Søren “Bjergsen” Bjerg is reportedly looking to return to pro play in the 2022 season after spending the last year as a head coach. The Danish League of Legends veteran has yet to confirm or deny the claims.
A TSM Legend
Bjergsen began his professional LoL career in April 2012 with Western Wolves before moving to Team LDLC and Copenhagen Wolves in October. The mid laner has spent the next four months with the Danish esports organization before moving to Ninjas in Pyjamas in May 2013.
Ninjas in Pyjamas marked Bjergsen’s last European LoL team he would represent. At the end of his stint with the Swedish esports organization, in May 2013, Bjergsen moved to overseason to join TSM, where he has remained ever since.
By deciding to play in the LoL Championship Series (LCS), Bjergsen became the second European LoL pro to join the North American league, following Edward “Edward” Abgaryan. However, unlike Edward, Bjergsen emerged as one of the biggest stars in the league.
Throughout his eight-year-long stint with TSM, Bjergsen won six LCS titles and helped TSM become the most successful team in the region. However, despite his domestic success, TSM consistently underdelivered on the international stage.
Out of all the disappointing international showings in the organization’s history, the worst came at the 2020 LoL World Championship, when TSM crashed out of the group stage with a 0-6 record. Unfortunately, that was also the last time we got to see Bjergsen play.
Following TSM’s humiliating loss at the 2020 Worlds, Bjergsen announced retirement from professional play and instead transitioned to coaching. After his retirement, Bjergsen took over as TSM’s head coach and has led the team throughout the 2021 season.
A Disappointing Coaching Experience
Bjergsen took over as TSM head coach in October 2020, despite having no previous experience. Regardless, the 25-year-old has achieved relative success early into his first coaching stint.
As a head coach, Bjergsen finished second in the LCS 2021 Spring and secured bronze in the LCS 2021 Mid-Season Showdown. The team further improved in the summer season and won the regular season with a 30-15 record.
Unfortunately, everything went downhill from there. Having won the regular season, TSM were expected to shine in the playoffs; however, the team couldn’t deliver.
Despite their best efforts, TSM crashed out of the playoffs in fourth place. With that, TSM missed qualifying for the 2021 LoL World Championship for the third time since 2017.
It’s unclear whether TSM’s lack of success led Bjergsen to rethink his options for the future. However, it is likely that Dane has – like many other players turned coach – figured out that coaching is a role he enjoys having.
Next Destination Unclear
While reputable sources have unveiled that Bjergsen is seriously thinking about returning to pro play, it’s still unclear where he will continue his career.
Staying with TSM seems like the most logical option, seeing how Bjergsen is a part-owner of the organization. However, it was revealed that Bjergsen is ready to explore free agency, as he is open to switch regions and re-join the European scene.
If Bjergsen joins the free agency, it will mark the first time in his 10-year career that the Dane will not be tied with a team and free to explore his options.
With no official announcement about Bjergsen’s return to pro play, we’re left speculating whether it will actually happen and which team the 25-year-old superstar might join. But considering his renown and the talent he has displayed in the final year of his pro career, it’s fair to say that Bjergsen is more than capable of returning back to the Summoner’s Rift – either in the LCS or LEC.
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