Jensen establishes a record for the most continuous Worlds qualification attempts ever.
Jensen, the mid laner, qualified for Worlds for the eighth consecutive time after Cloud9 defeated Evil Geniuses 3-1 in the LCS Championship on Sunday, surpassing a global record that he had previously shared with their longtime colleague Sneaky.
The 27-year-old will also tie the record for the most Worlds appearances—consecutive or not—when he hits the stage in the 2022 World Championship with eight. Doublelift, a former colleague of his from Team Liquid, has also made eight appearances in the competition.
At the age of 20, the Dane made his Worlds debut with Cloud9 as “Incarnati0n” back in 2015. He had replaced Hai, the former face of the company, as the team’s new mid laner. From 2016 to 2018 with the org, he would qualify for Worlds, and then from 2019 through 2021 with Team Liquid, he would do it three times in a row. During that time, he won the first of his two LCS championships and qualified for the 2019 MSI Finals.
This year’s accomplishment is a little more noteworthy because Jensen didn’t even play for a team during the Spring Split. Even after holding down the position for three years with an outstanding performance at Worlds 2021, he was replaced by Bjergsen as Liquid’s mid laner. The spring of 2022 saw him stop playing professionally.
After Cloud9’s Spring Split fizzled out, the organization looked to its former mid laner to fill the void left by Fudge, who switched back to top lane following the departure of reigning MVP Summit. Despite a shaky Summer Split, Cloud9 prevailed in a five-game series against CLG in the LCS Championship’s opening round and secured their eighth Worlds berth in the previous ten years with an unexpected victory against first-seeded Evil Geniuses.
Perkz, a former mid laner for G2 and Cloud9, had qualified for six consecutive World Championships before Team Vitality struggled to a seventh-place finish in the LEC Summer Split of this year. Therefore, Team Liquid support CoreJJ, also at six, holds the record for the longest active Worlds streak. However, that run will end if Liquid is unable to defeat both CLG and the victor of the Evil Geniuses/TSM match.
Catch Jensen and the rest of Cloud9 at Worlds this year, either in the Play-In Stage on September 29 in Mexico City or in the Group Stage on October 7 in Madison Square Garden in New York City.