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Evil Geniuses sign MVP Svenskeren, pledges to fix “dumpster fire” LCS

Published: 20/Nov/2019 2:47

by Isaac McIntyre

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Evil Geniuses have confirmed their acquisition of LCS 2019 Summer most valuable player Dennis ‘Svenskeren’ Johnsen, and taken aim at the “dumpster fire” league as they return to League of Legends for the first in four years.

Usually, signing the reigning MVP is a strong enough statement of intent for the upcoming season, and many sat up and took notice when it was first revealed EG would be splashing the cash for Svenskeren, and support Tristan ‘Zeyzal’ Stidam.

When the jungler’s move was made official on November 19, the legacy org fired into the league’s contenders circle. Now, the team has confirmed their “master plan” to take the LCS by storm, and “put out the raging dumpster fire that is NA LoL.”

Riot GamesEvil Geniuses bought out Svenskeren’s contract, which was set to run until 2021.

Evil Geniuses’ chief executive Nicole LaPointe Jameson introduced herself to new fans in the org’s November 19 video, and revealed that before taking the helm of the LCS franchise, she had a background in “turning around distressed businesses.”

This made her the “natural choice” to fix the problems that had been plaguing North American League of Legends over the past few years, and announced that Evil Geniuses, led by Svenskeren, were aiming for “Worlds domination.”

Twitter: Evil GeniusesThe returning LCS org, which last competed in LoL in 2015, is coming back with a bang.

“It won’t be easy, as we are starting from scratch, but with every good evil genius, we come with a master plan,” Jameson said in the team’s ‘villain reveal’ video.

“With the acquisition of Svenskeren, MVP of North America, phase one of the master plan was put into effect. As the remaining phases are revealed, LCS as you know it will cease to exist.

“Remember: evil geniuses do not stop until Worlds domination is achieved. Join us, Live Evil with us, and join us in our master plan as we usher in a new era of LCS. Resist us, and spend your remaining days as you did last Fall – sad. Very sad.”

Putting aside Evil Geniuses’ “dumpster fire” theatrics, the acquisition of three-time LCS champion Svenskeren, and perhaps the best player in the region in the second half of 2019, certainly sets the returning org up for success.

Svenskeren has had a history of dominant success in LoL, topping the EU LCS regular season with SK Gaming in Spring 2014 and Spring 2015. The team also finished second behind Fnatic in Summer 2014, after a 3-1 loss in the final.

Trading Berlin for Los Angeles, the Danish jungler accepted a major transfer deal with Team SoloMid, and joined an LCS mega-roster that already boasted superstar names like Søren ‘Bjergsen’ Bjerg and Yilliang ‘Doublelift’ Peng.

Riot GamesSvenskeren won three consecutive LCS titles with TSM in 2016 and 2017.

That roster would take North America by storm, as they marched to three consecutive championships. Svenskeren’s first LCS season nearly finished undefeated, with one loss to Phoenix1 keeping them at a still-stunning 17-1 record.

Svenskeren made the switch to Cloud9 ahead of the 2018 season, after back-to-back 9th-12th place finishes at the World Championship in America and China saw TSM owner blew up the back-to-back-to-back championship roster.

The Dane had a mixed start to life in the light-blue jersey, spending time with the Academy roster, before exploding back to life ahead of the 2018 World Championship, where he played a key role in guiding C9 to a top-four finish.

Riot GamesBlaber is now set to takeover Cloud9’s jungle position full-time in 2020.

According to sources, Svenskeren’s place in Cloud9’s jungle will be filled full-time by Robert ‘Blaber’ Huang, with whom the European star shared stage time for much of his two-year tenure with the team.

Keep track of all of League of Legends’ ongoing news and transfers with Dexerto’s dedicated offseason roster tracker.

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Doublelift announces League of Legends retirement after storied LCS career

Published: 25/Nov/2020 21:37 Updated: 25/Nov/2020 22:49

by Alan Bernal

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Yiliang ‘Doublelift’ Peng has retired from professional play after nearly a decade, ending one of the most storied careers in North American League of Legends.

The star ADC of Team SoloMid and notably Team Liquid, among others, announced his retirement while reflecting on the embattled beginnings of his career to becoming a highly decorated player in NA’s professional scene.

“When I was 17, I qualified for the Season 1 World Championship in Sweden. It was my very first tournament… When I sat down to play my first match, I felt a fire in my heart that drove me to chase the dream of becoming a pro player and being the best,” Doublelift wrote of his humble beginnings.

DL was one of the last few legacy members of League of Legends esports. He’s played in all 10 premier seasons since the days of Intel Extreme Masters and Major League Gaming before the NA LCS even formed.

TSM trophy LCS doublelift retires
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In his near 10-year career, Doublelift ends his career with a case filled with LCS Trophies and MVPs.

Even in the modern era of the LCS, after the highs and lows of his time on Team Liquid and TSM, DL capped off his domestic run with a five-year domination of the league into retirement.

“I was mocked about being better on the analyst desk than in-game. My play style would never work, they said I was too greedy in a game that demands teamwork. For 5 years, I practiced 14 hours a day and lost every important match.

“Then I finally won my first LCS championship. Today, I’ve won 8 of the last 11 splits. Hard work and determination paid off. I’m fully aware of the irony of saying that in my retirement post.”

Doublelift expressed regret for his lack of international success at Worlds, which the LCS as a whole has struggled to leave its impression on throughout the years.

doublelift tsm team liquid lcs finals
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Doublelift and Bjergsen both retired in the 2020 off-season after historical LCS careers.

“I’d like to have been able to say I won Worlds (or even just made it to quarters), but let’s just have the rookies take up the torch on that one,” he said, looking forward to the future of the LCS.

Still, some of the most prolific LCS showings on the international stage have come under teams with Doublelift on the roster. Notably in the semifinals of the Mid-Season Invitational (MSI) 2019 and showing off NA pride at multiple Rift Rivals.

Doublelift ended his career as the first member of the LCS’s 1000-Kill Club with eight LCS Championships, an LCS MVP for Summer 2018, the LCS Finals MVP for Spring 2019, and was nominated to the LCS All-Pro 1st Team five times.