From Denmark to Team SoloMid | Leader in the Lane: Bjergsen S1E1On September 13, 2019 by Raul Dinwiddie
LEESMAN:Ladies and gentlemen,
your 2016 Summer Split MVP, Bjergsen!(CHEERING)The best in TSM’s history.Check your award.BJERGSEN: Then it was simpler,
about having fun rather than, you know, being super competitive. You know, it’s just… my love
of the game and my passion. In terms of being a leader
or much of a teammate, I didn’t know how to elevate my team. We are in Jutland,
in a city called Holstebro. KARL:
It’s a very nice place we live. Lots of space and it’s quiet. It’s green. I like it. Yeah, Søren played a lot
of handball and football early on. He was very fast on the court,
but he got asthma. And that’s why he had to stop…
playing that type of sport. I started playing
League of Legends because… …friends started playing League. I was like,
“It looks like a kid’s game.” But eventually, I tried it
at a LAN party, and I got hooked. Me and my friends would compete
in tournaments for 75 or 100 dollars. So we would have to play
like eight or ten hours straight. I started playing
these professional players that I had seen going to tournaments. I started talking to some.
They would compliment me, “Oh, really? You’re 15, 16 years old?
That’s really impressive.” There’s three main lanes
and a jungle kinda between the lanes. The mid lane is in the middle,
the top lane on the top of the map, and the bottom on the bottom side. So, simplistic in that sense. What ends up happening in the middle,
as you’re playing the game, people are running in
and out of the mid lane. And also, that player has the ability
to go anywhere on the map. Any advantage the mid laner can get
can transfer to the rest of the game. Whereas, the top laner gets ahead,
it’s more difficult to help the rest, because they have to cover
extra space. In the start, I didn’t know that League of Legends
was so… big, uh, esports. He was just playing at home
in his room, and there were some days
he participated in a tournament with some other players online. And we had not to disturb him
at that time. And then he got contacted
with the Copenhagen Wolves, who wanted to have him on their team. My first experience with a pro team
was when I went to DreamHack in 2012. I was really nervous because
I was a socially awkward kid. My hands and legs
were shaking during games, even though
we weren’t playing onstage. The thrill I got from our first win
just can’t be reproduced. HOST:
He’s only 17. He’s just come……into the team last week.
This is his second week going…I think it was 2013. He was
a kid that was playing in Europe, and everyone said
he was the next big thing. PARTH: This team called
Copenhagen Wolves at the time was doing really badly,
maybe it was 0-8 or 0-9. Soon as Bjergsen entered this team,
the trajectory of that team from the middle of Split
to the end of Split was staggering. I was aware of Bjergsen when he was
on the Copenhagen Wolves. One of the most visceral highlights
was his pentakill on Syndra. There’s five players on the map. Kill two, it’s the double kill. But you killall five,
and it’s called a pentakill. The reason it’s impressive is
five on your team, five on the other, yet one player
managed to kill everyone. COMMENTATOR:He flings Fredy
away again. Quadra kill.Can he get the pentakill here?Bjergsen chasing down. He’s missing,
about to let him through.-Pentakill! Got it in for Bjergsen!
-(CROWD CHEERING)The Copenhagen Wolves
are gonna push through hereand pick up their first victory!It was early on in the LCS,
one of the first pentakills seen, and he was this really young,
kind of unknown mid laner. But at the time, European mid laners
are the best mid laners. He was just another one of those. Once he joined,
they won seven games in a row. I was like, “Damn,
this guy’s really carrying his team.” He dragged that team
across the finish line. People were waiting for you to show
us something. You did: a pentakill. Tell us about that matchup,
Syndra Orianna. Nerve-racking, shaking. Even though there was
20-30 people in the studio, that was a massive deal to me. I didn’t understand
why anyone would be a fan of me, why people are talking about me.
I was there to play the game.Cyanide’s gone down as well!
Bjergsen tries to do a hit and run.It’s gonna be xPeke!
And nRated goes down.They’re catching on.
One more shot, sOAZ goes down,-xPeke left on the blue team.
-They’ve done it!The Copenhagen Wolves
have beaten Fnatic!They take down the top of the league.DENNIS: In Denmark, there’s not
enough players, so you can’t… …be a professional Danish player.
You have to join… other leagues, like in the EU LCS or NA LCS,
to become a pro. (CROWD CHEERING) ANDY: When I created my organization,
it was pursuing my passion, so I just decided to create TSM
because I loved it. At one point, I was the best player
in my position in the world. When I decided to step down, we had looked at
every single possible candidate. Bjergsen was recommended
to me by Dyrus. I played against him
in European solo queue when I was living on the East Coast.
My first impression and memory of Bjergsen was…
highly mechanical. I started to realize
how often he actually kills mid lane or gets extremely far. I mean, that’s just like
a super big presence on the map. I knew that he was
the right candidate as soon as I met him in person. BJERGSEN: In terms of going
to North America, it came down to that they were starting to implement,
like, coaches and had team houses. I never had a team house or
like a solid team manager or coach, so the infrastructure
in North America really interests me. KARL: First when he came to me,
Søren had said that he wanted to be a pro in… computer gaming. Said, “Yeah, that’s
something you do off-site of work, so what would you live off?” And he said, “I can live of this,
because I’m good.” I thought, “Yeah,
he thinks he’s good, so… …let’s see how it works.” It was difficult to say, “Just travel
to the other side of the world.” The difficult thing was,
when he started to be a pro, that was where it was difficult
to make the decisions. Should we take him out of school
and then let him play full-time League of Legends? He just said,
“I want to go and see the world.” “Okay, Søren, on your own?”
“Yeah, I just… want to experience.” Afterwards, he told me
that he had some contact with… …a team that he should talk to,
and that was TSM. And when he came back
late in September, he told me that he wanted to get
that contract and hoped that it would be possible for him. So he left Denmark in the beginning
of November of that year. PENG: Reggie was the cornerstone
of North American aggressive mid. And he was also known
for being extremely smart. Like, he did all the shot calling
for his team, so for him to… …hand the reins to Bjergsen
who’s young, a rookie, no experience being
a leader, he has no, you know… not much competitive experience
compared to Reggie, that was like a big leap of faith. BJERGSEN: TSM is built on winning.
The whole world was telling me that. You’re coming in, filling big shoes.
You have to do it well. I came in to fill this legend’s spot,
and I just had to succeed.