Shopify Rebellion is set to keep the former TSM mid laner David “Insanity” Challe, jungler Lee "Bugi" Seong-yeop, and head coach Seong "Reven" Sang-hyeon for the 2024 League Championship Series (LCS) season, according to sources close to Sheep Esports.
While the fate of former top laner Kevin "Hauntzer" Yarnell, bot laner Jason "WildTurtle" Tran, and support Jonathan "Chime" Pomponio remains unconfirmed, sources indicate that the three players are currently set to leave the organization and will not be part of its 2024 roster.
TSM's last year in the LCS proved to be challenging for the storied organization. Marked by their struggle to secure a spot in the playoffs during both the spring and summer splits. The team's performance in 2023 was far from their historic success in the LCS, as they could only reach 7th position in both the spring split and summer split.
The decision to part ways with the LCS was made public when the organization's owner, Andy "Reginald" Dinh, posted a video on Twitter to announce their exit from the league. This announcement was met with surprise and disappointment from fans who had long supported TSM's presence in the LCS. However, the story didn't end there.
Shortly after TSM's departure from the LCS, it was revealed that Shopify Rebellion would be taking over the team’s LCS spot. Now, Shopify Rebellion will have big shoes to fill and large expectations to realize as they look to surpass the legacy of the former LCS organization.
After acquiring TSM's LCS spot, the team is now entering its first LCS off-season. According to sources, Sheep Esports has learned that the organization's primary focus seems to be to strengthen its roster and elevate the core players from the former TSM roster. Building around the key talents of the old organization, Shopify Rebellion now aims to reach new heights with South Korean jungler Bugi and American mid laner Insanity.
The team is now committed to meeting everyone’s expectations and aspires to compete against the best teams for the championships. In a statement to Sheep Esports, they expressed dedication to construct an organization capable of contending with top-tier teams, while also recognizing the challenges of doing so. They are prepared to learn and adapt as they continue to evolve in the League of Legends esports eco-system.
Top Laner: ?
Jungle: Lee "Bugi" Seong-yeop
Mid Laner: David "Insanity" Challe
Bot Laner: ?
Coach: Seong "Reven" Sang-hyeon