League of Legends

League of Legends: Bjergsen’s most played champions and their win rates

Published: 30/Apr/2019 14:21 Updated: 13/May/2019 11:57

by Chris Marsh

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A League of Legends fan has put together a video showing Team SoloMid’s Soren ‘Bjergsen’ Bjerg’s most picked champions over the course of his career and how successful he’s been with them.

TSM’s star mid-laner is one of the most popular and decorated League of Legends players in the west. A five-time NA LCS champion, Bjergsen has long been the driving force behind one of the game’s most popular teams.

Having joined TSM ahead of the 2014 Spring Split, Bjergsen won his first NA LCS MVP in his debut split, and it wasn’t until 2018 that he went a year without collecting the award.

Having competed professionally for more than six years now, Bjergsen’s champion pool has naturally evolved over his career, and the video by Ranking History demonstrates how his priorities have changed and how successful he is on his go-to picks.

Riot GamesThe Danish mid-laner has spent the vast majority of his career playing in North America for TSM.

Bjergsen’s most iconic champion

When looking at Bjergsen’s career as a whole, there’s no question as to which is his most iconic champion. At 65 professional games, Bjergsen’s Syndra stands well ahead of even his second most-played champion, and more than double the play-time of his third.

Despite the incredible number of professional Syndra games under his belt, Bjergsen has managed to maintain an impressive 68% win rate on the champion. It’s no exaggeration to say that TSM’s star mid-laner might be the most iconic Syndra player in the world.

Though Syndra sits far and away his most-played champion, second place – Orianna – is also a clear cut ahead of the rest of Bjergsen’s pool, with 41 professional games played.

Beyond the top two, the gap evens out significantly, with just 10 matches separating Bjergsen’s third most-played champion from the joint-10th.

Riot GamesBjergsen is one of the most accomplished players in North America, with only Doublelift boasting more domestic titles.

Early Bjergsen

While Syndra has risen as Bjergsen’s clear-cut iconic pick in recent years, for the first few years of his career it was Zed that sat at the top of his most-played champions.

Likewise, during his rise to fame and his first years at TSM, Bjergsen’s go-to champions included the likes of Ahri, Kassadin, and LeBlanc, the kind of champions that enabled the solo plays that helped Bjergsen live up to the name of the organization he represented.

Critics of Bjergsen in recent years might argue that the explosive, hard-carry style that he made his name with has shifted in the direction of more supportive, team-oriented play, and that tendency can arguably be seen in the rise in his play-rate of the likes of Zilean and Lissandra, along with his maintained favor for Orianna.

It’s worth noting, though, that many of the assassins and burst mages that enable such a mentality have gone through extended periods in which they’ve been out of the meta, with some – perhaps Zed most notably – never having yet returned to the prominence they once enjoyed.

Bjergsen and TSM entered the 2019 season after the worst year in the organization’s history, with the team failing to win an LCS title in 2018 and also failing to reach the World Championship.

While they haven’t yet quite returned to winning ways, a close-fought final against Team Liquid in this year’s Spring Split was definitely a major step up from anything the team demonstrated the previous season.

Esports

BBC creating LEC documentary following EXCEL, narrated by Cillian Murphy

Published: 2/Dec/2020 11:02 Updated: 2/Dec/2020 11:06

by Adam Fitch

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Major British broadcasting company BBC are set to release a five-part documentary following UK esports organization EXCEL ESPORTS.

The series, named ‘Fight for First: EXCEL ESPORTS,’ follows the org’s team in the European League of Legends competition LEC throughout the 2020 Spring Split.

The documentary is narrated by Cillian Murphy, an actor who’s been nominated for awards at the Golden Globes and BAFTA, and will be broadcast on BBC iPlayer in early 2021.

In 2020’s Spring Split, EXCEL finished in seventh place — narrowly missing out on a spot in the playoffs with a record of seven wins and 11 losses.

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Dele Alli recently joined the growing list of footballers getting involved in the esports scene by partnering with EXCEL.

The description for the upcoming documentary will shed light on the “deep-rooted” reasons that the players compete as they are “navigating the growing pains of adulting, living away from home, love, new friendships, and fame.”

November 2020 was a busy month for the organization, not only changing their logo and ethos to represent “The Power of Better” but announcing that Tottenham Hotspur and England national footballer Dele Alli had joined as their first global ambassador.

Dexerto spoke with CEO Wouter Sleijffers at the time of the announcements to understand the need for change and what the future of EXCEL looks like.

“My sons love gaming,” said Cillian Murphy. “When I showed them the trailer for this, they said I had to do it. Being involved in Fight For First has been a great experience and there is so much more to professional gaming than I ever thought. It has opened up a whole new world to me and this series provides a proper insight into a fascinating, global industry.”

BBC picked up more esports programming just in November, acquiring the rights to broadcast Counter-Strike competition BLAST Premier for the remainder of the 2020 season. In 2020 alone, the media giant has also shown Rocket League and sim racing.