Speaking on stream to his fanbase, Marcin “Jankos” Jankowski expressed his dismay at H2K’s situation, threatening to ‘put himself on the bench’ if the organisation don’t step up with Korean talent for the AD Carry and Support positions. The off-season’s wild ride is almost over, with the majority of the scene’s top tier teams having bolstered their rosters ahead of the 2017 Spring Split. The majority of the EU LCS rosters have been locked in, well in advance of the deadline – H2K-Gaming however, still have significant holes in their starting line-up.
H2K-Gaming’s strong performance at the 2016 World Championship seemingly laid the foundations for continued success in the following year, yet following a series of player departures, H2K are facing yet another season of uncertainty. H2K had already bid farewell to both of the teams AD Carries, Aleš “Freeze” Kněžínek and Konstantinos “FORG1VEN” Tzortziou, but have now added to their issues in the bot lane by parting ways with expert Support, Oskar “Vander” Bogdan.
The news was apparently as surprising for the team’s front man Jankos as it was for H2K’s fanbase, who revealed on stream that he knew nothing of his compatriot’s departure until he saw the news on the team’s social media channels.
The news sparked a strong reaction from H2K’s passionate Jungler, who proceeded to rant about the shortcomings of the team’s management and their roster decisions – sadly, entirely in Polish. Fortunately, a rough translation has since been provided, outlining Jankos’ primary concerns:
Jankos started by cementing himself as a firm believer that Vander is the best EU support currently in the scene and that he is in no way worried about his future, suggesting that he will be quickly snapped up and end up earning far more than he was on H2K-Gaming.
.@VanderLCS It was a pleasure to play with you for the last three years. Good luck in whatever comes next <3
— Marcin Jankowski (@Jankoslol) December 12, 2016
The rant then took a far more pessimistic tone, suggesting that there is a great deal of ugly behind the scenes business going on around him that he finds to be disturbing, but contractually is not allowed to speak about it until the day his contract expires. Poignantly, Jankos threatened to bench himself from H2K if the organisation doesn’t invest in high quality Korean talent for the bot lane.
This certainly isn’t the first time H2K have had problems with their player relationships as an organisation and now they have apparently let one of the team’s integral members leave, whilst his close friend and teammate was not informed of the decision by the team, but by social media. As with many parts of H2K’s history, their recent dealings seem sketchy.
Jankos later took to social media himself to clarify his earlier statements:
I just wanted to say a few things about what was said earlier by me. My comments were misunderstood, and taken out of context.
– The post about Vander, I now know that H2K had worked with Vander for quite some time regarding the social media post and everything around that. H2K wanted to help Vander out in the best way possible.
– The comments about things behind the scenes and not happy about certain stuff going on, was not aimed at H2K but at e-sports as a whole.
– I am quite exited about the new team that management has put together, i do believe it will be a world class team. It should be announced shortly!
Marcin “Jankos” Jankowski, via Twitlonger
Yet many fans weren’t convinced that the views expressed via social media were an accurate reflection of Jankos’ earlier outburst:
@Jankoslol blink once if management is standing behind your shoulder as you are writing this.
— Anex (@rhegalie) December 13, 2016
@Jankoslol aka “im under contract, cant leave, and h2k is pissed that I said anything”
— Evan Anderson (@evanderson551) December 13, 2016
At this point, Jankos has developed into H2K-Gaming’s star player, the organisation need to step up to the plate and provide him with a competitive roster or else risk losing the commitment of their first blood king.