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Alphari announces break from LoL competition, role swap and move to Brazil

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  • Posted on 11th Nov, 2022 21:45 PM
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Vitality top laner Alphari has announced that he will be taking a split off from competitive LoL, moving to Brazil and swapping positions.

Team Vitality player Barney ‘Alphari’ Morris has announced that he is taking the 2023 spring split off from LoL competition, role swapping to mid lane, and will be moving to Brazil.

The English top laner explained in a Twitlinger that he went into this offseason not looking for a team and that his motivation to compete has hit an all-low. He said that his goal was to win a split and that failing to do that in his time as a pro has demotivated him.

“It’s been more and more difficult to feel motivated with this goal in mind, particularly during periods of the now monotonous regular splits. I fear that burnout, and continuously trying to push through it, will only make it more difficult to achieve anything worthwhile, – that is: winning a split, and giving my team my best performances,” Alphari said.

The seven-year veteran has not placed first across the regular season or post-season over his entire career in Europe and North America.

Alphari did not commit to returning to pro play in his announcement, saying that he will either return to Europe with a “new perspective and motivation” or “find that not playing is more suitable.”

Alphari to take a break from LoL competition

The player’s decision to take a break from competition was first reported by Blix.gg, along with his contract’s termination for the next year. Vitality will replace the native talent with a South Korean top laner in Kyeong “Photon” Gyu-tae, according to Blix.gg.

Alphari has been a touted LoL talent since breaking into top-tier competition with Misfits Gaming. Since then, he has played in top teams like Team Liquid in the League of Legends Champions Series, Origen in the League of Legends European Championship and Vitality.

He joined Vitality for the 2022 season along with other established stars in Luka ‘Perkz’ Perković and Matyáš ‘Carzzy’ Orság to form a European super team. The squad saw middling results and did not make an international appearance in 2022.

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