Jason “Wildturtle” Tran is leaving Team SoloMid for the second time in two years, set up for a reunion with his former Quantic Gaming and Cloud9 teammates at FlyQuest eSports. Inevitably, it is the second coming of AD carry Yiliang “Doublelift” Peng that has pushed Turtle out of the door once again. Now a veteran of the North American scene, WildTurtle was unwilling to split time with his previous replacement, instead angling for a starting position elsewhere.
Nobody enjoys third-wheeling – even personalities, who exist with a near permanent heart-warming grin on their face, will find discomfort in being the spare part to an otherwise enamoured couple. As Team SoloMid welcomed back Doublelift with open arms, the proposed six-man roster put forward by the North American heavyweights always seemed unachievable, given the gravitas of the two AD carries on their books.
A role-sharing scenario featuring Doublelift and WildTurtle appeared untenable from the day of its announcement. Given that Doublelift was brought in as WildTurtle’s replacement, it was difficult to imagine a scenario in which the former Immortals man would be given the nod over Doublelift.
Team SoloMid initially outlined that the two ADC’s would focus on their own quota of diverse strategies, though finding a strategy in which WildTurtle presented a better fit to Doublelift provided a head-scratching predicament.
Irrespective of any previous heroics, it was impossible to picture a scenario in which picking WildTurtle would provide an overwhelming advantage to omitting Doublelift from the starting roster. As a natural shotcaller and renowned as the best AD carry in North America, Doublelift is widely accepted to be a better player overall.
According to Team SoloMid’s press release, WildTurtle quickly expressed a desire to have a full time starting position, to which an opportunity arose for him to transfer to FlyQuest. Not willing to be replaced by his rival for a second time, Turtle has opted to leave TSM and rejoin his former teammates Hai “Hai” Du Lam, Daerek “LemonNation” Hart, and An “Balls” Le for the upcoming Summer Split.
“I’ve spent most of my career on TSM now and I’m extremely thankful for all the experiences I’ve had with Andy and the rest of the team.
“I’m really going to miss playing with everyone and within such a motivated environment. At the same time, I’m looking forward to this next split and to be moving onto another stage of my career with my old teammates Hai, Lemon, and Balls.
“I think FlyQuest will be a good home for me, and I hope continue my success with them.”
Jason “Wildturtle” Tran
WildTurtle will be replacing Johnny “Altec” Ru the previous AD Carry on FlyQuest, suggesting that the proposed move for former Tempo Storm ADC Aleš “Freeze” Kněžínek will not go through. WildTurtle has played with FlyQuest eSports’ three veteran members as part of Orbit Gaming, later rebranded to Quantic Gaming before becoming Cloud9.
I’m excited for what the future holds 😀
— Jason Tran ? (@TSMWILDTURTLE) May 25, 2017
Whilst the prospect of a six-man Team SoloMid roster fulfilled its purpose of appeasing the community, the inevitable reality is that Doublelift’s return has pushed WildTurtle out of the door. TSM insist that they will continue to search for a substitute ADC, though whether the announcement serves simply to save face for the organisation remains to be seen.
Rather than being replaced by his rivals for the second time in the space of two seasons, WildTurtle has instead taken his destiny into his own hands.
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