Shopify Rebellion, a promising new esports team, has announced that it will become one of the LCS’s 10 franchised partners in 2024. The squad has also announced that it will replace TSM in the league. Some reports claim that Shopify Rebellion paid around $10 million to secure TSM’s LCS slot.
“Entering League of Legends—one of the largest esports titles, with a rich competitive history—felt like an obvious next step for us as we continue to grow our presence in esports,” explained Dario “TLO” Wünsch, the main developer of the esports program at Shopify Rebellion. “We’re looking forward to working with the former TSM players as they enter the LCS as the Shopify Rebellion team”.
Shopify Rebellion is a well-known esports group that competes in several different games, including StarCraft II, Dota 2, Halo, Street Fighter V, and Rocket League. The team has one of the strongest VALORANT Game Changers rosters in the world, having been in the top three in numerous tournaments over the past two years (both internationally and domestically), including coming in second at the 2022 Game Changers Championship in Berlin.
Starting in the 2024 season, the TSM League of Legends team will compete as the Shopify Rebellion. However, they will have some options to ponder, as three of the four players still on TSM’s current roster (Hauntzer, WildTurtle, and Chime) have contracts that expire in November.
According to the GCD, only jungler Lee “Bugi” Seong-yeop is under contract until 2024. Both mid laners, Insanity and Ruby, have since departed the club. Shopify Rebellion will have to either bring in new players or extend their contracts with those who are currently under contract.
TSM has officially left the LCS after announcing in May that it would be moving from North America to another top-tier region. One of the most recognizable North American teams in League esports, TSM, has officially folded after being a part of the league since its inception in 2011.
— Shopify Rebellion (@ShopifyRebels) September 20, 2023
Over the past decade, TSM has amassed an impressive resume, including seven World Championship participation, two Mid-Season Invitational appearances, and a trophy from IEM Season Nine in Katowice. For a long time, this team was the greatest in North America. Its roster includes legends like Heo “Huni” Seung-hoon and Sren “Bjergsen” Bjerg, as well as rising stars like Mingyi “Spica” Lu and Yiliang “Doublelift” Peng.
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