Danish mid laner Caps is looking to win his first League of Legends World Championship this year. From a swap to the ADC role in the Spring Split to a strong mid lane performance during the regular Summer Split, he’s continuously stepped up as the key factor to G2 Esports’ success.
At Worlds 2020, Caps will face off against some of the best mid laners from around the globe, like Showmaker, Yagao, Chovy, and Knight. They’re all top-tier players but lack Worlds experience. Caps, on the other hand, will be playing in his fourth World Championship this year. He’s passed the jitters and nerves that some players get when they play in an important tournament.
This year, the experience he’s gained and the lessons he’s learned at previous World Championships could be his biggest asset in G2’s quest for the title.
Caps began his professional career in January 2015 on Enigma Esports. After swapping teams multiple times within a small timeframe, he landed on Dark Passage in July 2016. The Turkish team gave birth to other LEC legends such as Fnatic’s Bwipo and Origen’s Xerxe. Dark Passage finished the Summer Split’s regular season in second place and won the playoffs with a convincing 3-0 series over Papara SuperMassive. After Caps’ dominant performance in the TCL, Fnatic quickly acquired Caps in December 2016 for the upcoming Spring Split. Dark Passage hasn’t won a single TCL following Caps’ departure.
Caps had a strong debut year in Europe’s premier league, earning his team a Worlds appearance with a 3-0 series win over former EU LCS organization H2K Gaming. The team emerged from the group stage but was knocked out in the first round by Royal Never Give Up. Caps set a goal for himself: to come back and prove that he’s one of the best mid laners in the world.
Following this loss, Caps came back in 2018 swinging, finishing both splits in first place and winning the playoffs. Fnatic won Rift Rivals as well, while also making a solid appearance at the Mid-Season Invitational. With this performance, they attended the World Championship and stomped through most opponents with ease but fell to Invictus Gaming in the finals in a clean sweep. The series wasn’t pretty and Fnatic failed to withstand the fast-paced LPL style.
If Claps shows up at Worlds and overcomes the barriers he’s faced over the past two years, G2 might have a shot at capturing their first World Championship. While that journey is just beginning and it’s unclear how G2 will stack up against LPL and LCK teams, they have Caps in the mid lane, who’s shown countless times how strong he is. His multiple Worlds appearances trained him for this moment—for the glory of winning a world championship.