TSM have parted ways with Zhu ‘Keaiduo’ Xiong, a young Chinese mid laner who led off-season signings in 2021 after benching the player mid-spring split.
TSM is parting ways with its 2021 signing class, which includes its Chinese mid laner Keaiduo, the company announced on May 2. another young Chinese player from the region’s development league and a new head coach in Wong ‘Chawy’ Xing Lei.
Keaiduo played nine games for the main TSM team in the League of Legends Championship Series before going to the bench and the Academy League for the remainder of the split. Shenyi also saw time on the bench but returned to the starting lineup after a brief stint at LCS Academy.
TSM parted ways with Keaiduo after controversial spring split
Today we part ways @Keaiduo7Keaiduo.
Due to the increase in COVID cases in China, Keaiduo will remain in NA until it is safe to return home. During this time he will continue to train with us while receiving payment and accommodation.
Thank you and good luck for your future, Keaiduo. pic.twitter.com/81lZ3XBERC
— TSM FTX Report (@tsmreport) May 2, 2022
According to TSM, Keaiduo’s bench press wasn’t the result of his performance, TSM went 1-8 in his time as a starter, but rather for his off-game attitude.
In an article for comingChawy said the young mid laner was benched for holding a champion on stage without speaking to the team or coaches and when confronted with it was “negative and disrespectful” towards the staff.
Keaiduo was also on the Academy team when his then-coach Zhang ‘Peter Zhang’ Yi fled the country after allegedly acting as an agent for the Chinese and Taiwanese players he recruited for TSM, which Keaiduo may have been among. and made a salary cut, among other dubious financial operations.
TSM recorded the worst split in the history of its LCS tenure in spring 2022, finishing outside the playoffs for the first time and finishing in ninth place with a 5-13 record.
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