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The Riot Games’ League of Legends esports global contract database has revealed that TSM has appointed Heo “Huni” Seung-hoon, their previous top laner, as the new LCS coach.

Huni previously played for Immortals, Fnatic, Echo Fox, Evil Geniuses, SK Telecom T1, Clutch Gaming, and Dignitas before joining the North American organization.  

Last week, the player withdrew from the group’s starting line-up due to a severe wrist injury. While Huni has had several wrist injuries since 2016, this one was serious enough that it has stopped him from participating in the professional league. 

Huni began his professional career with Fnatic in the former EU LCS. In his first year with the squad, he was instrumental in getting them to the World Championships, where they competed and got to the semifinals before being eliminated.

Even though Huni was there for a short period of time, the top laner was able to have an immediate effect on the scene and establish himself as a player who fans would want to keep a close watch on as he continued his journey through the league.

Following a brief stint in the LCK with SK Telecom T1, which coincided with Huni’s first appearance in the Worlds finals, he made his way back to the LCS, the same league he competed in a year earlier.

The League of Legends esports global contract database also revealed that the player’s contract with TSM will now expire “a day after Worlds 2022.”

Generally coaches are given a season-long contract, while players are told precisely when their contract with the organization runs out.  

In an interview, TSM confirmed the news that they had put Huni as a head scout in the GCD in place of his predecessor, Jack “Kayys” Kayser. The group also revealed that during the fast-approaching weekend games, Huni would take the lead as their top player in the LCS. 

The match, held on July 3, marked the South Korean player’s final game with the organization this season. During their LCS lineup, Cheng “S0ul” Luo took Huni’s place as the organization’s academy level top laner. The new lineup gave the team a 1-1 record and made changes in the AD carry and support positions.  

TSM recently produced a documentary series titled TSM Legends. The episodes follow the team’s actions and participation in competitions like the NA LCS, as well as other tournaments the franchise has partaken in. In a recent episode, Huni revealed his intention to stay with TSM in order to aid his successor, S0ul, on his path to the top lane. 

While highlighting points of learning for S0ul, Huni talked about his vast experience with top lane matchups and some vital game knowledge. He also emphasized how much he knew about the current professional League meta and its importance in helping S0ul’s transition. 

“I’m really fresh. I’m the one who’s going to be the most fresh. I’m the man that just stopped playing. I was just playing in the LCS; I was just a professional gamer.”

The episode also saw Huni shed some light on the wrist injury that made him step back from gaming previously.

“It’s been hurting always, basically, but the thing is, the term of the hurting, the time, was in 2016, like two times in a year,” Huni explained.

“But these days, I’d describe it as there are more days that it’s hurting my wrist. So, the decision not to play anymore and why I decided to step down, my body is just telling me: ‘you should really stop it, and it really blows.” 

Huni joined the LCS broadcaster this past weekend as a shoutcaster and guest analyst. On July 16, he worked alongside Kobe and CaptainFlowers as the third mic for the day and was on call for Cloud9’s win over TSM.  

Since his return to the LCS, Huni has continued to demonstrate why he is one of the most notable top laners in the area by excelling for teams who have been placed in the middle of the rankings.

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