Today, the Australian organization Dire Wolves and Jungler Shern “Shernfire” Tai have announced that they’ll part ways for the future. Shernfire has been with the team since January 2017 and played a leading role in Dire Wolve’s dominating performance throughout all splits of the Oceanic Pro League ever since.
In September, Shernfire had been suspended from the first two matches of the 2018 League of Legends World Championship Play-In Stage. Riot reasoned the suspension with the excessive use of “culturally insensitive language” throughout his Korean Solo Queue games in preparation for Dire Wolves’ participation in said Play-In Stage.
It is unclear whether Toby “UDYSOF” Horne, who replaced Shernfire for the two matches during the Play-In Stae will join the roster on a permanent basis of if Dire Wolves is out for somebody new.
“Today is the day where Dire Wolves and I have decided to part ways. We’ve had so many ups and downs lefts and rights it’s been a crazy journey. Dire Wolves took me in when I was a lonely kid in Korea this time 2 years ago and I’ve come a long way since then. I wish all the best for the Wolves in 2019 and I hope we will cross paths in the future.“
– Shern “Shernfire” Tai
“I believe no matter whatever is next for Shern he will have great success. I have simply not worked with any individual with Shernfire’s level of dedication to improving at his craft. What Shernfire has achieved with the organisation will not be forgotten.”
– Nathan “Rippii” Mott, Founder & CEO of Dire Wolves
Furthermore, Shernfire released a TwitLonger addressing the competitive ruling against him and the video response he released shortly after. He goes on how it impacted his performance during the Play-In Stage.
Shernfire is now a free agent looking to a new organization to compete for.