Veteran jungler Maurice “Amazing” Stuckenshneider has left Schalke 04’s League of Legends team, the organization announced today.
Amazing’s departure comes after a strong year with Schalke where he helped the team advance to their first playoff finals appearance—an eventual loss against Fnatic in the 2018 EU LCS Summer Split. The team didn’t manage to make it to Worlds last year, though, and Amazing eventually went on to take responsibility of Schalke’s Academy team.
It appears, though, that Amazing still has aspirations of playing for a team in the LEC. “I’m grateful to FC Schalke 04 Esports for offering me the opportunity to take the next step in my career” Amazing said on social media. “But I realized that it might be too early to withdraw as an active player.”
“I’m happy about the time spent there, especially due to our similarities in values—hard work, honesty, [and] fairness,” Amazing said on his personal Twitter account. “But in order to achieve what I want to achieve I had to leave.”
Amazing will likely start looking for offers from teams for the 2019 Summer Split and could eventually come back to the LEC (or another region) to try to help a team get to Worlds. Schalke has not yet announced who will take over Amazing’s role with the Academy team at this time.