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Zven

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Zven
TSM Zven 2018 Summer.png
Background Information
NameJesper Svenningsen
Country of BirthDenmark
Birthday6/24/1997
Competitive
TeamTeam SoloMid
RoleAD
Alternate IDsOG Niels, Zvenillan, I LOVE YOU LAURA (KR)
Social Media
Team History
TeamStart DateEnd DateRole
Blanklogo std.png none2/2013
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Trickedlogo std.png Tricked2/20139/2013
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Blanklogo std.png none9/2013Current
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IPGlogo std.png iPG12/2013
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Blanklogo std.png none12/20131/2014
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SK Primelogo std.png SK Prime1/20144/2014
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Origenlogo std.png OG12/20145/2016
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G2logo std.png G25/201611/2017
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TSMlogo std.png TSM11/2017Present
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"Zven" (Real Name: Jesper Svenningsen) is a Danish League of Legends player, current ADC for Team SoloMid. Also known as "Niels".

Biography

Despite playing League of Legends professionally since 2013, Zven's first major showing came in 2015 when he joined Origen. Forming a formidable bottom lane duo with long time partner Mithy, he was one of the main factors behind Origen's crushing performance in the EU Challenger Series. The team made it to the LCS quickly and finished second in their first LCS split. Qualifying for Worlds in a similar manner, they would end up having a performance Europe can be proud of, finishing 3rd-4th after losing to SK Telecom T1 in the semifinals.

Zven in particular was praised for his consistency and team fighting. He and Mithy would end up leaving Origen and joining G2 Esports after the team entered a huge slump. Though this decision was criticized by fans, Zven would end up winning multiple splits with G2. Unfortunately the team wasn't able to show up at Worlds twice in a row. He and Mithy then decided to move over to North America and join Team SoloMid for the 2018 Season in the hopes that they'll have better international showings.

Career History

2013

Originally playing under the alias Stæhr during his time at Hoang5, he changed his name to Niels HD when he moved to Tricked eSports. He made this move along with compatriot Jesiz, as Tricked acquired the roster of Hoang5. The first big LAN event that he competed in with Tricked was the Copenhagen Games 2013. With the team, he also competed in the SCAN & NVIDIA EUW Invitational, where they were knocked out in the semifinals by a strong Eternity Gaming lineup.

He left Tricked later on in the year, joining CJ Gaming. After a short time on the team's roster, Niels moved to Intellectual Playground, where he played with Santorin and NeeGodbro. During his time with the team, he accomplished a 2nd place finish at the WePlay LoL Invitational, losing in the final to an LCS-hardened SK Gaming outfit. He also competed at DreamHack Winter 2013, where he and Intellectual Playground finished 3rd, losing in the semifinals again to the same strong SK Gaming team, which happened to feature his former teammate, Jesiz.

2014

After leaving Intellectual Playground, he joined Team Kappa Prime, changing his name to Phlow. He and the team came competed in the SCAN EUW Winter Invitational, but were knocked out by Gamers2 in the semifinals. However, the team's lineup impressed, and were picked up by SK Gaming Prime soon after. Under his new alias, Zvanillan, the first tournament he played with the team was the FACEIT Challenger Invitational. SK Prime came in 2nd, losing to Ninjas in Pyjamas in the final. Zvanillan and the team also competed in Challenger Spring Series #1, where SK Prime were knocked out in the quarterfinals by the same NiP team.

SK Prime also played in the 2nd FACEIT Challenger Invitational. The tournament was another success, with Zvanillan and the team finishing 2nd behind Gamers2. His last tournament with the team was at the Copenhagen Games 2014, where SK Prime couldn't make it out of their group. The team's roster then disbanded, and with this Zvanillan decided to take a break from the competitive scene.

2015

On December 17th, 2014, it was announced that Niels had joined xPeke's new team, Origen, along with Amazing and mithy.[1]

With Origen, Niels qualified for the EUCS Spring Qualifier via the Challenger Ladder, where they beat Millenium Spirit in their bracket final, securing their qualification to the EUCS Spring Season. Origen were unbeaten until their penultimate game of the split, against LowLandLions.White, and despite dropping that one game easily secured first place in the regular season. Origen also placed highly in tournaments throughout this period, winning the ESL MWC Challenge and Gamers Assembly 2015. The Spring Playoffs saw Origen beat Reason Gaming in the semifinals 2-1 and then going on to sweep Copenhagen Wolves Academy (the team formerly known as LowLandLions.White) in the final to win the tournament and secure automatic qualification to the LCS Summer Season.

Throughout the EU LCS Summer Season, Origen jostled for 2nd position with H2k-Gaming, while Fnatic sat far ahead in an undefeated 1st place throughout. Impressive individual performances including Niels's Kalista and Corki helped the team to a 2nd place regular season finish, and with it a bye past the Summer Playoffs quarterfinal round. Niels himself was awarded the title for Outstanding Rookie of the Split. In the semifinals, Origen faced off against rivals H2k and won 3-1; perhaps even more impressively, they took two games off Fnatic in the finals despite ultimately losing the series. Their second-place overall finish earned Origen 90 Championship Points, enough for the second seed in the 2015 Season Europe Regional Finals. There, they beat Team ROCCAT in a 3-2 series and then Unicorns of Love in an easy 3-0 and successfully qualified for the 2015 World Championship, where they would play as Europe's #3 seed.

At the 2015 World Championship, Origen were drawn into Group D along with Team SoloMid, KT Rolster, and LGD Gaming. Origen went 3-0 in the 1st week of the round robin and ended the group with a 4-2 record, meaning they would advance to the knockout stage of the tournament. Origen won their quarterfinal series 3-1 against the Flash Wolves, becoming the first Western team to win a best-of-five at a World Championship, but were later knocked out by SK Telecom T1 in the semifinals.

2016

Origen and Niels competed at IEM San Jose, and were given a bye to the semifinals due to Fnatic's withdrawal from the tournament. The team fielded their roster from the previous season, but with PowerOfEvil in the mid lane and xPeke taking a coaching role. They took down Team SoloMid in the semifinals, and went on to beat Counter Logic Gaming in the final - winning the tournament without losing a single game. In January 2016, Niels renamed to Zven.

Origen's performance at IEM San Jose resulted in their qualification to the IEM World Championship. At the tournament, they first lost to Royal Never Give Up in the upper bracket of their group before then losing to Team SoloMid in the lower bracket, resulting in the team's elimination from the tournament.

After the end of the spring split, Mithy and Zven left Origen and joined G2 Esports.

Trivia

Achievements

2016
Date Event Result
2016-08-28 2016 EU LCS Summer Playoffs Gold.png G2 3 : 1 Splycelogo std.png Splyce
2016-07-31 2016 EU LCS Summer Season Gold.png G2 10-8-0 Blanklogo std.png Not found
2016-04-17 2016 EU LCS Spring Playoffs Silver.png Origen Origenlogo std.png 1 : 3 G2logo std.png G2 Esports
2015
Date Event Result
2015-12-13 All-Star Los Angeles 2015 5v5 Silver.png EU LCS Allstars 0 : 2 LCKlogo std.png LCK Allstars
2015-11-22 IEM Season X - San Jose Gold.png OR 3 : 0 CLGlogo std.png Counter Logic Gaming
2015-10-24 2015 Season World Championship SF.png OR 0 : 3 SKT T1logo std.png SK Telecom T1
2015-08-31 2015 Season Europe Regional Finals Gold.png OR 3 : 0 UOLlogo std.png Unicorns Of Love
2015-08-23 2015 EU LCS Summer Playoffs Silver.png OR 2 : 3 Fnaticlogo std.png Fnatic
2015-04-08 2015 EU Challenger Series Spring Playoffs Gold.png OR 3 : 0 CWAlogo std.png Copenhagen Wolves Academy
2015-04-06 Gamers Assembly 2015 Gold.png OR 3 : 0 M Spiritlogo std.png Millenium
2015-03-25 2015 EU Challenger Series Spring Season Gold.png OR 9 : 1 Blanklogo std.png Not found
2015-03-04 ESL MWC Challenge Gold.png OR 2 : 0 Gamers2logo std.png Gamers2
2014
Date Event Result
2014-02-02 FACEIT Challenger Invitational Silver.png SK Prime 0 : 2 NiPlogo std.png Ninjas in Pyjamas
2013
Date Event Result
2013-12-22 WePlay LoL Invitational Silver.png Intellectual Playground 0 : 3 SKlogo std.png SK Gaming
2013-11-29 DreamHack Winter 2013 SF.png Intellectual Playground 1 : 2 SKlogo std.png SK Gaming

Media

Interviews

  • 2015
  • 2016
  • 2017

Articles

  • 2015
  • 2016
  • 2017

Gallery

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References