— Team Liquid LoL (@TeamLiquidLoL) July 26, 2017
“Over the course of the split, we found that Joshua “Dardoch” Hartnett did not align with our focus on teamwork and culture. We therefore brought in Omar “Omargod” Amin as part of a six-man roster in order to show Dardoch what a group of five people invested in teamwork can accomplish. Dardoch helped the team find their competitive spirit early in the split and we knew that if we could help Dardoch learn to make those sacrifices – we would have the roster we needed to become LCS champions once again. Unfortunately, Dardoch was unwilling to adhere to the set of standards expected of every member of the team.”
Dardoch’s brief professional League of Legends career has been marred with controversy. won Rookie of the Split in the spring split of last year’s North American League of Legends Championship Series (NA LCS) with Team Liquid before a summer of drama ensued. Dardoch was benched because of a poor attitude during the team’s Korean bootcamp, and Liquid was fielding offers for the teenage jungler. He then returned to the starting lineup after one week and played the rest of the summer split with Liquid.
The inner strife within Team Liquid was highlighted in the documentary “Breaking Point,” in which Dardoch’s attitude was a prominent focus.
After an initial trade to Echo Fox was reneged, Dardoch joined Immortals for the spring split as the team placed seventh. He was then swapped for Jake “Xmithie” Puchero from CLG in a move that appeared to work for both teams, as CLG and Immortals are both among the top teams in the summer split. But Dardoch is now back where he started, with a Team Liquid team in ninth place with a 4-10 record.
Team Liquid now has three junglers in Dardoch, Rami “Inori” Charagh and Kim “Reignover” Ui-Jin and also has another decision to make as the addition of Son “Mickey” Young-Min pushed Liquid over the limit for imported players. Only two of Mickey, Reignover and AD Carry Chae “Piglet” Gwang-jin are allowed in the starting lineup.
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