Team SoloMid to hold in-house Scouting Grounds
Team SoloMid have announced on Nov. 17 that they are holding their own Scouting Grounds. The organization revealed their plans on Twitter and called talented players to apply.
Team SoloMid aim to invite two players per role to their LA headquarters for a boot camp. Following the invitations, their coaching staff would evaluate them for possible spots within their Academy ranks or beyond. Before that, the team directs prospects with a Masters rank or higher to fill a form between Nov. 26 and Dec. 3.
The organization’s announcement comes during Riot Games’ Scouting Grounds, which have generated traction over the week. In Riot’s showcase, players showed their abilities to potential employers in the North American LCS and Academy League. The event is still ongoing at the time of writing.
Moreover, TSM have already made waves when reports surfaced about a tryout they held (or will hold) for German top laner Sergen “Broken Blade” Çelik. The team also parted ways with Michael “MikeYeung” Yeung following a rocky 2018 season. In addition, TSM Academy players Rasmus “MrRallez” Skinneholm and Jordan “Shady” Robison may enter free agency on Nov. 19, 2018 as their contracts expire.
The move could be an attempt to bolster their Academy team. In 2018, TSM.A missed the NA Academy playoffs twice, but they developed talent that played in the LCS in the process. Brandon “Brandini” Chen moved to 100 Thieves and played during the 2018 Rift Rivals, and Jonathan “Grig” Armao moved to TSM’s LCS roster in the 2018 summer split.