TSM’s Bottom Laner Doublelift Considered Retiring From Professional Play When Bjergsen Retired

TSM’s Bottom Laner Doublelift Considered Retiring From Professional Play When Bjergsen Retired
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TSM’s mid laner Bjergsen announced his departure from the League of Legends player roster today in his transition to the head coach role. Although the team will now look to fill the hole left by the Danish star, the roster could have seen a second player leave its ranks.

Following Bjergsen’s announcement, Doublelift said he also considered retiring after his teammate informed him of his decision. The AD carry said “the team will never be the same without [Bjergsen]” but that he didn’t think it was right to retire following his Worlds 2020 performance.

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TSM experienced one of the most disappointing international performances this year. They became the first pool-one team to not win a single game in World’s history. Changes were expected from the LCS’ first seed following this performance, but no one expected the Danish mid laner to retire or the superstar ADC to consider the choice as well.

Doublelift later added that he thinks retiring would feel fine since he might not be the best ADC, but he believes that he is still the LCS’ best AD carry. “If I’m still the best ADC, I don’t really want to retire,” he said during his stream.

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While Doublelift achieved a lot of local success in the North American region, his international performances over the years leave a lot to be desired. He has continuously qualified for the World Championship since 2015, but has never made it out of groups.

After almost seven years with TSM, one of North America’s greatest talents has decided to hang up the keyboard and mouse. Superstar mid laner Bjergsen is retiring from professional League of Legends and will transition to the team’s head coach for 2021.

In an emotional video from TSM, the 24-year-old veteran reminisced over his meticulous journey throughout his career. He looked back at his evolution, and how he used League as “an escape from the hard times [he] was having at school.”

As the years went by, however, Bjergsen quickly transformed into one of the most dominant mid laners in the region’s history. Since 2013, the Danish powerhouse helped TSM capture six LCS championships and an IEM trophy back in 2015. He has four seasonal MVP awards to his name and has had multiple memorable performances throughout his career.

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Unfortunately for the mid laner, Bjergsen was never able to capture much international success, save for his IEM victory. His team constantly bounced out of the group stage at both MSI and Worlds over the past six years, and went through multiple iterations to no avail.