The popular North American organization, 100 Thieves, continues to be in the news recently. One of its great League of Legends promises has announced his retirement from the competitive scene. This is Milan “Tenacity” Oleksij, who, at the age of 20, decided to leave the professional LoL scene to devote himself entirely to content creation.
As time passes, this type of decision is made by veteran players who want to take a break from the competitive scene. However, the fact that a promising talent like Tenacity is announcing this at only 20 years of age may make us think that the competitive scene could suffer more such departures.
Tenacity announces his retirement from the professional LoL scene
In an interview with Travis Gafford, former 100 Thieves top laner Tenacity announced his retirement from the professional League of Legends scene to focus on content creation.
Tenacity announces his departure from pro play and move to content creation:
'I've been telling young [NA] talent, book a bootcamp to Europe and try and get into ERL. It's a much higher success rate than trying to make it as a professional in North America.' pic.twitter.com/hZeMJs3RtY
— Travis Gafford (@TravisGafford) May 13, 2023
In the interview, we can hear that the player clarifies to all fans that it has been a purely personal decision to stop playing professionally. In addition, he highlights that he was receiving offers from several teams in Europe, the NACL, and the LCS itself.
On the other hand, the young talent affirms that he had several months thinking about dedicating himself to creating content, but the news recently announced in the LCS made him accelerate his decision.
Let’s remember that for several weeks there have been many rumors about what will happen in the LCS if the player import rule is eliminated. Undoubtedly, this would mean a hard blow for the emerging NA talent.
Tenacity: “Riot Games destroys the path to the LCS”
On the other hand, the former 100 Thieves top laner also pointed out that Riot Games’ decision to remove a mandate that forced all LCS organizations to have a Challengers team worried all the young players in the scene a lot. Undoubtedly, this could affect player development, and many teams would have to rely on the import market to have competitive lineups.
Following these decisions by Riot Games, Tenacity decided to leave the competitive LoL scene and focus on content creation. Tenacity mentioned that he did not want to “be dragged down” in case of a storm in the NA competitive scene. On the other hand, the young player also pointed out that salaries in the LCS are getting lower and lower and considers content creation a more stable profession.
Smart ending or disappointing?
This decision will bring many comments of support and others of rejection, as has happened in the history of esports. However, only time and what happens in the coming months can give us an answer about this decision to withdraw by Tenacity. If the NA scene continues to decline, there is no doubt that it will be a great move for the player.
However, if the opposite is true, the player will likely decide to return to the scene as many game legends have done after a brief break in retirement.
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