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Jankos considering retirement after Heretics lose in LEC playoffs

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Marcin “Jankos” Jankowski has long been one of the most popular League of Legends players in the world. But after his latest professional setback, fans are wondering if retirement could be his next step.

Jankos was open about his frustrations and disappointment following his team’s elimination from the 2023 LEC Summer Playoffs, and he made it clear that his future as a pro player is now in doubt.

Will Jankos return to Heretics in the LEC?

Jankos has said that he is unsure whether he will return to Heretics or to the LEC in 2024. The Polish star was interviewed shortly after his team’s playoff loss to Fnatic, and he did not hold back.

Jankos started by saying that “it sucks, of course, to lose,” speaking to his great disappointment with his team’s journey coming to an early end. Heretics had turned its form around after a slow start earlier in the year, but it wasn’t enough to overcome a solid Fnatic team in the LEC playoffs. Fnatic won the best-of-five series 3-1.

Asked specifically about his future and potential retirement, Jankos said that, “to be honest, I don’t really know what I want to do right now.” He expressed that he may or may not return to pro play in 2024. He was also honest about being unsure about his future with Heretics in particular, saying that he might compete with or against his Heretics teammates in future games if he does return.

Will Jankos become a full-time streamer?

If Jankos does proceed with his retirement from the LEC, he is already set for a successful career as a full-time streamer. In addition to being one of the most popular players in pro League of Legends, he is also one of the game’s most popular streamers on Twitch. His Twitch channel has steadily grown over the years, and he regularly streams to thousands of viewers.

The energy and excitement he brings to his streams has long had fans wondering if full-time streaming was in the player’s future, and his honest trepidation regarding a return to competitive play could mean that full-time streaming is right around the corner for Jankos after retirement.

Regardless of what he chooses to do, there’s little doubt that Jankos will continue to enjoy support from his legion of fans, both for his high-level play and the honest he brings every time he speaks.

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Written by Jared Wynne

Jared Wynne has been covering gaming and esports for the past two decades. He's a former competitor in Counter-Strike, and still counts it among his favorite games along with RPGs like Baldur's Gate and Mass Effect. He studied journalism at the University of Texas at Austin.

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