After multiple failed attempts, Jensen brought it home.
For nearly half a decade, Cloud9s mid laner Jensen struggled to win an LCS trophy. Despite being touted as one of the best the North American region had to offer, complete with multiple League of Legends World Championship appearances, Jensen was only able to win a trophy upon changing teams.
Yet for the 2022 Summer Split, Jensen returned to the team he had spent a majority of his pro career with, hoping to finally achieve what had eluded him for so long.
And today, in Chicago in front of thousands of League faithful, he finally accomplished that feat, acknowledging how thankful he is to be given another opportunity to do so.
It felt like something I owed to C9, Jensen told Dot Esports. In a way, its very comforting knowing that everything actually turned out the way it did. Im glad that Jack [Etienne] wanted to take a chance on me again and everything worked out the way it did. It was definitely something I was longing for a long time.”
This past Spring, Jensen was without a League team entirely.
After leaving Team Liquid, the mid laner did not have a roster to call his own despite his LCS tenure. During that time, though, Jensens passion for League remained strong, only increasing his desire to return to pro play as soon as he could.
At the beginning, I was very appreciative of the break, but then I realized, having that much time off, I didnt actually know what to dobeing as addicted to League as I am, Jensen said.
I made it to Worlds every single year, and normally we dont have a very long off-season. For sure the break was nice, but I kinda wanted to play at the same time.
Jensen, alongside his fellow teammates on C9, emerged victorious in todays LCS Championship finals against 100 Thieves in the United Center. C9 was not only the only team in the playoffs to sweep an opposing team, but this victory cemented this roster as the lowest seed entering a playoff bracket to win the entire tournament.
Part of C9s success stemmed from Jensens willingness to switch off his patented LeBlanc pick from game one, instead playing the more supportive Zilean, aiming to increase the movement and survivability of his ADC, Berserker.
Though the two have only been playing on the same team for a few months, Jensen appeared more than willing to hand the spotlight over to Berserker, allowing him to become one of the biggest factors in their victory.
I think one of my strengths as a player is that Im very flexible when it comes to how to play the game, Jensen said. I think a lot of players have a mental block when they think of Zilean in playoffs. Picking it early in the series, I get into their heads a little bit.
C9, 100T, and Evil Geniuses will be the representatives of the LCS at this years League World Championship, of which Jensen holds the title for most consecutive appearances of an LCS player.
However, todays Group Draw Show resulted in C9 learning they’ll to face the LCKs T1 and LPLs EDward Gaming to start their Worlds run. Notably, the three mid of these teamsJensen, Faker, and Scout, respectivelycompeted against each other in the same group on the same teams at Worlds 2017.
Though the players around him may be different this time, Jensen is confident C9s new aggressive playstyle will work in their favor at this years Worlds.
A trend in the past was that NA was too passive at Worlds, Jensen said.
[Being aggressive] makes playing the game a lot more fun, and a lot more bloody as well. I dont think this is something that the Asian teams really think of when they think of LCS, so I think its going to be a fun showingwhether its good or bad.
The 2022 League World Championship will begin on Sept. 29 with the Play-Ins stage in Mexico City, México, featuring the LCS third seed, Evil Geniuses.