Earlier today news came to light that the toplaner from Ninja’s in Pyjamas, Vytautas“extinkt” Melinauskas, will step down from their active roster. Citing a lack of motivation to play the game at the level required, the Lithuanian will instead continue with his studies.
Melinauskas had the following to say;
Vytautas “extinkt” Melinauska
It is really sad to be leaving the pro LOL scene at this point, especially since I had finally found a team that is destined for huge success, but I just did not feel the motivation that drove me to succeed for the past 2 years, and my desire to go back to studying for my degree, this autumn, made me feel that if I continued playing with NiP I would simply hold them back, unable to reach their full potential. I wish the team the best of luck in the future. And you can be sure that i will help the team in every way i possibly can.
Many will be surprised by the decision given NiP’s recent improving form, and no announcement has been made with regards to a replacement yet.
Melinausk also had a follow up statement via his Facebook fanpage;
…The reasoning for this is quite simple – I have lost the drive that I had the past 2 years while competing at the highest level. Instead, I decided to study, starting this September. The reason I’m leaving now instead of after the playoffs is to give my team a better shot at worlds, which I am quite sure they will make. I won’t completely cut off from NiP, though. I’ll still talk to them a lot and watch every game I can and help them in every way possible. It was a fun 2 years and I wouldn’t change a single thing that has happened in my LoL times, as for now I can chill, sort some things that I didn’t have time to do before and support NiP with their new top!
P.S. The fact that we went 1-2 last week did not make any influence at all to my decision, I would’ve quit even if we went 3-0.
Stefan “lucann” Nielsen the manager of NiP posted his thoughts on the matter;
The team and I are really sad that Extinkt does not feel like playing on a competitive level anymore, we really enjoy him as a person in the game and outside the game. We only played for roughly a month, but he became a big part of the team already. But we have to respect a players wishes when he does not feel like playing as much as is required. We have a lot of respect for Extinkt in telling us, so we actually have the opportunity to play with a new top laner before Playoff commence, still the primary goal of the team.
It is with a heavy heart that we say good bye to extinkt, but best wishes on his pursuit of academic excellence. How do you think his decision to leave the team will affect NiP for the rest of the LCS Split? Who would you like to see step in to fill the void?
Sources: NiP Gaming Announcement, Extinkt’s Facebook Page