dennis: "I’m confident that when I get the chance, I'll be just as good as before, if not better"
We caught up with Dennis "dennis" Edman following the disbandment of GamerLegion to find out about his time with the Swedish squad, his personal performances, what team he may land on next, and more.
GamerLegion disbanded their Swedish roster last week after a string of uninspiring results that had seen the team fail to progress past the open qualifiers for the Europe Minor and finish in 7-8th place in the MDL playoffs.
dennis, who had spent eight months on GamerLegion following his move from Ninjas in Pyjamas in July, admitted that the team's recent results had been lacklustre and that the outcome didn't come as a surprise.
"The atmosphere and confidence weren’t great because we lost so many important games all the time," he told HLTV.org. "Everyone felt like we shouldn’t be losing these games and we had no solution to the problem. I believe we could have become decent, but if you don’t have the synergy or leadership, it’s not really possible to get to the next level. It takes a lot more than just skill to perform and win matches. In the end, I think it was a fair decision even if it was sudden.
"My time in GamerLegion was a roller coaster more or less since the start. In the back of my head, I had a feeling we would get dropped if we didn’t show any results, I'm not sure the other guys had the same feeling, though."
GamerLegion had cycled through an array of players since the roster-building process began in July 2019, losing key individuals like Tim "nawwk" Jonasson along the way. The current Ninjas in Pyjamas player recently described his time on GamerLegion as a "trainwreck", which caused motivation and consistency issues — a sentiment echoed by dennis himself.
"I most definitely understand him and felt like he did experience that," the 29-year-old said. "The players actually suggested most of the changes.
"Every day I’ve been telling my close ones that I want to get back to tier 1 and go to tournaments again. I think the root of the problem is pretty simple: you’re stuck on a level you feel you don’t belong at. That’s highly demotivating."
This year has seen a resurgence in form from dennis, who is averaging a 1.11 rating (up from 1.04 in 2019). He revealed that he has been working on his game more by "studying" his matches to identify mistakes, adding: "I’m not where I want to be right now but I’m also 110% confident that when I get the chance, I will be just as good as before, if not better."
The Swede followed up on his departure from GamerLegion with a Twitlonger which stated his openness to joining a new team in North America or Europe and the roles he is looking for. The 29-year-old, who has four Major semi-final appearances to his name and just as many Big Event titles, is determined to prove that he can still be useful for any team wishing to compete at the top.
"I don’t really have any preferences, I just want to go to a team with high ambitions and quality players," dennis explained. "I want to compete against the best with like-minded players. I'll gladly take on being an in-game leader or an entry fragger, those two roles are the 'toughest' because you can’t be selfish in-game, but any role works. I'll do what’s best for the team."