Derkeps steps down from KOVA to focus on studies

KOVA have moved Nikita "⁠Derkeps⁠" Sirmitev to the bench as the player has decided to center his attention on furthering his education.

Derkeps has been in KOVA since its inception in April of last year, and accrued a 1.11 rating in the meantime, helping the team fight with the strongest Finnish sides at local events, making deep appearances in online qualifiers, such as the one for the ESL One Rio Europe Minor, and competing in online cups like the Home Sweet Home series.

Derkeps was a high impact player for KOVA

Derkeps turned heads in Finland when he helped KOVA reach third place at Telia Esports Series Season 1, second at Vectorama LAN 2019, and first at Assembly Summer 2019, garnering 1.11, 1.17 and 1.14 ratings in his first three LANs on record, although he struggled to keep the same level in his last three LANs before stepping down, staying in the red.

"In our opinion this is an exceptionally mature decision and it describes Nikita as a person," KOVA General Manager Timo Tarvainen stated on KOVA's website, "we support him fully with this decision and we now give him the room to focus on studying.”

The 17-year-old still remains under contract with the Finnish organization, but has been placed on the inactive roster as he refocuses his priorities on studying.

KOVA's roster is currently comprised of:

Finland Samu "⁠uli⁠" Leirilaakso
Finland Lauri "⁠pietola⁠" Hietala
Finland Samuli "⁠Twixie⁠" Herrala
Finland Petteri "⁠peku⁠" Jaakkola

Finland Nikita "⁠Derkeps⁠" Sirmitev (benched)

Finland Petteri 'peku' Jaakkola
Petteri 'peku' Jaakkola
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.85
Maps played:
223
KPR:
0.60
DPR:
0.73
APR:
0.13
Finland Nikita 'Derkeps' Sirmitev
Nikita 'Derkeps' Sirmitev
Age:
17
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
111
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.70
APR:
0.12
Finland Samu 'uli' Leirilaakso
Samu 'uli' Leirilaakso
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
258
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
Finland Samuli 'Twixie' Herrala
Samuli 'Twixie' Herrala
Age:
18
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.93
Maps played:
445
KPR:
0.63
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.14
Finland Lauri 'pietola' Hietala
Lauri 'pietola' Hietala
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.94
Maps played:
224
KPR:
0.64
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.13
Who? Good luck in the future xaxaxa
2020-08-06 17:35
A very promising young talent from Finland called Nikita "Derkeps" Sirmitev.
2020-08-06 17:51
#65
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Germany Alibaba!
>from Finland. >Nikita Sirmitev. He is russian.
2020-08-06 20:37
Dumb or baiting?
2020-08-06 20:58
#68
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Germany Alibaba!
So Nikita is finnish name? 0/8.
2020-08-06 21:01
Does that mean he can't be Finnish? No 0/8
2020-08-06 21:14
#72
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Germany Alibaba!
Most likely he was born by russian parents, I doubt someone finnish would have surname Sirmitev and would call his son Nikita.
2020-08-06 21:14
That still doesnt mean he cant be Finnish
2020-08-06 21:18
#75
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Germany Alibaba!
Yes, he can't be. Two clearly russian parents can't make their kid finnish. And also, he looks like russian.
2020-08-06 21:19
Why not? How do you know both of his parents are "clearly russian"? Even if they were, born in Finland = Finnish. He has the Finnish nationality, he speaks Finnish and he lives in Finland which means that he is Finnish, like it or not.
2020-08-06 21:24
#80
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Germany Alibaba!
He has finnish citizenship, but he is russian. No way that face had at least one finnish parent.
2020-08-06 21:26
#102
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Finland dansqoo
I know him, he's both fluent in Russian and Finnish but mostly speaks Russian if the other guy knows Finnish(as in another rantaryssä) , he is still really good in Finnish and I would consider myself Finnish too, ALSO I think he has a Finnish mother from what I know
2020-08-07 08:41
#123
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Guatemala Bullyzoid
If a rat is born in a stable does that make it a horse
2020-08-09 02:15
Tf is that logic? We are talking about nationality here not fucking change of species
2020-08-09 13:44
nt Portugal
2020-08-06 21:24
#78
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Finland Stonkamies
With that logic we all are africans
2020-08-06 21:25
+1
2020-08-07 09:04
Well if he was born in Finland... I guess he is Finnish?
2020-08-07 15:33
Yes, I Muhammed Ahmedsson from Sweden
2020-08-07 16:46
#84
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Finland R3ALMM
And UK prime minister is Boris what's your point?
2020-08-06 21:51
#85
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Germany Alibaba!
He's Johnson, not Petrov.
2020-08-06 22:04
#90
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Finland R3ALMM
Yea so still first name not from UK
2020-08-06 22:55
#91
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Germany Alibaba!
First name not from UK, do you think I give a shit? I argue about both names being foreign.
2020-08-06 22:57
So if his dad is Russian and mother Finnish and they just decided to give him a Russian name, you still don't think he's Finnish?
2020-08-07 13:38
#119
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Finland Nollegee
Dont waste your energy for this no brainer kid
2020-08-08 01:14
Names like "John" and "Daniel" are Hebrew in origin, doesn't stop many from having them.
2020-08-07 16:47
Well he's actually russian and he speaks russian well, he just moved to Finland and learned that language
2020-08-06 22:07
#92
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Germany Alibaba!
+1, finally someone smart.
2020-08-06 22:57
Source?
2020-08-07 00:45
Source of what? Guy has russian name + surname, speaks fluent russian, have russian friends and friends with cis players (plays faceit with them or played idk what about now, he even has VK page with russian groups (he subbed on it, which only proves me right lol) In the childhood his family probably moved to finland and that's all.
2020-08-07 11:25
Or he was born in Finland, but his dad didn't for some reason learn Finnish, and he speaks Russian to his dad and Finnish to his mother. That could just as likely be the case.
2020-08-07 13:40
Well, maybe ur right, but the point that he's at least half-russian still stands
2020-08-07 13:41
Well yeah, even Liquipedia says that he's Finnish-Russian.
2020-08-07 13:42
How do you know he moved to Finland? I have many friends who speak Russian with their family, have Russian parents, but are born in Finland, lived all their lives in Finland and speak fluent Finnish.
2020-08-07 22:27
Where did u see me confirming it? I just assumed and that's all. Though, it doesn't even matter if he moved or not, he speaks russian, he has russian surname, father, friends and uses russian social media and that makes him at least half russian.
2020-08-07 23:04
Why are you just assuming stuff? He plays in the Finnish scene has decided to play under the Finnish flag.
2020-08-08 00:06
next time increase your reading skills in order to understand the point.
2020-08-08 09:17
0/8
2020-08-08 10:17
My name is literally Germano And I'm Brazilian with Italian descendence
2020-08-07 01:47
nevermind
2020-08-06 17:35
Mature but sad. Sick player.
2020-08-06 17:35
#4
NAF | 
Finland tpsa
RIP Finnish cs
2020-08-06 17:35
#5
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Europe LoookATme
Studies in 2k20 HAHAHAH lmao
2020-08-06 17:36
+1 what a beta OMEGALUL
2020-08-06 19:15
#6
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Russia ToughGuy
nikita LUL
2020-08-06 17:36
he's half russian
2020-08-06 17:42
the best name for sure
2020-08-06 17:44
#44
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Russia ToughGuy
can confirm
2020-08-06 18:10
Derkaps, a good decision
2020-08-06 17:36
#8
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Macau Be_Happier
Sad , He was good
2020-08-06 17:36
#10
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Bulgaria cuddleslut
seriously who cars?
2020-08-06 17:36
i do. havu with derkeps and another igl would've been a new finnish dreamteam
2020-08-06 17:41
I do, I have a Mondeo from 2002 and I use it almost daily.
2020-08-06 17:44
ugly car
2020-08-06 21:50
Finnish shuffle?
2020-08-06 17:37
Yup.
2020-08-06 19:31
who? what? gender studies?
2020-08-06 17:37
#13
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Switzerland x676
Finnish scene is DYING
2020-08-06 17:37
At least they have a scene unlike us brother
2020-08-06 17:50
damn he is such a talented guy, glgl
2020-08-06 17:38
oh nooooooooooooo
2020-08-06 17:40
#18
Jerry | 
Finland uncel
i thought he was going to HAVU ((((
2020-08-06 17:41
rip fin scene
2020-08-06 17:42
GREAT DECISION BY A 17 YO THAT'S THE BEST AGE TO INGRESS INTO A GOOD UNIVERSITY TO GET A DEGREE AND MAKE MUCH MORE MONEY IN A MORE STABLE WAY THAN THROUHG CSGO CAREER GOOD LUCK
2020-08-06 17:43
but you can't throw for skins in uni
2020-08-06 21:26
Expected from delusional faze
2020-08-07 16:48
gg gl!
2020-08-06 17:43
Finnish CS even more dead than I thought it could get
2020-08-06 17:44
probably gonna play faceit n stuff, finish school and comeback ezpz
2020-08-06 17:44
Fak... atm pretty much the only Finnish player who had the potential to play in top teams in the future.
2020-08-06 17:47
#31
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Israel BIG_SMOKER
17 YO STUDIES OMEGALUL
2020-08-06 17:48
nt no scener, jew
2020-08-06 18:23
#61
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Israel BIG_SMOKER
anarkez >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
2020-08-06 19:46
anarkez is tier 5 trash
2020-08-06 20:24
#69
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Israel BIG_SMOKER
derkeps is tier 8 then
2020-08-06 21:03
GODKEPS signed my profile
2020-09-02 13:38
GODKEPS signed my profile
2020-09-02 13:38
expected
2020-08-06 17:50
#37
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Asia Blitzer
who cares ffs
2020-08-06 17:54
GL NIKITA <3
2020-08-06 17:56
who
2020-08-06 17:58
-Hoody +?
2020-08-06 18:00
x7
2020-08-06 19:32
#81
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Finland Stonkamies
No way ence lets him go if Jamppi does not get permission to play in majors. And Havu is going to anounce the new player tommorow so noway it is x7.
2020-08-06 21:29
This aged well mr Insider.
2020-08-07 10:58
He's a solid player with hopefully a bright future ahead from what I've seen. Hope he doesn't just completely step away from cs. He could easily play for a team like Havu
2020-08-06 18:01
+1
2020-08-06 18:14
Good boy well done Be a good boy xd
2020-08-06 18:02
WTF? He was the most promising finnish player if we dont count havu or ence.
2020-08-06 18:13
#49
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France StickyRice
WTF ? 17, i know some 30yo that look younger than him GL to stu_de
2020-08-06 18:27
#50
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Finland Teukkasd
no way bro
2020-08-06 18:31
#51
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Finland OldStager
WHAT NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
2020-08-06 18:37
#52
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United States Gonginator
His teammates kind of suck lol, so this seems like a good decision on his part.
2020-08-06 18:44
xseven to kova confirmed
2020-08-06 18:50
wtf rip
2020-08-06 18:57
Rip Finland CS
2020-08-06 19:07
#57
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Estonia tonyi
Only thing that can save Finnish CS right now HAVU announcement of Taneli "Väärä savu" Veikkola from coach to player once more
2020-08-06 19:13
eh, he was good
2020-08-06 19:50
monkaHmm
2020-08-06 20:12
#66
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Finland Porro
#HAVUJA
2020-08-06 20:56
#71
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Europe H1P_STER
Nikita Kek
2020-08-06 21:14
y r u gey?
2020-08-06 21:51
tier8 news ok
2020-08-06 22:39
#94
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Poland SebL
Huge loss for KOVA, Derkeps is a great player. For me they should now remove pietola, because he is playing really bad, and add BONA, because I think he has pretty big impact on the game, and RAIMOVORMISTO, because he seems like a good player.
2020-08-06 23:51
#95
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Finland 0lter
lmao focusing on high school hahahaha
2020-08-07 00:34
NO FKING WAY! SO UNEXPECTED!!!
2020-08-07 01:39
rip one of the more promising Finnish players :/
2020-08-07 01:46
This dude is 17? Looks 30 LOL
2020-08-07 05:19
#106
ZywOo | 
India aR__
Young talent which can be used by ENCE if Jampii never gets his VAC ban removed :D Good luck!
2020-08-07 12:56
Ylpparit (matriculation examination) will be over by the end of september, he is not quitting.
2020-08-07 14:18
Study to become a DJ and get 32k per month
2020-08-08 06:32
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