Danylo “Zeus” Teslenko has decided to retire from competitive play in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. The veteran player has competed in the Counter-Strike series since 2004 and has accomplished much throughout his career including a Major win with Gambit at PGL Krakow.
The 31-year-old will play one more event with the team at BLAST Pro Series Moscow before hanging up his mouse for good.
In the official announcement posted to the Na’Vi website, Zeus explained why he’d come to the decision to do it here and now.
“It was a tough decision — I have been thinking about it for a while. 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. But we lost early on, and I realize I need to give way to the youth,” he said.
“It’s rough, honestly: I have devoted 20 years of my life to Counter-Strike, and it’s about time to wrap it up. I want to thank everyone who was with me all this time, cheered for me and believed in me.”
He goes on to say it’s not the end of his time in the scene, however, as he hopes to “develop esports in CIS, build a pro academy, engage with the young,” among other ideas he has.
It is expected that Kirill “Boombl4” Mikhailov could take over the in-game leader role having done it previously for Quantum Bellator Fire and Winstrike. The team will still need to fill a spot on the roster and after the recent success of AVANGAR it looks like they’re still locked out of grabbing any of those players.
Na’Vi as we know it is changing quickly.
Natus Vincere CS:GO lineup:
-Egor “flamie” Vasilyev
-Aleksandr “s1mple” Kostyliev
-Denis “electronic” Sharipov
-Kirill “Boombl4” Mikhailov
-Mikhaylo “Kane” Blagin (coach)