Grig sidelined due to wrist injury, Akaadian to replace him
Team SoloMid have announced on Jan. 13 (Jan. 12 in the Americas) that Jonathan “Grig” Armao has moved to the injury list due to wrist issues. Matthew “Akaadian” Higginbotham will be starting in the LCS in his stead.
Grig’s wrist flared up early in December, long before scrimmage season went underway. However, his sidelining attests to the severity of his issues, and the team favored his long-term career prospects over his short-term inactivity. As a result, Akaadian takes over the starting spot in the LCS. To accommodate Akaadian, Gabriel “Fanatiik” Saucier has signed a one-year contract with TSM Academy.
This is not the first time that a player’s career meets wrist issues. The most notorious case in North America is former Cloud9 mid laner (now retired) Hai “Hai” Du Lam, who took a break for several reasons, including his wrist. In Europe, Ales “Freeze” Knezinek saw his career prospects dim after he developed tendinitis in both hands. However, the latter has been recovering at a steady pace and is rumored to be on an LEC academy team.
Much has changed since those times. Indeed, with franchising came long-term contracts and long-term vision for organizations. As such, quick fixes no longer come at the expense of a player’s career, with contract lengths encouraging teams to promote recovery. As Grig’s contract running up to 2021, Team SoloMid are unlikely to part ways with him lest a hefty buyout occur. That, and he has shown promise in the 2018 summer split, and he seemed to be a willing fit in TSM’s play style.