There was a bit of speculation what the future would hold for Mateusz "Kikis" Szkudlarek after Fnatic Academy sold their spot in the LCS to Ninjas in Pyjamas.
This speculation was only further compunded last week when Kikis left a somewhat cryptic message on his Twitter account:
Hyped for next week.— Mateusz Szkudlarek (@Kikis1205) June 16, 2017
It seems now however, that Bark "Gilius" Demir might have let the cat out of the bag in a tweet of his own yesterday. Berk suggests that both Kikis and Maurice "Amazing" Stückenschneider are set to join Mysterious Monkeys. He doesn't credit any sources, and as of writing this, Mysterious Monkeys have yet to make a statement or update their wiki-page, but it could go a long way to explaining what Kikis was alluding to.
MM upgrading to amazing and kikis is a really smart move for them— Berk (@GiliusLoL) June 18, 2017
Kikis is a crowd favourite from his Unicorns of Love days. He left the LCS for challenger when he joined Gamers 2, later to be redubbed G2, as their top laner. Despite the competition not being as fierce in the European Challenger Series, he has never the less shown progress in his adopted position, and it would be interesting to see him come back to the LCS.
Amazing joined Fnatic Academy and helped them break into the LCS before being sold off, and both he and Kikis are currently contracted to Fnatic. Despite this, both also posted that they were allowed to look for other teams during the summer split, which suggests that Fnatic might be holding on to them in case Academy teams take a more dominant role in the EU, but currently don't have room for them on their main team. Thus, allowing them to play on other teams would make sense, as they cover some of the cost, and also keep on training.
Obviously, both could see themselves let go and this merely serving as a transitional phase, but time will tell. Another unknown is what this might mean for Park "Jisu" Jin-cheol. Leon "Lamabear" Krüger announced free agency yesterday as well, so some change does seem to be incomming.
It's not unlikely that MM decided to take the synergy already in place between Kikis and Amazing, and build on that, instead of having to establish new synergy between Amazing and Jisu.
We should receive an update within the next few days, and will revisit the topic then.
source: Kikis Twitter
source: Gilius Twitter
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