ESC Gaming's Mariusz "Loord" Cybulski has confirmed via his facebook page that he has retired from gaming.
Earlier on Thursday, a post on ESC Gaming's Facebook page suggested that the 'Golden Five' had come to an end, after seven years of success in which the team clinched some of the world's most prestigious titles in the history of Counter-Strike.
Cybulski is now the first player to officially announce what he plans to do in the future, with the Polish player revealing that he has decided to step down from the team and retire from the game.
Explaining the move, he admitted to facing a lot of criticism not only from the community but also from his team-mates, while stating that the atmosphere within the team was no longer good.
"It is pretty hard to say this, but I have no other option: I want to retire," he wrote on Facebook.
"This is one of the hardest decisions I have had to make during my whole life but also the most rational one, despite the fact that I still want to play and that I am really motivated.
"It was very hard to play with people who think you are bringing the team down, but the truth is that we have been playing with each other for too long and we simply could not find the way to live and play together.
"Personally, I think I have improvied in the last few months, but somehow it looks like it was not ehough.
"The other reason was that too many people think I was too bad to play for this team, so it also made me start thinking this way.
"At the moment, I cannot tell you if I will be back in the game, only time will tell."
Cybulski had been part of the former PGS, Frag-eXecutors and Meet Your Makers squad since 2005, helping the team to win several international trophies in 1.6, including three WCG titles.
In CS:GO, the Polish team have found success very hard to come by, with the SLTV StarSeries IV and the IEM Katowice titles being their only major achievements to this point.
ESC Gaming currently have the following players:
Wiktor "TaZ" Wojtas
Jarosław "pasha" Jarząbkowski
Filip "Neo" Kubski
Jakub "kuben" Gurczynski