Vitality were riding a three-game losing streak going into week six and there last win was against the winless H2K. They decided to switch things up this week and signed former top laner and jungler Kikis. Originally, they reported that Kikis would be used as an in-house sub and that he would not be starting ahead of current Vitality jungler, Gilius.
Somewhere along the line, things changed. On Friday when Vitality took on Giants Gaming, It was Kikis on the starting roster.
As it turns out, this was probably a good move from Vitality head coach YamatoCannon. Kikis put up a solid 4/2/5 stat line as Kindred and Vitality came away with a win. They spent most of the mid game in a big whole, but managed to survive after grabbing a late baron. From there, they marched into Giants’ base and destroyed the nexus in the 38th minute.
Vitality Secure the Come-from-Behind Victory
There was a lot of action in our EULCS game versus @GiantsGaming, but you can already watch the highlights in case you missed it 🤗
— Team Vitality (@Team_Vitality) July 27, 2018
As to why he chose to go with Kikis over Gilius, YamatoCannon said that he was doing what was best for the team and taking a page out of the LCK playbook, where subs are more frequently used. However, he didn’t confirm whether or not Kikis would remain the teams starter or if there would be more of a circumstance-based rotation between the two junglers.
Vitality’s next game is against Roccat. Both teams won their first games of the week and are 6-5. The winner will be guaranteed a spot in the top half of the standings going into week 7 and the loser could find themselves on the outside of the playoffs race.