Andy Dinh

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Andy Dinh
Status Retired
Hometown San Jose, California
Nationality United States
Current team Team SoloMid
Role TSM Team owner
League League of Legends Championship Series
Games League of Legends
Career prize money $554,150 (Team Prize Money)
Official website

Andy Dinh, known by his gamer tag "Reginald" is a Vietnamese American entrepreneur and former League of Legends player.[1] He is currently the owner and coach (only if needed) of the North American League of Legends Championship Series (NA LCS) team Team SoloMid (TSM).[2] Dinh remains one of nineteen players who have qualified for 3 World Championships, along with xPeke, SOAZ, Nyph, CyanideFI, YellOwStaR, TheOddOne, Xpecial, Candy Panda, Watch, Bjergsen, PawN, Uzi, Deft, Maple, NL, Swordart, Westdoor, Faker and Bengi.[citation needed]

Professional gaming career[edit]

Andy "Reginald" Dinh began playing League of Legends in the Closed Beta in 2008. Playing alongside his brother, Dan "Man Dinh" Dinh, he quickly became one of the most recognizable players in the game's sprouting playerbase, along with other soon-to-be professional gamers such as William "scarra" Li, George "HotshotGG" Georgallidis, and Joshua "Jatt" Leesman. Andy and his brother then formed one of the earliest competitive League of Legends teams, team All or Nothing, during the League of Legends closed beta in September 2009.[3] Around this time, he also founded the SoloMid website, one of the first websites dedicated to League of Legends, which also doubled as a website for his clan/team. In early 2011, after disagreements between himself and Dan Dinh, All or Nothing disbanded and Andy "ReginaId" Dinh went on to join the team that he was sponsoring, Team SoloMid, eventually becoming its captain. After settling on a roster composed of himself, Brian "TheOddOne" Wyllie, Alex "Xpecial" Chu, Christian "The Rain Man" Kahmann, and Shan "Chaox" Huang, the team's first venture onto the professional eSports scene was during League of Legends Season One Championships during the summer of 2011, where they took 3rd place and $10,000.[4] After this, Team Solomid made many appearances at various tournaments including Intel Extreme Masters Season VI - Global Challenge Cologne and Major League Gaming Pro Circuit - Raleigh, where they placed 2nd and 3rd respectively. After these tournaments, Andy "ReginaId" Dinh decided to relocate himself and his team in a gaming house based in Lindenhurst, New York.[5] Dinh and Team Solomid's first breakthrough would occur at Major League Gaming's Providence tournament, where they came out victorious over the competition and brought home 1st Place.[6]

Going into League of Legends Season 2, Team SoloMid suffered losses while facing the Russian-based team Moscow 5 at Intel Extreme Masters Hanover and Kiev events. Following these defeats, notable founding member Christian "The Rain Man" Kahmann resigned from the team citing differences in interests and Team Solomid subsequently picked up Marcus "Dyrus" Hill to fill the empty spot, as he was already living in the TSM house.[7][8] After these changes, Dinh and Team SoloMid went on to win several North American events during spring and summer. Following a 1st Place victory at the North American regionals, TSM became one of the teams playing at Riot Games's Season 2 World Championships in Los Angeles, where they were defeated 2-0 by Azubu Frost and placed 5th-8th with a prize of $75,000.[9] Two months later in December, they placed 9th-12th in the IGN Pro League Season 5 to win $1500.[10][11]

Reginald retired from competing at the end of the 2013 season. In the 2014 NA LCS Spring Split he made a brief appearance as mid laner during Week 7 as a substitute while Bjergsen returned to Denmark while renewing his United States visa.[12]

Personal life[edit]

Andy Dinh is from San Jose, California, descendant from Vietnamese immigrants. He attended Westmont High School in Campbell. His brother Dan Dinh is also a former professional League of Legends player who is currently a coach. His girlfriend Leena Xu is also the General Manager of TSM.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Contact us - SoloMid.NET - League of Legends Competitive Gaming Community". SoloMid.NET. Retrieved 2012-11-26. 
  2. ^ http://spreadsheets.latimes.com/esports-franchise-owners/
  3. ^ "Clan All or Nothing - League of Legends Community". Na.leagueoflegends.com. 2009-10-15. Retrieved 2012-11-26. 
  4. ^ "Season One Championship". Season-one-championship.na.leagueoflegends.com. Archived from the original on 2012-11-10. Retrieved 2012-11-26. 
  5. ^ "News - Team SoloMid Going To MLG And Getting A Gaming House". Absolute Legends. Archived from the original on 2012-06-01. Retrieved 2012-11-26. 
  6. ^ "League of Legends: Team SoloMid victorious at MLG Providence | SK Gaming". sk-gaming.com. Retrieved 2013-04-22. 
  7. ^ "League of Legends: Rain Man leaves TSM gaming house". SK Gaming. 2012-04-11. Retrieved 2012-11-26. 
  8. ^ "Team SoloMid Announces Roster Change - SoloMid.NET Forums". Solomid.net. 2012-03-13. Archived from the original on 2012-10-31. Retrieved 2012-11-26. 
  9. ^ "Season Two World Championship | LoL Tournaments". Tournaments.leagueoflegends.com. Retrieved 2012-11-26. 
  10. ^ "IGN ProLeague Season 5 - Leaguepedia - Competitive League of Legends Wiki". leaguepedia.com. Retrieved 2013-04-22. 
  11. ^ "IGN Pro League Season 5 (League of Legends) :: e-Sports Earnings". esportsearnings.com. Retrieved 2013-04-22. 
  12. ^ Turton, William (February 28, 2014). "Reginald to sub for Bjergsen this week". onGamers. CBS Interactive. Retrieved August 24, 2015. 

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