Shook Domestic Career
Ilyas “Shook” Hartsema began his LoL career on IWantCookie. Together with his teammates, he took part in the Tales of the Lane. With a 2-2 record, IWantCookie couldn’t make it out of the group stage, although they did score a win against the dominant Moscow Five lineup.
Afterward, the entire roster was acquired by DragonBorns. However, Shook ended up leaving his new team to join mousesports. He also swapped his name to enVision. Unfortunately, his stay was cut short by a year-long ban for toxic behavior in solo queue. With that, he couldn’t participate in the Riot Season 3 EU Live and the Season 3 of the EU LCS.
And so, he joined PrideFC alongside Rekkles. A month later, Rekkles returned to Fnatic, and the rest of the PrideFC moved over to Copenhagen Wolves. On his new team, Shook attended DreamHack Summer 2013. Copenhagen Wolves put on a clinic at the event, defeating the likes of Heimerdinger’s Colossi and Dark Passage to seize the trophy. They also took first at Gfinity London 2013 by crushing Curse Academy and Eternity Gaming.
Copenhagen Wolves then attended Season 4 Spring Promotion Tournament. They were inches away from securing an EU LCS seed, but a 1-2 loss in the finals against TCM Gaming knocked them out of the competition. They exacted their revenge at Gamescom 2013 where they scored back-to-back victories against TCM Gaming and Kiedys Mialem Team to claim the final Promotion Tournament seed.
Afterward, Copenhagen Wolves went to DreamHack Bucharest 2013. There, they took down Reason Gaming and The Time Police before falling prey to H2K in the finals. Shook’s crisp mechanical play earned him a lot of attention from major organizations. And since his ban was about to be lifted, he parted ways with Copenhagen Wolves and joined Alliance in the 2014 EU LCS Spring Split.
Alliance had a slow start to their regular season. They spent the first half of the competition at the bottom of the standings, and it was only on week 8 that they finally turned their bad luck around. Shook’s performance on Lee Sin, Kha’Zix, and Evelynn was key to securing a 16-12 record and finishing in third place.
Then, Alliance entered the playoffs. They scored a close 2-1 victory over Shook’s previous team—Copenhagen Wolves—in the Quarterfinals, but the Semifinals against Fnatic ended with a narrow defeat. The third-place match didn’t bring them any solace either, as Alliance were 2-0’d by Team ROCCAT.
They picked up the slack in the 2014 EU LCS Summer Split. With Shook’s help, Alliance took over the league, producing a massive 21-7 record to get a bye to the Semifinals. They kept the momentum going by dismantling SK Gaming and Fnatic to claim the EU LCS trophy. With that, they qualified for Worlds.
In the off-season, Alliance rebranded as Elements. A new name didn’t bring them any luck, though, as they barely secured a seventh-place finish to avoid relegation. When Elements overhauled their roster, Shook went back to Copenhagen Wolves. But the 2015 EU LCS Summer Split turned into a complete disaster. Copenhagen Wolves struggled to stand up to the competition, and their abysmal 4-14 record resulted in a tenth-place finish. With that, they were automatically relegated from the EU LCS.
Then, Shook joined Denial eSports EU to play in PGL Legends of the Rift Season 1. They showed a lot of promise in the group stage by scoring confident victories against Millenium and Inspire eSports. But the playoffs told a different story, and Denial Esports suffered a crushing defeat against To Infinity & Beyond. The loser’s bracket had them falling 0-2 to Millenium.
Then, Shook signed with 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 Vitality faltered and were knocked out of the tournament after losing the Quarterfinals to Fnatic. They ran out of steam in summer. Their 3-9-6 record (wins-ties-losses) led to a seventh-place finish, which wasn’t enough to qualify for the playoffs.
Afterward, Shook took a break from competitive League of Legends. He returned for the 2017 EU LCS Summer Split as the jungler for Ninjas in Pyjamas (NiP). However, his new team couldn’t gain any ground in the regular season, and its 2-11 record resulted in a last-place finish. With that, they were knocked down to the Promotion Tournament where they lost to Giants Gaming and Schalke 04.
In spite of his mechanical skill, Shook’s reputation took far too many hits. It seemed like he would remain teamless in the 2018 EU LCS Spring Split, but H2K started struggling in the league. And so, they signed him in the middle of the season as an emergency replacement for their previous jungler, Caedrel.
Shook International Tournaments
On Alliance, Shook attended his first international tournament, the 2014 World Championship. Alliance entered the competition as the best team Europe had to offer. At first, they certainly lived up to that reputation by giving Najin White Shield and Cloud9 a run for their money. But a staggering loss to the wildcard KaBuM! e-Sports eliminated them from the event.
Afterward, Alliance went to IEM Season 9 San Jose. They had the advantage of getting a Semifinals seed, but their first series against Cloud9 ended in a 1-2 defeat.