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Huni steps into TSM coaching role, will coach on-stage in LCS this week

TSM has hired former top laner Huni as an LCS coach, according to Riot Games’ League of Legends esports global contract database. Huni stepped down from TSM’s starting lineup last week as a result of a chronic wrist injury that is preventing him from playing professional league.

Huni’s TSM contract is now set to expire the “day after Worlds 2022,” according to the global contract database (GCD). Traditionally, coaches are signed through the end of the season, while players are given a hard date on contract expiries.

Updated Jul 20, 7:52pm CT: TSM has responded to Dot Esports’ request for comment, confirming Huni has replaced TSM’s head scout Jack “Kayys” Kayser in the GCD. Additionally, TSM told Dot that Huni will coach the org’s top team on the LCS stage during this weekend’s games.

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Huni played his final game with TSM this season on July 3. Last week, Huni was replaced by TSM’s Academy-level top laner S0ul on the team’s starting LCS lineup. TSM posted a 1-1 record with its new-look lineup, which also made separate changes at the AD carry and support positions.

Related: Huni opens up on wrist injury, decision to step down from TSM

In a recent episode of TSM’s self-produced documentary series TSM Legends, Huni confirmed he would be staying with the organization to help his successor in the top lane, S0ul. In the content piece, Huni cited his knowledge of the current professional league meta, as well as his extensive experience with top lane matchups as points of education for the team’s new top laner.

In the TSM Legends episode, Huni also acknowledged he had been dealing with an injury to his wrist since 2016, but this season, the pain became frequent enough for him to step down from TSM’s starting lineup.

This past weekend, Huni appeared on the LCS broadcaster as a guest analyst and shoutcaster. He served as the third mic on the call for TSM’s loss to Cloud9 on July 16 alongside LCS casters Kobe and CaptainFlowers.

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