Team SoloMid, a monolithic organization in North American professional League of Legends, announced today via their website that they are openly recruiting for an Academy team. After the announcement from Riot that the NA LCS would essentially be franchised beginning in 2018, Academy teams will be taking the place of the NA CS.
Team SoloMid’s Academy Team
Presumably this means Team SoloMid is secure in their application for partnership with Riot, as none of the official partners have been announced. In fact, many outlets, including The Score Esports, recently reported that the deadline for applications has been extended. Nevertheless, TSM has begun recruiting for an Academy Team.
While many other organizations in the NA LCS (CLG, C9, Echo Fox, etc…) have already had “sister teams” in the NA CS, it’s not something Team SoloMid has done. In fact, in an hour long interview lead by Travis Gafford the morning Riot announced the new NA LCS format, Immortals CEO Noah Winston noted to TSM owner Andy Dinh that he would particularly like to see what a TSM Academy team would look like.
Players interested in being considered for the Team SoloMid Academy team must be Challenger tier in either NA, EU West, or Korea. The bulletin notes that applications are open to players from China and Taiwan as well, but the players must make Challenger tier in one of the aforementioned regions. Players must also have a basic grasp of English.
Anybody who does make it onto the Team SoloMid Academy team has a chance of making it onto the main roster, which currently includes some of the best talent in the region. TSM has been particularly slow on the uptake compared to other NA teams on the idea of a 10-man roster, sticking to their 5 starters for the entirety of the Summer Split so far.
For more information on how to apply, visit the official website for the organization. And tune in tomorrow when TSM takes on Team Dignitas.