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Zven: “Even if we had won the Summer Split and gone to Worlds, I didn’t want to play on TSM, or in NA for that matter”

TSM’s ex AD carry Jesper “Zven” Svenningsen struggled to find his groove in 2018, despite being one of the most promising talents from Europe at the time. After ongoing conflict within the team, he even considered leaving North America altogether.

Zven talked about his struggles in a recent League of Legends podcast. “I wanted to leave,” he told hosts Duncan “Thorin” Shields and Christopher “MonteCristo” Mykles. “I said to Parth, after 2018 that even if we had won the Summer Split and gone to Worlds, I didn’t want to play on TSM, or in NA for that matter. At that point, I wanted to just go back to Europe.”

Zven and bot lane partner Alfonso “Mithy” Rodriguez were in the firing line for the team’s poor performance in 2018. TSM went on to finish the year in fifth place before losing to Cloud9 in the Regional Finals and failing to advance to Worlds for the first time. 

In previous years, TSM had an impressive track record, winning back-to-back splits with ADCs Peter “Doublelift” Yiliang and Jason “WildTurtle” Tran. But when Zven, Mithy, and junglers Mike Yeung and Jonathan “Grig” Armao joined the team, TSM broke down. 

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