Andy Dinh

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Reginald
Andy Dinh
BornApril 19, 1992
HometownSan Jose, California
NationalityUnited States
Current teamTeam SoloMid
RoleCEO
LeagueLeague of Legends Championship Series
GamesLeague of Legends
Career prize money$554,150 (Team Prize Money)
Official website

Andy Dinh (born April 19, 1992), better known by his in-game name Reginald, is a Vietnamese-American entrepreneur and former professional League of Legends player.[1] He is the founder, owner, and CEO of Team SoloMid (TSM), an eSports organization most known for its League of Legends team in the North American League of Legends Championship Series (NA LCS).[2]

As a former player, he was the first mid laner for TSM.

Professional gaming career[edit]

Dinh began playing League of Legends in the Closed Beta in 2008. Playing alongside his brother, Dan Dinh, he quickly became one of the most recognizable players in the game's sprouting player base. 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 team. In early 2011, after disagreements between himself and Dan Dinh, All or Nothing disbanded and Andy "ReginaId" Dinh went on to found the TSM team as its mid lane and captain. At the Season 1 League of Legends World Championshipin 2011, TSM took 3rd place and $10,000.[4] Team Solomid made many appearances at several independent tournaments, including a second place finish at Intel Extreme Masters Season VI and a first place finish at Major League Gaming's Providence tournament.

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.[5][6] 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.[7] Two months later in December, they placed 9th-12th in the IGN Pro League Season 5 to win $1500.[8]

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.[9]

Personal life[edit]

Andy Dinh is from San Jose, California, a descendant from Vietnamese immigrants. He attended Westmont High School in Campbell. His brother Dan Dinh is also a former professional League of Legends player and coach. His ex-girlfriend[citation needed], Leena Xu, is the Vice President of Marketing and General Manager at 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. ^ "League of Legends: Rain Man leaves TSM gaming house". SK Gaming. 2012-04-11. Retrieved 2012-11-26.
  6. ^ "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.
  7. ^ "Season Two World Championship | LoL Tournaments". Tournaments.leagueoflegends.com. Archived from the original on 2014-04-27. Retrieved 2012-11-26.
  8. ^ "IGN ProLeague Season 5 - Leaguepedia - Competitive League of Legends Wiki". leaguepedia.com. Retrieved 2013-04-22.
  9. ^ Turton, William (February 28, 2014). "Reginald to sub for Bjergsen this week". onGamers. CBS Interactive. Retrieved August 24, 2015.

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