In Pictures: The Evolution Of Team SoloMid Across SIX Consecutive World Championships
September 22, 2016
North America’s Team SoloMid are the only team to have reached every League of Legends World Championship since the competition’s inception in 2011. The tournament has grown exponentially since Fnatic claimed the League of Legends throne at Riot’s Season 1 Championship: Korea emerged as a dominant powerhouse, new regions emerged onto the scene, yet TSM have served as the one constant throughout each and every World Championship
As North America prepares to host the 2016 finals, Team SoloMid are fittingly positioned amongst the favourites for their home World Championships. Despite attending every tournament, TSM are yet to fulfil their ambition of winning Worlds, but are now in a better position than ever to achieve their dream.
The current roster is unrecognisable from the team that donned the TSM shirt on a championship stage for the first time six years ago – it’s been one hell of a journey for Team SoloMid:
Season 1 World Championship
Roster: Reginald, TheOddOne, The Rain Man, Xpecial and Chaox - In the first iteration of the TSM roster and Riot's World Championship, Team SoloMid ended the tournament in 3rd place and took home $10,000.
Season 2 World Championship
Roster: Reginald, TheOddOne, Dyrus, Xpecial and Chaox - TSM's Season 2 Worlds run was ended by Azubu Frost in the quarterfinals - not the first time TSM would prove to be outsmarted by Korean metagame. As a sign of the games' growth, TSM took home $75,000, despite finishing in the 5th-8th prize bracket.
Season 3 World Championship
Roster: Reginald, TheOddOne, Dyrus, Xpecial and Wildturtle - Perhaps the most recognisable iteration of the TSM roster, a powerful lineup of the scene's veterans. TSM entered the Season 3 World Championship cemented as North America's fan favourites, but won only two matches of eight, exiting the tournament early.
Season 4 World Championship
Roster: Bjergsen, Amazing, Dyrus, Lustboy and Wildturtle - So dawned the Bjergsen era of Team SoloMid. The Danish midlaner made an immediate impact during his first full season in North America. At Worlds, TSM placed second in their group, advancing to the Playoffs.
Though the draw was not kind to TSM, who met inevitable champions Samsung White in their first match knockout match.
Season 5 World Championship
Roster: Bjergsen, Santorin, Dyrus, Lustboy and Wildturtle - The least said the better about TSM's performance at the Season 5 World Championship. Despite being crowned the champions of the NA LCS Spring Split, TSM slumped hard during the summer. Team SoloMid failed to make it out of the group stage at the 2015 World Championship, sparking the retirement team legend Dyrus and the immediate departure of Santorin and Lustboy.
Season 6 World Championship
Roster: Bjergsen, Hauntzer, Doublelift, Biofrost, Svenskeren - This one hurt more than most. Expected to mount a serious challenge for the title, TSM crashed out in the group stages, drawn once more in the 'group of death'.