League of Legends LCS Akaadian Team Dignitas Dardoch
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In the wake of Team Dignitas announcing the acquisition of former TSM jungler Joshua “Dardoch”Hartnett, their current jungler, Matthew “Akaadian” Higginbotham, responded to the situation on his stream. In an earlier stream, Akaadian had to abruptly leave champion select and end his stream, saying he had a meeting to attend. He seemed upset and left the stream saying he might stream again later, but that the meeting ruined his mood. Now we know what that meeting was about and how Akaadian responded.

Having to prove himself time and time again

Viewers had started speculating about whether the meeting had anything to do with Dignitas’ recent addition, and it surely did. He came back to stream a while later, and Akaadian said Dignitas is organizing a “tryout week” where players on the team will play against each other in scrims. Based on the results, the coaching staff will decide who gets the starting LCS roster spot for each role. Furthermore, Akaadian explained he actually prefers this over having to share stage time and scrim time throughout the split. The player that doesn’t get the LCS spot will supposedly get a chance to play for Dignitas’ academy team.

Whether it’s fair that the decision will be made from one week of scrims is up for debate, but one thing is certain. Akaadian, who has been in the pro scene for a while now, finds himself in another difficult situation. He previously had to share scrim and play time with Jonathan “Grig” Armao on both TSM and Echo Fox. He was also replaced by Dardoch on both of those teams. And when it finally seemed like Dignitas would give him a real chance, they made a controversial addition and restarted the cycle, with Akaadian once again caught in the middle.

League of Legends LCS Akaadian Team Dignitas TSM Dardoch

Do you think the Dardoch acquisition is a fair move to their current jungler? We’d love to hear your opinion in the comments!

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Vince Koyle
Vince Koyle is an esports writer, tech nerd and CompSci student. He often likes to compare traditional sports to esports, showing his love for both kinds. Also tends to sometimes try too hard with explaining what esports is and how it isn't any different than traditional sports. He mainly covers the League of Legends scene, with an emphasis on European and Asian leagues.