Chaox Replaced by WildTurtle on TSM: Why the Better Player isn't Always the Best Player

News came out yesterday that TSM had made a roster move for the first time in over a year. Chaox, a member who had been with the team since its inception was being replaced by WildTurtle because of communication issues with the team. Chaox's attitude and dedication to the game had come into question in recent weeks, with incidents that involved him showing up late for practices, even on LAN, and had forced the team's hand.

Chaox is a talented player, and though his style is different than WildTurtle's, he has the experience both in the scene and with TSM that make him a better overall player. Wildturtle has the potential, but he is replacing Chaox because he solves more problems than he creates.

At the end of the day, it's sad to see a player like Chaox leave the scene because he has so much history with his team and they were all friends. However, it was the right decision because e-Sports is a business and sometimes people have to move on.

The Disease of More - Why Winning both Creates and Solves Problems

Pat Riley is an extremely successful basketball coach with multiple championships to his name as both a coach and executive in the NBA. He came up with what he called "the disease of more." It more or less means that winning is a great thing but can create as many problem as it solves (more on this soon).

All the players in TSM have recognized that the problems have always been under the surface between Chaox and Reginald especially. It boils down to both of them wanting to lead them, but not always in the direction.

Now, they had always been a pretty successful team and it had never been better for them a year ago when they were winning every single tournament on their schedule for months and months. Most of the competition was against NA opponents, but they beat the likes of Fnatic and CLG.EU en route to tournament victories and became the team with one of if not the largest fan-base along the way. Things were great in the TSM world and all your problems and communication issues aren't nearly as big of a deal when you are still taking 1st place.

Fast forward to present day, where TSM hasn't won a tournament in several months. They didn't win a game at the Season 2 Championships, and they are in 3rd place in the NA LCS for Season 3. Things aren't as sunny for the baylife bros. and problems start to boil up even more.

Here's where that disease of more comes in. They've won in the past and all the members of TSM are incredibly popular. It's time for more everything and they've certainly earned it through their hard work.

Chaox seemed to start believing a little of his own hype and wanted more free time, more time partying, more things that are fun and periphery to what got him in the position he is in, League of Legends. It happens in other sports all the time, and it takes an experience like this to humble a player sometimes so they can remember what got them where they are and get back to what is important to being successful at the actual game again.

Team Fit over Talent

This move for TSM is a risky one. They are getting rid of a guy they've known for years and it hurts. E-Sports is a business though and their team was stagnant and they were having fights about the direction of the team and didn't feel they were on the same page. That sort of environment is destructive for team cohesion and makes everyone question each other. Jatt pointed out on stream the other day that it is better for 5 people to follow a bad call than to sit there and question each other. Even if a team doesn't agree with each other, if they are doing something together it has an exponentially higher chance of success.

Chaox is a terrific player and hopefully he will find somewhere in the scene to land and learn from his mistakes. It's easy to forget that these guys are all young and dealing with playing a video game for money and getting famous doing it. They have fans that flock to them at events and if anything is hard to not let it got to your head sometimes. It will be a great learning experience for him to grow from and continue on with his life.

At the same time, even though TSM loses what is a better player right now, they gain WildTurtle's potential and ability to play differently. TSM didn't go 3-0 last week because WildTurtle wasn't arguing with them. He has the talent to be a top player in the league and will get his chance to prove it. TSM needed something to inject new life into their team.

They were predictable, stagnant, and at war with each other and sometimes the only way to fix that is to shake up the roster. Everyone will have a renewed sense of urgency to get team cohesion, practice will be a little more fun and new, they have a chance now for everything to fall into place.

Teams will have something new to think about when they play TSM now. Sports teams make roster moves all the time, even in season, and no veteran is safe because at the end of the day, this is a business. WildTurtle was deserving of this spot, and TSM plays CLG again this week along with Dignitas and GGU this week in what will sure to be must-watch games.

They didn't draw an easy schedule for WildTurtle's second week, but even if they go 0-3 this week (which I don't believe they will) this move was a step in the right direction for them to get back to their winning way.s

What do you think of the move RoG'ers? How will WildTurtle do with TSM? Where will Chaox land in the future? Should another NA LCS team pick him up? Let us know what you think in the comment section and be sure to stay tuned to Reign of Gaming for all your LoL-related needs.

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  • #55 Yieri

    It seems, based on the eventful stream by Dyrus this morning, that the problem persists despite Chaox being kicked from the team.

    I am forced to conclude that the root of the problem lies in the attitude of Reginald, not on the team around him; I believe, considering how far along the team has come since March, that Chaox's attitude may have been spurred on by the disrespect shown to him by Reginald, a person who was supposed to be not only his teammate but also long time friend.

    Judging by how Reginald had the gall to disregard Dyrus' request that he and two others would quiet down while he played a solo queue game, and judging by his over reaction to Dyrus' finally telling them to shut up, it is only too clear that TSM would benefit tremendously from two things:

    one, getting an analyst to guide the team as opposed to having Reginald be the sole decision maker in the team; and two, if that does not bring Reginald's attitude down a few notches, then replacing Reginald all together and finding another mid-laner that would add to their team chemistry as opposed to single handedly destroying it.

    Let's face it, as the post above says, it is a business. these guys are getting paid to do this, and right now there is one player who is getting in the way of their success; maybe's he was the one who forced Chaox's extreme attitude to begin with, and maybe it's time TSM would fix the problem all together as opposed to trying mend it.


  • #54 AcheronEHJ

    Was nice to see WildTurtle get a penta on his debut week.  Its rough to break in to an established group, so I would expect him to struggle early on.  A couple kickass games as his openers is a gift for getting him settled.

    Was a great move to bring him in.  I don't care whether he is technically 'better' yet.  He will train harder, coordinate more willingly, and not be as all around full of himself.  It'll also remind the rest of the team to do the same.

    Chaox can straighten up and find a spot elsewhere ( shouldn't be too hard, he's already got the record ), in which case he'll be fine.  Or he can screw around, crash and burn, and end up as a lifelong joke.

  • #53 perrytgf

    Cop should start packing his bags lol.

  • #52 pnsteva

    Who the hell is wild turtle ?

  • #51 lazorexplosion

    It's a team game, you simply have to have 100% team coordination to play at the highest level. The top Korean teams are really good at this. I respect Chaox, and I hope he finds a good up and coming team where he can take a leadership role with his experience, knowledge and skill, but TSM can't afford to have poor coordination.

  • #48 admiralnewkirk

    May I ask if one "Book of Basketball" by Bill Simmons was at least partially an inspiration for this post? I look at the chapter about the secret as being a perfect analogy to the topic

  • #49 Tuck359

    I have read it and think a lot of the same concepts are universal for team sports. It is definitely an influence for this post. Good eye :)

    Last edited by Tuck359: 3/27/2013 12:38:42 AM
  • #47 Vuldin

    I wonder if Chaox is better than Cop.

  • #40 Gameguy301
    "Mo money mo problems" -Notorius B.I.G.
  • #39 TheOddGem

    I'm going to miss chaox :( TSM won't be the same without him. And although I understand why they kicked him it still makes me sad :(

  • #38 Arcane_Azmadi

    It all comes down to the age-old question that has plagued LoL since its inception- "would you rather play with a pro douche, or a less-skilled team player?" It's the same question that has caused trouble when "skilled" players protest they have the right to rage at noobs on the grounds that the noobs are making them lose.

    Personally speaking, it's no contest. No matter how good a guy is, if he's not willing to put the team before himself (TRIPLY so if this is an actual professional team) then he needs to go.

    Last edited by Arcane_Azmadi: 3/26/2013 7:01:20 PM
  • #37 matonus

    These articles really need to be proof read... Something I would gladly do myself, and I am sure others would as well.

  • #45 FatsXL

    Yeah the errors in grammar was distracting.

  • #46 CritsAProcess

    WERE. Don't complain about grammatical errors and then make them yourself. 

  • #50 ratzing

    Oh gawd, burned :D


  • #35 futuresight23

    If I had to guess, Chaox may end up on one of those teams that has a shot to get into the LCS in the second half of Season 3.  Likely give him enough time to mesh with a new team and clear his head before getting back into the game.

    I wonder if teams will be pushing themselves so hard to compete with the top teams in NA, not to mention the Koreans that burnout will be a major concern?  Not saying Chaox burned out but it may be something to keep in mind for the rest of the season.

  • #32 poopsocked

    Chaox's attitude and dedication to the game had come into question in recent weeks, with incidents that involved him showing up for practices, even on LAN, had forced the team's hand.

    This sentence makes zero grammatical sense.  Missing words, and the last fragment makes absolutely no sense in the context of the sentence.


  • #31 Cerbereth

    The article leans towards the idea that replacing Chaox with Wild Turtle is a great move due to how the team can now communicate better, but I think it glosses over how risky it was and how it has the potential to be incredibly painful for the team.

    What if tsm does go 0-3 this week? I think a few people on the team are going to start to question if maybe they should have kept Chaox. What if Chaox gets picked up by a new team and suddenly they start doing great another nail of doubt in the coffin of whether this was a good move. I like wild turtle and I think he is a good player, but he isn't as good as Chaox at least in the short term and for the purposes of LCS the short term is what they need. Maybe it will turn into a short term loss long term gain, but that doesn't make short term losses easier to bear for a team.

    This wasn't a pain free move for Chaox either he needs to convince a new team that his reputation as a hard partier was either untrue or that he has reformed. I have never met Chaox so I can't say if he really is living it up as much as people say he was. CLG claimed that Saint Vicious was a horrible troll of a person when they got rid of him, but I doubt that was the case since he seems to have jelled extremely well with Curse. Meanwhile CLG seems to have constant roster and role changes.

    Reginald and Chaox supposedly both wanted to lead the team I guess now is when we figure out which one of them truly deserved to lead the team.

  • #41 Gameguy301
    TSM cant go to IPL unless they get a sub because chaox is banned for life from the cosmopolitan.

    hes a good player and his stream is fun to watch, but from the glimpses of TSM we see from their vlogs and game cribs chaox gets hella wasted between events.

    i havent seen enouph of wild turtle to judge how good he is, currently his per game averages are absurd but thats just inflation from stomping the B list teams.
    Last edited by Gameguy301: 3/26/2013 8:16:02 PM
  • #30 Gilgamarsh

    Team cohesion pretty much outweighs any other consideration. It's fine if Chaox didn't get along with the rest of the team and that's why they're dropping him, but all the comments about him being a subpar player are kind of ridiculous. I don't think he's the absolute best ADC or anything, but I remember when they posted average KDAs, CS, and other assorted stats right before the S2 championship, and he had some of the highest scores out of NA or EU. He's also managed to top the solo queue ladder several times, which is still quite an achievement even if it doesn't translate directly to tournaments.

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