By Petar Vukobrat
August 23, 2019
We finally know who’s the 2019 LCS Summer Split MVP — starting jungler Dennis “Svenskeren” Johnsen! The European jungling superstar has been a household name for a bafflingly long period of time, and his stellar play was recognized both in Europe as well as North America. His stints on Team SoloMid and Cloud9 also garnered him worldwide attention after styling and dominating over his opponents at multiple World Championships.
But somehow, someway, it feels like Svenskeren is only just getting started, even after so many years of professional play. The first big team he played for was the Copenhagen Wolves all the way back in August of 2012. Nine years later, he’s still at the top of his game and is as well-rounded and prone to making mind-blowing plays and engages as ever.
That said, he’s not perfect. His tendencies to go for ill-advised plays or solo invades often backfired throughout history, but once he signed for Cloud9 all of that changed — for the better. It was the first organization he played for that opted to adapt around Svenskeren and his carnivorous, flashy playstyle. They knew that an unlocked Svenskeren is the best kind of Svenskeren. Forcing him to adhere to a specific style of play that doesn’t come naturally to him will never deliver good results. So instead, they decided to remove the leash and unshackle the mechanical beast.
In short, Svenskeren prospered in every conceivable fashion ever since he donned a Cloud9 jersey. In fact, he became Cloud9’s first ever LCS regular season MVP recipient. The fact that such a legendary organization never had an MVP player is staggering. It boggles the mind, and yet it is based in fact.
But being mechanically gifted and impactful is just one part of the equation — being resistant to the ever-changing meta is another integral part of being a top-tier professional. The fact that Svenskeren’s biggest strengths transfer over to tanks as well as bruisers is astonishing and is a hallmark of a true jungling behemoth.
Statistically speaking, Svenskeren isn’t at the top in most categories, but he does lead in Damage Per Minute (294, 50 above Golden Guardians’ Juan “Contractz” Arturo Garcia) and Damage Share (14.7%, tied with Jonathan “Grig” Armao and Lucas “Santorin” Tao Kilmer Larsen), Earned Gold Per Minute (211.6) and Gold Share (17.7%). The rest of his stats aren’t particularly flashy because he spends most of his time out of the jungle, trying to create leads for his laners and succeeding often.
You can see a couple of his recent highlights from an official Cloud9 montage:
If for whatever reason you couldn’t watch Svenskeren style on his opponents throughout the most recent Summer Split, don’t fret! You’ll be able to see him in action in a matter of days as he takes on the defending champions Team Liquid in the Summer Split finals! Will Svenskeren be able to secure his team an LCS trophy? Tune in this Sunday on Twitch or YouTube to find out!