Dardoch Suspension

May 27 2016
With the 2016 Summer Split right around the corner the team has been practicing with a purpose in Korea to improve upon last season's accomplishments. Due to recent behavioral problems and team dynamics issues we are suspending Joshua "Dardoch" Hartnett for two weeks.


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


From the very start, Team Liquid has been great to me, like when they moved me from Challenger to LCS so quickly. There's been team dynamic issues that have made it hard for me to stay level headed. Big Steve and Loco have coordinated the possibility of a transfer, which I appreciate—the future is not yet figured out but I'm still motivated and eager to play as ever.

-Joshua "Dardoch" Hartnett


We will continue to support him and work to resolve issues while also facilitating a possible transfer to other teams.


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