Where Will Bjergsen Go Next? Prepare Yourself For The Most Insane Off-Season
The news of Søren “Bjergsen” Bjerg making a comeback — despite retiring less than a year ago — took us all by surprise. Fortunately, we’re talking about a wholly positive surprise here with Bjergsen, one that will no doubt make Western LoL, and the forthcoming off-season, a whole lot more exciting!
Heck, we’re putting it mildly here! The fact that no one saw it coming only adds to the whole spectacle.
Simply put: Bjergsen is one of a kind. There’s really no Western player out there that can compete — and it’s not for a lack of trying. His experience and ability to adapt to the ever-changing meta are second-to-none. He’s not the most accomplished Western player of all time, but he was undeniably the most consistent. His trophy case is populated beyond measure, although mostly with awards which were won and attained on home soil.
Still, the fact that he never won Worlds (or came close to it) or the Mid-Season Invitational should in no way affect and diminish his awe-inspiring legacy — we’re talking about a career that is worthy of the highest respect and admiration. You’d be hard-pressed to find someone who has anything bad to say about him: it’s all praise and reverence, and it’s been like that for years.
Both his allies and adversaries admire his work ethic, friendly demeanor, and willingness to go the extra mile. He’s a leader through and through and has accomplished wonders.
So, frankly, it’s easy to understand why everyone’s been losing their minds (in the best positive sense) ever since this bombast bit of news was shared by esports journalist Tyler Erzberger. Bjergsen entering free agency this off-season — after playing under TSM’s banner for a whopping seven years — is the kind of spicy development we always yearn for. And, depending on what he ends up doing, we might be in for one of the most unexpected/historic moments in the history of competitive LoL.
Seeing how we’re still a few months away from any official announcement, we cannot help but wonder: what are the off-season options for Bjergsen?
Staying With TSM — The Most Probable One
This is arguably the most underwhelming option, and that’s so for one simple reason: we’ve been watching him compete under TSM’s banner for what feels like a lifetime. And, frankly, it’s hard to get excited for something we’ve already seen play out. He probably feels that he can contribute more as a player (than a coach) and that he’s still in his prime — so why not “mount a comeback?” And, well, if there’s one place that feels like home (probably because he’s a part-owner) then it’s TSM. His veterancy and immaculate play would no doubt serve as a boon to TSM and its chances (both regionally and internationally) although, as already mentioned, it’d be a serious case of Groundhog Day.
The most interesting thing, however, is that — should Bjergsen return to TSM this off-season — another import slot would be opened up. And that, in short, is probably what TSM wants most. Now sure, Tristan “PowerOfEvil” Schrage dominated beyond measure throughout 2021, but he is by no means irreplaceable — doubly so if Bjergsen is the one vying for his old spot.
If things pan out this way, TSM would have a legendary top laner who’s still capable of competing at the highest of levels, a spectacular young jungler (and an MVP, no less), one of the most revered mid laners in the history of the game, and a world-class support. So what’s missing? A more seasoned marksman; a player who’d be able to “seal the deal” against the crème de la crème. A Martin “Rekkles” Larsson or a Park “Ruler” Jae-hyuk, perhaps.
That’s the most interesting there, the fact that TSM would be able to “complete the Exodia” with relative ease. We know they have the funds to bring in anyone they want, and if Bjergsen makes his return they’d be able to pick and choose just the right kind of marksman in accordance to their team identity. Lawrence “Lost” Sze Yuy Hui was better than expected, but his play still left a bit to be desired. He wasn’t necessarily a weak link, but against the very best teams in NA he was obviously the odd one out.
An interesting development, to say the least.
Signing For an LEC Team — A Long Shot, But Still Possible
This is the most exciting prospect, although we’d be remiss if we didn’t say that it’s quite a long shot. Seeing Bjergsen compete on the LEC stage would be both extremely exciting and also quite surreal. We’ve all wanted to see it happen for so long but this legendary Dane obviously had other plans (and it’s hard to blame him).
Then again, why would he sign for an LEC team? If he’s all about testing his might against the best European mid laners, then he might as well stay in North America seeing how it is populated with former LEC legends and standouts. The only one who’s missing is Rasmus “Caps” Winther — and even he might move across the Atlantic once his contract with G2 expires.
Moreover, one could argue that the only team worthy of Bjergsen’s time and interest would be MAD Lions or, perhaps, Fnatic — G2 already has its own phenom in the mid lane, and signing for Rogue really doesn’t make any sense at this point of Bjergsen’s career.
If this had happened last year, maybe things would’ve been different. Right now, though, it’s like there’s no good option for a player of Bjergsen’s stature — as strange as that might sound.
Signing For Another LCS Team — Ill-Advised
This is the least probable option, but it is nonetheless worthy of mentioning. It’s just hard to imagine any good reason for Bjergsen to move to another team — Cloud9 already has Luka “Perkz” Perković, Team Liquid has Nicolaj “Jensen” Jensen, 100 Thieves have accomplished wonders with former Schalke 04 standout Felix “Abbedagge” Braun, and Evil Geniuses have Daniele “Jiizuke” di Mauro.
So once again: Bjergsen is out of options. Just writing such a sentence makes one feel… strange, as if we’re inhabiting a completely different timeline and reality. He’d no doubt be an upgrade over Jiizuke, but his (slightly more reserved and tactical) style of play wouldn’t be a good fit for EG.
Whether this means that Bjergsen will, in fact, once again start for TSM FTX after this off-season remains to be seen. If we assume that that’ll be the case, then we should really shift our interest in a wholly different direction: TSM’s new AD carry. With a seemingly endless budget and a pedigree impressive enough to attract nearly any player, TSM might end up as the biggest winner of the forthcoming off-season.
Brace yourselves, as we should be in for one heck of a ride!