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Cloud9 makes history with win over Afreeca Freecs at 2018 LoL World Championship

Published: 21/Oct/2018 7:07 Updated: 21/Oct/2018 7:12

by Wyatt Donigan

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With a dominating 3-0 win over the Afreeca Freecs, Cloud9 became the first NA LCS team in League of Legends history to advance to the semifinals of Worlds.

During any international LoL tournament, China and South Korea routinely dominate while both Europe and North America are forced to sit on the sidelines and watch everyone else have all the fun.

At Worlds 2018, though, things haven’t gone according to that plan in the least bit.

Less than 24 hours after Europe’s G2 Esports upset China’s Royal Never Give Up to advance to the quarterfinals, Cloud9 managed to pull off what many thought was impossible with an absolutely dominant performance over Afreeca, South Korea’s No. 2 seed.

From the very beginning of the series, Cloud9 looked to be playing with a chip on its shoulder, giving Afreeca no room at all to breathe.

Try as Afreeca did, they simply looked dazed and confused against the unexpected fire coming from the North American side all night long.

With the key pieces of jungler Dennis ‘Svenskeren’ Johnsen, mid laner Nicolaj ‘Jensen’ Jensen, and AD carry Zachary ‘Sneaky’ Scuderi all playing their absolute best, there was just nothing Afreeca could do.

For every step that Afreeca took, Cloud9 was right there to push back, eventually closing out a big 3-0 victory on the back of one final teamfight.

With the win, Cloud9 has become the first team from the NA LCS to reach the semis at any World Championship. Cloud9 has previously been to the quarterfinals four different times before finally managing to break through here in 2018.

That wasn’t the only record to be made, however, as Afreeca’s loss ensures that there will not be a representative from South Korea in the grand finals this year, something that has never happened since South Korea began attending Worlds during Season 2 in 2012.

Cloud9 will now await their semifinals opponent, which will either be Europe’s Fnatic or China’s EDward Gaming. G2 Esports and Invictus Gaming are set to faceoff on the other side of the semifinal bracket. 

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Bjergsen retires from League of Legends to become TSM Head Coach

Published: 24/Oct/2020 17:29 Updated: 24/Oct/2020 17:57

by Daniel Cleary

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LCS veteran Søren ‘Bjergsen’ Bjerg has announced his retirement from professional League of Legends, surprising fans with a transition to TSM’s Head Coach.

After winning multiple LCS titles and cementing himself as one of the greatest players to have competed in the LCS, Danish star Bjergsen revealed that he would be retiring from League of Legends on October 24.

Despite carrying TSM to another LCS win in the summer split and securing a spot at Worlds 2020, after their 0-6 record in the international event’s group stage, he released a vlog to give fans an update on his future.

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Bjergsen has competed under multiple iterations of TSM.

In the TSM announcement video, Bjergsen confirmed that he would not be competing in the 2021 spring split and would be coaching the TSM roster instead.

“After playing professional League of Legends for about eight years and playing for TSM for close to six, I’m here to talk about the fact that I’m retiring as a professional player and stepping into the head coach role for TSM,” Bjergsen added.

The mid-laner explained that the decision was not made because of their Worlds showing and revealed that it was one he had thought about for quite a while.

“It probably comes a shock to a lot of you guys and I don’t want it to seem like it’s a sudden reaction to our poor Worlds run, it’s something I’ve been thinking about for a long time,” he revealed, “I really wanted to have a good season before becoming a coach.”

As TSM’s general manager Parth Naidu had been filling in as head coach in 2020, the move makes a lot of sense from an organizational standpoint but will likely disappoint many fans of the star player.

Bjergsen has also been a part-owner of TSM, since re-signing with them in October 2019, meaning that he will likely be staying with the North American organization for the foreseeable future.

As of now, the future of TSM’s starting roster is still unclear, but it is likely that more roster moves will be revealed during League’s 2021 preseason.