Team SoloMid has faced an incredible amount of adversity this split, but they’ve managed to gather themselves and push to the very end. This weekend, TSM will face Team Liquid in the LCS Spring Finals after beating Cloud9 and Echo Fox in the first two rounds of the playoffs. There have been many positive forces for TSM during this playoff stretch, but none bigger than Søren ‘Bjergsen’ Bjerg. Bjergsen has proved why he’s the best mid-laner in North America and looks to carry his team all the way to St. Louis.
TSM closed out the spring split by winning 12 of their last 13 matches, putting them in third place. Team play and execution were big factors in their success during this run, but Bjergsen was their clear leader. With his beard growing longer each week, Bjergsen’s strength seemed to be growing with it.
On the stat-sheet, he looked very solid, totaling a 5.84 K/D/A throughout the split. Bjergsen has been known to pick heavy-dueling champions, like Lissandra and LeBlanc, meaning he picks up solo take-downs more often. This led to a suffering kill participation percentage of 68.2%, a term not normally associated with one of the world’s best players. However, he made up for it by averaging around 343 CS per match.
Bjergsen played very well against other strong opponents, like Nicolaj ‘Jensen’ Jensen and Eugene ‘Pobelter’ Park. In their season series against Team Liquid, TSM went 2-0 while Bjergsen remained solid with a scoreline of 5/1/12 between both matches. His performance gave TSM the edge they needed to take down the ‘best’ team in the LCS and he’ll get another shot at them this weekend.
Team SoloMid and Team Liquid: A Spring Rivalry
Team Liquid put together an impressive resume this split, starting with their 7-match winning streak out of the gates. This catapulted them to the top of the LCS, however they hadn’t played TSM yet. Their matchup during week four was the center of attention in the North American League community and it lived up to the hype. TSM’s huge upset victory carried them for the rest of the split and they managed to take TL down a second time in week nine.
Bjergsen’s incredible performances against Team Liquid entail that he’ll be looking to create a similar impact this weekend. He’s improved on almost every single statistic since the playoffs have begun, totaling a 9.1 K/D/A and a 72.8% kill participation percentage. With the way he’s been playing so far, there shouldn’t be much stopping Bjergsen unless TL prioritizes the mid lane. Jensen will provide steady competition for him, but Bjergsen’s focus has looked razor-sharp as of recent. This should make the mid-lane matchup very interesting, considering the pure talent on both sides.
There will certainly be a lot of eyes on Bjergsen this weekend, both on and off the rift. Yiliang ‘Doublelift’ Peng had to hold his tongue when discussing their upcoming match-up, but everyone knows he wants to make this series competitive. Bjergsen will have a tough task ahead of him as he faces another great mid-laner in Jensen, and a worldwide talent in Doublelift.
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