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Svenskeren explains why his LCS titles with TSM ‘weren’t that special’

Published: 10/Jan/2020 5:43 Updated: 2/Nov/2020 10:30

by Isaac McIntyre


Reigning MVP and Evil Geniuses franchise star Dennis ‘Svenskeren’ Johnsen has revealed why lifting the LCS trophy with his new team would mean so much, and why the three he won with TSM aren’t that special.

Svenskeren has already had a hugely successful LCS career, sparked by his move from Europe’s SK Gaming to TSM in 2015. After a grand final loss to Counter Logic Gaming, that Team SoloMid roster went on to win three championships in a row.

While three championship rings might be a great achievement for any League of Legends player, Svenskeren has admitted he doesn’t see his previous LCS titles — earned against Cloud9 and Immortals — as anything too special.

Riot GamesSvenskeren forged an LCS dynasty with Bjergsen and Doublelift in TSM’s superteam during the 2016 and 2017 seasons.

According to the Evil Geniuses star, the fact his victories came amid one of the best rosters North America has ever seen, led in part by NA veterans Søren ‘Bjergsen’ Bjerg and Yiliang ‘Doublelift’ Peng, they “aren’t a big achievement.”

“I only won the title with TSM, and I personally don’t think it’s a big achievement, as I don’t think I contributed much to winning the title back then,” Svenskeren explained in an interview with Inven. “My first goal in 2020 is to win [with EG].”

One thing that motivates the former TSM star, who most recently spent a two-year stint on North American darlings Cloud9, to win in 2020, is the fact he would be a centerpiece player for the team, instead of just another cog in the roster’s gears.

“This is a fresh team, so there’s nowhere for us to go but up,” he added. “This is a new roster… however, as all new teams go, everyone is super motivated, and for everyone to give their 110% from the start is something that I really like.”

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Svenskeren made it to the Worlds semifinals, but didn’t win any silverware during his two-year stint with Cloud9.

As well as the newly-built team coming together to allegedly “fix the dumpster fire LCS,” as chief executive Nicole LaPointe Jameson so nicely put it, Svenskeren admits he’s facing his own personal challenges heading into the new season.

Riot unveiled a new Summoner’s Rift to the world late last year, one that comes with new powers granted from drakes, and more importantly a dynamic map. While everyone is playing under the new rules, jungle has been affected the most.

“Well, Riot nerfed the jungle again this year, so this year’s going to be very hard… I might need some support,” the Dane joked of his potential individual performances. “In terms of picks, I don’t think it’ll be too different from the Worlds meta though.”

Riot GamesSvenskeren wants to prove himself as the focal point of a team, away from the shadow of Bjergsen and Doublelift.

And even if Svenskeren isn’t joking about the nerfs, he has a roster built for success under his leadership. Two-time world champion Bae ‘Bang’ Jun-sik headlines the rest of the squad, while European wildcard Daniele ‘Jiizuke’ di Mauro and Tristan ‘Zeyzal’ Stidam also add veteran stock to EG’s LoL lineup.

EG’s campaign for the title is set to start on January 25, as the LCS settles into its new three-day format with an added Monday evening timeslot.

Svenskeren’s bid for silverware may have already been handed a boost too — four-time defending champs Team Liquid are already under the pump, with big-money signing Mads ‘Broxah’ Brock-Pedersen potentially set to miss the start of the split due to visa issues. Eugene ‘Pobelter’ Park may replace the absent star.

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TSM Spica leaks major changes to LCS 2021 format

Published: 5/Dec/2020 15:40

by Luke Edwards


TSM jungler Mingyi ‘Spica’ Lu appeared to leak major changes to the format of the LCS 2021 season on his livestream. With LCS bosses keen to rejuvenate the competition, the future of the Spring Split could be down the drain.

Since 2015, the LCS season has been defined by two splits: spring and summer. Each split has a double round-robin, where every team plays each other twice, and the top 6 go through to a play-off series. Simple.

However, major changes to the LCS structure have been rumored to be in the works. Travis Gafford reported LCS powers were considering binning off the spring split altogether, with the season being changed instead to one long split.

The format would mean every team would play a total of 45 regular-season games, up by nine from the current amount of 36. There would also be a small play-off tournament midway through to determine the region’s representatives at the Mid-Season Invitational.

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After a huge shake-up in rosters, including Cloud9’s signing of Perkz from G2, could the next major change be the format?

TSM Spica leaks changes to LCS 2021 format

Live on stream, Spica appeared to suggest the rumored changes to the LCS format were indeed true. He said:

“There’s 45 games next split and I’ll probably be on Jarvan all 45 games.”

TSM’s ex-coach Parth seemed to back up Spica, as he wrote in Twitch chat: “spring = 18 games, summer = 27 games.”

Spica then lightly suggested there might be some bad consequences for Parth, as he joked: “Yo Parth, you can’t leak, man. You know, I might need to take you on a walk.”

Spica’s suggestion of there being 45 games “next split”, partially backed up by Parth, means Gafford’s sources are likely spot on.

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Despite winning the LCS 2020 Spring Split, Cloud9 failed to qualify for Worlds.

The changes to the format come as little surprise. When the original Worlds Qualification system – where teams could earn ‘circuit points’ in spring to boost their chances of qualifying – was scrapped, Spring Split became redundant for anyone bar the winner.

This was punctuated by the 2020 Spring champions Cloud9 ultimately failing to reach Worlds. Making the LCS a streamlined, season-long affair would mean teams would be judged on their achievements across the year, rather than just over a few months.

Whether the other rumoured changes, such as the mid-season play-off for MSI, a reduced academy season, and a pre-season tournament, will also materialize remains to be seen.

Regardless, the merging of the spring and summer splits would be one of the biggest shakeups in the history of the LCS.