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.
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.
— Natus Vincere (@natusvincere) September 9, 2019
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.