Legendary Counter-Strike in-game leader Fatih ‘gob b’ Dayik announced his retirement on August 2 and the community has had a lot to say about it.
Gob b has been a prominent figure in the game's competitive community since starting his career in 2006 in Counter-Strike 1.6, before moving onto Counter-Strike: Global Offensive in 2012. He has been a part of many top teams, including Mousesports, NRG eSports, and BIG, all of which he managed to lead to multiple trophies.
He will now be moving onto a management role at BIG, and will likely transition into a coaching position in the future. As he has mentioned in the past, that is what he wishes to do after retiring.
"This is not the end and I will of course continue to be with BIG. I just felt it was time for me to take on a new role” said Fatih, confirming that it was his decision to step down as a player and that he will stay on with the esports organization.
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The community showed a lot of respect for the established figure, with many pro players replying to the announcement with kind and heart-warming messages.
Counter-Strike veteran, Nathan ‘NBK’ Schmitt was one of the first to comment, tweeting: “What a legendary career @gobelante you've helped so many people grow and you're an example of dedication and passion to the game.”
What a legendary career @gobelante, you've helped so many people grow and you're an example of dedication and passion to the game.
Can only wish you the best for the next page of your book, hopefully to bring German CS back to the very top and help the whole scene grow again :punch:
— Nathan Schmitt (@NBK) August 2, 2019
Other players chimed in not long after. Kenny ‘kennyS’ Schrub tweeted: “You’ll be missed @gobelante beyond being a great and clever player you have an amazing personality. I had a lot of fun around you and your team. Beautiful career.”
Meanwhile, Gabriel ‘FalleN” Toledo had a lot of respect for a rival IGL. “Gob B the mastermind! Congrats on everything you did, a lot of respect for your work. You are one of the best IGLs I ever fought,” said the Brazilian.
Clearly, other players think highly of the Turkish legend and will miss him going forward. It’s easy to understand why as well. Some of them have been competing against him for over 10 years and have undoubtedly formed a bond.
You’ll be missed @gobelante beyond being a great and clever player you have an amazing personality, I had a lot of fun around you and your team. Beautiful career :clap::skin-tone-3:
— kennyS (@G2kennyS) August 2, 2019
Gob B the mastermind! Congratz on everything you did, lot of respect for your work. You are one of the best IGLs i ever fought. What comes next for you it is only going to depend on where you drop your passion. We will miss you
— Gabriel Toledo (@FalleNCS) August 2, 2019
With gob b retiring, BIG looked to be down to four players, but the team announced some roster changes shortly after their initial announcement.
Owen ‘smooya’ Butterfield and Johannes ‘nex’ Maget are returning to the squad, with Denis ‘denis’ Howell being moved to the bench.
The new team will be jumping into action almost immediately, as they will be playing in the GG.BET New York Invitational on August 3-7.