Team Vitality mid laner Daniele “Jiizuké” di Mauro announced on Twitter this morning that he will not be playing on the League of Legends European Championship (LEC) stage this weekend due to illness. Lucas “Saken” Fayard, mid laner for Vitality's minor league team in La Ligue Française (LFL), will take his place on the main roster for this weekend.
Poor overall health and sleep quality over the past month were the primary factors in his decision to stay home this week. Combined with the intense amount of scrim time and solo queue hours that go into preparing weekly matches as a pro, it’s not necessarily rare. It’s unfortunate that his condition has worsened enough to impede his ability to play, but Vitality supports the decision even this close to the playoffs.
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Vitality coach Jakob “YamatoCannon” Mebdi ensured fans that they won’t have to worry about Saken subbing in long-term. Although Vitality.Bee’s current record in the LFL is 4-5, Saken has been at the center of the team’s wins and has had stand out performances on multiple champions, most notably Zoe and Sylas.
In week seven of the split, every single game has playoff seeding implications. If Vitality wish to keep their second place spot and contest the first place team G2 Esports, they can't risk dropping a single game this weekend.
Hopefully Jiizuke is able to take the time he needs to recover fully and doesn't have to miss multiple weeks of play.
Do you think Saken will be able to step up to the plate?