|Country of Birth:||United States|
|Birthday:||May 20, 1995|
|Soloqueue IDs:||ice, Sanic Boom, New Experience, Venersis, ZheXue, Wolhaiksong (KR)|
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Kevin "Hauntzer" Yarnell is the top laner for Team SoloMid.
Kevin "Hauntzer" Yarnell began his professional career in Season 3 with The Gentleman’s Guild. The Gentleman's Guild played briefly in the League of Legends Season VII Premier Playoffs, but lost to COGnitive Gaming.
LoLPro attempted to qualify for the NACS Spring Series #1 but were eliminated in the first round of the play-in by Skyline. Hauntzer with LoLPro qualified for the second spring series but were eliminated in the quarterfinals by vVv Gaming, leaving them without enough points to qualify for the Spring Playoffs.
The team fared better in the summer series #1, placing second overall after beating Area of Effect eSports and Frank Fang Gaming but losing to Team Coast in the finals. A fourth-place finish to the second summer split gave them 14 points overall and the third seed into the Summer Playoffs.
LoLPro beat Denial eSports in the quarterfinals but then lost to Curse Academy in the semifinals and placed fourth overall after losing 3-1 to Team Coast in the third-place match. As a result, they did not qualify for Spring Promotion tournament.
September 27th Hauntzer joined Curse Academy who were given a seed into the Spring Expansion Tournament.
The team had been given a seed into the Spring Expansion tournament as a result of their participation in the Promotion Tournament. With a roster of Hauntzer, Saintvicious, Keane, Cop, and Bunny FuFuu, they beat compLexity.White 2-0 in the online stage and then advanced to the live tournament, where they defeated Coast 3-1 and then Team Fusion 3-1, qualifying for the spring season. However, due to the one-team-per-organization rule, the roster was sold and became known as Gravity.
Gravity finished the spring round robin with a 10-8 record, in fifth place. In the quarterfinals, they lost 1-3 to Team Impulse and earned 10 Championship Points for the season. In the summer split, they finished each week in at worst fourth position, even holding sole possession of first place for weeks 7 and 8; however, they lost both of their games in the final week and ended the season in fourth, after a tiebreaker loss to Team Impulse. In the playoff quarterfinals, Gravity lost to Team SoloMid, leaving them with a year-long total of 30 Championship Points, and qualifying for the regional finals in fifth place. They lost immediately in the gauntlet, reverse swept by first-round opponent Cloud9, who went on to qualify to Worlds.
Hauntzer left Gravity to join Team SoloMid in November. The only rookie on a lineup of star players including Svenskeren, Bjergsen, Doublelift, and kaSing at IEM San Jose, Hauntzer performed reasonably well at the tournament, especially in their first series. TSM defeated LGD Gaming in the first round before losing to Origen in the semifinals. Domestically, TSM's NA LCS season started out rocky, with a 50% winrate for the first three weeks. Regardless, they were invited to IEM Katowice in March. There, they dropped their first game to the Korean Challenger team Ever but recovered in the loser's bracket before losing in the semifinals to eventual tournament winners SK Telecom T1 and finishing tied for third place with Royal Never Give Up. After returning to North America, their rocky season continued, and they finished in sixth place, the lowest they'd ever finished in the history of the LCS, with a huge comeback loss to Echo Fox in the last game. Guaranteed to face first-seed Immortals if they were even able to beat Cloud9 in the quarterfinals, TSM seemed poised to have their lowest playoff result in the history of the LCS as well.
However, after signing the well-known sports psychologist Weldon in the break before playoffs, TSM showed significant improvement as a team. They easily defeated Cloud9 3-1 in the quarterfinals and went on to crush Immortals 3-0 in the semifinals, although a lot of their win over Immortals was blamed on surprising draft picks by their opponents, including a top-lane Lucian in Game 1 and no sign of the heavily-in-meta Ekko from either team. In the finals, TSM faced CLG, a matchup with an even more heated rivalry than normal due to Doublelift's team switch prior to the season's start. Ultimately CLG won 3-2, and TSM finished the split in second place, out of reach of the Mid-Season Invitational.
Support YellOwStaR departed TSM during the mid-season break to return to Fnatic, and after a Korean bootcamp during the mid-season break to try out new support players, TSM signed Dream Team's Biofrost as his replacement. Despite being a LCS rookie, Biofrost proved himself almost immediately at the start of the Summer Season. TSM didn't lose a single series until week 8, where they fell 0-2 to then ninth-place Phoenix1. That series was their only loss of the regular season, and they also nearly swept the Playoffs, defeating CLG 3-0 and then Cloud9 3-1 in the finals, qualifying them for the World Championship with North America's first seed.
- Was a mid lane main and switched to top lane, is proficient in both roles.
- Half Chinese and American.
|2016-11-20||IEM Season 11 - Oakland||Team SoloMid 1 : 2 Unicorns Of Love|
|2016-08-28||2016 NA LCS Summer Playoffs||Team SoloMid 3 : 1 Cloud9|
|2016-04-17||2016 NA LCS Spring Playoffs||Team SoloMid 2 : 3 Counter Logic Gaming|
|2016-03-06||IEM Season X - World Championship||Team SoloMid 0 : 2 SK Telecom T1|
|2015-11-22||IEM Season X - San Jose||Team SoloMid 0 : 2 Origen|
|2015-08-29||2015 Season North America Regional Finals||Gravity 2 : 3 Cloud9|
|2014-08-23||2014 NA Challenger Series Summer Playoffs||Team LoLPro 1 : 3 Team Coast|
|2014-08-01||2014 NA Challenger Series Summer #2||Team LoLPro 1 : 2 Team 8|
|2014-06-22||2014 NA Challenger Series Summer #1||Team LoLPro 0 : 2 Team Coast|
- March 23rd, TSM's Hauntzer: ‘I need to be that person to step up and force my teammates to do something else’ with Yahoo! Esports
- January 19th, Hauntzer on TSM's future: 'Right now we're not near our peak at all' with theScore
- June 20th, Hauntzer on how TSM feels about C9’s Bunny/Smoothie swap and Sven’s microwave incident with Yahoo!
- December 21st, Hauntzer on import top laners: ‘I feel like last split, there was a lack of talent in the top lane' with Yahoo!
- January 25th, Hauntzer: Life on Gravity and his thoughts on Cloud9 (video) with onGamers
- March 4th, NA LCS 2015: Hauntzer "Maokai is probably the strongest tank right now." (video) with SK Gaming
- December 13th, NA Expansion: Hauntzer "just trying to copy OGN" (video) with SK Gaming
- January 24th, How Hauntzer saved TSM by Xing Li on Dot Esports
- September 17th, Hauntzer: From Challenger to Champion by SmashLoL on GAMURS
- November 15th, TSM Hauntzer: How the evolutionary Dyrus found himself in his father's shoes by Ryan Tang on Gold Per 10
- Team Coast's Facebook Post twitter.com
- Curse Academy Roster for LCS Expansion Tournament teamcurse.net
- TSM LoL Roster Announcement youtube.com