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CSGO veteran and Na`Vi captain Zeus confirms retirement plan

Published: 9/Sep/2019 11:54 Updated: 9/Sep/2019 12:21

by Kamil Malinowski

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Counter-Strike legend Danylo ‘Zeus’ Teslenko has announced that he will be retiring after BLAST Pro Series Moscow 2019 – leaving Natus Vincere with a few questions about their roster.

Zeus is one of the most experienced Counter-Strike players in the world, having competed in the original game since 2004, followed by stepping into CS:GO when it released back in 2012.

He has competed at countless events and even had the honor of winning a CS:GO Major in 2017, captaining Gambit to PGL Krakow glory, but has now settled on his last event after a long and successful career.

EpicenterZeus has lead Natus Vincere for most of his CSGO career.

The Ukrainian first revealed his plans for retirement in December 2018, when he spoke to HLTV, telling them that 2019 would be his final year as a player. On September 2, it was reported by Dexerto’s own DeKay that Na’vi were considering a roster reshuffle – with the belief that BLAST Pro Series Moscow would be Zeus’ final event with the team.

This was confirmed through an announcement on September 9 on Na`Vi’s website, with his last event taking place from September 13 – 14.

“It was a tough decision — I have been thinking about it for a while… 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” said Zeus.

He also spoke about his future plans, saying he wants to “develop esports in CIS, build a pro academy, and engage with the young.” A key detail he added is that he does not plan to go into coaching anytime soon, so it’s unlikely that we’ll see him taking on the spot of Na`Vi moving forward.

No replacement has yet been confirmed for the Ukranian, however, it is likely that Kirill ‘Boombl4’ Mikhailov will fill the in-game leader role for Natus Vincere, as Zeus picked Kirill for the squad specifically to mold him as his replacement.

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Real Madrid footballer Casemiro launches esports team CaseEsports

Published: 29/Oct/2020 21:32 Updated: 29/Oct/2020 21:39

by Adam Fitch

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Real Madrid and Brazil football star Casemiro has announced the launch of his own esports team, CaseEsports.

The defensive midfielder’s team will initially compete in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, debuting in the qualifier for DreamHack Masters Winter on November 3.

The decision to start a team, according to the org’s official website, was birthed from Casemiro’s “enthusiasm, desire to enjoy and passion for this game” – speaking specifically of Counter-Strike.

The organisation will provide a team of sports professionals to enhance the performance of their players. They plan to “lead the European esports scene” through “effort, perseverance and teamwork.”

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CaseEsports will be hoping for land1n to make an instant impact.

The all-Brazilian roster that has been assembled includes former paiN Gaming and Tempo Storm players Denis “⁠dzt⁠” Fischer and Paulo “⁠land1n⁠” Felipe, former FURIA Academy duo Yan “⁠yepz⁠” Pedretti and Vinicius “⁠n1ssim⁠” Pereira, and former Imperial player Felipe “⁠delboNi⁠” Delboni.

CaseEsports has already secured the support of multiple sponsors, including peripherals brand HyperX, glasses retailer Hawkers, gaming chair brand Drift, and “fashion soccer” line BŮH.

“This team was created out of a hobby of mine that I really enjoy,” said Casemiro, according to HLTV. “I wanted to take it to a professional level, and just like in my career, I want them to be the best. I know that creating a new team and winning titles will take time and require a lot of work, but I hope that the players and the fans will really enjoy this project.”

Athletes starting their own esports teams is not a new trend by any means.

In the last few months alone, David Beckham launched Guild Esports, Manchester City star Sergio Aguero founded KRU Esports, and Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster started Team Diverge.