Giants Jungler Nubar "Maxlore" Sarafian has parted ways with the team, according to an announcement on social media.
"All in all I'm extremely happy with how my first split went, the people I met and the journey I took," the 20-year-old player said in a TwitLonger. "Thank you to my teammates, the staff and Giants for accepting me and giving me good treatment. I will miss my teammates and staff, they are all great people. I wish them the best of luck for their future."
Maxlore joined the team in May, following their near-relegation in the 2016 EU LCS Summer Promotion tournament. The revamped roster managed to take third place in the summer regular season, but were promptly knocked out of the playoffs with a 3-1 quarterfinal loss to Unicorns of Love. Their Worlds hopes were again dashed by UoL in the EU Regional Finals, where they were swept 3-0 in the first round.
In his TwitLonger, Maxlore says the team's poor late-season performance had a lot to do with Patch 6.15, which made it much harder to execute laneswaps. He said they struggled to adapt to the new meta.
"We had a rough start at the beginning of the split but through hard work we all stepped up, worked out the meta and how to play the game and we started winning a lot more," he wrote. "We ended 3rd in the split which felt good and it was amazing for all of us. When the new patch hit we faltered and didn't adapt fast enough (we were one of the teams that laneswapped the most) and unfortunately we couldn't make it to worlds."
Maxlore did not say what he plans to do next. Earlier this month, he tweeted that he was open to offers from other teams in EU and NA.
"Overall I had a fantastic time with Giants," he said. "I gained a lot of experience and learned a lot about the game as well as the aspects outside of the game."
Sasha Erfanian is a news editor for theScore esports. Follow him on Twitter, it'll be great for his self-esteem.