Konstantinos "FORG1VEN" Tzotrziou is no stranger to controversy. In 2014, he was fined $1000 for violations of LCS regulations, then, in July of this year, he recieved a four-game ban for similar negative behavior in-game.
With FORG1VEN at their side though, his teams haven't experienced too much success. Gambit finished eighth in the summer split, and during his time with SK Gaming the team came first in the spring split, but dropped to fourth during the playoffs. In an interview with Duncan "Thorin" Shields, FORG1VEN stated he doesn't think he was the reason Gambit lost, but the losses did affect him.
"The way I talk may sound like I'm arrogant, but I wasn't the reason my team failed," he told Thorin. "No one ever came to me and told me I played poorly. I tried to play, to commit to it, I sacrificed a lot, but in the end, if I don't win, it isn't worth it.
"I missed a lot of things by going pro, I sacrificed my education, and where has it left me? I played three splits, two relegations, one fourth place, one fine, one suspension, I guess having an individual title is what makes it worth it, but it's not. In the end, it's too much sadness and bitterness."
FORG1VEN also mentioned that he did go to see professionals about his anger while he was with SK Gaming, but something changed.
"I did things about it," he said. "I went to people to learn how to deal with it, with bad players," he said. "There are people who help you manage your nerves. In SK it worked, but in Gambit we were losing."
And then? His suspension started to mess with his team.
"Most of the players in Europe have gotten several warnings for supposedly bad behavior," he said. "The suspension messed with my team, and they did it to Gambit many times in row. Why don't you give me community hours of service if you want it to be severe.
"You don't suspend someone when one month ago, you tell him he's the most improved player in terms of behavior. You don't do it. Not like that, not without a warning. It affected my team. Even if it was a dumb move from me, which I obviously disagree with, they should accept the fact that it's different. it's not that I'm allowed to flame or behave badly, you have to fix the system, you have to protect those players. "
FORG1VEN also said that he will definitely retire one day, but isn't sure when the player that can replace him will come. For now though, he has a problem with players who stay in the game too long.
"They take it for granted. I won't speak for specific players, I don't know most of them, but they take it for granted," he said. "They're one of 50 players getting paid to play. Being a pro player in LCS is not as fantastic as it sounds. It doesn't pay too much, and it also keeps you behind in life, mentally.
"When I see myself as not a top player, when I consider myself really bad, I will step aside, because there will be someone younger and better who can take my place. I don't need the money, it's really sad. We have to have ethics. I'm really glad that I'm one of those 50 players, but I'm there for a reason. I'm worth the money, but I want to deserve my place every single day."
According to LoL eSports, FORG1VEN's contract with Gambit ends in November, and he himself isn't quite sure what comes next. But one thing is for sure: he doesn't see a championship in his future.
"I intend to play the last split of my contract with Gambit. Are Gambit going to make changes? I don't know, I shouldn't be the one having a say," he said. "Do I believe that a top team from NA will give me the chance to be great again? No. The odds are not favorable for me to be happy and successful.
"I don't value that money that much, I was the lowest paid payer in SK. I'm certainly not earning a lot of money. In the end, Gambit is a great organization, and the players are great too. Everyone was Top 30 or 40 Solo Queue, but it didn't work. It's becoming a trend, maybe me being on teams is the problem. It's a puzzle, and I can't find a way to solve it."
Daniel Rosen is a writer for theScore eSports. You can follow him on Twitter.