Long-time mid laner and captain of Team SoloMid’s League of Legends team Soren Bjergsen” Bjerg will stay with the team for at least two more years, the org confirmed Monday. By the time the contract expires in 2021, Bjergsen would’ve played for eight years for the storied team.
Before the news, there were doubts within the LoL scene whether TSM can hold to the prodigious mid laner. Bjergsen has been instrumental in making Team SoloMid the winningest organization in LCS, but the last two years have been tough for both him and the team. TSM missed Worlds back-to-back, and fans and pundits feared that unless something major changes, Bjergsen might look to leave TSM, or potentially even the region, in pursuit for international titles.
Said change came in the form of elevated position for Bjergsen in the organization. According to Washington Post, TSM CEO and founder Andy “Reginald” Dinh approached Bjergsen and offered him the position of part-owner.
“It felt like a natural progression in my relationship with TSM,” Bjerg said. “There were a lot of details to go over and we worked closely with Riot over the course of the year to set up rules and guidelines because this move sets a precedent for other players to follow.”
Reginald and Bjergsen now look to once again rebuild TSM’s roster around the Danish mid laner and potentially return to the international stage. In 2019 — and in the years before too — the team was largely criticized for bastardizing their mid/jungle synergy and pacifying even the more aggressive junglers they signed to the team The latest iteration also ran into reported internal issues and it’s yet to be seen how many of them will stay for the 2020 split, despite most of them having contracts going into 2020 and 2021. Bot laner Jesper “Zven” Svenningsen’s is the only contract that officially runs out this November.