Zeus confirms retirement after BLAST Pro Series Moscow
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Natus Vincere CS:GO captain Danylo "Zeus" Teslenko has announced that BLAST Pro Series Moscow 2019 will be the last event of his competitive career.
Last year in December, Zeus had already revealed his plans to retire in an interview with HLTV. However, he couldn't specify at the time, when exactly he would move on. There already was rumours that he would retire sometime between StarLadder Berlin Major and BLAST Pro Series Moscow.
It was only days ago that Na'Vi was eliminated from StarLadder Major Berlin in the quarter-finals to NRG. Their finish in that tournament made him accept that he needed to give way for the youth, which was always one of his reasons for choosing to retire in the first place.
Zeus hopes his career will go out with a bang at the Moscow event. He even solicited the aid of their fans to come cheer Na'Vi to victory. "My last event, BLAST, will start in a few days in Moscow. I am inviting every person who can — come and support us. Our eyes are set on the victory," he said in a post on Na'Vi's website.
The 31-year old had believed their new roster would at least make it to the finals in the Major but they had unfortunately fallen short. Maybe he had planned to retire immediately after. With his departure from the competitive side of things, he still has a lot planned for CS:GO.
"This is not an end, but the start of a new path. There will be lots of interesting stuff: I want to develop esports in CIS, build a pro academy, engage with the young. I have lots of ideas. But I will not be coaching, at least for now. It might happen sometime in the future," he said about his future.
BLAST Pro Series Moscow will take place from September 13-14 and will mark the end of his long career which began with Counter-Strike 1.6 in the early 2000's. During the time, he played for a couple of great CIS teams like KerchNET, pro100 and Virtus.pro.
Zeus joined Na'Vi at the end of 2009 until late 2016 when he was replaced by Aleksandr "s1mple" Kostyliev and later moved to Gambit Esports. He helped them take first place at PGL Major Krakow. Returning to Na'Vi in 2017, he has unfortunately failed to achieve a similar success. The team has however won four big events, the most recent being StarSeries & i-League CS:GO Season 7.
Kirill "Boombl4" Mikhailov joined the team from Winstrike Team in place of Ioann "Edward" Sukhariev. Since then Boombl4 has played under the guidance of Zeus and has probably been groomed to be the veteran's successor.
"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," said Zeus.