Some things in life age like fine wine. For example, let’s take Philippe “Vulcan” Laflamme, Evil Geniuses’ support, who has lifted the LCS trophy for the third time in his career.
However, some things age like milk—and we all know how milk ages.
In 2021, TSM owner Andy “Reginald” Dinh caused controversy when, as owners lobbied to lift the import rule from North America, he awkwardly replied to a tweet from Vulcan.
Ignorant tweet. If every LCS team left the LCS- you’ll be out of a job buddy and probably be paid minimum.— TSM FTX Andy (@TSMReginald) February 20, 2021
Vulcan had a point: why be in the LCS when all you see is talent from abroad? 2022 spring finalists Evil Geniuses and 100 Thieves have shown that North America has emerging talent, and all it takes is the right opportunity.
This weekend alone, promising upstarts Jojopyun and Danny starred on EG against star-studded lineups from Team Liquid and 100 Thieves, and they emerged as the stars of the show—allowing Vulcan a moment of celebration.
Peacing out with this pic.twitter.com/L4Zb5z2nAy— Philippe Laflamme (@VulcanLoL) April 24, 2022
Meanwhile, TSM haven’t made the playoffs in 2022 after—wait for it—importing players and making a point in mismanaging them, as Shenyi’s saga attests.