Team SoloMid’s mid laner Søren "Bjergsen" Bjerg has announced his retirement from professional League of Legends. He announced his retirement in a video on Saturday.
Team SoloMid’s mid laner Søren “Bjergsen” Bjerg has announced his retirement from professional League of Legends. He announced his retirement in a video on Saturday.
Bjergsen will now move into the role of head coach for TSM ahead of the 2020-21 season. Bjergsen has had a stellar career for TSM. He joined the team back in 2013 when he replaced mid laner Andy “Reginald” Dinh, the team founder and owner. In eight seasons, Bjergsen led TSM to several titles in the LCS, and also won the MVP award four times.
Bjergsen’s exit will leave a gaping hole in TSM’s roster. They will look to fill that void in the middle lane when the free agency window opens on November 16. Bjergsen’s colleague Yiliang “Doublelift” Peng, who is TSM’s current bot laner, indicated that TSM might find it hard to replace Bjergsen’s excellence in the middle lane.
”When he told me, I considered retiring alongside him for a week,” Doublelift said. ”Soren is one of the best players and people I’ve ever played with, the shoes will be tough to fill.”
Bjergsen continuing as head coach of TSM is not a surprising move considering he had signed a contract extension in 2019 that entitled him to an ownership stake in the franchise.
According to Jacob Wolf of ESPN, few LCS players have accomplished what Bjergsen has, and as a result, he has become the face of the LCS to many. Originally from Denmark, Bjergsen moved to North America as a young prospect without much competitive success under his belt. He became the de facto player leader of the TSM team across various lineups that have attended five world championships.