In an effort to reform the squad after not qualifying for the 2019 League of Legends World Championship Jesper “Zven” Svenningsen was recruited by Cloud9 as his latest ADC.
On Tuesday 19 November, an official announcement appeared to confirm the reports indicated by Cloud9 that Zven from Team SoloMid would sign an agreement to replace Zachary “Sneaky” Scuderi for the 2020 season.
In 2013, Zven began his career as a League of Legends professional esport player at the age of 16. Until May 2016, when he joined G2 Esports, he played for six different teams.
At G2, Zven was one of the strongest downstream duos in the world and his fans, Alfonso “Mithy” Aguirre. In the IMS XI Season World Championship, he won two EU LCS scrapings, finished second at the 2017 MSI and won a silver medal.
The feared Zven-Mithy pair quit G2 during the transition to the TSM, starting in November 2017. Once Mithy joined Origen, they were unable to regain their best in North America and ultimately split.
Zven’s career has since plummeted into a freefall. With TSM unable to achieve LoL Worlds for two years in a row, Zven and his support Andy “Smoothie” Ta were announced earlier this week that they would leave the team for further opportunities.
Soon after the NA company distributed $1,5 million on the Dignitas support fee to Philip’ Vulcan’ Laflamme, which was the first aspect of C9’s plans for overhauling the bottom lane of Zven’s Cloud9. The reports came into being.
Zven’s arrival, however, raises questions on Tristan “Zeyzal” Stidam and Sneaky, who since joining the team in Mai 2013 have been an iconic part of C9.
In a recent Twitch stream, Sneaky talked about the subject: “I think it is somewhat obvious, I will not play Cloud9 or contest a spot on C9.” Sneaky said he was less impressed at C9 asking him to fight for a starting spot. He considers his choices and could choose to stream for a split before searching for a new squad.