Joshua “Dardoch” Hartnett is a North American jungler in League of Legends. He’s currently playing for Echo Fox in the NA LCS.
Dardoch Domestic Career
Joshua “Dardoch” Hartnett started his career on affiNity by trying to make a run through the 2015 NA CS Spring Qualifier. Ultimately, his team fell short after losing 1-2 to Team Confound. He also participated in the AlphaDraft Challenger League, playing for Escalate Legion and Storm. However, both teams ended up dropping out of the competition (albeit for different reasons), and Dardoch joined Magnetic. Magnetic took part in the 2015 NA CS Summer Qualifiers, rebranding as Team Imagine in the process. They lost to the tournament favorites—Misfits—but bounced back with a victory against CLG Black, qualifying for the Challenger Series.
Dardoch played with Team Imagine for the first two weeks of the competition. Afterward, he left and joined Team Liquid Academy (TLA) to participate in the HTC Ascension tournament. They enjoyed a lot of success there, going all the way to the finals where they won against Team Frostbite to secure the trophy. TLA stuck together and entered the NA CS Open Qualifiers. They finished first without dropping a single game.
Next season, Dardoch didn’t get to stay with the same lineup. Team Liquid’s main roster announced that they’d promote all of their Academy players to “active” substitutes. Not only that but the retirement of IWillDominate meant they were in need of a new jungler. Naturally, Dardoch was their prime candidate.
During the 2016 NA LCS Spring Split, Team Liquid went through a lot of ups and downs. Still, they managed to finish the regular season in fourth place, qualifying for the playoffs. They had a strong showing in the Quarterfinals against NRG, but they later lost a close Semifinals to CLG.
The third place match didn’t bring TL any solace either, and they suffered a crushing 0-3 defeat at the hand of Immortals. Even so, Dardoch proved himself as one of the most mechanically gifted junglers in the scene, and everyone predicted him to be the next great North American talent.
But this wasn’t the start of the Cinderella story. After playing (and losing) a single game against TSM in the 2016 NA LCS Summer Split, Dardoch was suspended by his organization for “behavioral problems”. He was subbed out in favor of TLA new jungler, Moon. However, when Moon didn’t perform on stage, Team Liquid quickly went back on their decision and moved Dardoch onto the main lineup.
What followed was a string of roster moves that made this split the most turbulent in TL’s history. They barely managed to produce a 50% win rate over the regular season, so their Quarterfinals 1-3 loss to CLG came as no surprise. Team Liquid still had another shot in the Regional Finals, but Dardoch was once again suspended—this time, in favor of a mid lane substitute, Arcsecond.
In the off-season, Dardoch left Team Liquid to join Immortals. The team was expected to do well in the 2017 Spring Split. But when it came to actual games, the entire roster looked disjointed. Dardoch still put on a clinic in the jungle, but his aggression started to err on the side of recklessness. Immortals finished the regular season with an 8-10 record, narrowly missing out on the playoffs.
After the dust settled, Immortals traded their jungler for CLG’s Xmithie. Dardoch did well in the 2017 Summer Split, and his climbed to the top of the NA LCS ladder. However, CLG chose to part ways with Dardoch right before the playoffs because he “could not align with the team’s culture”. Fortunately, he got an offer from the struggling Team Liquid lineup. And while Dardoch couldn’t save them from finishing ninth in the regular season, he one of the key reasons behind their successful Promotion Tournament run.
When another off-season stated, Echo Fox announced that Dardoch will be joining them for the 2018 NA LCS Spring Split.
Dardoch International Tournaments
On Immortals, Dardoch went to his only international event, IEM Season 11 Gyeonggi. IMT defeated J Team in the first round of the group stage but lost in the following round to Samsung Galaxy. In the loser’s bracket, they won against J Team again to qualify for the playoffs. But a 1-2 loss to Kongdoo Monster in the Semifinals spelled an end to their run.