In order to rebuild a strong team, the coach of TSL had no choice but to release his ace players, but his voice was still calm.
On the 28th, Coach Lee had a phone interview with the thisisgame.com and explained that “With current circumstances with the team, the players realized that they cannot win therefore the players and I had to make a hard decision.”
TSL already having experience with Seo "TricksteR" Ki Soo and Kim "FruitDealer" Won Ki leaving the team, the fans are already worried with the new news of the ace players leaving. But the coach still seemed calm.
The coach stated that “the decision was for the better good for both of us. We have talked over and over again and I needed to rebuild a team with the young players in order to have a chance at winning. Unfortunately such action will only hurt these three players. Therefore we had no choice but to end up with this decision.”
Coach Lee has also stated that the rest of the players love the new practice system and are blazing with the thirst for victory. According to the coach, at first, the new system was unstable with lots of doubts, but a lot of the members are continuing to work hard to make it hard.
Even though the farewell decision was for the better good of both the players and the team, TSL is still losing the ace players who have been leading the team since the beginning. Therefore we have asked the coach for a last message from the coach to the players: Killer, Clide, and JYP. “We have had a lot of serious talks for a while and everything we talked about was sincere. We will continue to support you guys and continue to show the fans how great you guys are. In particular, as much as he wanted to join the SlayerS team, I wish he does well in GSL.
In the hopes of improving the team, TSL has recruited Ko “Hyun” Seok Hyun who have been a progamer until with Starcraft Broodwar.
Coach has stated that "he was able to recruit Hyun because he knew him quite well before and his personality goes along well with our team. I know that he is a very enthusiastic player even when he was part of the MBC Game. Unfortunately, with the dispatching of the MBC Game, Hyun really wanted to join our team and this was a perfect timing for him to join since we are currently in the middle of rebuilding the team."
Also regarding the timing of when Hyun will be trying out for the GSL, Coach has stated that "he is still lacking in skills, but he will improve alot fast since he has joined our team. Our team has a lot of good Zerg players and Hyun has a great sense of decision making skills. I believe he will need about 3 months before attempting to play in the GSL. Personally, I hope to be able to get him to play in GSL by next season. "
TSL has announced a major restructuring of the team.
Coach Lee stated on the 28th "In order to become a stronger team, TSL plans to undergo restructuring. As a result we will part ways with Clide, Killer and JYP while at the same time signing former Brood War professional HyuN, in an attempt to start fresh."
TSL has been widely rated as a small group of elite players in a family-like environment. However they have produced no GSL winners since FruitDealer (now in StarTale) and while favoured to win the first season of the GSTL could not advance past the playoffs.
Although the signing of Polt has added a champion to their current roster, Coach Lee determined that under the current team system it would be difficult to produce another champion. Thus in order to produce champions and to win the upcoming season of the GSTL he changed the team's training regime among other things.
During this process the opinions of the existing ace players were respected as much as possible. The existing players also wanted change, and the direction of some players and the team wanted to take did not align; as such, they decided to part ways to further the interests of both parties. At the same time, the remaining players expressed their support of the team in order to create a more structured and efficient practice regime than previously.
Coach Lee stated "I anticipate that the departure of many key players from the team will cause many fans to worry and a number of rumors to be perpetuated. However I would like to emphasize that this decision was not made on the base of a rift within the team or contract issues and was entirely mutual, based on both the players' and the team's respect for one another and desire for further progress."
Indeed, when this decision was made Coach Lee, Clide, Killer and JYP all expressed their grief at having to part ways. But Coach Lee did not want to forcefully drag his players into the new team system and the players also did not want to interfere with the team's restructuring.
As such Coach Lee decided to respect the player's wishes and ended their contractual relationship and the players, wishing TSL the best, decided to embark on new challenges. Clide has transferred to SlayerS, and Killer and JYP will seek out new teams while remaining teamless for the time being.
In the meantime TSL intends to add further new players to their roster in order to increase their depth and produce a GSL champion in 2012. The first such new player on their roster is former MBC Game Hero player HyuN, who decided to switch over to StarCraft II after the disbanding of MBC Game Hero and his inability to transfer to a new team. He particularly wanted to join TSL because of his prior relationship with Coach Lee while in MBC Game Hero.
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