Janne “Savjz” Mikkonen is a 31 year old Twitch streamer born in Finland and currently living in California. He’s been one of the most popular gamers on the video streaming platform since 2014, when he first became affiliated. He currently has over 520,000 followers and has racked up almost 54 million total views on Twitch. He is a member of Team Liquid.
Savjz usually plays multiplayer strategy games like Artifact, Hearthstone, and Auto Chess. Most recently, the Finnish star has become a top Magic: the Gathering Arena player. After consistently reaching the top tier of the ranked ladder, he received an invite to the first every Mythic Invitational. He finished 3rd, winning $45,000 and beating established pros along the way. Savjz’s stellar showing at the Invitational earned him a spot in the 32-person Magic Pro League, where he is set to compete in weekly matches with seasoned competitors.
His sudden rise to the top tier of competitive Magic surprised many players and fans. But his followers and colleagues from Team Liquid will attest to his mastery of strategy and card games. Savjz only recently started streaming Magic: the Gathering, but he’s been playing the game since 1999.
Savjz: Bye-bye Hearthstone, Hello Magic
While Savjz made a name for himself playing Hearthstone, the groundbreaking digital card game published by Blizzard, he actually quit playing it almost a year ago, when he began devoting himself to Magic Arena. According to him, he lost interest in the game, even calling it “so boring,” and joking that he might “run into mental health issues” if he continued playing it.
His decision to spend most of his time streaming and playing Magic has certainly paid off, but Savjz earned his fair share of acclaim playing Hearthstone before he quit. His more notable win was in 2014 at the SeatStory Cup II, where he won $10,000 after beating Mirrari. He also took home a cool 10 grand by winning the OGN Invitational held in Seoul, South Korea that year. At the 2016 Curse Trials he won $7,500 and finished second, losing to fellow streamer Thijs in the finals.
Overall, Savjz has earned $121,000 in his eSports career, a figure that will only rise if he continues beating Magic’s established elite.