Team Liquid has suspended their Jungler Joshua “Dardoch” Hartnett for two weeks.
Dardoch is a rising star in the NA LCS and was won “Rookie of the Split” honors for his great play, but it seems things haven’t been working out since the split ended. For whatever reason Dardoch has been suspended for “…behavioral problems and team dynamics issues…” effective May 18. In his place will be former NRG Jungler Galen “Moon” Holgate and this could be a more permanent move.
While nothing is for certain Team Liquid have opened up the opportunity for Dardoch to transfer from the team if he so chooses. With the NA LCS starting June 3 it’s only a matter of time before he finds a new home if he’s actually shopping around. Here’s what head coach Loco Doco and co-CEO Stave Arhancet had to say about the situation:
“We have decided to suspend Dardoch due to his insubordinate behavior. It may come as a surprise to our fans that we’re starting the season this way. Yet as a coach, I believe that League of Legends is fundamentally a team game and a player who can’t see eye to eye with that and can’t put the team before oneself regardless of his skill will only stunt the team in the long run. We believe that 5 players under a single vision, putting everything we have to improve as a unit and working selflessly, is the best way to a healthy and a successful team environment. While this is a big change, we are moving closer to that environment with the suspension. We’re going to succeed through our teamwork and effort, not individual players, and I still remain confident that we have a bright Summer Split ahead of us.” -Yoonsup “Locodoco” Choi
“Effective since the 18th of May 2016, Josh has been placed under suspension from Team Liquid for behavioral issues—namely, insubordination. Faced with a difficult decision to keep his suspension active and prevent future competitive play for the remainder of his contract, I decided that it would be fair to facilitate a possible transfer for other teams. I’m personally a big fan of Josh and think very highly of his mechanics and accomplishments. I’ve personally spent significant time, along with many of our support staff counseling and mentoring him. Most recently, we flew our sports psychologist, Summer, to our bootcamp in Korea to work closely with Dardoch and the team in hopes of finding solutions. I understand this post does not provide a clear result, but I hope it does share that we are in the midst of working through this. We will share more details as they develop.” -Steve Arhancet