Worlds 2020 might not be wrapped up, but the big offseason deals are already flying! Namely Team Liquid’s starting mid laner, Nicolaj “Jensen” ( Link listen) Jensen, reportedly signing a $4.2 million, three-year deal resigning with his squad.
Travis Gafford broke the news of Jensen’s 4.2 million dollar deal, and it quickly spread across social media.
The move locks in one of North America’s most talented regional stars for Team Liquid. What’s more, the signing prevents TL’s major rival, Team SoloMid, from making a bid for the player. TSM recently saw their own starting midlaner, Søren “Bjergsen” Bjerg, retire to a coaching position. As a result, TSM are just one of many NA organisations in the market for a new star mid player.
Jensen was a key part of the Team Liquid squad that represented NA at Worlds 2020 this year. After a sketchy season that saw the team fall to third seed, the squad redeemed themselves with one of the best international performances for NA in recent memory. Jensen has always been an international-calibre star, but his NA teams have often prevented him from proving himself on the Worlds’ stage.
Jensen’s 4.2 million dollar deal makes him one of the highest paid players in North America – for now. Especially as rumours stir that one of the best players in Europe, G2 Esports’ Luka “Perkz” Perković, may be headed to free-agency.
Wherever Perkz lands, TL have still managed to secure their talented mid star and in many cases, team leader. With more security in their roster, the organization can make aggressive moves in the off season.