A true master of his craft should be able to adapt to many different styles. Despite Team SoloMid’s shaky start to the NA LCS Summer Split, mid laner Søren “Bjergsen” Bjerg remains confident in the reigning champion’s long-term strategy.
Following a disappointing Mid-Season Invitational, Team SoloMid returned to North America eager to buff out the evident deficiencies displayed at the international tournament.
Though TSM enjoyed consistent success throughout the Spring Split – with an emphasis on carry mages in the mid lane and tanks for Kevin “Hauntzer” Yarnell in the top lane – their regional dominance did not translate to MSI 2017.
A reoccurring theme for Team SoloMid, Bjergsen is determined to nail down the team’s arsenal of strategies ahead of the World Championship, hoping to avoid ‘shitting the bed internationally’.
Speaking to Yahoo eSports, Bjergsen provided validation for some of his unpopular champion picks, with particular emphasis on the Galio pick that was conducive to the team’s loss vs Immortals:
“I don’t regret picking things we might not be as good at, or things that we still need to get better at.
“I know we can probably pick to our strengths every single game and we would’ve won a lot more games than we did.
“But it’s not really about the early games in the split, it’s about the long run.
“Every time we win the split then shit the bed internationally, I wish we had practiced these things earlier in the split.”
Søren “Bjergsen” Bjerg
Though it may cost Team SoloMid a number of winnable matches, the team’s fanbase should prepare to witness yet more supportive picks from Bjergsen, attempts to play the ‘protect the AD carry’ composition and a combination of both carries and tanks for Hautzter in the top lane.
Bjergsen is often referred to as North America’s equivalent of SK Telecom T1’s Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok. Whilst the Korean is regarded as the best player in the World with the potential to dominant any opponent in the mid lane, he is equally capable of fulfilling a supportive, backseat role to provide his team with success.
If this is the calibre of company that Team SoloMid intend to compete with, then sacrifices will need to made during the regular season.
It’s understandable that TSM fans will point the finger towards Head Coach Parth “Parth” Naid when the reigning champions fall to supposedly inferior opposition, often on account of drafts that take the roster out of their comfort zone. But perhaps the blame for the team’s lack of versatility should rest with the players themselves.
Having reached every playoff final since the NA LCS’ conception, the regular season is ultimately a period of comfort for Team SoloMid. This split, TSM have made the bold decision to experiment and try new things, hoping to perfect comps they will need to know how to play going into Worlds.
If Team SoloMid can head into the World Championship with strategic diversity – outside of just Hauntzer playing Tanks, Dennis “Svenskeren” Johnsen relying upon Lee Sin, Bjergsen opting for a carry mage, Yiliang “Doublelift” Peng providing utility from the AD carry position and Vincent “Biofrost” Wang supplying shields, even if their record is far from perfect, the Summer Split will have been a success.