Jens ‘Snute’ Aasgaard is a professional StarCraft II player from Norway who plays Zerg.
Snute is known for developing a strategy for ZvP to be used on maps with easily accessible gold bases. With his strategy, Snute attempts to punish greedy Protoss players that FFE while blocking Snute’s natural with a Pylon. Instead of going immediately for the Pylon, Snute will often take his third, middle, or gold base and proceed to heavily punish his opponents with baneling busts.
Snute was born in Oppegård, Norway on July 28, 1990. He is competitive by nature and, in elementary school, he and his classmates would hold StarCraft: Brood War Tournaments. However, they would lose interest after a while and Snute quit playing Brood War after a couple of years. He was bitten by the competitive bug again in 2002, when his older brother got a dance mat for PlayStation and he developed a competitive mindset for dance games, leading to him becoming the Norwegian champion of Dance Dance Revolution in 2004. In becoming champion, he was on a level where he was able to step 10 times a second. He continued with DDR as a hobby/workout until he moved from Norway and no longer had access to the equipment.
Snute also wanted to become professional pianist. Most of his family was playing some instrument or another and Snute was very dedicated in becoming a pianist. He practiced several hours straight in order to improve, but he felt that there “seem[ed] to be things that couldn’t be understood or mastered”. He couldn’t get into the school he wanted and eventually he lost his passion for it.
Snute then started studying Music Technology at Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim in 2011 while playing SC2 as a hobby. Before this, his long-term goal was to become a “renown[ed] trance producer”. However, he felt that in order to do well professionally in the field of music technology he had to be completely dedicated and he felt the same with StarCraft II. Ultimately, he felt he had to choose and in 2012, he chose StarCraft, becoming a full-time pro gamer.
Most recently at the 2016 WCS Winter Circuit Championships Snute placed 2nd. He excelled in his ZvZ play taking out two prominent Korean Zerg players, viOLet and Hydra. In the Finals he faced off against Polt’s imposing Terran play in an exciting best of seven series. Ultimately Snute had to settle for second place but he did not make it easy for Polt taking the series to six full games. Snute managed to place 2nd as well at the Gold Series International 2016 in late March – he managed to win against Nerchio and Ptitdrogo but lost to Harstem in the finals.