Bjergsen to Retire from Pro Play, Become TSM Head Coach
One of the best players to ever step foot on the LCS stage Søren “Bjergsen” Bjerg has decided to retire from professional play. Needless to say, this sort of came out of the blue. But if you give it a bit more thought, it makes all the sense in the world. What else is there to compete for? A legend like Bjergsen has basically won it all on multiple different occasions with vastly different line-ups around him. He’s dominated regardless of meta and is widely considered as one of the best players to ever compete.
A Legacy of Greatness
The fact that he never accomplished much at Worlds doesn’t diminish his talent, resiliency, and staggering work ethic. Not in the slightest. Leaving a mark on the World Championship stage wouldn’t hurt, of course, but it’s but a small blemish in an otherwise spectacular career. Heck, the things he did over the years and the number of times he got showered in confetti is just astounding — most players can only dream of such an illustrious career. He’s the standard upon which all other mid laners will be judged. An incredible player, leader, shot-caller, and just a stand-up kind of guy. With 502 LCS games, 10 LCS finals, 6 championships, and four LCS MVP titles to his name, Bjergsen has left an indelible mark on the history of the game.
And it’s not just that he dominated beyond measure throughout history, but also that he was universally praised by peers, allies, coaches, analysts, and everyone in between. They spoke at length of his dedication, mental fortitude, and unyielding passion for the game. In many ways, he’s the prototype of a perfect player and is someone who brought a ton of maturity to a scene that’s still burgeoning (and in many ways infantile).
Fortunately, this won’t be the last we’ll see of this seasoned mid lane veteran.
Onwards and Upwards
Bjergsen will now take over as the head coach of Team SoloMid. This kind of move makes all the sense in the world and, frankly, it might be what TSM needs most — a coach that knows what it’s like to compete at the highest of levels. With Bjergsen in mid, it felt like this team peaked in more ways than one. And, frankly, it’s not his fault at all; all previous incarnations of TSM with Bjerg as their core had a skill ceiling and they could never break through internationally, no matter who was by Bjergsen’s side.
Why that was the case is less important at this point in time. Some will argue that this Danish prodigy always lacked a bit of that killer instinct, something that, say, Rasmus “Caps” Winther has in spades. Still, it’s a debate for another time, although it’s pretty much redundant at this point — no good will come out of it, and one could argue that it’s impossible to ever truly find out why things went the way they did.
With Bjergsen at the helm, however, he’ll have an invaluable opportunity to push this team to greatness, both regionally as well as internationally. He’s the perfect fit for the job, and we cannot wait to see him step foot on the LCS stage, albeit in a different capacity this time around.
Part-owner and now a full-time head coach. What a sensational career trajectory.
The only question left is: who’ll take up the mantle and become Team SoloMid’s new mid lane now that Bjergsen has retired? There’s quite an immense void that needs to be filled, and if TSM doesn’t find the right replacement, we’ll have to adjust our expectations for the boys in black and white going forward. This is a tectonic shift and it’ll take a bit of time before things settle down. In any case, the fact that we’ll finally get to see a brand-new Team SoloMid — one that doesn’t have this Danish legend leading the charge — is insanely exciting! 2021 can’t come soon enough, that’s for sure.