Svenskeren Domestic Career
Dennis “Svenskeren” Johnsen entered the 2013 EU LCS Spring Split with the Copenhagen Wolves lineup. The team performed reasonably well in the regular season, finishing fifth and qualifying for the playoffs. But after losing in the Quarterfinals to Evil Geniuses, they were forced to battle for their LCS spot in the Promotion Tournament. Copenhagen Wolves managed to defeat the Challenger team Samurai in Jeans and avoid relegation, but their entire roster disbanded afterward.
Svenskeren went on to join Ninjas in Pyjamas, but he was quickly replaced by Malunoo. He later created the SUPA HOT CREW lineup with the goal of qualifying for the EU CS but left for SK Gaming once SHC fell short in the Season 4 Promotion Qualifier #1.
Svenskeren led SK Gaming all the way to the Promotion Tournament where they clashed with his former team, SUPA HOT CREW. SK Gaming came out on top, and Svenskeren finally made it back into the EU LCS.
The team had a slow start but gradually picked up the pace to finish the 2014 Spring Split in second place. SK faced more hardships in summer as they struggled to stand up to the best EU LCS teams. Still, they made it to the playoffs. And even though they lost to Alliance in the Semifinals, they bounced back with a victory against Team ROCCAT in a 3rd place match.
During this time, Svenskeren showed up as one of the best junglers in Europe. He caught his opponents off-guard with ganks and invades, and his champion pool of Lee Sin, Elise, and Evelynn was perfect for his aggressive playstyle.
SK started the 2015 EU LCS Spring Split with a dominant run in the regular season. Unfortunately, they ran out of steam for the playoffs and ended up losing to Unicorns of Love and H2K to finish the split in fourth place. The team crumbled in summer, falling all the way to the 9th place in the regular season. They fought for their LCS spot in the Promotion Tournament and eventually lost to the up-and-coming Gamers2 lineup.
After his team was relegated, Svenskeren took an offer from TSM and went to North America. He had a rocky start in the 2016 NA LCS Spring Split but bounced back in the playoffs with back-to-back victories against Cloud9 and Immortals. And while TSM couldn’t overcome CLG in the finals, they still managed to finish their shaky season in 2nd place.
This disappointing showing prompted Team SoloMid to change their support. It turned out to be exactly what they needed, and TSM went on to find three consecutive NA LCS victories.
Unfortunately, something happened to Svenskeren in the process. He no longer played like a confident and aggressive jungler that he was in Europe, and his brash invades backfired more often than not. At the end of the 2017 NA LCS Summer Split, fans singled him out as TSM’s weakest link, and the organization decided to part ways with its jungler. In the off-season, Svenskeren joined Cloud9 as their starting jungler.
Svenskeren International Tournaments
On SK Gaming, Svenskeren had his first significant international showing at the 2014 World Championship. Unfortunately, he received a 3-game suspension due to a violation of Riot Games’ ruleset. The team struggled to work with a substitute jungler, and even though Svenskeren returned to win two out of three remaining games, it wasn’t enough to carry SK Gaming out of the group stage.
Svenskeren and SK Gaming also took part in the IEM Season 9 World Championship. There, they took a game off Flash Wolves but proceeded to lose to GE Tigers and the resurging Flash Wolves to get knocked out of the tournament.
On TSM, Svenskeren went to IEM Season 10 San Jose. The team had a promising start by taking down LGD Gaming 2-0 only to lose in the same one-sided fashion to Origen in the Semifinals.
At the IEM Season 10 World Championship, TSM lost to ESC Ever and got knocked down to the loser’s bracket. However, they managed to extract their revenge by defeating Origen 2-1 and scoring a 2-0 victory against ESC Ever. Unfortunately, their run came to an end when TSM fell 0-2 to SKT T1 in the Semifinals. A similar narrative unfolded at IEM Oakland with TSM losing 1-2 to Unicorns of Love in the Semifinals.
Svenskeren also attended the 2016 & 2017 World Championship as well as the 2017 Mid-Season Invitational. In all of these cases, TSM fell apart and failed to make it out of the group stage. There, Svenskeren stood out as the worst-performing member on TSM. His aggression was ill-timed, and the best teams in the world routinely took advantage of his decision-making mistakes.