Nukeduck Domestic Career
Erlend “Nukeduck” Våtevik Holm started his LoL career at the end of 2011. In the beginning of his professional journey, he had brief stints on teams like 3DMAX, Tt Dragons, H2K, and Team Solo Medbi.
However, his first notable showing happened on Sinners Never Sleep. Together with his teammates, Nukeduck attended the 2013 Summer Promotion Tournament. Sinners scored a narrow victory over TCM Gaming and dismantled Against All Authority to qualify for the 2013 EU LCS Summer Split.
The entire lineup was picked up by the Lemondogs brand, and Nukeduck entered the EU LCS under a new flag. Suddenly, Lemondogs took over the league. They breezed through the competition, producing a massive 18-10 regular season record and securing a bye to the Semifinals. In the playoffs, they took down Gambit Gaming with a 2-0 score and prepared to face Fnatic in the finals. But this opponent proved too hard to handle, and after a 1-3 loss, Lemondogs walked away with the silver medal. Still, this showing was enough to qualify for the 2013 World Championship.
Despite this success, Nukeduck left the team for Ninjas in Pyjamas (NiP). He joined them right as NiP were fighting for their EU LCS slot in the Promotion Tournament. But Nukeduck’s presence didn’t improve their shaky performance, and NiP fell short in a series against Kiedyś Miałem Team. With that, they were eliminated from the EU LCS.
Nukeduck stayed on the team to play in the 2014 EU CS Spring Split. After a strong start in the regular season, NiP looked set to return to the EU LCS. But unfortunately, Nukeduck received a 6-month suspension from Riot Games for offensive behavior in Solo Queue. This forced NiP to remove Nukeduck from their lineup and continue the split without him.
After serving his punishment, Nukeduck signed with Team ROCCAT to play in the 2015 EU LCS Spring Split. Despite his best efforts, ROCCAT struggled in the regular season. Their 6-12 record amounted to an eighth-place finish, and Nukeduck had to play in another Promotion Tournament. There, ROCCAT retained their EU LCS slot with a quick 3-0 victory over Copenhagen Wolves Academy.
They picked up the slack in summer. With Nukeduck’s help, ROCCAT secured an 8-10 record and qualified for the playoffs. This was the end of the line for them, though, and they suffered a narrow 2-3 loss in the Quarterfinals against UOL. Of course, they could come back through the Gauntlet. Their run started with a promising 3-0 over Giants Gaming, but the following loss to Origen knocked them out of the competition.
In the off-season, Nukeduck joined Team Vitality. They had a solid run in the 2016 EU LCS Spring Split, producing a 13-5 record and qualifying for the playoffs in third place. But they faltered in the Quarterfinals against Fnatic and were knocked out of the tournament. In summer, Vitality ran out of steam. Their 3-9-6 record (wins-ties-losses) led to a seventh-place finish, which wasn’t nearly enough to qualify for the playoffs.
Things didn’t change much in the 2017 Spring Split. Vitality found themselves at the bottom of the EU LCS table, and their 3-10 record meant they couldn’t advance any further. The 2017 Summer Split wasn’t kind to them either. And while Vitality improved their record, they—once again—failed to break into the playoffs.
After such a disappointing showing, Nukeduck left the organization to join FC Schalke 04.
Nukeduck International Tournaments
On Lemondogs, Nukeduck attended his first international tournament, the 2013 World Championship. Unfortunately, his team lacked the experience to stand up to high-level competition. With a 3-5 record, Lemondogs finished the group stage in third place and couldn’t advance to the playoffs.
On Ninjas in Pyjamas, Nukeduck went to IEM Season 8 Cologne. NiP participated in the amateur bracket and defeated TCM Gaming to qualify for the finals. There, they suffered a crushing defeat against Copenhagen Wolves.