“Summer is the season of Nukeduck” was the cry, as Team Vitality mid laner secured a pentakill to seal victory over Ninjas in Pyjamas. An eSports veteran, Erlend “Nukeduck” Våtevik Holm, has been thrust back into the spotlight during the Summer Split and is rising to the occasion.
Both Nukeduck and the Team Vitality organisation have flown under the radar in the EU LCS for a number of consecutive splits, labouring in mid table positions; neither at risk of relegation or in with a shot of a deep playoffs run.
The promise the team showed in the Spring of 2016 has since evaporated. The departure of Raymond “kaSing” Tsang, left VIT wandering through the wilderness. Their most reliable member, Nukeduck, appeared to be a shadow of his former self, but something seems to have awoken inside of the mid laner during the 2017 Summer Split.
Once considered one of the best mid laners in the European region, Nukeduck faded into the background as part of a long-term slump on the EU LCS stage.
Regardless of his competitive record, many players continued to vouch for the Norwegian’s abilities in scrims and solo queue practice, maintaining that the Vitality veteran still had the ability to be one of the best in the region.
Nukeduck is known for playing a lane-orientated style, continually exerting pressure on his opponent, a feature often valued heavily by fellow professionals.
Fnatic prodigy Rasmus “Caps” Winther went so far as to rank Nukeduck as the second best mid laner in the EU LCS:
Nukeduck has shied away from the value of player rankings, expressing an indifference to Caps’ mid lane tier list:
“I found his list okay, but I find it really hard to rank who is the best and not the best.
“There are so many players where you could argue that they’re best solely based on individual performance.
“It also varies a lot, in some games Caps is the best, other times Febiven has really good games, same with Perkz or PowerOfEvil.
“What I’m trying to say is: everyone plays well and everyone makes mistakes, so I think it’s really hard to say which player is the best.”
Erlend “Nukeduck” Våtevik Holm
The 2017 EU LCS has seen a revitalised Nukeduck take to the stage, transitioning his feared reputation from scrims into victories for his organisation.
Poised to challenge for a playoffs place for the first time in over a year, Nukeduck will have the opportunity to provide further validation for his mid lane ranking if he can sustain his current level of performance.