Formed in 2009, Team SoloMid is the only team to qualify for each of the first seven World Championship events and the first ten NA LCS finals. Even though their performance can sometimes get a little shaky on the biggest of stages, this has solidified TSM as one of the greatest North American League of Legends teams of all-time.
TSM attended the Riot Season 1 Championship in 2011, taking first place in their group. A rough showing in the playoffs saw Team SoloMid finish the tournament in third place, taking home $10,000.
In late October, TSM moved into a gaming house in New York City to produce even better results for Season 2. When Marcus “Dyrus” Hill joined the squad, TSM became known as not only the strongest team in North America, but one of the strongest in the entire world.
TSM were given an automatic seed into the first season of the NA LCS along with Dignitas and Counter Logic Gaming. They ended the spring season with a 75% win rate and in first place, but saw their performance slide in the following split as Cloud9 received the bye to the World Championship quarterfinals instead, making the newcomers TSM’s biggest domestic rivals. TSM was unable to advance past the group stage at Worlds.
Mid laner Soren “Bjergsen” Bjerg joined Team SoloMid for the 2014 season. They ended the Spring Split with a 22-6 record, two games behind Cloud9, who they lost to in the finals of the playoffs in a 3-0 series. This fueled TSM to make some mid-season changes, including the addition of Maurice “Amazing” Stückenschneider and Nicholas “Gleeb” Haddad. Unfortunately, this only produced worse results in the Summer Split until TSM replaced Gleeb with Ham “Lustboy” Jang-sik. They then beat Cloud9 3-2 in the finals. At Worlds that year, Team SoloMid placed second in their group but eventually lost in the quarterfinals.
Despite Amazing’s retirement, TSM began the 2015 Spring Split with an 8-2 record after five weeks. They were invited to the IEM SEason IX World Championship, where they became the first North American team to win an international event with Korean teams present, although they did not play against those teams themselves, since 2011. A 13-5 record in the Spring Split billed them as top seed in the playoffs, where they won their third North American championship. Surprisingly, TSM ended up placing fifth at the end of the Summer Split, their lowest placement at the time.
Luckily, they had already qualified for Worlds thanks to their Championship Points from the previous split. As NA’s second seed, TSM were placed in Group D, which also included LGD Gaming, Origen, and KT Rolster. TSM finished in last place in the difficult group with a 1-5 record.
Going into the 2016 season, TSM added Peter “Doublelift” Peng and Dennis “Svenskeren” Johnsen. Big roster changes resulted in a 50% win rate for TSM at the start of the Spring Split. They ultimately finished in sixth place, a new low. But Team SoloMid couldn’t be counted out just yet, as they defeated Cloud9 3-1 in the quarterfinals of the playoffs and then crushed Immortals 3-0 in the semifinals. Even though CLG won the finals series, TSM finished the split in second place.
Vincent “Biofrost” Wang joined TSM as a rookie going into the Summer Split, which proved to be a boon for the NA favorites. TSM didn’t lose a single series until Week 8. Once again, TSM defeated all their rivals, including Cloud9, in the playoffs. They then qualified for Worlds, this time as NA’s first seed.
This great performance had many fans speculating that Team SoloMid would advance out of the group stage and potentially make a deep run at Worlds, but TSM dropped three games and then lost a second-place tiebreaker, unable to consistently beat the likes of Samsung Galaxy, Royal Never Give Up, and Splyce.
Despite Doublelift leaving the team as they prepared for the 2017 Spring Split, Team SoloMid finished the split with a 15-3 record, putting them in first place. They defeated Cloud9 in the finals, claiming another LCS title. The Summer Split wasn’t as strong of a performance, but they still took first with a 14-4 record. In the finals, TSM captured their third NA LCS title in a row and they qualified for the World Championship once again. But as before, TSM was eliminated in the group stage.
Team SoloMid made some major roster changes before the 2018 season, including recruiting the three-time EU LCS champion bot lane duo of Jesper “Zven” Svenningsen and Alfonso “Mithy” Aguirre Rodríguez. TSM had the most hyped roster going into the Spring Split, but they began the season 1-3. The shaky split resulted in an 11-7 record and a four-way tie for third place with Team Liquid, Cloud9, and Clutch Gaming. TSM won the tiebreaker series to claim third seed.
In the quarterfinals, TSM faced Clutch Gaming and the intense series saw Clutch becoming the first team to ever defeat TSM in the LCS quarterfinals. TSM would not be in the finals for the first time in the history of the NA LCS. The Summer Split wasn’t much better, and many blamed Mithy and jungler Jonathan “Grig” Armao for their subpar performances. After multiple mistakes that summer, Team SoloMid didn’t qualify for Worlds for the first time in League of Legends history.
After such a disappointing season, TSM made some monumental roster changes. This included switching out Mithy and Grig for Andy “Smoothie” Ta and Matthew “Akaadian” Higginbotham, respectively. This marked a huge change for TSM, and they made it to the Spring Split playoffs. They lost to Team Liquid in the finals after taking the region’s top team to game five.
Team SoloMid was looking strong going into the Summer Split as well. They fought their way to the playoffs once more, but to fans’ shock, underdogs Clutch Gaming beat them in the quarterfinals once again. Team SoloMid missed out on Worlds for the second time in a row and it was time for some new changes.
Going into the 2020 season, TSM surprised fans by signing jungler Joshua "Dardoch” Hartnett. They also tackled their biggest issue in the bottom lane. Team SoloMid brought back former support Vincent “Biofrost” Wang and signed ADC Kasper “Kobbe” Kobberup from Splyce.