Falling just one team fight short of capturing the 2017 North American League Championship Series Spring Split Championship left its mark on Cloud9 and Nicolaj “Jensen” Jensen. Stumbling in the early stages of the Summer Split, Cloud9 are being pulled up once again by the stellar play of their mid laner.
Cloud9 is a team that combines a veteran core, that includes a former world champion top laner Jung “Impact” Eon-yeong and one of NA’s best AD Carries in Zachary “Sneaky” Scuderi, with the promising young talent of Andy “Smoothie” Ta and Juan Arturo “Contractz” Garcia, bonded together by the remarkable abilities of Jensen.
With one of the most talent-laden lineups in NA, it is not hard to see why Cloud9 is considered one of the strongest teams in North America.
The main force on Cloud9 is inarguably their mid laner, Jensen’s strong early play has managed to keep Cloud9 within striking distance of the top teams of the NA LCS, despite their shaky start to the Summer Split.
A player that Cloud9 can confidently put resources into and rely upon to carry, Jensen has continued to earn his reputation as one of the best mid laners in NA.
Statistically, Jensen is having a historically strong season where he has excelled across the board. On pace to have a record creep score differential at 15 minutes, Jensen also currently leads the league is CS per minute, KDA, and leads in total kills by almost twenty (despite having played three fewer games than second and third).
The fact that Jensen leads in both kills and CS per min is especially astounding, considering that players are typically forced to sacrifice lane creeps for kill opportunities, or vice versa.
While Jensen had previously been known as a lane dominant player, his play early in the Summer Split has been elevated to a new level.
To add polish to his already formidable statistics, Jensen has demonstrated the ability to carry with a wide champion pool, having already played seven different champions in the mid lane this split, from control mages to assassins.
Jensen’s play so far this split has placed him as an early favourite for the NA LCS MVP award, but has more importantly, kept Cloud9 in contention after dropping a few series in the first couple weeks.
His play has earned the vocal admiration of some of his counterparts in the NA LCS, including his predecessor and current FlyQuest eSports mid laner, Hai “Hai” Du Lam.
Its been a damn while since I got bodied so hard, ggs @C9Jensen
— Hai Lam (@Hai) June 18, 2017
If Jensen continues his high level of play, Cloud9 should be able to once again challenge for the NA LCS title. The Danish mid laner has stepped up to the mark after his crucial error in the Spring Split finals, eager to rebuild C9’s international ambitions.