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TSM re-signs star mid laner Bjergsen in “unprecedented” deal

Published: 14/Oct/2019 20:23 Updated: 14/Oct/2019 21:02

by Alan Bernal


Storied League of Legends pro Søren ‘Bjergsen’ Bjerg has re-signed with Team SoloMid in a deal that will heavily incorporate the player in the company’s future.

TSM has been a traditional fixture in the League of Legends Champion Series (LCS). While the team’s struggles since 2018 have been uncharacteristic from what fans expect, it looks like the org could be on the verge of a strong revival.

One of the first steps to that point is locking down the mid laner that’s been through the highs and lows with TSM. While the build up to the announcement was confusing for everyone, it ultimately led to big news.

Bjergsen has completed a 2-year deal with his longtime club, which reportedly comes packaged with ownership shares in the team, according to Launcher.

“I knew I wanted to continue to work with TSM and add value to the company,” Bjerg told Launcher. “And this move means that I can continue to not only represent TSM as a player, but also be a part of the entire organization as we strive to achieve new heights in gaming, media and tech.”

Just like the TSM owner and midlaner before him Andy ‘Reginald’ Dinh, Bjergsen will be an owner for the team he represents when the 2020 season kicks off next year. The unique blend of leadership on and off the Rift could be what the embattled org needs to get back to being a championship contender.

The 23-year-old will now be looking forward to reinvigorating TSM as a part-owner, which will now be backed by the club’s upcoming esports facility.

“What will be different next year is having the facility,” Bjergsen said. “Which is going to be a really big change, but one that will really fuel a lot of motivation and fire in me and the team.”

TSM last won a North American title in 2017, when they took first place in both the Spring and Summer Splits. They have been a top five team in past years, but haven’t been able to pull off strong finishes like they used to.

The team narrowly missed their trip to Worlds 2019 after a 3-2 series loss to Clutch Gaming in the LCS Regional finals. They ended their 2019 Spring and Summer splits in third and fourth, respectively.

TSMTSM led fans to believe Bjergsen wouldn’t be re-signing, even in the follow-up video called “TSM Midlane announcement.”

In the build up for their October 14 announcement, TSM’s official Twitter account posted an image of their mid laner waving with a caption: “Thank you Bjergsen.”

It was a long 40 minutes before fans were able to let out a sigh of relief as TSM revealed that they were actually thanking Bjerg for re-signing with them, along with taking a bit more stock in the team he’s playing for.

With a championship-caliber player in Bjergsen having more responsibilities under his belt, TSM will hope to get back to their winning ways soon.

League of Legends

LCK 2021 Spring Split: Intense series see wins for Hanwha Life and DRX

Published: 22/Jan/2021 15:35 Updated: 22/Jan/2021 15:37

by Lauren Bergin


League of Legends’ LCK 2021 Spring Split is underway! Ten Korean teams compete for a place in the Spring Playoffs. Here’s the stream, schedule & standings to keep you in the loop!

  • Hanwha Life defeat KT Rolser 2-1.
  • After an intense series DRX defeat Liiv SANDBOX 2-1.
  • Gen.G still undefeated.

As the region currently holding the Summoner’s Cup, the LCK is brimming with talent in 2021. Throughout the course of the ten-week season (January 13 – March 28), teams will be battling for their place in the Spring Playoffs on March 31.

Over $3.6 million is up for grabs in 2021’s Spring Split, as reigning world champs DAMWON Kia look to stamp authority on their region. Here’s everything you need to stay up-to-date.

LCK 2021 Spring Split: Stream

The LCK streams live on its official Twitch channel, as well as on lolesports.com. Missed some of the action? Catch-up on both platforms within 24 hours of the game’s conclusion.

LCK 2021 Spring Split: Results & schedule

Below are the results & schedule for the forthcoming week’s action, followed by the following week’s schedule.

Week 1 results (January 13 – January 17)

Date Match  PT ET GMT 
January 13 Gen.G 2 – 0 KT Rolster 12:00 AM 3:00 AM 8:00 AM
T1 2 – 1 Hanwha Life Esports 3:00 AM 6:00 AM 11:00 AM
January 14 Nongshim RedForce 2 – 1 Liiv SANDBOX 12:00 AM 3:00 AM 8:00 AM
DRX 2 – 1 Afreeca Freecs 3:00 AM 6:00 AM 11:00 AM
January 15 Fredit BRION 0 – 2 Gen.G 12:00 AM 3:00 AM 8:00 AM
DWG Kia 2 – 1 T1 3:00 AM 6:00 AM 11:00 AM
January 16 Liiv SANDBOX 0-2 KT Rolster 12:00 AM 3:00 AM 8:00 AM
Hanwha Life Esports 2-1 DRX 3:00 AM 6:00 AM 11:00 AM
January 17 Nongshim RedForce 0-2 DWG Kia 12:00 AM 3:00 AM 8:00 AM
Afreeca Freecs 2-0 Fredit BRION 3:00 AM 6:00 AM 11:00 AM

Week 2 schedule (January 20 – January 24)

Date Match PT ET GMT
January 20 Liiv SANDBOX 2-0 Afreeca Freecs 12:00 AM 3:00 AM 8:00 AM
DRX 2-1 Nongshim RedForce 3:00 AM 6:00 AM 11:00 AM
January 21 T1 1-2 Gen.G 12:00 AM 3:00 AM 8:00 AM
DWG Kia 0-2 Fredit BRION 3:00 AM 6:00 AM 11:00 AM
January 22 KT Rolster 1-2 Hanwha Life Esports 12:00 AM 3:00 AM 8:00 AM
DRX 2-1 Liiv SANDBOX 3:00 AM 6:00 AM 11:00 AM
January 23 Afreeca Freecs vs DWG Kia 12:00 AM 3:00 AM 8:00 AM
Fredit BRION vs Nongshim RedForce 3:00 AM 6:00 AM 11:00 AM
January 24 KT Rolster vs T1 12:00 AM 3:00 AM 8:00 AM
Gen.G vs Hanwha Life Esports 3:00 AM 6:00 AM 11:00 AM

LCK 2021 Spring Split: Standings

Below are how each team places in the current standings, as Gen.G Esports lead the pack with a flawless record.

Placements Team Series  Games
1 Gen.G Esports 3-0 6-1
2 DRX 3-1 7-5
3 Hanwha Life Esports 2-1 5-4
4 DWN Kia 2-1 4-3
5 T1 1-2 4-5
6 Afreeca Freecs 1-2 3-4
7 KT Rolster 1-2 3-4
8 Nongshim RedForce 1-2 3-5
9 Fredit BRION 1-2 2-4
10 Liiv SANDBOX 1-3 4-6

LCK 2021 Spring Split: Teams

Team Top Jungle Mid AD Carry Support
Afreeca Freecs Kiin Dread Fly Bang Lehends
DWG Kia Khan Canyon ShowMaker Ghost BeryL
DRX Kingen Pyosik SOLKA Bao Becca
Fredit BRION Hoya UmTi Lava Hena Delight
Gen.G Rascal Clid Bdd Ruler Life
Hanwha Life Esports Morgan Arthur Chovy Deft Vsta
KT Rolster Doran Bonnie Ucal HyBriD Zzus
Liiv SANDBOX Summit Croco FATE Route Effort
Nongshim RedForce Rich Peanut Bay deokdam Kellin
T1 Canna Ellim Faker, Clozer Gumayusi Keria