The Riot Games contract database has listed mid laner Austin “Link” Shin as a member of Team Liquid, marking his potential return to the professional League of Legends stage for the first time since 2015.
Link previously played for Counter Logic Gaming, where he was a member of the so-called “Golden Age” roster that had strong regular season performances during 2015, only to falter once they reached the playoffs. His time on the team was marred with contention among the CLG ranks, leading to his departure at the end of Spring 2015 and eventual semi-retirement from pro play.
After leaving the team, he released an 18-page criticism (since deleted) of CLG and its staff and players, which became known among the community as the “Donezo Manifesto.” The rant sparked controversy within the scene, painting the organization in an extremely negative light and implying that Link would not want to return.
It’s likely that Link will be a substitute for the mid lane position, as Liquid has already confirmed Greyson “Goldenglue” Gilmer as their starting mid laner.
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Taylor Cocke hopes he’ll never have to write his own Donezo Manifesto. Follow him on Twitter @taylorcocke.