freakazoid calls it quits
Ryan "freakazoid" Abadir has announced that he has decided to quit CS:GO in order to pursue a career in VALORANT.
The news hardly comes as any surprise after Swole Patrol, having been released from eUnited earlier this year, spent the last two months without support despite the 27-year-old's continued efforts to find an organization to represent.
As a result, the team went on to gradually disintegrate over the course of May, with Victor "food" Wong first announcing his departure to the Riot Games-developed FPS title, before Jordan "Zellsis" Montemurro followed suit and Austin "Cooper" Abadir left the team to further his Counter-Strike career elsewhere.
North American Counter-Strike has been affected by far the most by the arrival of VALORANT's closed beta. Braxton "swag" Pierce was among the first to announce his move to the new game, followed by a plethora of others, such as Austin "crashies" Roberts, Hunter "SicK" Mims, and the Swole Patrol trio.
Having started to play at a high level in Counter-Strike: Source, freakazoid had a long career in the franchise. In CS:GO, he is perhaps best known for his year-long tenure with Cloud9, with whom he went on a successful streak in the summer of 2015, placing second at three consecutive international events: ESL ESEA Pro League Season 1 Finals, ESWC, and FACEIT League Stage 2 Finals.