Henrik “Froggen” Hansen is the midlaner for the Golden Guardians and is poised to make a run in the LCS playoffs this weekend. The Danish player is no stranger to the playoff stage, but it’s been awhile since he’s been on stage fighting for a title in a premier league.
Froggen started his playoff resume with Counter Logic Gaming EU. He played in a couple tournaments and even made it to the Season 2 World Championships semifinals. This was where the legend of Froggen was forged.
Season 3 saw Froggen join Evil Geniuses and the EULCS. In both splits he managed to make it to the semi-finals, but he couldn’t get over the hump, his teams placing third and fourth in spring and summer.
Season 4 was when we saw Froggen finally lift a trophy, winning the EULCS title in the summer of that season with his new European super team Alliance. The team did have growing pains, going to the semifinals of the spring split and then losing in the third place match.
After this Froggen took a hiatus from the playoffs.
His team, rebranded as Elements, did not see playoffs in Season 5. Having consecutive seventh place finishes in the summer and spring splits. Finishing outside of playoffs, but clear of relegation.
Then came Froggen’s exodus to America, joining Echo Fox. This move did not save Froggen from his playoff drought. In his first split with the team Froggen again placed seventh in the spring followed by one of, if not the, worst split of his career. Finishing last in the summer split Froggen saw himself in another series, but instead of fighting for the title, he was fighting to stay in the league.
2017 was the year of streaming for Froggen, so no playoff experience gained.
2018 was Froggen’s return to high-stakes series, playing for Origen in the EU Masters series. He and the Origen rooster went 3-0 in playoff series and won the title.
Now, Froggen is back in the playoffs with a new team and new chance to see if he can use his experience to bring the Golden Guardians to an LCS title like he did with Alliance, or flame out in the semi’s like he has in the past.
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