emagine announces retirement

Chris "emagine" Rowlands, the 28-year-old Australian that represented Immunity, Winterfox, and ORDER in his career, has decided to call it quits as a competitive player.

Counter-Strike: Source was where emagine started competing, coming onto the CS:GO scene in 2014 with Immunity. After playing second fiddle to Vox Eminor for some time, emagine's team managed to reach international events in 2015, attending the ESL One Cologne Major.

emagine will be moving to a "behind the scenes role"

In 2016, emagine spearheaded the Winterfox project and moved to North America to compete, but the team was unable to make a breakthrough due to numerous issues. He then returned home and represent Kings, a team signed by ORDER at the start of 2018.

Developing in isolation: The story of Australian CS

Leading the likes of Jay "Liazz" Tregillgas, Joshua "INS" Potter, and Jordan "Hatz" Bajic, emagine was one of Australia's most successful in-game leaders, attending four Big Events and winning numerous national competitions. Now, following Hatz's departure to Renegades, emagine has decided it is time to call it quits and transition to a different role within ORDER:

"The time has come for me to hang up the mouse - It’s been a wild ride and I’m forever grateful to everyone who’s been involved with my journey. It has become increasingly difficult, however, to balance my personal responsibilities in addition to playing full time." - emagine via TwitLonger

ORDER are now down to four players:

Australia Alistair "aliStair" Johnston
Australia Karlo "USTILO" Pivac
Australia Matthew "Valiance" Hartrick
Australia Ricardo "Rickeh" Mulholland

Australia Matthew 'Valiance' Hartrick
Matthew 'Valiance' Hartrick
Age:
19
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
282
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.13
Australia Karlo 'USTILO' Pivac
Karlo 'USTILO' Pivac
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
786
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.15
Australia Alistair 'aliStair' Johnston
Alistair 'aliStair' Johnston
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
757
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.12
Australia Joshua 'INS' Potter
Joshua 'INS' Potter
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
720
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.17
Australia Chris 'emagine' Rowlands
Chris 'emagine' Rowlands
Age:
28
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
749
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.14
Australia Ricardo 'Rickeh' Mulholland
Ricardo 'Rickeh' Mulholland
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
624
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.13
Australia Jordan 'Hatz' Bajic
Jordan 'Hatz' Bajic
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
721
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.14
Australia Jay 'Liazz' Tregillgas
Jay 'Liazz' Tregillgas
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.11
Maps played:
734
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.61
APR:
0.16
#1
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Australia Boostral 
): We'll miss you I also am #1
2020-02-17 11:13
F
2020-02-17 11:13
#60
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Sweden NEGRATS 
emagine who?
2020-02-17 11:53
emagine fuck you
2020-02-17 13:38
#88
MonkEy | 
Brazil ppgod 
i cant emagine fucking an ugly bastard
2020-02-17 14:17
lmao
2020-02-17 17:06
+1
2020-02-17 18:04
#77
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Greece NitrouZ 
2020-02-17 12:13 how are you number 1?
2020-02-17 13:06
We are number one
2020-02-17 13:17
Edit time
2020-02-21 22:31
imagine emagine announcing retirement
2020-02-17 13:33
I am #1
2020-02-17 11:12
wtf hackermens))
2020-02-17 11:13
how hacker explain
2020-02-17 11:19
Well played bra ;)
2020-02-17 11:19
Wtf haxor
2020-02-17 11:21
#28
Rob4 | 
Europe Didnt_ask 
Tf?
2020-02-17 11:22
wtf haxermens((
2020-02-17 11:23
reported hacker
2020-02-17 11:26
How is this possible
2020-02-17 11:28
#40
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United States Frotha 
VAC
2020-02-17 11:30
wtfmens(((
2020-02-17 11:32
VAC
2020-02-17 11:34
#49
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Netherlands PasscaLl 
Wtfmen)))
2020-02-17 11:36
gg you broke hltv
2020-02-17 11:37
VAC
2020-02-17 11:52
HaX0R
2020-02-17 11:58
Huh!
2020-02-17 12:24
#94
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Brunei Not_StriK 
reported cheater
2020-02-17 14:40
What the fuck how?
2020-02-17 16:22
#101
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Poland Archasi 
Git VACd
2020-02-17 16:53
REPORTED WTF?
2020-02-17 18:05
reported
2020-02-18 00:48
#162
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Serbia Niddzaa 
Nt haxor
2020-02-22 01:42
#4
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Australia Cyberwaste 
Godspeed.
2020-02-17 11:12
#6
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Malaysia ez4harimaumuda 
gl hf
2020-02-17 11:12
After a 2.4 rating game,maluko
2020-02-17 11:13
#12
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Finland persvideo 
he was most washed person ever gj
2020-02-17 11:13
No lol. His Last game 2kd top fragging lol
2020-02-17 14:20
how do you know this, did you shower with him
2020-02-19 07:20
#149
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Finland persvideo 
yes obv
2020-02-19 10:32
#13
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Europe ManoKomanda 
FeelsBadMan
2020-02-17 11:15
F
2020-02-17 11:16
Wtf why?
2020-02-17 11:17
#23
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Germany VeryNaizGuy 
Sad to see such a great player go. I wish him the best of luck in his future endeavours, and I'll let him know that if he ever wants to come back to playing, as a coach, caster, analyst or CEO of an organization, the CSGO community will receive him with open arms. It's not the end, my friend!
2020-02-17 11:21
Reported to Hallmark for plagiarizing a gift card. Enjoy your jail time
2020-02-17 11:36
#34
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World loopoos 
bad news for csgo. not enough $upport
2020-02-17 11:26
Yeah Valve should provide amateur Globals "team" mansions and pay them salaries. How's middle school??
2020-02-17 11:39
#36
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Sweden txshirx 
We will miss you Chris :((
2020-02-17 11:26
#41
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CIS unflagmoon 
World Health Organization ?
2020-02-17 11:31
good one lmao
2020-02-17 13:03
#107
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France LeDiplomate 
Flag checks out lmao.
2020-02-17 18:01
#108
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France LeDiplomate 
Flag checks out.
2020-02-17 18:01
#42
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Estonia qoznyyy 
tier5 au cs pog
2020-02-17 11:31
#44
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New Zealand Iuca5 
these people saying who clearly weren't following the na scene in 2016-2017 or the au scene in general, educate yourselves
2020-02-17 11:33
#46
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World Beard43 
Bloody legend with Immunity, cheers Emag! All the best with whatever career it is you're moving into.
2020-02-17 11:35
legend
2020-02-17 11:35
#51
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Australia TeBo 
Au Legend wonder who ORDER will get to IGL or maybe USTILO or Rickeh might IGL.
2020-02-17 11:37
They must take tucks or zewsy now as IGL
2020-02-17 14:20
#52
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CIS Arztyy 
True legend
2020-02-17 11:37
peepoWTF
2020-02-17 11:47
#55
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Poland BAN_ANIME 
rip
2020-02-17 11:48
#56
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Korea XigNw0w 
He played in major.
2020-02-17 11:51
#57
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Poland PSZ 
WHO XD
2020-02-17 11:52
never thought of it before, but retirement posts read like obituaries.
2020-02-17 11:52
Wtf why
2020-02-17 11:57
Actually unexpected, FeelsBadMan
2020-02-17 11:58
#64
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Russia ToughGuy 
imagine emagine retire
2020-02-17 11:58
PepeHands
2020-02-17 11:59
#66
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Finland Grograman 
who tho?
2020-02-17 12:01
emagine
2020-02-17 12:12
he has a sticker in game
2020-02-17 12:48
#67
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Australia Dweg 
Another AU retirement :(
2020-02-17 12:12
#69
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Croatia feelsbadmane 
I never in my life said this word cuz i know cs better than anyone else but legit W H O ????
2020-02-17 12:17
#115
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France LeDiplomate 
>I know cs better than anyone >not knowing a Major player OMEGALUL
2020-02-17 20:04
Good bye mister Emagine. See you on retakes servers more often :)
2020-02-17 12:24
Why would he play more retake servers when he just retired?
2020-02-17 19:03
You don't play retakes in AU for practice.
2020-02-17 22:13
17 kills per game absolute trash
2020-02-17 12:36
Bruh 😭😭😭😭😭
2020-02-17 12:38
whats wrong with me, i dont know him and not even anyone in his team🙁 however it seems everyone knows him
2020-02-17 12:47
You should know some people in his team. Emagine, Ustilo, and Rickeh have all been to majors.
2020-02-18 02:24
#76
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New Zealand SkirmishX 
Cya Emag <3
2020-02-17 12:57
#78
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Finland 0lter 
Lmao you cant be retired from a hobby hahahah
2020-02-17 13:02
Good one lmao
2020-02-17 13:25
#79
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France Il_padrino 
Sad but who ?
2020-02-17 13:02
#81
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Canada dennek 
thank you emag
2020-02-17 13:04
#86
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Ukraine patau_dodik 
Whoo
2020-02-17 13:46
WH OMEGALUL
2020-02-17 13:57
#91
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CIS sergioff 
okay
2020-02-17 14:21
#92
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Kazakhstan bjornzz 
sad((
2020-02-17 14:23
#95
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Finland J3bediah 
HLTV deleting my comments that doesn’t brake any rules wtf??
2020-02-17 14:43
#96
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Chile Zzalb 
+DickStacy
2020-02-17 15:36
#99
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Australia Chereska 
+1, very likely
2020-02-17 16:15
#97
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Germany ConAction 
australian legend
2020-02-17 15:40
who is that
2020-02-17 15:41
so sad he was best igl australia
2020-02-17 17:23
literally who
2020-02-17 17:52
wasted so many years of his life achieving literally nothing amazing career, will miss you for sure LMAO
2020-02-17 17:55
im sorry i missed the part where you did all that in your cs career
2020-02-17 21:02
'you have no right to criticize someone if you can't do better than him!! REEEEEEEEEEE' 12 yo logic in a nutshell
2020-02-17 23:16
my point stands.
2020-02-18 00:34
it sure does kid
2020-02-18 07:06
so, hmu when you make something of yourself. il be here, cos you never will.
2020-02-18 20:22
jeez you still don't get it, must be hard living a dumb life
2020-02-18 21:32
must be hard being jealous of the acheivements of a semi relevant australian cs player but you managed it
2020-02-18 23:31
yes, I'm so very jealous of being irrelevant australian tier 999 player with 0 achievements LUL
2020-02-19 06:43
That doesn't apply when you're being a hater when your own track record is worse. His CS career is infinitely more successful than yours. Will there be a HLTV article when you stop playing CS? Probably not.
2020-02-21 04:11
'you have no right to criticize someone if you can't do better than him!! REEEEEEEEEEE' 12 yo logic in a nutshell
2020-02-21 08:00
Lmao. You sound like every mediocre sportsman that constantly insults real pros as if you can do any better. Then, you use this argument whenever anyone calls you out on it. Real mature dude.
2020-02-21 22:02
and you're using logic of a 12 yo, tf are you even arguing about? go be a butthurt burger somewhere else lmao btw RESPECT THE LEGEND!
2020-02-21 22:28
Idk man tf are you even arguing about? You're seriously being salty and toxic on someone's retirement thread. This is the level you've stooped to.
2020-02-21 22:30
all I'm doing is making fun of snowflakes like you who think every tier999 player who retires instantly becomes a LEGEND and you're salty and butthurt about a comment that doesn't apply to you and you act like if I fingered your cat lmao get a grip kid
2020-02-21 22:35
He's definitely not a legend. Everyone is shitting on you because you're being a moron on someone's retirement thread. If you care that little, why tf are you still replying?
2020-02-22 09:34
Got to travel across the world for free Played in a major which is something 99% of CS players will never do Got paid a decent amount of money to play a video game, and he likely met a bunch of awesome people while doing it. Sorry his accomplishments aren't up to your standards. You're just another noname nerd on HLTV like the rest of us, nt tho
2020-02-18 02:32
wow such an amazing list of achievements, I envy him so much!
2020-02-18 07:07
#144
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Indonesia rareguy 
retiring under 30 to get desk job is way better than you think unless you have inhuman skills and somehow picked CSGO, I am skeptical anyone will get into tier 1, see MDL 0/8 btw
2020-02-19 02:02
thanks for telling me that, I really care about your opinion on this topic
2020-02-19 06:43
#112
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Hungary Shiron212 
FeelsBadMan gl in life
2020-02-17 18:47
Who is this guy LOL
2020-02-17 19:26
#116
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Portugal YANRAZA 
who?
2020-02-17 20:56
imagine emagine imagining emagine while imagining imaginations of emagine
2020-02-17 21:01
#120
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Russia GramDEL 
Who tho?
2020-02-17 22:10
who
2020-02-17 22:41
electronic on imagination, emagine
2020-02-17 23:05
#125
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Australia Ghoti 
Cya mate :(
2020-02-18 00:27
Who announced what
2020-02-18 02:26
cya legend
2020-02-18 06:30
#132
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Europe KappaKaako 
Could you ever have imagined that?
2020-02-18 06:43
#135
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Canada $t4Rboy 
People can say what they want about him - but he was an OG Australian player for a scene which was practically non-existent in 1.6 to now having reached T1 success in CSGO. Every brick placed in the pyramid was a contribution to the success of the end result. Thank you for your stalwart dedication to the growth of the scene, Emagine. Goodluck in your future career(s).
2020-02-18 07:19
#136
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World Beard43 
+1 legend of the Au scene.
2020-02-18 09:07
LEGEND LMAO
2020-02-21 08:01
#154
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World Beard43 
He's obviously caught your eye considering you've come to this thread every day since it was posted 4 days ago. Or maybe you're just a no life troll. Either way, nice pointless comments.
2020-02-21 10:33
RESPECT THE LEGEND!!!
2020-02-21 11:39
#137
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Asia fru1ty 
emagine there's no heaven It's easy if you try No hell below us Above us, only sky emagine all the people living for today
2020-02-18 10:44
#138
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Kazakhstan k4harman 
who?
2020-02-18 11:13
ggwp emagine. best of luck in the future.
2020-02-18 15:58
#140
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Brunei cyLoL 
Kk but who ?
2020-02-18 16:43
emagine that
2020-02-19 07:18
emagine dragons
2020-02-21 04:22
It’s easy if you try
2020-02-21 22:31
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