Team SoloMid is reportedly looking to revamp their bot lane ahead of LCS 2020 Spring with another major European import and an old fan-favorite, to replace departing stars Jesper ‘Zven’ Svenningsen and Andy ‘Smoothie’ Ta.
LCS champion support Vincent ‘Biofrost’ Wang, who was released by Counter Logic Gaming on November 18, is set to re-join TSM after a two-year tenure away from the organization where he thrice lifted the North American trophy.
Biofrost first played for TSM alongside league superstars like Søren ‘Bjergsen’ Bjerg, Yiliang ‘Doublelift’ Peng, and Dennis ‘Svenskeren’ Johnsen. That former lineup dominated the LCS, winning three consecutive titles in 2016 and 2017.
Following two relatively poor showings at Worlds — 9th-12th both times — however, TSM owner Andy ‘Reginald’ Dinh blew up the championship roster, keeping only Bjergsen and Kevin ‘Hauntzer’ Yarnell under the org’s banner for 2018.
For Doublelift, the move was an immediate success. He marched on to four consecutive titles with Team Liquid, though international success still eluded him.
Biofrost, on the other hand, dropped into a mid-table battle with CLG, and after two years fighting for playoffs, it appears the Canadian superstar is returning to the black and white trim of his first LCS roster to take another crack at the title.
Joining the returning TSM star in the bot lane will be Worlds quarterfinalist and veteran Splyce commander Kasper ‘Kobbe’ Kobberup, ESPN’s Jacob Wolf reported on the opening day of the global League of Legends signing period.
After the perceived failure of European duo Zven and Alfonso ‘mithy’ Aguirre Rodríguez — who has now retired and is set to coach Fnatic in 2020 — for TSM in 2018, many fans may be nervous about importing another star from the LEC.
Kobbe may face a hard road to show fans he’s worth the pick-up for the organization that has previously prided itself as one of North America’s most dominant teams, but he’s no stranger to having to prove himself in his career.
The 23-year-old has spent the last four years playing for the Vipers, and attended Worlds in 2016 and 2019. He has contested a single EU LCS final, losing 3-1 to G2 Esports, and finished top-eight in their last international campaign.
While Kobbe and Biofrost will step out onto the Rift alongside Bjergsen and BrokenBlade in 2020, TSM’s jungler situation has not yet been resolved.
The team boasts jungle trio Matthew ‘Akaadian’ Higginbotham, Jonathan ‘Grig’ Armao, and Mingyi ‘Spica’ Lu on their roster, but the org is expected to look outwards for a solution to their highly-publicized struggles to replace Svenskeren since his departure two years ago.
With TSM set to pick up Kobbe, Zven was also left as a free agent for 2020. The former G2 champion has allegedly already found a home, however, with Cloud9 reportedly in discussions with the Dane to fill the hole that will be left by Zachary ‘Sneaky’ Scuderi stepping away from professional LoL.
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