TSM is the most decorated team in LCS history with numerous domestic titles. Although TSM has never won an international tournament, they have completely dominated the domestic scene. However, their dominance in the LCS has waned in recent seasons, and they are currently sitting at the bottom of the table.
After a mediocre 2021 season, TSM made significant changes to the roster replacing three players. Along with Mingyi “Spica” Lu and Heo “Huni” Seung-hoon from the previous roster, Zhu “Keaiduo” Xiong, Wei “Shenyi” Zi-Jie, and Edward “Tactical” Ra formed the new TSM squad for the 2022 season.
Keaiduo and Shenyi were relatively unknown players who were selected based on their excellent performances in Bootcamp that TSM held in South Korea. The management indicated that the team was going into a rebuilding mode, and young players would be the face of the franchise.
Before the LCS spring split started, many fans and analysts had mediocre expectations from the new TSM team, and many predicted that the roster would be ready come playoffs time. None of the members from the starting lineup took part in the Lock-In tournament, so TSM ‘s average display really didn’t matter.
Currently, with half of the LCS matches being concluded, TSM is sitting at the last position with only one win to their name. Their only victory came against Immortals, and it was a super close game as well. It’s fair to say that the team won’t be able to make the playoffs in the spring split, let alone make it to the international stage.
The management has already benched Shenyi and is currently using academy player Wang “Yursan” Sheng-Yu as the starting support. However, even that has not worked for the squad, as the team looks uncoordinated and low on confidence. It’s hard to predict what the future holds for the squad, but it’s safe to say that this has been the biggest slump in the organization’s history.