In the professional League of Legends, TSM is one of the most iconic organizations and its origins go back to the very beginning.
TSM is one of those names that has been heard before by any competitive LoL fan. It’s the name that was a key part of making the North American scene boom all those years ago and it’s the name that was chanted without TSM even participating in the world’s biggest events.
What, however, is the history behind them and what does it even stand for?
What does TSM stand for?
TSM stands for Team SoloMid and has been used since the very beginning of the organization as the go-to abbreviation.
Two brothers, Andy ‘Reginald‘ Dinh and Daniel ‘Dan Dinh’ Dinh, founded TSM. Reginald was a mid-laner professional and one of the first big names in North America to go professional. Reginald not only played professionally, but he also succeeded in building one of the biggest esports brands seen to date.
Dan Dinh had a professional career as well, but eventually took his gameplay to other organizations such as Epik Gamer and CLG.
TSM accomplished more than any team at that time could have dreamt of during the years in which Reginald played for his own team. Not only was the team most fans rooted for, but they were the most successful as well.
They won multiple ESL Go4LoL tournaments, MLG 2011, MLG 2021 Spring Championship, and countless other tournaments with names such as Brian “TheOddOne” Wyllie and Shan “Chaox” Huang on the roster. In 2011, they even took part in the very first World Championship, where they placed third.
How good is Bjergsen?
As the NA LCS grew bigger and more serious, the brand and team began to develop. The biggest and most successful signing to date was when Bjerg joined the team with mid laner Søren “Bjergsen” to replace none other than Reginald himself.
This was a big move at the time and a great risk for them as an organization. Bjergsen didn’t have much experience with his name, but as a huge talent coming from Denmark, he was already hyped up.
Another big breaking point for the organization was Bjergsen joining TSM. Once again, they were building up to be North America’s absolute best organization, even with strong competitors like Cloud9 getting a lot of attention.
Another big breaking point for the organization was Bjergsen joining TSM. Once again, TSM was building up to be North America’s absolute best organization, even with strong competitors like Cloud9 getting a lot of attention.
TSM went through a lot of different iterations after Bjergsen joined the team, but the Danish mid-laner always remained as the consistent member.
With Bjergsen in the center lane, they won a total of six domestic trophies, the last being the 2020 LCS Summer Split. Since Reginald took the step back, Bjergsen has been the face of them quite a lot and is now the first player most fans think of when they are mentioned.
Throughout the years, big names like Yiliang “Doublelift” Peng, Dennis “Svenskeren” Johnsen, and Jesper “Zven” Svenningsen have played alongside Bjergsen and have also played a major role in creating the the brand. The brand has grown so quickly that, according to Forbes, they took the spot as the most valuable esports company of 2020.
TSM, with an estimated revenue of $45 million, is reportedly valued at $410 million. This is the result of 10 years in the competitive esports arena, beginning in 2011 with the League of Legends. They have branched out into other esports titles like Fortnite, Smash Bros, Apex Legends, and much more since then.
What was originally established by two brothers who liked League of Legends has become perhaps the world’s largest brand of esports, Team SoloMid.