Farewell, TSM! The North American organization has been eliminated from the 2023 LCS Championship. As announced earlier this year, they will now be looking to find a place in a different major region to continue their story in professional League of Legends.
In their last ever LCS playoffs, TSM fans hoped for a great result to end the team's eleven-year LCS stint on a high note. However, with two close matches against Evil Geniuses and Dignitas both ending in a 2-3 loss, the team has made an early exit and will no longer compete in the LCS.
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TSM have a great record in the LCS. They have competed in every LCS split since its foundation in 2013. In these eleven years, they managed to win seven championships and represented North America at the World Championship eight times.
With a third place in 2011 and two quarterfinals appearances in 2012 and 2014, TSM's early Worlds record was amazing too. However, they failed to make it out of the group stage ever since, with their last attempt in 2020 ending with an 0-6 record.
TSM Leave LCS After Eleven Years: Where Will They Compete Next?
Earlier in 2023, TSM announced that they would depart the LCS after the season. While they did not share their exact plans, founder Andy 'Reginald' Dinh revealed that they are planning to compete in a different major region, where they hope to have a bigger impact at the World Championship.
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With European teams struggling at international events just as much as the LCS does, an entry to the LEC seems unlikely. The LCK is notoriously difficult to enter for non-Korean teams and pros, so they are most likely off the table too. This leaves TSM with the possibility to enter the Chinese LPL, where Swedish organization Ninjas in Pyjamas has found a new home too.
We expect TSM to announce their future involvement in professional League of Legends ahead of the 2024 season.
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