During the third day of Worlds 2019 group stage games, TSM posted a 'thank you' Tweet for the long-standing mid laner that most recognised as a signal for a further announcement.
Thank you, @Bjergsen pic.twitter.com/tGWS2O6R0R— TSM (@TSM) October 14, 2019
—for re-signing! 😃— TSM (@TSM) October 14, 2019
⚫: https://t.co/3hJurunvtp https://t.co/0yp8ofQDB2 pic.twitter.com/GrETMJGAfM
Citing his relationship with CEO Andy "Reginald" Dinh as a big factor in his decision, Bjergsen's re-signing will see the LoL esports legend remain under TSM for the next two years and become part-owner of the organisation.
Initial concerns were expressed by those in the industry surrounding the rules on equity and ownership for players, but ESPN journalist Jacob Wolf revealed the LCS equity rules will change in the 2020 season to allow veteran players with at least three consecutive years to own part of that team.
In a statement provided to @ESPN, #LCS commissioner @IAmGrza clarified the leagues stance on equity. Starting in the 2020 season, players with three or more years of service will be eligible to own part of their team. pic.twitter.com/Fr1VjgwGts— Jacob Wolf (@JacobWolf) October 14, 2019
Bjergsen's tenure at TSM has not been without controversy.
As one of the greatest Western players in League of Legends, many consider his loyalty to the TSM organisation to have been detrimental to his career and legacy so far. TSM have failed to achieve success on the international stage and have not attended a World Championship since 2017.
TSM will be present in the LCS 2020 Spring Split alongside some familiar organisations that are making a return next year. Immortals have taken over the OpTic Gaming spot following the acquisition of Infinite Esports & Entertainment by Immortals Gaming Club, Clutch Gaming has rebranded to Dignitas following their joint merger while the sale of the Echo Fox spot has allowed Evil Geniuses to return to the LCS for the first time since 2014.
Bjergsen is only the second confirmed player for the LCS Spring Split after CLG's Trevor "Stixxay" Hayes announced his own two year future with the organisation earlier this month. Announcements regarding rosters can be expected following the conclusion of Worlds 2019 as many contracts are set to expire next month.