It looks like TSM might have found their replacement for retiring mid laner Søren "Bjergsen" Bjerg.
Tristan “PowerOfEvil” Schrage looks set to be the replacement for Bjergsen, who will be leaving FlyQuest once the free agency window opens. POE will join a TSM side that’s off the back of another LCS title, though a poor showing at Worlds 2020.
It wasn’t just TSM who had an eye on POE, however, with Evil Geniuses allegedly tabling an offer for the mid laner. According to Jacob Wolf, POE has decided to join TSM for the 2021 season.
POE first came to the LCS back in the 2018 season when he joined OpTiC Gaming, before moving to CLG a year later. POE spent 2020 with FlyQuest and helped secure the side a spot at Worlds 2020. Though they failed to make it out of their group, they gave a good show of themselves, especially in their victory against Chinese top seed TOP Esports.
Schrage wasn’t, however, TSM’s first choice, with them being a number of sides tracking G2 Esports’ ADC (though heading back to mid) Luka “Perkz” Perković. Sadly for TSM, it appears that if Perkz does leave for the LCS it will be to join Cloud9 as they look to reunite him with former G2 Esports ADC Zven.
As for the rest of the TSM roster, we’ve heard that they’ll be looking to sign replacements for top laner Sergen “Broken Blade” Celik and support Vincent “Biofrost” Wang. No news as yet about who they’ll look to replace in those roles, however, the possibility of TSM to sign departing Cloud9 top laner Eric “Licorice” Ritchie.
With over a week to go before the free agency opens we’re already seeing the 2021 season shaping up to be a special one. As we mentioned in our story “How does G2 Esports potentially replace Perkz” this offseason could be a long one. We’ll likely not know what the landscape looks like until we see the first few roster locks happen, at which point it should become clear who is looking for what when it comes to roster completion.
Right now, all eyes are on the LCS, which despite COVID impacting the league LCS sides seem to be continuing to throw large sums of money around. Over in the LEC, it might be a humbling one for the region. With Alphari and Perkz looking set to leave, the region could be losing two of its top talents to North America.
That said, Europe continues to produce high-quality talent in its regional leagues, so we’ll have to wait and see what teams can potentially pull off a MAD Lions and find hidden gems.