mixwell leaves Counter-Strike
Oscar "mixwell" Cañellas has formally announced that he has taken a step back from competitive Counter-Strike to pursue a career in VALORANT.
The 24-year-old has been unveiled as the first member and team captain of G2's VALORANT division, returning to the organisation he briefly represented in 2018 on a trial basis.
mixwell had been without a team since November, when he found himself out in the cold as his Cloud9 teammates Damian "daps" Steele, Kenneth "koosta" Suen and Timothy "autimatic" Ta and signed for Gen.G. In February, he began his search for a new team after being released by the North American organisation but quickly turned his attention to Riot Games' tactical shooter.
"I can only thank everyone who works in CSGO and all those who follow me," he told HLTV.org. "It has been an adventure full of ups and downs, but I am happy to have experienced it all."
After years of playing for Spanish teams without much success internationally, mixwell made his breakthrough in 2016 when he was picked up by OpTic. He helped the North American side to victory in ELEAGUE Season 2 and to a runner-up finish at the ECS Season 2 Finals before the team fell apart in the aftermath of Peter "stanislaw" Jarguz's departure to Liquid.
The Spaniard stayed on with OpTic and helped to put together an international roster, but the project was binned after just six months following a series of mixed results.
He tried out for G2 in March 2018 as Richard "shox" Papillon was moved to the bench and the team experimented with playing under Nathan "NBK-" Schmitt, but he was allowed to explore his options after just two months. Later that year, after helping North to win the DreamHack Open stop in Valencia, he was announced as the headline name on the new Movistar Riders roster, an ambitious team with some of the best players in Spain.
The Spanish team were unable to achieve their goals, however, and mixwell found himself back in North America as he reunited with daps in Cloud9. He attended four LAN events during his short tenure with the team, the last of which was the BLAST Pro Series stop in Copenhagen.