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Locodoco to be tapped as TSM's new full time coach

Barring last minute offers, Korea's Choi 'Locodoco' Yoonsup is expected to be announced as TSM's new full time coach.

Update - 7:52 PM PST: TSM Owner Andy Dinh has confirmed Choi as the team's new coach.

Team SoloMid founding starter Choi 'Locodoco' Yoonsup has been tapped by TSM owner Andy 'Reginald' Dinh to be the team's new full-time coach, onGamers has learned. On Thursday Dinh tweeted that the team's new full-time coach will arrive on Tuesday, stating that the team's 'hard work will start showing in LCS'. TSM is currently fifth in the NA Summer Split standings with a 4-4 record, losing three out of their last four.

Barring any last minute offers from other teams, Choi is expected to board a flight on Tuesday afternoon to TSM's headquarters in Los Angeles. Choi had been in talks with Alliance among other LCS teams in recent weeks to fill a head coaching spot sought-after by many North American and European teams, but decided on TSM in the end.

The addition of Choi brings TSM coaching staff to three, which includes owner Dinh and former jungler Brian 'TheOddOne' Wyllie, who stepped down from the team on May 3rd. Dinh has been coaching the team since stepping down from the lineup on November 2nd of last year to focus on allocating time to the business end of TSM.

In a May 7th Ask Me Anything shortly after Wyllie's removal, Dinh stated that he was "really happy that [TheOddOne] wants to stay with the team and help me coach the team." On May 30th Wyllie released a new schedule with over 60 hours a week of constant streaming, leaving doubt for Wyllie's role as a coach moving forward.

It is currently unclear how the coaching hierarchy will operate within TSM with the addition of Choi. onGamers has reached out to TSM for comment.

Choi makes the return to TSM after parting ways with his first professional League of Legends team in late March of 2011, citing restrictions from Riot Games that he would not be allowed to play with TSM at the Season 1 World Finals.

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Edited by Freemind32

His name is Yoonsup Choi not Yoonsub :l

Edit: All I know is his says it with a P sound and his twitter is Yoonsup

Posted by Marcnoon

No it's not. His name is 최윤섭 which is Yoonsub or Yoonsup, but Yoonsub is both phonetically and just for matters of simplicity it is better. (윤섶 would be a straight P sound)

Posted by blaisem

Damn he just went Korean language authority on you

Edited by Viqutep

It can only be a ‘p’ sound in that situation. [b] is a voiced (유성) sound, while [p] is voiceless (무성). In Korean, all consonant sounds are naturally voiceless unless appearing between two voiced sounds (between vowels, basically). As there is no voiced sound following /ㅂ/ in his name, it’s pronunciation must default to the voiceless [p]. However, since it is in the final position of the syllable (받침/종성), it must change to an unplosive (평폐쇄음) sound. Therefore it is neither [b] nor [p], but instead [p̚].

Source: Linguistics major at Pusan National University.

Edited by Contagioned

It really doesn't matter when you're writing Korean in English. Marcnoon said for simplicity's sake that it's better to just use the actual letter that is the equivalent, which I don't disagree with. I mean making 최 into Choi is already stupid.

Posted by VexaraX

MONTE IS A MASTER OF ALL UNIVERSES, he baited this out so well! MONTE a god!

Edited by fullchub


Posted by Malice_Rengade

I think this might be a turning point for TSM because Loco has A LOT of knowledge on the Korean style of gaming so his coaching and guidance should hopefully bring TSM out of their slump. If not then I still believe in CLG lol.

Posted by TimFe

Locodoco was a member of TSM s1, might work well with Oddone and Regi in what they want to do.

Posted by Marcnoon

Then you should be aware that its Busan and not Pusan.... Unless you're from the 80s.

Posted by Viqutep

The university still uses the older (and frankly more accurate) Pusan. Good try though.

Posted by WingedHussar