Team SoloMid announced their latest acquisition of the LCS offseason ahead of the 2020 spring split, with the signing of Danish player Kasper 'Kobbe' Kobberup from European team Splyce.
The LCS offseason is never short on big-name moves or high-quality memes, and TSM is the latest NA organization to combine them both into one top-tier skit.
TSM announced the acquisition with a “breaking news” news report, featuring LCS interviewer and self-proclaimed “meme queen” Ovilee May, TSM founder Andy ‘Reginald’ Dinh, and incoming jungler Joshua ‘Dardoch’ Hartnett.
In the skit, the news anchor checks in with Ovilee, who breaks into the backyard of the TSM house before breaking into the house itself. She briefly speaks to Dardoch before going inside, whilest the news report pokes fun at TSM’s affinity for signing Danish players, labeling Denmark as the “TSM Talent Farming Facility.”
Over the years, TSM has acquired a number of great Danes during offseasons, most notably franchise star and now co-owner Søren "Bjergsen" Bjerg.
The broadcast host then speaks to TSM owner Reginald over the phone, who expresses surprise that their newest acquisition is Danish before cheering loudly and proclaiming that TSM “is going to win Worlds.”
After failing to get a comment from Bjergsen, and after failing to enter his room, Ovilee begins to leave to close the segment, but not before Dardoch asks one more time if Kobbe is Danish.
He is Danish, and more importantly than that, he’s coming off a very impressive year in what was the final campaign for the Splyce brand. Splyce surprised LoL fans across the world with their Worlds qualification and their subsequent run through the Worlds group stage.
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Kobbe played for Splyce for four years, and established himself as one of the more consistent bot laners in all of Europe. He’s constantly faced doubters during his time with Splyce, and that experience should prepare him for scrutiny he could face while playing under the TSM banner.
It’s impossible for us to summarise four amazing years together. What a journey, and we wouldn’t have had it any other way.
We say goodbye to @kobbe this off season and we wish him all the success on his new team. Thank you for all the memories. https://t.co/nYviZ9Fe85
— MAD Lions LoL English (@MADLions_LoLEN) November 23, 2019
TSM has experienced a slight falling off over the past couple of years. Once regarded as the unstoppable juggernauts that claimed multiple LCS championships, they’ve gone 0-4 on championships in the last four splits, and missed the last two Worlds.
TSM owner Reginald screaming about his team winning Worlds in the announcement skit may have been a bit for the video, but there’s no doubt that he has high expectations for his team each split. This year will be no different, as another Danish duo will be the driving force that determines TSM’s success.