Earlier today, Team SoloMid announced their signing of William “Leffen” Hjelte, an elite Super Smash Bros. Melee player from Sweden.
Relatively new to the Smash scene, Hjelte has made quite a name for himself in just a few years, rising to such high levels of competition that many see him as a contender for god status alongside figures like Cloud9’s Joseph “Mango” Marquez and Kevin “PPMD” Nanney of Evil Geniuses, both of whom have fallen to the rising star in tournament play.
Team SoloMid, on the other hand, has been a fixture of competitive League of Legends play for some time, and is currently considered one of the strongest teams in North America, if not the world. Though their name belies the fact they also field rosters for Hearthstone and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, this is their first foray into the fighting game community.
That being said, Hjelte certainly fits in with the strong, confident personalities SoloMid has become synonymous with, an attitude most recently demonstrated at Apex 2015 during a dominating exhibition match against Smash veteran Kashan “Chillindude” Khan of Team Liquid.
According to team founder Andy “Reginald” Dinh, this signing was stirred by Hjelte’s overall placing at the aforementioned Apex event, which saw him take home third behind Nanney and Alliance’s Adam “Armada” Lindgren, a fellow Swede.
“I feel like I’ve only been a step away from being the best for a while now,” Hjelte explained in his official statement. “With Team SoloMid’s support, I’m confident that I’ll be able to take that step and then some!”
Source: Team SoloMid