Returning bot lane Petter “Hjarnan” Freyschuss is on the comeback trail in the LEC, after missing the opportunity to play in the league’s inaugural split.
Hjarnan, who went to the World Championship semifinals with G2 Esports last year, was left unsigned by any of the top-level rosters after being released. The Swedish AD carry signed with German Premier Tour squad Ad Hoc Gaming, and set about he could still perform at the highest level. After all, this was the man that had faced international stars like Yu-Hung “Betty” Lu, Jong-hun “Kramer” Ha, and Zi-Hao “Uzi” Jian and came out the other side at Worlds.
He has signed with Excel Esports for the upcoming 2019 LEC Summer Split, and is eager to prove he deserves to play among the best. Upcomer spoke to Hjarnan about his expectations for the rest of the year, and what he wants to achieve with his new roster.
Hjarnan: I would say that playing in Ad Hoc Gaming was a lot of fun, I learned some things but for sure not as much as I would have if I was playing in the LEC. The format was overall kind of similar, just that it’s a lot more games online than playing at LAN. They just saved that for official games and things like that.
It feels great to be back and scrimming with a new team again. I’m getting back in-shape with my teammates, so that’s great.
I would say that I really missed playing against the best AD carries LEC has to offer. I don’t feel like I personally have to prove myself that much anymore. For me, I just want to show to people that Excel can at least be a playoff team. That’s my first goal with this new team.
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To be really honest, I think what attracted me to Excel was just that I wanted to play in LEC after being out for a split. I felt like whatever chance I get to play in LEC again I should just take it, and it’s always been a big plus for me when the organization is professional and get things done fast when it’s needed. That’s a big plus for me so far.
The team’s goals, and my goal every year, is to aim for Worlds, and to do well. Right now the first step for me with that is to get back in shape and see how far we can make it in LEC first of all. We haven’t played too many scrims yet so it’s hard to judge how well we’ll do overall, but it seems like everyone has the same motivation and goals which will help us in the end.
Last time I played with kaSing was like three years ago, so we’ve both changed a lot as players. It’s kind of coming in like a new start for both of us playing again after so long and rebuilding synergy. I’m confident when LEC starts we both will be ready as the bot lane duo.
I think having more options to choose from is never a bad thing for the team, it just means that everyone that starts each week in the league knows that the guys who aren’t playing will tryhard to play next week. You just have to keep that to push up yourself and keep working hard. I think it’s a positive overall, it keeps everyone motivated to improve and play better.
My goal so far is just step-by-step. First, get into playoffs, and then we will see what happens there. That’s something I would be very disappointed with, if we weren’t able to reach playoffs this season in Summer.