TSM has announced that long-time mid laner Søren "Bjergsen" Bjerg will be retiring from competitive League of Legends — as a player. Bjergsen, who is a part-owner of TSM, will be the Head Coach of TSM's League of Legends Championship Series team in 2021.
Bjergsen began his LoL Esports career as a promising young rookie on Copenhagen Wolves, the worst team in the 2013 European League of Legends Championship Series, but his individual performance left an impression on both Europe and North America. Bjergsen was signed by NA powerhouse TSM to replace founder Andy "Reginald" Dinh, who was retiring from competitive play to focus on developing the organization as a business full-time.
Bjergsen started in the mid lane for TSM for seven full seasons. In that time, he qualified for five World Championships, won six domestic championships, and won the LCS Most Valuable Player award four times. TSM qualified for the 2020 World Championship as North America's 1st seed after winning its first LCS championship in five splits, but failed to win a game in the group stage despite coming into Group C as its #1 seed.
Bjergsen's retirement marks the end of an era for North American League of Legends. Bjergsen was the second player ever to be imported to an LCS team — Edward "Edward" Abgaryan played for Team Curse in the summer of 2013 — and undeniably raised the level of talent the region boasted as a whole simply by giving his teammates and players a new benchmark of individual prowess to achieve.
Once considered North America's greatest international hope, Bjergsen will now be a benchmark of excellence for any LCS player looking to prove themselves as a world class talent.
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