Over the weekend, longtime TSM mid laner Bjergsen retired after a career that spanned seven years in the LCS. And now, as the league transitions into a new era without its most recognizable name, teams throughout North America will look to move forward into what might just be the most hectic offseason the region has ever seen.
While TSM is obviously going to feel the strongest impact from Bjergsen’s retirement, the entire landscape of professional League of Legends in North America is going to experience the ripple effect from the retirement of the best player in LCS history. When a name like Bjergsen bows out of professional play, everyone takes notice. Of course, TSM finds itself at the center of attention, but a move like this one—and all of its consequences—will have widespread effects on all of the other nine teams in North America.
TSM will be looking to bolster its roster with a new mid laner while many organizations throughout the league will be scrambling in a market for free agents alongside TSM—a team that no one expected to be in the hunt for a new mid laner this offseason.
Here are three other teams, in particular, that will feel the strongest fallout from the retirement of Bjergsen, as well as TSM’s subsequent search for a new franchise player.
If there’s been one team in the LCS that’s stood toe-to-toe with TSM during the Bjergsen era, it’s Cloud9. Over the course