Kikis on stepping down from G2's starting roster: 'The guarantee of a starting spot means a lot to me'

by theScore Staff Jun 13 2016
Thumbnail image courtesy of lolesports Flickr / EU LCS Summer 2016 Week 1

A day after G2 Esports announced that Mateusz "Kikis" Szkudlarek was being removed from the team's starting roster, the top laner took to Facebook Monday to explain his side of the story and to announce his departure from the team altogether.

"First of all, there are no hard feelings between myself, any teammates or the G2 organisation," the statement reads. "We simply ended up in a situation where I didn’t feel comfortable or happy and decisions had to be made."

Kikis goes on to discuss the recent changes with the team, including their six-man roster and the addition of subs, mentioning how the whole thing took him by surprise.

"It came as a bit of a shock to me that the team decided to bring in a sub and create a 6 man roster right before the roster deadline. I didn’t feel too great about this, as one can expect, and had to make a decision," he says. "After some discussions, I ended up agreeing with it for the better of the team and so looked at it as another challenge to beat."

He says that he took the changes a bit personally, and found it hard to cope with as a player.

"Now, I’m a very proud player, and the guarantee of a starting spot means a lot to me. One big downside for me was that I was suffering from the lack of scrim time since Expect and me were sharing practice slots. I felt kind of undervalued despite making marked improvements on all the issues we identified together."

The post continues with Kikis explaining how he tried to address the problems with G2, and both him and the organization found themselves between a rock and a hard place.

"In the end this was eating away at me and I decided to bring this up with G2, asking for an increase in scrim time and a more guaranteed starter spot. Ultimately I felt stuck in an extremely stressful situation where I didn’t feel comfortable participating in any longer," Kikis explains. "G2 decided they couldn’t honor my request because of the promises they made towards Expect (which I completely understand)."

These issues fuelled Kikis' decision to leave the team, saying he felt it was the best thing for him on a personal level.

"Perhaps in the future I can change my mind about 6-man rosters, but currently it just didn’t feel beneficial to me as a player or my growth in this case."

He says he will be looking at other options, but will mostly be solo queuing and watching VODs to maintain his level.

Kikis joined G2 in July 2015 when they were still called Gamers2, and went on to help the team win first place at the EU LCS Spring Playoffs in April.

Olivia Da Silva is a news editor at theScore esports. You can usually find her freaking out over someone's dog or telling terrible jokes to anyone who will listen. Feel free to follow her on Twitter.