top teams are reportedly fighting for the services of jungler Dennis "Svenskeren" Johnsen, according to an article by Breibart.com's Richard Lewis.
According to the report, Svenskeren, who most recently played for SK Gaming, has received offers from both H2K-Gaming and Team SoloMid which has caused a battle for the player to escalate. H2K was reportedly the first team to secure Svenskeren's services for the 2016 season, only to have TSM approach the jungler to make a counter-offer.
In a statement to Breibart.com, H2K management said that they felt TSM's actions were a breach of the legal contracts they had in place with Svenskeren, and are now forced to utilize their legal council to resolve the issue.
"H2K, Svenskeren and his family engaged in long discussions and negotiations that culminated in a deal between the parties," H2K said in the statement. "Both agreed, in writing, to execute a contract formalizing that deal. This was a legally binding agreement which H2K relied upon as the basis to stop negotiations with other player who were being considered for the Jungle position. In the midst of executing the final contract, Andy “Reginald” Dinh of TSM contacted Svenskeren and attempted to poach him.
"With no other options, H2K asked its counsel to formally notify TSM that their actions constituted tortious interference with H2K’s legally binding employment agreement with the player."
H2K also made their position clear and called upon Riot Games to step in and verify the claims that TSM approached the player inappropriately.
"TSM have a well-deserved reputation for abusing their stature in eSports to poach players from well-established teams. They seem to believe that they are entitled to ignore poaching rules and other teams’ contracts in order to fend off competition from smaller franchises," H2K said in their statement. "This sort of behavior threatens the competitive balance in League of Legends and eSports generally. H2K would like to see Riot Games more aggressively combat such behavior in the League of Legends."
According to Lewis, TSM declined to comment at the time of publication. However, the report does say that Reginald allegedly said that as far as he's concerned, Svenskeren is signed to TSM and that he will let his lawyers come to a resolution.
The report also states that Origen jungler Maurice "Amazing" Stuckenshneider was in discussion to move back to North America and re-join TSM, with whom he played from May 2014 to Oct. 2014. Those talks have reportedly fallen through.
Both H2K and TSM are in the middle of roster rebuilds, with TSM searching out top, jungle and support replacement for Marcus "Dyrus" Hill, Ham "Lustboy" Jang-sik and Lucas "Santorin" Larsen. H2K recently released jungler Jean-Victor "loulex" Burgevin, and have reportedly lost support Raymond "kaSing" Tsang to TSM.
Nic Doucet is a News Editor for theScore eSports. You can follow him on Twitter.