Hauntzer returns to LCS with TSM

The LCS is filling us with news of all kinds. From players retiring to returning to records being set... Eduardo | 17. March 2023

The LCS is filling us with news of all kinds. From players retiring to returning to records being set and unusual champions being used in the competitive scene.

Now, one of the most popular organizations in North America, TSM, has announced a last-minute change in the League of Legends lineup in the LCS. It is the addition of Kevin “Hauntzer” Yarnell, who replaces Colin “Solo” Earnest.

Hauntzer returns to LCS after two years

As mentioned, TSM has decided to promote veteran Hauntzer from the Challengers team to the main team to play the final games of the LCS 2023 Spring Split.

Hauntzer’s inclusion in the lineup is for him to play the last two games of the Split (he has already played one of them) and try to help TSM qualify for the playoffs.

TSM announced this lineup change just hours before the team’s second game in Week 8 of the LCS Spring Split 2023. The 27-year-old veteran player, Hauntzer, was the Top Laner for TSM’s Challengers division team.

Hauntzer has many years within the organization. To be a bit more precise, we can highlight that he has lasted more than half of his career playing under the TSM banner. His beginnings in the team were in 2015 when he made the team alongside two game legends such as Søren “Bjergsen” Bjerg and Yiliang “Doublelift” Peng. In the same year, the Dream Team formed by TSM managed to lift the champion’s trophy in the summer season.

In 2020, he had a brief one-month internship at Golden Guardians, then returned to TSM, but this time in the lower divisions, as Hauntzer has spent two years playing between the organization’s Academy team and Challengers.

Hauntzer’s dream comeback in the LCS

Because of the violence of this move by TSM, it gave no time for the player or the rest of the team to prepare or train as a team. However, in their match against Dignitas yesterday, Hauntzer made a triumphant return, proving that he still has what it takes to compete in the top tier of the North American League of Legends.

On the other hand, Hauntzer returned to play alongside Jason “WildTurtle” Tran in April 2017. Both players are widely recognized in the North American scene as game legends.

For now, nothing is clear regarding what’s next for TSM in the final game of the LCS 2023 Spring Split. The team will be playing for playoff qualification against one of the best teams in the LCS this season, FlyQuest, this Friday, and it is still unclear if Hauntzer will remain as the team’s starting Top Laner for this match.

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