Jungler Berk “Gilius” Demir and support Hampus “sprattel” Mikael Abrahamsson announced that they have left Schalke 04 Esports, recently relegated from the European LCS after losing to Misfits in the Promotion Tournament, and are looking for offers for the 2017 season.
This come a few days after Schalke announced that they will be holding a five-day scouting event for aspiring pro players at their VELTINS Arena in Gelsenkirchen, with the best five players being selected to compose Schalke’s line-up for the GEFORCE Cup in Warsaw as the team’s pre-season roster. This likely means that the other players from this year’s roster – Etienne “Steve” Michels, Hampus “Fox” Myhre and Rasmus “MrRalleZ” Skinneholm – may announce their departure from the “Königsblauen” in the upcoming days as well.
Open for EU/NA LCS offers for 2017.Message me via skype or mail.Was a great time in S04 and I hope they make it back into the LCS 🙌🏻
— Berk Demir (@GiliusLoL) October 14, 2016
Eligible free agent for next year, send me a pm on skype or email firstname.lastname@example.org
— Hampus Abrahamsson (@SPRATTEL_lol) October 14, 2016
Both the German and the Swedish joined the organization in May, after Schalke became the first Bundesliga team to enter Esports, following the acquisition of Elements. In 37 games throughout the 2016 EU LCS Summer Split, Gilius achieved a KDA of 2.50, having Elise and Gragas as his most played champions. Sprattel meanwhile, playing 13 games as Karma, and had a KDA of 4.45.
UPDATE: According to sprattel, he still is contracted to Schalke, but received permission to talk with other teams, while Gilius dismissed any suspicions that he has been “kicked” by the organization, saying that he decided to leave because he doesn’t “want to go through challenger again” and that “playing in the LCS makes much more sense.”
Just wanna clarify im still contracted with schalke, just that ive been allowed to look for offers/talk to teams while still contracted!
— Hampus Abrahamsson (@SPRATTEL_lol) October 16, 2016
I left schalke cause I don’t want to go through challenger again playing in the LCS makes much more sense
We didn’t get kicked or anything
— Berk Demir (@GiliusLoL) October 16, 2016
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