SmittyJ Domestic Career
Lennart “SmittyJ” Warkus began his LoL career as a mid laner on COREPLAY. However, he didn’t have any notable showings until he joined SK Gaming Prime as their top laner. Together with his new teammates, he took part in the 2014 EU CS Summer #1. But even though Prime managed to qualify for the playoffs, they fell short in their first series against H2K.
They came back for the 2014 EU CS Summer #2. Prime breezed through the competition with back-to-back victories against 4everzenzyg, H2K, and NiP to claim the trophy. With this win, they qualified for the 2014 EU CS Playoffs. There, Prime took down Reason Gaming and NiP before falling in a close final against H2K. Even so, this run was more than enough to advance to the Promotion Tournament. Unfortunately, Prime clashed with the Gambit Gaming lineup, losing to them with a 1-3 score and failing to qualify for the EU LCS.
After such a disappointing showing, SmittyJ joined Team Nevo. Nevo showed up in the 2015 EU CS Spring Qualifiers and took down Ragnarok and Gamers2 to enter the Challenger Series. Then, Gamers2 acquired their roster to participate in the 2015 Spring Season. But the competition didn’t go well for them. They produced a middling 5-5 record and barely made it into the playoffs before losing to LowLandLions White and Reason Gaming.
Gamers2 picked up the slack in summer. They ascended to the top of the standings with a massive 8-2 record and qualified for the playoffs. But suddenly, a crushing 0-2 loss to Mousesports knocked them down to the third place match. Still, Gamers2 bounced back with a victory over Denial eSports EU to enter the Promotion Tournament. There, they defeated SK Gaming in a close 5-game series and finally made it into the EU LCS. In the off-season, SmittyJ was released from Gamers2. He found a new home on Team Dignitas in the NA LCS.
His stay turned out to be brief though, and Dignitas replaced him with BillyBoss after the first week of the 2016 EU LCS Spring Split.
SmittyJ went back to Europe to replace Atom on Giants Gaming. But his presence couldn’t turn around their shaky season, and Giants found themselves fighting for their EU LCS life in the Promotion Tournament. Their run started with a 3-2 victory over Copenhagen Wolves, but the following loss to Splyce knocked them down to the elimination match. Even so, Giants regained their composure and scored a 3-1 victory over Huma. With that, they held on to their LCS spot.
After making some roster changes, Giants put on a clinic in the 2016 Summer Split. With an 8-3-7 record (wins-ties-losses), they secured a third-place finish and readied themselves for the playoffs. But their run ended with a sudden 1-3 Quarterfinals loss to Unicorns of Love.
In the off-season, Giants removed SmittyJ from their roster, and he went on to play for FC Schalke 04 in the 2017 EU CS Spring Split. Schalke had a dominant showing in the regular season. But inexplicably, they fell apart in their playoffs series against Misfits Academy. SmittyJ stayed on the team in summer. Once again, Schalke took over the competition and went all the way to the Promotion Tournament where they defeated Mysterious Monkeys and Ninjas in Pyjamas to advance to the EU LCS.
Despite this success, SmittyJ parted ways with the organization to join H2K Gaming.
SmittyJ International Tournaments
On Team Dignitas, SmittyJ went to his first international tournament, IEM Season 10 Cologne. Unfortunately, his stay wasn’t long, and Dignitas were eliminated from the event after a 1-2 loss to Qiao Gu Reapers.