Few players in the LCS can match the career accomplishments of Nicolaj "Jensen" Jensen. Since his debut on Cloud9 in the summer of 2015, Jensen has qualified for the World Championship every single season and boasts the best international results of any player in LCS history. This is in addition to the two LCS titles he was able to secure with Team Liquid after his departure from Cloud9 before the 2019 season.
Despite a history of elite play and accolades to match, Jensen found himself teamless to start the 2022 season, with Team Liquid favoring Søren "Bjergsen" Bjerg in the mid lane. However, that all changed with Cloud's recent announcement. Jensen has returned to C9 and will be their starting mid laner in the 2022 LCS Summer Split, with Ibrahim "Fudge" Allami moving back to top lane.
Let's take a look at the best plays of Jensen's tenure on Cloud9 before he attempts to add to his long list of feats this summer.
Record-setting LeBlanc against Team ENVY
Cloud9's quarterfinal series against Team ENVY in the 2016 NA LCS Summer Playoffs resulted in a 3-1 win for the C9 side, but the highlight was Jensen setting the single-game kill record on one of his signature champions: LeBlanc. Despite the one-sided, quick-paced nature of C9's game 3 win, Jensen was able to rack up a whopping 20 kills on the Deceiver and set a record that still stands today.
No, not THAT Ekko play...
When people associate Jensen with Ekko, they think about his failure to use his ultimate or his Zhonya's Hourglass stasis. The mistake resulted in a crucial teamfight loss for Cloud in game 5 of the finals of the 2017 NA LCS Spring Playoffs, and subsequently, a 3-2 championship win for TSM. The blunder has overshadowed that Jensen is quite the competent Ekko player, as shown in this incredible teamfight turnaround against Dignitas in the Spring Split of the same year.
Jensen had a tendency in the past to come up short in big moments. But those often overshadow the plethora of incredible individual plays he has made throughout his career, especially on Cloud9.
First and only career Pentakill
Jensen only has one career Pentakill, and while it's not the most impressive mechanical play — almost no Malzahar plays are impressive, mechanically — the career milestone was a pivotal turning point for C9 in a game they were losing to Apex in the 2016 NA LCS Summer Split.
In the teamfight, Jensen's positioning and ability timings are near-perfect, which allowed him to maximize Malzahar's damage over time energy in a long, drawn-out scrap in the mid lane that resulted in a C9 ace for only two deaths on their own side.
Azir Quadrakill vs Immortals
Azir is another champion Jensen is well-known for, and when it comes to game-changing plays, his skills with the Emperor of the Sands is second to none in the LCS. Cloud9's victory against Immortals in the 2016 Summer Playoffs, the latter of whom possessed one of the most dominant rosters in LCS history, was full of incredible teamfights from Cloud9, but Jensen's Quadra Kill on Azir in the Baron Nashor pit, all while being down nearly 4,000 gold, was arguably the series-defining play.
Make no mistake: there have been cleaner and more consistent Azir players throughout time, but Jensen's penchant for racking up highlight reel clips on the Emperor of Shurima is exactly what C9 needed to turn this teamfight.
Jensen has enjoyed international success relative to what most LCS pros can boast, but it's often been through playing the part of a team-based system on Cloud9 at World Championships past. That being said, Jensen made arguably the best international play of his career at Worlds 2016. On his most played champion Orianna, Jensen solokilled Samsung Galaxy mid laner Lee "Crown" Min-ho's Cassiopeia, who clearly had no idea Jensen's delayed Shockwave was coming.
It's important to keep in mind that this is not the Malzahar bot, utility-focused Crown of 2017 who, despite being past his prime, helped SSG win Worlds that season. No, this was 2016 Crown, who, at the peak of his powers beat out SK Telecom T1's Lee "Faker" Sang-hyeok for the 2016 LCK Summer Split MVP and was universally considered to be the best Viktor player in the world.
Not only did Jensen weave in his autoattacks in perfectly, but he was also able to hit all of his abilities despite being hit with Cassiopeia's Petrifying Gaze and Crown's use of Flash to dodge Orianna's ball. Samsung Galaxy would take the series 3-0 on their way to their first World Championship final, but for Jensen, a solo kill on arguably the best mid laner in the world at the time is one hell of a silver lining.