Derkeps steps down from KOVA to focus on studies
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 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:
Nikita "Derkeps" Sirmitev (benched)