Kikis close to signing with Rogue
Mateusz “Kikis” Szkudlarek is close to joining Rogue and leaving Team Vitality, according to a VPEsports report. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Kikis was instrumental in Team Vitality’s surge towards the 2018 World Championship. Before he joined Team Vitality held a 5W-6L record and were tumbling down the rankings. However, he reversed the tide and secured a bye to the semifinals, which the team converted to a World Championship qualification. There, they would endear themselves to the Western community as they took Gen.G out of Worlds in Group B, and nearly qualified to the quarterfinals through their bold play style.
The jungler’s proactivity and decisiveness would be a huge asset to Rogue. Indeed, his mindset favors hard work and accountability, two qualities a team needs to succeed. In addition, he brings smart decision-making on the table. He was one of Team Vitality’s most proactive communicators and strategists, a matter that would greatly help his new team settle in the LEC.
Kikis has one of the most storied careers among European players. The player was the original autofill player as he played in four roles competitively. Although he was a top laner, he adjusted to the competitive environment in League of Legends’ early days in esports. “In my career, in the earlier seasons, it was much easier to play auto-fill,” he said on Cybersport.com. “In solo queue, we didn’t have the option to choose roles, so we played whatever we got. I was playing well in all the roles. When I joined my first serious team, I was actually the sixth guy, playing every role. If someone wanted to go out to drink or had a family issue, I stepped in to play so I played every role.”
The player featured in the 2011 World Cyber Games as a member of Polish lineup exGBT. During that tournament, he contributed to the elimination of Korea’s best team at the time, NaJin e-mFire. He then played in several Polish lineups and in the LCS, with one of his most memorable stints being on the Unicorns of Love. There, he rose to prominence when he selected Jungle Twisted Fate against Team SoloMid at the 2015 IEM San Jose tournament.
With this move, Rogue would have two in-game leaders: Kikis and HeaQ. Kikis’s proactivity lies in the early game, balancing HeaQ’s late-game focused calls. Rogue has complete freedom to select playmakers on the remaining three positions, making them a potentially devastating (yet underrated) lineup.
Update: Nov. 28 @ 17:10 CET — Kikis is officially a member of Rogue. Since Nov. 22, the team signed Edward “Edward” Abgaryan and Simon “fredy122” Payne on the coaching staff. Kim “Wadid” Bae-in, Kim “Profit” Jun-hyung, Chres “Sencux” Laursen and Emil “Larssen” Larsson are also rumored to join the lineup.