Splyce top laner Tamás "Vizicsacsi" Kiss will be retiring from professional League of Legends, the 26-year-old announced yesterday. The Hungarian player has been active since 2013, playing under the Unicorns of Love, FC Schalke 04, and Splyce banners. He recently made a career-best quarter-final appearance at the 2019 World Championship.
The top laner announced his decision to retire from professional play in a TwitLonger, where he states that he does not feel he has the “drive and motivation” to continue playing. He explains that as his Splyce contract ends, he will be moving on to “open a new chapter in [his] life and go on another road.” It is currently unclear where he plans to go next, though it is not uncommon for ex-professional players to become coaches or analysts.
Vizicsacsi made his European LCS debut in Spring 2015 under the Unicorns of Love banner. The squad placed second in their inaugural season after losing to Fnatic in the Grand Final. They later exited the Summer season’s play-offs in fourth place after a loss to H2K in the third-place decider. A second-place finish in the 2015 Regional Finals meant the squad did not advance to that year’s World Championship.
A similar pattern continued for Unicorns of Love, as they made consistent middle-of-the-pack finishes in the 2016 EU LCS Spring and Summer seasons. They once again finished second at the Regional Finals, narrowly missing out on Worlds for the second year in a row. Unicorns of Love redeemed that disappointing result with a victory at IEM Oakland 2016. Their results remained consistent in 2017, as they finished second in the EU LCS Spring season and later placed third in the 2017 Regional Finals.
The Hungarian player then moved on to FC Schalke 04 Esports in 2018. They placed eighth in the 2018 Spring Split, though followed that with a second place finish in the Summer season. Vizicsacsi narrowly missed out on a World Championship appearance again as they lost to G2 Esports in the 2018 Regional Final.
The 2019 season saw Vizicsacsi transfer to Splyce. The squad placed fourth in the Spring season of the newly renamed LEC. They exited the Summer Split play-offs in 5-6th place after placing third in the regular season. Their results granted them a spot in the Regional Finals, where they bested both Origen and FC Schalke 04 to qualify for the 2019 World Championship. Once at Worlds, Splyce eased through the play-in. The group stage saw them take down eventual champions FunPlus Phoenix to advance to the play-offs. Their Worlds run ended in the quarter-finals, as they managed only one game against Korean powerhouse SK Telecom T1.
Vizicsacsi states in his TwitLonger that he has made “unforgettable memories” over his career, and he is grateful for the support from his fanbase.