|Country of Birth||United States|
|Birthday||May 20, 1995 (age 23)|
|Soloqueue IDs||ice, Sanic Boom, New Experience, Venersis, ZheXue, Wolhaiksong (KR), DaJiaHao (BR), Kholin (NA)|
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Kevin "Hauntzer" Yarnell is the top laner for Golden Guardians.
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 27 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.
After their summer split performance, TSM were expected by many to advance out of the group stage, but after being drawn into group D alongside the eventually second-place Samsung Galaxy, Royal Never Give Up, and Splyce, TSM dropped three games in the group stage including two to RNG; they lost a second-place tiebreaker with the Chinese team based on head to head and did not advance. Soon after Worlds, TSM announced that Doublelift would be stepping down from the active roster for the 2017 spring split.
In the wake of Doublelift stepping down, TSM initially announced their withdrawal from the upcoming IEM Oakland tournament. However, after an encouraging recruitment process, TSM signed former Immortals and long-time TSM AD carry WildTurtle as their starter, and participated at Oakland. In the tournament, TSM dropped its only series against eventual tournament-winner Unicorns of Love in the semifinals, 1-2.
TSM's 2017 was domestically very successful. In the spring split despite looking shaky at different stages of the regular split, TSM finished 1st with a 15-3 record. Hauntzer in particular was largely praised for his improved performance and he was cited as one of the main reasons why TSM won a lot of games. In the playoffs TSM defeated Cloud9 3-2 in the finals in a very close series to capture yet another LCS title. This also qualified them for the 2017 Mid-Season Invitational. Despite fan expectations being decent, TSM failed to live up to expectations and finished in 5th place with a 4-6 record. In the tiebreaker game against Flash Wolves the team lost and were knocked out of MSI. In summer after Doublelift's return and WildTurtle's departure to FlyQuest, TSM was expected to dominate the split. They would finish 1st in the regular season with 14 wins and 4 losses but were not back to their dominant selves. In the playoffs they defeated Team Dignitas 3-1 in the semifinals and then took down Immortals 3-1 in the finals to capture their third title in a row which was a first in NA LCS history. The win also qualified them for the 2017 Season World Championship.
They were seeded in a group that looked weak on paper and consisted of a shaky Flash Wolves, and untested Misfits Gaming and a questionable Team WE. TSM started off well with a 2 wins and 1 loss in Week 1 but then in Week 2 they performed worse and went 1-2. Having to play a tiebreaker against Misfits Gaming, TSM lost and were eliminated from Worlds in the group stage yet again in a fashion similar to last years'.
- Was a mid lane main and switched to top lane, is proficient in both roles.
- Half Chinese and American.
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- February 12, TSM Hauntzer: "I don't feel like the NA top laners have anything over me." with James "Bick" Hong on Inven Global
- February 26, Hauntzer thinks fans writing TSM off are delusional: 'Spring split of 2016 was just as bad' with Travis Gafford on YouTube
- June 19, Hauntzer finds his teammates learning new roles hilarious, Biofrost was actually nominated by him with Travis Gafford on YouTube
- July 24, TSM Hauntzer: "Persistence pays off; you can’t just change something if it didn’t work out once, so you have to keep trying." with Dasol "Viion" Jang on Inven Global
- August 14, Hauntzer: I still think this lineup is the best in NA right now with Travis Gafford on YouTube
- August 31, Team SoloMid’s Hauntzer eager to face Doublelift with Adel Chouadria on Cybersport
- March 23, TSM's Hauntzer: ‘I need to be that person to step up and force my teammates to do something else’ with Yahoo! Esports
- April 19, Hauntzer Is North America's Top Laner to Beat with Xander Torres on Red Bull Esports
- April 21, NA LCS Spring Finals: Jatt Interview with Hauntzer with LoL Esports
- May 10, TSM Hauntzer: "After losing versus GAM, we realized that the 1-3-1 split push comp suits us better." with Inven Global
- May 11, Hauntzer on facing Huni again, TSM's international appearances, and his response to PerkZ with Yahoo Esports
- June 27, Hauntzer: "By the end of the split I'll be the best top laner" with Travis Gafford
- July 19, Hauntzer: 'We're gonna take first in summer guaranteed, see you in Boston' with Travis Gafford
- October 7, Hauntzer asks fans to send positive vibes: "Guaranteed Semi's! See you in Shanghai!" with Travis Gafford
- December 7, TSM Hauntzer & Bjergsen on Ssong's alpha coaching style and wanting MikeYeung before P1 with Blitz Esports on Blitz Esports
- December 8, NA All-Stars Bjergsen and Hauntzer: "There are a lot of things to take away from this loss." with Byungho "Haao" Kim and James "Bick" Hong on Inven Global
- December 8, Bjergsen and Hauntzer On a New-Look TSM: "The result is going to be the same, but our journey to get there will be different." with Miles Yim on chhopsky
- December 10, Hauntzer explains how hard Bjergsen prepared for the 1v1, also wishes All-Star had higher stakes with Travis Gafford on YouTube
- December 20, All-Star AMA with Cloud9 & TSM Presented by T-Mobile with Cloud9
- January 19, Hauntzer on TSM's future: 'Right now we're not near our peak at all' with theScore
- June 20, Hauntzer on how TSM feels about C9’s Bunny/Smoothie swap and Sven’s microwave incident with Yahoo!
- December 6, Bjergsen and Hauntzer roast Doublelift, TL, CLG, and the rest of LCS, talk new TSM lineup and staff with Travis Gafford on YouTube
- December 21, Hauntzer on import top laners: ‘I feel like last split, there was a lack of talent in the top lane' with Yahoo!
- January 25, Hauntzer: Life on Gravity and his thoughts on Cloud9 (video) with onGamers
- March 4, NA LCS 2015: Hauntzer "Maokai is probably the strongest tank right now." (video) with SK Gaming
- December 13, NA Expansion: Hauntzer "just trying to copy OGN" (video) with SK Gaming
Articles & Videos
- August 3, Kevin 'Hauntzer' Yarnell discusses Team SoloMid's struggles by Miles Yim on ESPN
- September 17, How TSM’s lack of identity doomed them by Xing Li on Dot Esports
- December 30, Hauntzer on moving to GGS: “I don’t think TSM made the right changes… but I’m in a better situation now” by Aaron Mickunas on Dot Esports
- January 24, How Hauntzer saved TSM by Xing Li on Dot Esports
- September 17, Hauntzer: From Challenger to Champion by SmashLoL on GAMURS
- November 15, TSM Hauntzer: How the evolutionary Dyrus found himself in his father's shoes by Ryan Tang on Gold Per 10
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