This week we had the opportunity to sit down with our very own Jesper “Zven” Svenningsen, Origen’s AD Carry, who kindly did share some time out of his busy training schedule with us for a quick Q&A.
Q: I am sure that all of our fans are curious as to why you have changed your name. Can you tell us the reason behind this decision?
A: I wanted to change it for a long time but I was not allowed to by Riot until after summer (and then Worlds once we qualified)
Q: If you could invite one famous person to dinner, who would you choose and why?
A: Do not know, I do not have some I can call my idol or something like that, so I would not know.
Q: What part of your daily routine do you enjoy the most?
A: If a scrim set up is good, it is definitely the most enjoyable thing from my entire routine.
Q: If the guys in the house could use one word to describe you, what do you think each of them would say it is?
A: I do not really know, I guess the best thing to do in this case will be ask them directly maybe.
Q: How did you first discover your passion for League of Legends?
A: When I did start playing the game for more than fun in s2 and s3
Q: Which is your favorite off-role champion?
A: I like to play champs with high skill ceiling such as Azir, Yasuo, Lee Sin and Thresh when I am offroling.
Q: Do you ever get nervous when competing? If so, how do you deal with nerves when they show up?
A: Nervous yeah, but never something that impacts my game so I am not sure how to deal with it if it happens but for me I just focus on the game and it’s no problem.
Q: We know that it has been a challenge for you guys to work with a new midlaner. However, we have seen major improvements lately. What do you think has helped you overcome this challenge? How can you continue to improve?
A: Well I will say practice and motivation to improve is what made us adapt to a different mid player’s playstyle.
Q: What is the best advice you have ever received from a teammate, coach or friend?
A: It might be hard to pick one, so I do not know if there is any you can select as the best one.
Q: Do you think that competing at World’s last season gave you the upper hand in playoffs this year?
A: It definitely helped the team to play so many games at Worlds in terms of improving.
Q: Do you have any interesting pre-game rituals you do like to share with the fans?
A: I watch a video called Streets 1:12 sometimes before games to get hyped up a bit. It is about a guy finishing a level in an old game on record time.
Q: Many people have expressed their frustrations regarding Kalista’s constant nerfing. It is no news to everyone that you are a master at the champion. How does she currently stand in the metagame and is she still one of your go-to champs?
A: Kalista was already significantly worse before the nerfs due to the meta being all about point and click cc like Alistar / Braum (to an extend) and top tanks like Maokai, Malphite, Nautilus, Poppy, Ekko. On top of that the mid lane champions that are played are also good vs Kalista (Azir, Lissandra). And just to make sure she is not strong, they nerf her ult (which is good and should have been done) but overnerfed her by changing her passive and damage on W. For me it is only something I would play with Thresh or Alistar, or if I am targeted in draft, like against G2.
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Q: Do you think that North America benefits in any way by having a best of 3 format in the Summer Split?
A: Well yeah, they potentially play one more game on stage per series so there is that.
Q: Is there another player that you look up to? Or a player whose play style / mechanics inspire you?
A: I used to look up to Rekkles and Forg1ven for different things until I realized how to play the game and made my own playstyle.
Q: Is there anything about life as a pro that surprised you?
A: Actually no, it was pretty straight forward and kind of how I expected it to be. Although some of the traveling/people/events surprised me a lot.
So there you have it, we certainly expect you all to enjoy this interview as much as we did doing it.
Cover image by: Skadi