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Team:Team SoloMid

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Team SoloMid
Logotype of Team SoloMid
Location Los Angeles, United States USA
Owners Andy Dinh (Reginald)
Søren Bjerg (Bjergsen, minority owner)
Sponsors/Partners Logitech
LEGION by Lenovo
Twitch
GEICO
Grubhub
GAMEFUEL
Other games League of Legends
Hearthstone
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
SMITE
Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Siege
Fortnite
Apex Legends
Magic: the Gathering
PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds (Desktop & Mobile)
Teamfight Tactics
Valorant

Team SoloMid (TSM) is a professional eSports organization based in the United States. Founded in 2009 as the team of League of Legends community site SoloMid.net by brothers Andy Dinh (Reginald) and Dan Dinh, it became one of the most popular and successful League organizations before expanding into Hearthstone with some of the most popular players in that scene.

They entered Smash by signing the Melee player Leffen on March 10th, 2015. Later that year, ZeRo would also get sponsored, now expanding with in the Smash 4 scene. With those recruitments, TSM boasted two of the best and popular players in their respective game. Three years later, ZeRo left TSM after announcing his retirement from the Smash 4 scene. Now, with Super Smash Bros. Ultimate released, TSM expanded into the scene by sponsoring Tweek.

Pro Smashers[edit]

ID Name Game Main(s) Join Date
Sweden Leffen William Hjelte Super Smash Bros. Melee
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
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2015-03-10
USA Tweek Gavin Dempsey Super Smash Bros. for Wii U
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
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2019-01-24

Other smashers[edit]

Former members[edit]

ID Name Game Main(s) Join Date Leave Date
Chile ZeRo Gonzalo Barrios Super Smash Bros. Melee
Super Smash Bros. Brawl
Super Smash Bros. for Wii U
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2015-08-01 2018-11-07

Leffen's work visa situation[edit]

Because Leffen is from Sweden and Team SoloMid is an American sponsor, the United States considers Leffen to be "working" in the country, which would require a worker's visa. However, as Leffen did not have one, he was denied entrance to the country in October 2015, causing him to miss out on The Big House 5 and four other American tournaments. Although Leffen was temporarily allowed into the country up until the end of July 2016, which allowed him to attend EVO 2016, because his visa was going through additional processing during that period of time, he was eventually deported from the country, causing him to miss the tournament.[1] In addition, his work visa was denied, primarily for reasons that questioned Melee's legitimacy as a sport. The video showing the rejection letter started the #FreeLeffen movement in hopes of reversing the decision. Due to the movement, a petition was created on the White House petition site "We The People" in hopes of having the country recognize esports as a legitimate sport, however the White House declined to address the issue.[2] On October 3rd, 2016, Leffen's US visa was fully processed and approved, allowing him to enter future tournaments such as EVO 2017.[3]

Contrary to popular belief, fellow Swedish smasher Armada did not need a work visa as he has a European sponsor.

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