A League of Legends offseason move that has been in the works for the past few weeks finally happened on Wednesday, November 24, when Team Liquid announced the signing of Søren “Bjergsen” Bjerg. The Danish LoL esports veteran has joined Liquid on a two-year contract after spending the last year away from the action.
Bjergsen Returns To The Rift
Bjergsen is widely regarded as one of the best LoL Championship Series (LCS) players in the league’s history. He has six LCS titles and four MVP awards, trailing only his former teammate, Yiliang “Doublelift” Peng, who has won eight titles over his LoL esports career.
Due to his renown, Bjergsen’s decision to retire as a pro player at 24-years of age in 2020 came as a shock to many. However, Bjergsen’s decision to return to pro play ahead of the 2022 season was even more surprising.
The Dane unveiled his intentions to return to the Summoner’s Rift earlier this year, shortly after the LCS 2021 season ended. At the time, Bjergsen was still the head coach of TSM, who failed to qualify for the LoL World Championship.
However, while Bjergsen’s return to pro play has been rumored for a while, it wasn’t until earlier this month that it started to seem like a real possibility. At first, many believed Bjergsen would return to TSM as a mid laner, but things did go that way.
Bjergsen has been with TSM throughout his entire stay in the LCS. He joined the team in November 2013 and has been with the organization ever since.
And while TSM was Bjergsen’s home for nearly a decade, the 25-year-old decided to take a step in a different direction ahead of the 2022 season. Following the footsteps of his former teammate, Doublelift, Bjergsen left TSM and joined Team Liquid, with who he signed a two-year contract on Wednesday.
Team Liquid will mark Bjergsen’s sixth stop of his career. Previously, he played for Western Wolves, Team LDLC, Copenhagen Flames, Ninjas in Pyjamas, and TSM.
Bjergsen Rounds Up Liquid’s Roster
Bjergsen is the third and final addition Team Liquid have made to its LoL esports division this offseason. By signing the Dane, Liquid have now rounded up its roster, which features some of the biggest Western stars.
Liquid’s rebuilding process began three days after the free agency started. At the time, the team announced the departure of top laner Barney “Alphari” Morris and ADC Edward “Tactical” Ra.
Shortly after, Liquid extended contracts with jungler Lucas “Santorin” Tao Kilmer Larsen and support Jo “CoreJJ” Yong-in. The duo re-signed with the organization for two and one years, respectively.
Former Fnatic top laner and jungler, Gabriël “Bwipo” Rau, was Liquid’s first offseason signing on Monday, November 22. On Tuesday, Liquid unveiled former Rogue ADC Steven “Hans Sama” Liv as their second arrival.
And now, a day after that, Liquid announced Bjergsen as their new mid laner. With that, Liquid officially confirmed the departure of Nicolaj “Jensen” Jensen.
Jensen has been with Liquid since 2018 and is still under contract until November 2023, having signed a three-year deal in 2020.
But due to the arrival of Bjergsen, Jensen will be sidelined for the next season. As of today, it’s unclear whether Jensen will get picked up by another team; however, it seems highly likely that Jensen will sit out next season.
With the recent signings, Liquid have formed a formidable roster featuring some of the biggest Western stars. The team will be led by coach André “Guilhoto” Pereira Guilhoto, who has spent the last year at Immortals.
And while Liquid have done an excellent job forming their 2022 roster, it’s interesting to see that it won’t feature a single NA player. Instead, Liquid now field an all-European roster with one Belgian, French, Korean, and two Danish players.