TSM made a lot of their fans anxious after a cryptic tweet suggested that long-time mid laner Soren “Bjergsen” Bjerg might be leaving the team. TSM tweeted a photo of Soren waving and then writing, “Thank you”. Typically tweets like these are meant for someone parting ways with an organization.
About an hour later, TSM retweeted it with a caption saying, “for re-signing! 🙂“.
—for re-signing! 😃
— TSM (@TSM) October 14, 2019
The troll-ish statement came with an equally troll-ish video. In the 4 minute clip, Bjergsen talked about his experiences with TSM over the past six years. The 23-year-old Danish mid laner recounted how most of his career unfolded under the roof of the TSM house.
Bjergsen’s journey from Europe to TSM
He was 17 when he first came to North America from the EU LCS, replacing team owner Andy “Reginald” Dinh. Reginald, realizing his organization needed his full attention, convinced the young Dane to come to America to replace him. TSM became one of the biggest esports brands since then, making a name for themselves in different titles and with rosters across the globe. Bjergsen, of course, was the franchise cornerstone of the League of Legends roster. Since his arrival in the 2014 Spring Split of the NA LCS, Bjergsen led TSM to 8 straight finals appearances from 2014 to 2017. He led different iterations of the roster to 5 North American Championships and a record 4 MVP awards. He also led his team to four straight Worlds appearances, with his best finish in the quarterfinals of Worlds 2014.
His role in TSM’s early success
Bjergsen’s arrival in TSM ushered a period of unprecedented success for the organization. After Bjergsen lost his first LCS Final, the team bounced back to beat C9 in Summer. As the #1 seed for North America in the 2014 World Championship, they qualified for the knockout stage as the second seed. They then lost the quarterfinal match-up against eventual champions Samsung White. Despite the loss, the organization welcomed the result as a promising start for the young star. Months later, Bjergsen earned his first international trophy at IEM Katowice 2015, beating World Elite 3-0 in the finals. The triumphs did not stop there, as they went on to win the Spring Split. With the win, they represented North America in the inaugural Mid-Season Invitational, where they failed to secure a top-four finish.
After Worlds 2015, the entire region was shaken by massive roster changes. TSM dropped all players in their roster except Bjergsen. Then, in one of the most controversial signings in League history, they acquired CLG’s star carry Yiliang “Doublelift” Peng after he was kicked from his former team. TSM also acquired SK Gaming’s star jungler Dennis “Svenskeren” Johnsen and Fnatic’s legendary support Bora “Yellowstar” Kim. Although the super team failed to meet expectations, replacing Yellowstar with rookie Vincent “Biofrost” Wang ushered in TSM’s most successful era ever. In a span of two years, they won 4 titles and represented NA as the #1 seed at Worlds twice.
TSM’s dark ages
However, domestic dominance was not enough for Reginald. After the 2017 season, Reginald again broke up the roster and brought in multiple imports in order to chase the ever-elusive Summoner’s Cup. TSM missed the LCS finals for the first time ever in the Spring of 2017. Then, they also missed the playoffs entirely for the first time the following split. The following year, they managed to make a huge run at the tail end of the Spring to make it to the finals, the first since 2017. There, they lost in a reverse sweep against former member Doublelift and his new team, Team Liquid.
His new role in the organization
Following this summer’s loss at the gauntlet finals, many fans were clamoring for Bjergsen to seek success elsewhere. For many, including me, he was still one of the best mid laners in the world. However, he was never able to find international success with the organization that raised him. Many fans were also intrigued by the final episode of TSM: Legends, their league video content.
It was actually a foreshadowing to Bjergsen’s eventual re-signing with the org, not only as a player, but now as a part-owner. An article from the Washington Post detailed an exclusive interview with Bjergsen, where he detailed how the move was a natural progression for him and how TSM became more than just his home over the years. Now, fans can now be relieved that Bjergsen will most likely stay in TSM until his retirement as a player.
It’s #Baylife for life for him, after all.