Bjergsen Domestic Career
Bjergsen began his League of Legends career playing for the likes of Cruel Ultimatum, LoLLeague, Western Wolves, and Team LDLC. Still, his first notable showings happened when he joined Copenhagen Wolves (CW) in the 2013 EU LCS Spring Split. Due to his young age, he couldn’t play for the first two weeks of the competition, so he had a hard time catching up to his adversaries. But as the split progressed, he redeemed himself with strong performances against the best mid laners in the league, and it was largely because of him that CW managed to reach the 5th/6th place.
In the off-season, the entire Copenhagen Wolves lineup joined Ninjas in Pyjamas. They had a respectable showing in summer, and Bjergsen was the shining star of this roster. But his teammates weren’t up to the EU LCS standard, and once again, Bjergsen finished the regular season in the 5th/6th place. Even so, his mid lane prowess caught the eye of TSM’s owner—Andy “Reginald” Dinh—who decided to sign Bjergsen for the 2014 NA LCS season.
Bjergsen made a splash in the 2014 NA LCS Spring Split. He was head and shoulders above most North American mid laners, and his play propelled TSM to the top-2 of the regular season. But the real fight began in the playoffs. TSM kicked off their run with a 2-1 victory over CLG, but they hit a wall in the finals against Cloud9. And while Bjergsen played well individually, C9’s macro prowess proved too much for him to handle.
In the 2014 Summer Split, TSM brought in Santorin and Gleeb to their roster. Unfortunately, the support move didn’t pan out, and the team struggled for the first weeks of the regular season. They bounced back by signing Lustboy. A new support reinvigorated the North American lineup, and TSM secured a 16-12 record to qualify for the playoffs.
Their run started with an easy 3-1 win over Team Dignitas. In the semifinals, they were challenged by LMQ, and the series went to 5 games before TSM managed to squeeze out a win. The finals saw TSM clashing with Cloud9. And while TSM lost every time they went against this foe in the past, they turned this narrative on its head by scoring a narrow 3-2 victory. With that, Bjergsen qualified for his first World Championship.
TSM capitalized on this momentum in the 2015 Spring Split. CLG and C9 were breathing down their necks, but TSM persevered and produced a 13-5 record to finish the regular season in first place. In the playoffs, they enjoyed a 3-1 victory over Team Impulse. And while C9 tried to oppose them in the finals, TSM scored another 3-1 win to raise their second consecutive trophy.
At first, it seemed like TSM would keep their streak going in summer. However, they fell off towards the second half of the split and finished the regular season in fifth place. TSM regained their composure for the playoffs where they defeated Gravity and Team Liquid with the same 3-1 scoreline. But as they started the final series against CLG, it became clear TSM were a cut below their opponents. CLG crushed them in a swift 3-0 series, and Bjergsen had to settle for the silver medal. Luckily, this result was good enough to qualify for Worlds.
TSM went through a number of roster changes in the preseason. They entered the 2016 NA LCS Spring Split with the lineup of Hauntzer, Svenskeren, Bjergsen, Doublelift, and YellowStar. But despite this immense talent, TSM had a hard time performing in the regular season. The lack of synergy between Doublelift and YellowStar was especially worrying, and TSM barely managed to finish the regular season in sixth place.
Many thought of them as underdogs coming into the playoffs. But, TSM picked up the slack to the point where they 3-1’d Cloud9 and even 3-0’d the unwavering Immortals. Still, this wasn’t the start of a Cinderella story. TSM ran out of steam in the finals where they suffered a narrow 3-2 loss against CLG.
For the 2016 Summer Split, TSM replaced YellowStar with Biofrost. Surprisingly enough, the move worked. Doublelift and Biofrost became one of the strongest duos in the region, which made it all too easy for Bjergsen to take over the mid lane. TSM breezed through the regular season with a massive 17-1 record. In the playoffs, they exacted their revenge on CLG (3-0) and disassembled Cloud9 (3-1) to secure the gold medal. With that, they also qualified for the 2016 World Championship.
TSM were about to put on a clinic in the 2017 Spring Split. However, Doublelift decided to take a break from competitive play, and the org was forced to bring in WildTurtle as his replacement. This put a ton of pressure on Bjergsen who became the main carry of the team. TSM still enjoyed a lot of success and finished the regular season in first place, but their showings were far from dominant. The playoffs saw them crushing FlyQuest with a 3-0 score before taking on Cloud9 in the finals. This series came down to the wire, but in the end, TSM found a miracle teamfight to steal a 3-2 victory as well as a ticket to the Mid-Season Invitational.
Doublelift finally returned in summer, and viewers expected TSM to blow the competition out of the water. But their run wasn’t that seamless. TSM started experimenting with different tactics like putting Bjergsen on supportive champions, which made them weak in the short term. Still, they went 14-4 in the regular season, which was more than enough to finish in first place. TSM stepped up for the playoffs and scored a confident 3-1 win over Team Dignitas. And even though Immortals attempted to take them down in the finals, TSM scored another 3-1 victory to raise the trophy. With that, Bjergsen aslo got his fourth shot at Worlds.
In 2018, TSM parted ways with Svenskeren, Doublelift, and Biofrost in favor of MikeYeung, Zven, and Mithy. This was supposed to be their strongest roster. And yet, it clearly suffered from synergy issues during the first half of the Spring Split. In the end, TSM managed to regain their composure and finish third in the regular season. They came into the playoffs match against Clutch Gaming as clear favorites. But contrary to all expectations, TSM TSM fell apart and suffered a crushing 3-1 defeat. And while Bjergsen did well, it wasn’t enough to salvage the series.
Bjergsen International Tournaments
In 2014, Bjergsen went to his first World Championship. TSM enjoyed ample success in the group stage, and they beat SK Gaming and Taipei Assassins to qualify for the playoffs. This was the end of the line for them, though, as TSM lost 3-1 to the eventual champions, Samsung White.
Then, TSM went to IEM Season 9 San Jose. They were seeded into the Semifinals. However, this didn’t do much for them, and TSM suffered a crushing 2-0 defeat in their first series against Unicorns of Love.
In 2015, Bjergsen went to the IEM Season 9 World Championship. In the group stage, TSM scored back-to-back victories against Team WE and CJ Entus to qualify for the playoffs. There, they defeated Flash Wolves in a close 2-1 semifinal. And while Team WE tried to exact its revenge in the finals, TSM won the series without dropping a single game, and claimed their first international trophy.
The 2015 World Championship was far more challenging. TSM found themselves in the “group of death” together with LGD, KT Rolster, and Origen. And even though TSM managed to pick off a win against LGD, their 1-5 record meant they exited the tournament in last place.
TSM kicked off 2016 with a visit to IEM Season 10 San Jose. Their 2-0 victory over LGD showed a lot of promise, but the following series against Origen ended in crushing defeat. With that, TSM were knocked out of the tournament.
TSM had a lot of hype coming into the 2016 World Championship. Unfortunately, they ended up in the hardest group of the tournament together with Samsung Galaxy, Royal Never Give Up, and Splyce. Granted, Splyce didn’t put up much of a fight, but TSM couldn’t overcome their other opponents, and their 3-3 record wasn’t enough to make it past the group stage.
Fans didn’t have high hopes for TSM at the 2017 MSI. With Doublelift temporarily leaving the team, the org had to put all of its eggs into the mid lane basket. But even a player of Bjergsen’s caliber couldn’t solo carry a team on an international stage, and TSM’s 4-6 groups run was far too shaky to qualify for the playoffs.
Once Doublelift returned for Worlds, everyone expected great things out of TSM. They were placed in a group alongside Team WE, Misfits, and Flash Wolves, which was the best case scenario for TSM fans. But inexplicably, the NA LCS powerhouse crumbled. TSM went 3-3 in the group stage and ended up losing a tiebreaker against Misfits. And while Doublelift received the most criticism, Bjergsen also got a lot of flak for his overly passive playstyle.