Sjokz had been one of the quintessential faces of League of Legends EMEA Championship (LEC) and we hope to have her back for LEC finals and at Worlds as well.
Eefje ‘Sjokz’ Depoortere along with Laure and Quickshot had been taking turns to host LEC matches. With Laure moving to LCK this Summer season there will be a huge shortage and shuffle of talents. European fans hope that Machine or Medic could step in to give Quickshot a hand. Sjokz’s statement:
As some of you may know, I’ve struggled a lot with my mental health in 2023. I have been working at breakneck speed for a very long time now, but in the aftermath of the tragedies in my family, I tried to get lost in work, and that’s proven unsustainable. I feel it’s necessary to take a break to spend time on myself and with my loved ones. I’ve experienced a burnout in the past and I am recognizing similar warning signs my body is sending me again.
It’s with a heavy heart that I’m taking the Summer split of the LEC off. As you can imagine, this was not an easy decision to make. As a freelancer, taking any time off at all is anxiety inducing and deciding to step back from the league I love, that I’ve worked with for nearly a decade is especially difficult, but it’s the right decision. Riot, in particular producer John and talent manager Nicole, have been very understanding and empowering in supporting my decision of putting my health first, as have my managers Kate and Yoni at Loaded.
I hope to come back energized for the second half of the year. There will be exciting CS events, the first ever LEC season finals with its finale in Montpellier and after that Worlds in Korea. I hope to be part of those events, as the best version of myself.
See you soon 🙂Eefje
It’s extremely important to focus on mental even if you have to take a temporary break. In a scene as competitive as League of Legends’ talent, simple 40 hour work week was never gonna cut it, and LoL’s finest talents had been working overtime for their positions and to ensure the best content reaches us audience.
We wish Sjokz a speedy recovery and hope she could come back for the Finals and Worlds. If not that’s also fine, health is more important!
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