promisq: “I have a lot to prove this year. For basically everyone.”

2021 will be a big year for Hampus Mikael “promisq” Abrahamsson. After a two year break from playing on the highest stage in Europe, the seasoned support player will make his grand return in the LEC this coming January in the Spring Split, donning the Astralis jersey (formerly Origen). With a year of experience as a substitute of G2 under his belt, the Swede spent 2020 playing in the Prime League for mousesports.

Though his mousesports venture was successful, promisq wanted more. He sat down with us to tell us about returning to the spotlights of European League of Legends. promisq also shared how he has changed as a player as a result of the experience he has gained, and the expectations he has for himself and the Astralis lineup in 2021.

Hotspawn: Hey man, thanks for taking the time! How are you?

promisq: I’m doing very well, thanks for asking.

Hotspawn: I imagine you’re very excited to return to the LEC next year.

promisq: Yeah, of course. I was probably the happiest I have ever been when it was confirmed. Ok, maybe I was happier the first time I ever joined the EU LCS, as it was named back then. I was super happy then. I had been chasing that and it was a dream of me, so reaching that for the first time was obviously very crazy. But after that, I’ve always been super excited and thankful for the opportunities I got. This one felt extra good though, as I posted on my Twitter.

I really thought that my train had passed. I didn’t think I was going to get another shot. I can totally see from an organizational point of view why you would not choose me as a support player. I’ve played for such a long time already and people think I’ve hit the ceiling, that I can’t prove anything anymore. In that case, there’s no point in picking me up. So I’m super happy and super grateful for getting another opportunity. I do feel like I deserve it. It’s not about that. It’s just that, realistically, I did not think it was going to happen.

Hotspawn: When did the talks between you and Astralis start? Were there any other LEC teams you were talking to?

promisq: So, this year in the summer for EU Masters, there was a bit of a weird schedule where we played three games and then there was a two-week break or something like that until the final part of the Group Stage. I think Astralis contacted mousesports about wanting to talk to Jeskla already after three games. He got in touch with them right then and there. I think it was after we finished playing the Group Stage that Astralis got in touch with mousesports about talking to me as well. If I recall correctly, we started talking after EU Masters was finished. It was pretty early in the offseason. We were still finishing our matches with mousesports. But yeah, that’s about when I got in touch with them.

Hotspawn: So they first spoke to Jeskla—did he play a part in you being picked up?…

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