When once-in-a-generation CS:GO player Zeus retired from the game on September 14, the entire community of Counter-Strike players and fans decided to pay him tribute.
Zeus—a 31-year-old Ukranian man whose real name is Danylo Teslenko—announced his retirement after his team Natus Vincere (“Na’Vi”) were eliminated in the quarterfinals of the StarLadder Berlin Major.
The announcement came after 15 years as a professional CS:GO player and five more as a casual gamer. Not only was Zeus named one of the top Counter-Strike players of 2010, but he was also the first player to reach the grand finals of a major tournament with two different teams. The first was with the Russian team Gambit, and the second was with the Ukranian Na’Vi.
In his CS:GO career, Zeus became a household name for followers of the game. He has reportedly earned nearly $ 800,000 from his time playing Counter-Strike.
Since the news broke, several other Counter-Strike legends have sounded off on Zeu’s role in the Esports world and what he will be remembered for. Christopher Alesund, Duncan “Thorin” Shields, Jason O’Toole, and StarLadder Berlin MVP Nicolai “dev1ce” Reedtz all made their voices heard in the days following Zeus’s retirement. Many called him an “epic” and “legendary” player.
Words from Zeus Himself
In his official announcement on the Na’Vi page, Zeus discussed his thoughts about leaving the game. He admitted it was “a tough decision” and it was one he had been mulling over for quite a while. But after two decades dedicated to Counter-Strike, he felt it was time to “wrap it up.”
The pro player also admitted that he was retiring, in part, to make room for younger, hungrier players.
“There were rumors I could leave after BLAST, but I believed our new roster could win a Major, or make it into the finals at least,” he wrote. “But we lost early on, and I realize I need to give way to the youth.”
Finally, the legendary Ukranian player thanked all those who supported him through his 20 years of playing CS:Go, and added that it was a pleasure to read the comments of support that have been coming his way.
“You do indeed warm my heart in this hard moment,” he wrote.
The current Natus Vincere CS:GO team now consists of Egor “flamie” Vasilyev, Aleksandr “s1mple” Kostyliev, Denis “electronic” Sharipov, Kirill “Boombl4” Mikhailov, and coach Mikhaylo “Kane” Blagin.
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