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TSM Officially Releases Spica, will Look for Free Agency going into 2023

Superstar jungler Mingyi “Spica” Lu has been officially released by TSM after the roster’s recent playoff loss against Evil Geniuses in the 2022 LCS Championship. The ex-North American champion and former 2021 Spring Split MVP is now a free agent (unrestricted), and definitely a valuable asset for any team heading into the next League of Legends LCS transfer window. Spica has played a total of 166 games for TSM in the NA LCS since he joined in 2019 until his release.

Spica is no longer part of their team

We have talked about how good Spica is in many of our esports picks in the past. The jungle main is still extremely young at 21 years old. He announced his entry into free agency via social media on September 6th, showing he is now able to look for other League teams ahead of the NA LCS 2023 season. The main jungle has yet to confirm if he has already received offers or found a new team.

Mingyi “Spica” Lu, jungler for TSM
Mingyi “Spica” Lu, jungler for TSM

Spica statement via Twitter:

TSM has terminated my contract, so I am a free agent, effective today” “Thanks to all the fans for the four years of overwhelming support. I’m excited for what’s coming next.

This lineup change from TSM has officially ended a 4-year stint between both parts. The youngster joined the team’s Academy lineup around April 2019 before rising into the main roster, as TSM looked to rejuvenate an otherwise older roster. Spica was placed into TSM’s academy roster for the 2020 spring season, where this lineup ended in third/fourth place in the playoffs stage. He was then moved into the main active roster now full time since the start of that summer.

TSM 2021 League of Legends roster
TSM 2021 League of Legends roster

This change definitely paid off rather quickly for both TSM and Spica, the TSM LCS team also included big names such as Bjergsen, Doublelift, and Biofrost. Sadly, they came in fourth place in the regular season before a miraculous lower bracket run to win the 2020 LCS Summer Split stage with a 3-2 scoreline grand final victory over FlyQuest. Nevertheless, going into the international scene the team then received a region marking 0-6 demolition in Worlds groups, thanks to this veterans Bjergsen and Doublelift decided to retire from competitive League of Legends (the first coming back after a hiatus).

Spica and the organization returned to 2021 with big names such as Huni, PowerOfEvil, and the huge money acquisition SwordArt. The team started with strong results, achieving third place in the Mid-Season Showdown and a top-place finish in the 2021 LCS Summer Regular Season, the latter of which gave Spica an All-Pro nomination and the highly coveted LCS MVP crown.

In this last split, TSM continued with a star-studded roster including Huni, Spica, Maple, Tactical, and Mia. This roster performed incredibly badly, to the point where changes were made rather fast. Huni retired mid-season giving a path for Solo to step in, while Mia was switched with academy support Chime. The team missed the playoffs in the 2022 Spring Split and managed to make a late-season run to finish fifth/sixth in the 2022 LCS Championship.

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