Legacy Esports have announced today that James “Tally” Shute has signed on to continue with the team in the mid lane for the duration of the current season.
Legacy announced the move ahead of Friday’s launch of the second OPL split for 2020. Tally rejoins the defending OPL champions after coming in as a pinch-hitter for the team following the departure of Minsu “EMENES” Jang mid-split.
Tally’s late addition to the Legacy roster helped stabilise the squad’s play style heading into the tail-end of the season. The new-look mid laner made 11 appearances in the regular split, which included three Ornn games. Legacy locked a 9–2 record after his return.
Tally said he was happy to be back with the organisation where he made his competitive top, bot, and mid lane debuts.
“Legacy is such a great organisation to be under. It’s professional and fun at the same time, and I get to play on a line-up with people that aren’t just teammates, they are friends. I can’t wait for Split 2 and what’s to come,” he said.
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Legacy locked Tally’s signature just weeks after news championship-winning head coach Quian Sheng “Jensen” Goh would be departing the club in the offseason.
Legacy’s head of esports, Tim “Carbon” Wendel, said there was nothing but value in retaining a proven championship competitor like Tally for Split 2, especially as the team looks to push for its first-ever World Championship qualification.
“Tally proved himself a valuable player in Split 1,” Carbon said. “ I’m certain he’ll be able to perform again in Split 2.”
The versatile 22-year-old roleplayer will make his signature Hero’s Entrance to the league this week as Legacy look to kick-start their title defence against the Dire Wolves in the Split 1 grand final rematch this Friday evening.
Legacy will face the Dire Wolves in the final match of the OPL 2020 Split 2’s opening gameday. The title decider rematch is set to start at 7pm AEST.