In one of the biggest moves to start this offseason, Cloud9’s mid laner Nicolaj “Jensen” Jensen, has officially left the team and will be joining Team Liquid. As Cloud9’s staple mid laner since 2015, Jensen’s departure is one of the biggest shakeups for the team since Hai “Hai” Lam first departed. Jensen will most likely be taking over Eugene “Pobelter” Park’s mid lane position on Team Liquid, who won both NA LCS splits and attended the World Championship this year.
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Jensen’s history with Cloud9 spans back to his days as “Incarnati0n,” when he first joined the team in May of 2015. Since then, Jensen has attended the world championship each year, bringing Cloud9 to top 8 — at minimum — over the years. To cap off his time with Cloud9, Jensen was an integral part of Cloud9’s semifinals Worlds run, where they eventually lost to Fnatic 3-0. Still, it was North America’s first semifinal appearance since 2011 and stands as Cloud9’s greatest achievement in League of Legends.
For Team Liquid, this signify’s a great change in mid-lane identity as Pobelter was heeded as a merely above average mid laner. Still, he struggled to consistently make a mark internationally against world class talent. Jensen has not necessarily thrived internationally, but has proven that he can hang with the best of the best when it counts. Paired with some of the best side laners in North America, Team Liquid’s newest mid laner is almost sure to succeed. After all, Jensen is still seeking his very first NA LCS title.