As one of the most popular League of Legends teams in the world, TSM always has the community’s eyes on it. And it wasn’t any different this offseason, as fans were on the lookout for every leak, rumor, and announcement. TSM has finally put an end to the speculation with the official roster announcement.
Most of the players announced for the main roster weren’t a surprise to fans. Bjergsen’s return to the LCS stage was announced in October, when he also acquired some of TSM’s ownership stake. BrokenBlade is not a new name for TSM fans either, as he joined the team last year. The rest of the roster was expected as well, since the players were either already confirmed, or the community had reliable leaks to lean on.
During its long history in the League of Legends scene, TSM built a big brand, and has some of the loudest fans in the world. But since 2017, there haven’t really been many great results to speak of.
TSM used to dominate the regional scene, with six LCS titles earned. The team hadn’t failed to qualify for a Worlds Championship since the first season until 2018. It was then when TSM imported the famous European bot lane duo, Jesper “Zven” Svenningsen and Alfonso “Mithy” Rodriguez, and shuffled the roster.
Fans had high expectations of the new TSM, but it didn’t work out as planned. The team finished the 2018 LCS Summer Playoffs in third place and failed to qualify for the 2018 World Championship through the regional gauntlet. For the first time in the history of League’s Worlds Championships, TSM wasn’t participating.
As the results were disappointing, TSM shuffled the roster for 2019 as well, but couldn’t decide which jungler to consistently keep in the main roster through the season. This was one of the reasons another TSM roster flopped and failed to qualify for 2019 Worlds. The qualification spot of the regional finals was taken by the NA’s underdog team, Clutch Gaming.
But all of this is behind TSM now. With three new players joining some old faces, TSM has a new chance to bring back the glory it once had.