LCS 2021: Ranking Every Single Starting LCS Jungler

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9. Dennis “Svenskeren” Johnsen (Evil Geniuses)

Now a year removed from his MVP performance as a member of Cloud9, Svenskeren enters the 2021 LCS season with a lot of questions to answer. Chief among them is whether his stellar performance is a function of Cloud9’s system and his synergy with Nisqy, or if last year was an abberation.

Personally, I lean a bit more towards the former and would have loved to see EG take a run at Nisqy when he became a free agent last offseason. It seems that Evil Geniuses are hoping that Sven can rebound, build synergy with Jiizuke, and return to form among the top junglers.

Last year, Svenskeren died a lot. His average of 3.4 deaths per game resulted in him having the lowest aKDA of all junglers (1.15). Worse, though, was that Svenskeren also had the lowest kill-to-assist ratio of LCS junglers.

This means that, in addition to feeding away deaths, Svenskeren wasn’t able to outweigh them with positive plays. In fact, his 5.6 assists per game were below average for junglers as was his 64.5% kill participation, so it’s not just a matter of him letting carries have kills. This, naturally, resulted in a fairly low gold per minute.

What is even more troublesome, though is looking at his early game play. His MAGXD @ 15 was -331.1, meaning he was over 300 gold behind the average player facing his jungle matchup. That is very concerning, as it is the worst matchup-adjusted gold and experience differential at 15 minutes of any jungler this season.

For champion pool, it gets even worse. Svenskeren had one of the smallest champion pools of all junglers. He played on 13 unique junglers, played three in 10% or more of his games, and had none that were rated elite quality. Essentially, Svenskeren was confined to one small champion pool (Lee Sin, Graves, Gragas, primarily), but didn’t show very strong play on those champions.