A week after reports began circulating that the Danish bot laner was heading to the LCS for the 2020 season, TSM confirmed the news on its official YouTube channel with a humorous video.
Kobbe first started competing in professional League of Legends in 2014, bouncing around between a number of different organizations before spending the 2015 season with Team Dignitas EU. He joined Splyce following the 2015 League of Legends World Championship and became a mainstay of its roster.
Though Splyce never became an overwhelming force in the EU LCS or the newly branded LEC, the team was generally successful with Kobbe in the bottom lane. His most recent season with the team was his most successful, helping Splyce reach the playoffs of Worlds 2019. The team placed in the top eight after being defeated by SK Telecom T1 in the quarterfinals.
Kobbe was largely seen as the team’s best performer at the event, increasing his profile internationally and setting him up for a big potential move in the offseason. Kobbe’s departure comes as Splyce is shutting down. The LEC franchise will reportedly be rebranded as MAD Lions for the 2020 season.
Team SoloMid had a generally decent season in 2019, but the year has been regarded by fans as a disappointing one.
The organization came in second place in the 2019 LCS Spring Split, falling to Team Liquid in the finals by a 3-2 score. While that was a strong showing by most measures, it narrowly kept TSM out of the 2019 Mid-Season Invitational where Liquid would go on to make the final.
The 2019 LCS Summer Split went much worse for the team.
The organization finished the regular season in fourth place with a 10-8 record. While that was still enough to qualify for the playoffs, the team was bested by Clutch Gaming 3-1 in the quarterfinals. TSM then entered the Regional Finals as the first seed but once again lost to Clutch, this time in 3-2 fashion. This kept TSM out of Worlds 2019, making this the second consecutive year that TSM has missed out on the biggest stage in League of Legends.
That performance, alongside Team Liquid cementing itself as the LCS’s top organization, surely left a sour taste in TSM’s mouth. The North American organization is looking to fix that by shaking up its roster. Kobbe replaces Jesper “Zven” Svenningsen in the bottom lane as Zven heads to domestic rival Cloud9, while Vincent “Biofrost” Wang has rejoined TSM as the starting support. Søren “Bjergsen” Bjerg will also remain with TSM as the starting mid.
TSM will return to action with the start of the 2020 LCS Season.