European League Championship Series star AD carry Konstantinos "FORG1VEN" Tzortziou-Napoleon is preparing to leave H2k Gaming, sources close to the team and player tell ESPN. The organization has notified the player that it will be seeking out a replacement in the coming weeks to compete in the summer split.
The reason for his departure is because the organization and its players thought he did not fit in with the team in-game. Unlike his prior departures from teams such as SK Gaming and Copenhagen Wolves, his parting of ways with H2k has no link to personal behavior, with him maintaining a positive relationship with the members of the H2k team and organization.
Potential replacements for the star are currently uncertain. According to sources close to the organization, when FORG1VEN was facing potential military conscription, the team reached out to Team Huma AD carry Anıl "HolyPhoenix" Işık and other AD carries in Europe. But because FORG1VEN was able to defer those plans, he was able to continue competing with the team.
This will be the third team FORG1VEN has parted ways with in the last year. In spring 2015, FORG1VEN competed with SK Gaming, which was the best team in Europe for the majority of the season. But after alleged poor management and internal conflict between team members, he was benched in favor of Adrian "CandyPanda" Wübbelmann.
He then found a home at Gambit Gaming. However, toward the end of the season, just before playoffs, he received a competitive suspension from Riot Games for alleged toxicity in solo queue.
Once Gambit sold its LCS spot to Team Vitality, FORG1VEN received offers from G2 Esports, H2k Gaming, Team ROCCAT, Unicorns of Love and Team Coast (now Apex Gaming.) He ultimately chose to go with H2k. The team finished fourth in the LCS playoffs last weekend after falling to Fnatic.
Despite being the nomad of the LCS, FORG1VEN is still considered the best western AD carry of all time by many analysts and experts among the scene. He had the second-highest KDA (kill-death-assist) ratio in Europe among AD carries at 5.8, just under Unicorns of Love's Pierre "Steeelback" Medjaldi. He also has the highest creep score (CS) per minute at 9.9, higher than any other AD carry in the league.
FORG1VEN's future is currently undecided. Whether he'll find another team for the summer split or return to Greece to complete his required military service, one thing is certain -- Europe's best AD carry will soon become a free agent.
H2k Gaming declined to comment on this report.