Jankos Domestic Career
Marcin “Jankos” Jankowski began his LoL career on Team Mistral. Together with his teammates, he took part in the LCS Summer Promotion Qualifier – Lille. Unfortunately, Mistral couldn’t get anything going and lost 1-2 in their first series against ALTERNATE aTTaX.
Afterward, Jankos—and the rest of Team Mistral—went to GF-Gaming. They didn’t attend any notable tournaments, although they did enjoy a fair share of success at Go4LoL events. At this point, Jankos’s jungling prowess caught the eye of H2K, and he received an invitation to join them. Their first tournament was DreamHack Bucharest 2013. H2K tore through the competition, defeating the likes of Team Property, Millenium, and Copenhagen Wolves to claim their first trophy.
They also attended the 2014 EU LCS Spring Prequalifier 1. H2K did well at the tournament, defeating RoughNeX 3-0 to qualify for the Promotion Tournament. The entire lineup went back to Jankos’s old organization—GF-Gaming—before getting inexplicably dropped a week later. Still, this roster didn’t disband. Instead, they reformed as Kiedyś Miałem Team (KMT).
On KMT, Jankos went to DreamHack Winter 2013. His team showed up in the group stage, securing a 3-0 record and qualifying for the playoffs. There, KMT took down LowLandLions 2-0 to advance to the finals. However, this was the end of the line for them, and they fell in a close series against SK Gaming.
Next, KMT used the spot they earned on H2K to participate in the Promotion Tournament. They did well in the Challenger Stage and dismantled Ninjas in Pyjamas to qualify for the 2014 EU LCS Spring Split. In the off-season, the entire KMT roster was picked up by Team ROCCAT.
Despite being complete newcomers, ROCCAT stood their ground against LCS veterans. With a 15-13 record over the regular season, they qualified for the playoffs in fourth place. In the Quarterfinals, ROCCAT crushed Gambit Gaming with a 2-0 score. But the following loss to SK Gaming knocked them down to the third place match where ROCCAT upset Alliance with another 2-0 victory.
ROCCAT entered the 2014 Summer Split with high hopes, but suddenly, they started struggling. Even so, they managed to come back in the latter half of the split to secure a sixth-place finish and a spot in the playoffs. Once again, they started their run with a win, this time against SUPA HOT CREW. But the subsequent losses to Fnatic and SK Gaming led to ROCCAT finishing summer fourth, one spot lower compared to their previous split.
ROCCAT decided to stick together for the 2015 Spring Split. But the result was nothing short of disastrous. After going 6-12 in the regular season, they were knocked down to the Promotion Tournament. There, they protected their LCS slot with a 3-0 victory over CW Academy.
In summer, ROCCAT picked up the slack and entered the playoffs with an 8-10 record. Regardless, their run came to a quick end due to a 2-3 loss to UOL. Of course, ROCCAT could still qualify for Worlds through the Regional Finals. They kicked off the tournament with a confident victory against Giants Gaming, but the subsequent loss to Origen put an end to their run.
In the off-season, Jankos joined H2K. The organization entered the 2016 EU LCS Spring Split with a brand new roster and proved its worth as a top-tier team. H2K’s 14-4 run earned them a bye to the Semifinals, but their luck ran out when they clashed with the resurging Origen lineup. A 2-3 loss knocked them down to the third place match where H2K lost a close series against Fnatic.
In the 2016 Summer Split, H2K were plagued by internal issues. This reflected poorly on their record, and they finished the season in fourth place. Even so, they managed to recollect themselves for the playoffs. Their 3-0 victory over Fnatic showed a lot of promise, but a 2-3 loss to Splyce knocked them down to another third place match. There, H2K defeated Unicorns of Love with a 3-1 score. In spite of such an underwhelming run, H2K managed to collect enough Championship Points to qualify for Worlds.
During this time, Jankos lived up to his nickname of the First Blood King. His crisp mechanics meshed with his natural knack for aggression, and Jankos seamlessly secured early game advantages in most of his LCS matches.
The 2017 EU Spring Split had H2K rise to the top of the LCS ladder. They finished their group in second place, a single win behind UOL, and readied themselves for the playoffs. Unfortunately, their run ended with a staggering 0-3 loss to Fnatic.
H2K mounted their comeback in summer. With a 9-4 record, they ascended to the first-place finish in the group stage and secured a bye to the Semifinals. But once again, the playoffs weren’t kind to them. H2K’s first series ended with a devastating loss to G2 Esports, and the 2-3 defeat in the third place match against Fnatic sealed the deal.
They took another shot in the Gauntlet. At first, it seemed like they were poised to go to Worlds, and H2K’s back-to-back victories against Splyce and UOL propelled them to the finals. But there, they suffered a crushing defeat at the hand of Fnatic.
In the off-season, Jankos parted ways with H2K to join G2 Esports.
Jankos International Tournaments
On Team ROCCAT, Jankos went to his first international tournament, IEM Season 9 Cologne. His team scored a confident victory against Dolphins of Wall Street, but the following series against CLG ended in a 1-2 defeat.
On H2K, he took part in IEM Season 10 Cologne. They defeated Cloud9 in the Quarterfinals, but the subsequent loss to ESC Ever knocked them out of the competition.
Then, H2K attended the 2016 World Championship. In the group stage, they persevered against EDG and AHQ to secure a #1 seed. This caused them to meet Albus Nox Luna in the Quarterfinals, and H2K took down the wildcard team with a 3-0 score. Still, their run came to an end with a 0-3 Semifinals loss to Samsung Galaxy.
Jankos—and H2K—also went to the IEM Season 11 World Championship. They kicked off the tournament with a win against Hong Kong Esports, but the following 1-2 loss to ROX Tigers knocked H2K down to the loser’s bracket. There, they bounced back with another victory against Hong Kong Esports. In the playoffs, H2K clashed with Flash Wolves, losing to them with a 1-2 score.