YET ANOTHER CS:GO PLAYER DROPS FROM LINEUP
- Former Ninjas in Pyjamas’ Xizt retires from the Counter-Strike competitive scenario
- 12 years as an in-game leader will turn into another new role
- Fnatic and Dignitas’ lack of success took their toll
It’s one more former member from the iconic Ninjas in Pyjamas’ CS:GO lineup that’s retiring. It’s not that they’re dropping like flies, but well, IMHO, there’s a biological timeline which appears to be wreaking havoc.
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IT’S XIZT WHO WANTS TO “CS:GO” AWAY
In-game leader Richard “Xizt” Landström is the one who wants to shed his former pyjamas and let his sunflower turn towards another sun (woke up cheesy today, so what?)
The mouse-dropping (ok, that sounded weird xD) 30-year-old is putting an end to a 12-year career as a professional player in the Counter Strike scenario. He competed in Counter-Strike’s CS 1.6 and CS:GO as a member of Ninjas in Pyjamas, Fnatic, FaZe, and Dignitas.
For a splash of history, he left Ninjas in Pyjamas in 2018, went for the FaZe lineup for a very brief period, and then went on to join Fnatic (which is where he played in CS 1.6, by the way.) Fnatic benched the Swedish wonder in 2019 since he was unable to get his event-winning superpower up; this allowed him to join up with Dignitas in January 2020. He got benched again, this time in September 2020 by Dignitas, and the last anyone saw of him was playing for Gen.G at Flashpoint two as a stand-in, two months later.
WHY AND WHERE’S HE GOING?
Xizt’s official announcement added he wasn’t about to give the boot to Counter-Strike anytime soon. His retirement was brought about because and during his period of inactivity, and he also points to the blatant lack of success in Fnatic and in Dignitas as culprits, which were, to say the least, confidence-denting. These experiences took his self-confidence down a notch or two, apparently.
He has considered exploring and taking on a new role as coach, manager, or analyst, but always around the CS:GO scenario, which has many good memories for him. This means Xizt’s fans can hope to continue to see more of him around the CS:GO scenario since he likes the idea of transitioning to a role within an organization. He has expressly said that he is open to an “opportunity to coach, do analytical work or team management, preferably in CS:GO where my expertise is,” as he very clearly put it.
Well, it’s of wise men to know when the sun isn’t shining for them anymore (still stuck on the sun metaphors, sorry not sorry.)
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