The story of RpK: How 'The Tank' keeps defying the odds

Cédric "⁠RpK⁠" Guipouy is one of the rare cases of players who were able to take a long-term hiatus when Counter-Strike still wasn't a viable career option and successfully make a comeback years after hanging up the mouse. He is also still pushing the boundaries today as he enters his thirties.

"We haven’t yet fully grasped the magnitude of what's happening. It’s a huge blow to the players who have been preparing for this specific goal for weeks now… More than three months of work just vanished," read the first paragraph of a statement written by Titan manager Jérôme "⁠NiaK⁠" Sudries when the French team was disqualified from the fourth CS:GO Major, DreamHack Winter 2014, and barred from playing the qualifier with a new fifth after Hovik "⁠KQLY⁠" Tovmassian was handed a VAC ban just days before the event.

Titan were left to pick up the pieces when the dust settled, playing with coach Jeremy "⁠ioRek⁠" Vuillermet during the last month of 2014. At a time when CS:GO was young enough to not have a wide pool of native players, NiaK and his team dug deep to try and find the best replacement possible, eventually coming up with a solution that could not only provide a reliable asset to the roster if it panned out, but that would also be a positive force to clean up a PR disaster that had rocked not only the French squad, but the Counter-Strike scene as a whole. They went after a beloved player who had walked away from the game almost two years earlier, when a career in esports was not a viable path for many.

RpK with VeryGames at DreamHack Winter 2012, his second-to-last event before retiring

"I'll always remember this, I was doing a road test on a car that I was working on and NiaK called me on my cell phone," RpK tells HLTV.org. "I saw his name pop up on my screen and in my head I was already saying, 'no, no way, none of this business,' but I picked up anyway. I must have been on the side of the road on the line with him for over 40 minutes and I remember telling him straight up to not bullshit me. At first I didn't believe him at all, I thought it was all lies, but he took the time to explain how the scene had grown and then I went home to watch the videos, the stadiums full of people, etc. When I saw it all I found it magical, I thought it was a crazy world, and the question then became whether I would be able to make a comeback or not."

RpK had been away from Counter-Strike since early 2013, having gone on to work with his father as a car mechanic after a storied six-year career that started in Counter-Strike: Source and ended in the very early days of Global Offensive. Despite being considered one of the best Source players to touch the game, plying his trade on the most dominant team before switching to Global Offensive, adulthood crept up on RpK at a time when he couldn’t earn a livable wage, forcing him to hang up the mouse.

"I started to get older and I didn't have anything else in my life other than Counter-Strike," he says, "and at that time we weren't making much money. Sure, we had contracts and earned a few bucks, but we couldn't make a living like we do these days. At the time, I didn't think the game would grow to the point where people could live off of it, so I had to make a decision. It was one I wished I didn't have to make, but it wasn't possible for me to continue down the path I was going, spending so many hours on the game and not getting much in return, so I opened a business with my father and became a mechanic. I cut ties with the whole scene because I didn't want to be tempted, I didn't want to say to myself: 'OK, Ced, let's go back to playing.’"

The move to bring RpK back from retirement was a risky one for Titan. Legendary players who hadn’t made the transition from CS 1.6 or Source to CS:GO were planning comebacks when the new version of the game started to take off and to become a lucrative career opportunity between 2013 and 2015, but the results were mostly poor as the players who had remained active were constantly pushing the game's boundaries and competition started to become more and more fierce. Despite the possibility of a flop, RpK and Titan believed they could create an atmosphere that would allow him to get back up to speed and play at a top level as his transition would be eased by a tight group of players who were well acquainted with one another from the past.

Another point going in RpK’s favor was that he had been one of the more active players in the early days of the new game. "When we started with CS:GO, we knew NiP were going to be hot, especially GeT_RiGhT," he says of the time before he took the two-year hiatus. "He was like me, he played a lot during the beta before the game even came out. I used to play on the same servers as him all of the time, so I knew he was getting ready to make the jump. When we started to play against them we were all pretty even skillwise, but their in-game IQ was higher. I found them to be smarter in certain aspects and when we played them it was like they were always a step ahead." NiP then established themselves as the dominant force in Counter-Strike after Global Offensive was released and went on an 87-0 streak on LAN. RpK's VeryGames played four events in 2012 and finished all of them in second place behind the Swedes, but it was at that year's DreamHack Winter that RpK shone brightest, ending at the top of the stats leaderboard with a 1.38 rating despite the 0-2 loss in the final to Christopher "⁠GeT_RiGhT⁠" Alesund and company.

"I think what Titan expected when I came back was ‘The Tank,’ someone who is solid and strong in his positions," RpK says referencing his other nickname. "I think they also believed in the fact that I could evolve and make up for lost time, which is in turn what I expected from them as well, that they could help me catch up to speed so that I could give them my strengths: being solid individually and a good team player. It wasn't easy at first, though, I was very far from the level that I have since reached, and just being able to feel good in my positions took a really long time.

“I played a bit at home with an old computer during the Christmas period, but when I tried out [for the team] I went to bootcamp in Belgium and that's when I started to really play and pick everything back up. What's funny is that after two years I didn't really feel like I had lost a lot of my skill, it came back really quickly, it was the meta that was a whole new world — I was completely lost. I couldn't understand anything that was going on around me, and on top of that I had never been particularly strong with utility, so I was totally out of my element. Killing people, that was fine, but everything else was incredibly hard for me."

RpK returned to activity with Titan in 2015, but making up for lost time was no easy task

Many things had changed in the two years RpK was away from the scene, and just as Counter-Strike's popularity had grown by leaps and bounds, the way the game was played had also become more complex. Positions for coaches and analysts were starting to open up, organizations had gaming houses at their disposal and the frantic rhythm of a packed schedule meant teams had to constantly evolve or risk falling behind. "During the whole Titan period I was trying to really understand what was going on around me," RpK says, "I had never been one of the hardest workers when it came to understanding the game, I wasn't like apEX, who spends hours upon hours in the server, if I did that my brain would melt. I think the reason it took me so much time to get my old level back was that, while I understood that the game had evolved, I still had the same mentality from my Source days. I thought I could be a good player without needing to spend too much time in the game, so I kind of rested on my laurels telling myself that everything would work out, which is not what ended up happening at all. It took time for me to realize that I needed to get serious in order to become a good player, but as far as thinking about going back to working with cars, I never wanted to go back, I was fully into Counter-Strike even if I was refusing to see the reality, which was that I needed to work much harder than I had before."

At ASUS ROG Winter 2015, RpK’s first event since his return, he found himself once again on the losing end of a grand final match against NiP, followed by another second-place finish at the Inferno Online Pantamera Challenge, this time falling to fnatic in the final. Shortly afterward, Titan played their first Major since the KQLY incident after a successful run in the IEM Katowice 2015 Main Qualifier, but an opening 14-16 loss to local rivals Envy followed by an elimination match loss to PENTA marked an early exit for the team. Despite the blunder, Titan established themselves as a solid playoff contender, with several quarter-final and semi-final finishes and the odd push to a grand final, but they were never able to stabilize at the top and were always a step behind their Envy counterparts. When Vincent "⁠Happy⁠" Schopenhauer's side started to stagnate by mid-2015, a French shuffle took place, with Kenny "⁠kennyS⁠" Schrub and Dan "⁠apEX⁠" Madesclaire moving to Envy while Richard "⁠shox⁠" Papillon and Edouard "⁠SmithZz⁠" Dubourdeaux went in the other direction. The shuffle didn't do much for Titan’s aspirations, however, as they still struggled to become title contenders and had a particularly hard time at the remaining two Majors of 2015, going out of ESL One Cologne and DreamHack Open Cluj-Napoca in the group stage. Envy went on to lift the trophy in Romania, proving they had come out on top in the trade deal.

RpK wasn't much of a gamechanger for Titan in the statistical department, but his calm temperament and measured approach made him a bulwark of the team as the game started to become more and more nuanced and other players stepped up to fill the prime roles. "I do find myself in some of the harder positions in the game," RpK says of his evolution as a player since his return, "but that doesn't really bother me. I like being in my little corner doing my own thing. When it comes to comparing my CS:S and CS:GO careers, it was easy to play Source because we could get multi-kills, no analysts or coaches were watching us, so it was easy to surprise people and get double or triple kills, we just played duels and since that was my strength I could be a star player, whereas in CS:GO if I play duels the way I did back then... It's just not possible, I'd be smoked or flashed immediately. The game has changed so much, like night and day."

Titan closed its doors at the end of 2015 citing financial problems stemming in part from KQLY’s VAC ban a year earlier, and the Franco-Belgian team found itself without a home in early 2016. G2 owner Carlos "ocelote” Rodríguez was in the market for a new squad at the same time, having sold his star-studded European lineup to FaZe [read more about it here], and a deal was struck to bring the team managed by NiaK into the former League of Legends mid laner's organization. "G2 was more professional," RpK says. "There was a certain pressure to get results immediately. Personally, I've always dealt with pressure pretty well. When things don't work, they don't work, and that's that, I don't think of all of the different outcomes that could have happened. It went mostly well there, we could have done better, sure, but I believed in that team up until the Envy switch... which was when I didn't believe in it anymore [laughs]."

There was an immediate pressure to obtain results in G2, RpK recalls

RpK spent one year in G2 during which they had a mixed bag of results. His Major curse continued, with the French team going out in the group stage once again at MLG Columbus, where they lost their opening match and the decider to a struggling Virtus.pro, knocking Cloud9 out in the process. G2 then alternated between good and bad events, now with Alexandre "⁠bodyy⁠" Pianaro in Kévin "⁠Ex6TenZ⁠" Droolans's place, finishing DreamHack Masters Malmö in 13-16th place before taking second place at the ESL Pro League Season 3 Finals, and going out in 11-14th place at ELEAGUE Season 1 followed by their best result yet, when they raised the trophy at the first ECS Finals in London. Individually, RpK finished with a 1.24 rating at the event in London, his top performance at a Big Event in 2016.

Once again, G2 were unable to transfer their good ECS result and hit another a wall at a Major, going out last at ESL One Cologne 2016 after losses to SK and fnatic in the tournament's group of death. They then followed it up with a second place finish, this time at the SL i-League StarSeries Season 2 Finals, but ended up fizzling out, unable to make deep playoff runs at Big Events for the remainder of the year. The squad stuck together through the winter break ahead of the first Major of 2017, the ELEAGUE Major, but changes that had been in the making during the player break materialized after the two French teams in attendance flopped out of the group stage.

"We've always had problems with stability in France, which affected our ability to evolve as a team," RpK says. "History always repeated, and players changed teams. You can feel when it's coming, when the atmosphere isn't great. I can feel when things don't go well immediately, and this time around I wasn't in the loop of what was going on, so I felt things were off. It was weird that people weren't talking to me much and I quickly realized that it was because I wasn't in the plans for the future. Getting cut from a team hadn't happened much to me in my career, so when it happened I had the sudden realization that I had some problems to deal with in the game. I told myself that it was important to show a different side of me moving forward, so when things ended with G2, it really got to me and I wanted to show what I could be capable of as a sort of revenge."

Not used to being cut from teams, RpK took his removal from G2 as fuel for improvement

G2 put together what was dubbed the French 'super team' after the Major, uniting the scenes’ two brightest stars, shox and kennyS, under the same banner, with apEX, Nathan "⁠NBK-⁠" Schmitt and bodyy filling the remaining slots in the starting roster, while SmithZz took over coaching duties. The leftovers, RpK, Adil "⁠ScreaM⁠" Benrlitom, Happy and Christophe "⁠SIXER⁠" Xia, formed Envy's new team with Alexandre "⁠xms⁠" Forté as the new fifth player and Damien "⁠maLeK⁠" Marcel as coach.

"The famous G2/Envy shuffle happened and that's when I told myself, ‘OK, Ced, it's time to stop messing around, you're going to have to work really hard now,’" RpK recalls. "That's when I gave my best. I had been given a second chance to make a comeback and got myself removed from a lineup, so I realized that at any moment I could be out in the cold and I did everything in my power to make myself as good as I could so that I wouldn't go on to regret anything. This is what I've been doing since the end of my time in G2, and that's why I think that I was able to shine during my whole time with Envy."

Envy’s new roster got off to a rough start with back-to-back 7-8th place finishes at cs_summit Spring and DreamHack Open Tours, where RpK had two forgettable showings, but he quickly became the driving force behind the team, highlighted by a 1.24 rating in Envy’s 5-6th place finish at the ESL Pro League Season 5 Finals and a 1.29 rating in their DreamHack Open Atlanta title run. That roster never became a Big Event title contender, and even missed out on the PGL Major in Krakow after finishing fourth in the Europe Minor, but RpK kept showing individual prowess, becoming key to Envy’s playoff run at ELEAGUE CS:GO Premier, which he ended with a 1.37 rating, particularly excelling in the Group C decider match against NiP with a 1.41 rating in the three-map series.

Despite Envy never taking off RpK put forth a string of strong performances before his hospitalization

Not long after their 5-8th place finish in ELEAGUE Premier, RpK had a health scare at the TBS Studios in Atlanta that ground his momentum to a halt. During the second day of the ELEAGUE Major Boston Main Qualifier, The Tank’s calm and collected demeanor changed and he could be seen struggling on the broadcast cameras during the team’s victory over Flash, after which he was taken to the hospital. "I don't tend to show much emotion," RpK says, "people have told me I appear cold, which I think is true, I do appear that way when people don't know me, and I tend to hide the things that are happening to me, so when I fell ill in the US I didn't tell anyone for a couple of days, I even played a game during which I could barely breathe. Those three days were a rollercoaster, sometimes I was OK and other times it was a catastrophe. When I finally went to the hospital they did an X-ray of my lungs and told me I had a huge problem, a fourth of my lung wasn't showing up on the X-ray and there were some complications. I had a pneumonia that had become a triple infection of my right lung, and honestly, at that point, the game didn't exist for me anymore—all I could think about was surviving. Three or four days later I started to get better, when they found a way to cure me, but there was a time in which I really believed that was it, the end."

As someone who has his feet on the ground and is thankful that he was given a second opportunity to have the career he always dreamed of, this other second chance reinforced RpK’s positive outlook on life. "I come from a rough background," he says, "and although of course there are always people who are worse off, it helps me be thankful for making it to where I am. After 'staring death in the face' I told myself that I really needed to live everything deeply, take all of the opportunities I get and do everything in my power to be happy and satisfied. I’ve never been one to complain much, and this really intensified my joie de vivre."

Meanwhile, Envy had failed to qualify for the Major with coach maLeK standing in for the team. When RpK got back into the server with his teammates, they continued to struggle to find their place, adding Fabien "⁠kioShiMa⁠" Fiey and Ali "⁠hAdji⁠" Haïnouss to the squad for xms and SIXER, but Envy were still in a hole they could not get out of, losing their ESL Pro League spot following painful losses to AGO and Windigo in the Season 7 Relegations and calling it quits after a harrowing 5-6th place on home soil at DreamHack Open Tours.

RpK was quick to find his place again after the French Envy saga came to a close

Rumors of a new team involving apEX and NBK- started to swirl in the summer of 2018. The benched G2 duo then got bought out by Vitality, who also signed the French rising star Mathieu "⁠ZywOo⁠" Herbaut, now allowed to pursue a career in esports by his parents after passing his baccalauréat, and the ex-Envy duo of Happy and RpK. They struggled with online qualifiers early on, but got off to a flying start on LAN at DreamHack Open Atlanta, where they lifted their first trophy. Despite the small victory, Vitality experienced growing pains and moved Happy to the bench to open up a spot for Alex "⁠ALEX⁠" McMeekin. The revitalized roster popped off and made its way through the IEM Katowice Europe Minor and the ensuing New Challengers Stage, but it was brought back to earth in the New Legends Stage, which it finished with a 2-3 record, losing the deciding series to NiP.

After the Major group stage exit, Vitality really started to hit their stride, winning the smaller Charleroi Esports before lifting the trophy at cs_summit 4. They then won their first Big Event, the ECS Season 7 Finals, and established themselves as one of the top teams in the world with a second-place finish at the prestigious ESL One Cologne. It was then that RpK finally broke his Major curse: after seven failed attempts, he finally made the playoffs of a Major, appearing on stage at the Mercedes-Benz Arena during the StarLadder Major in Berlin. "At the time I was so focused on the competition that I didn't really pay much attention to it," he recalls, "but looking back on it, it's so cool. It's particularly pleasing to have done it with this team, and to see that we're doing well ever since. It's also nice to see that there were French fans there brought out by our chairman, Neo. That was amazing. It was really heartwarming. I'm someone who doesn't show emotions much, as I stated earlier, but I was really touched. To this day I still think this is all nuts and I find it extremely cool."

RpK hit a new milestone with Vitality, making the playoffs at a Major for the first time in his career

Despite reaching the playoffs in Germany, internal quarrels within the team reached unmanageable levels and NBK- was removed from the starting lineup. To substitute him, Vitality brought in shox and they kept competing at the top level, finishing second at DreamHack Masters Malmö and winning their last event of the year, EPICENTER 2019. "We weren't ready for ALEX to leave, that really hurt us," RpK says of the British tactician's shocking decision to step down due to burnout stemming from the itinerant life that came with event-hopping before the coronavirus pandemic ground the world to a halt. "But apEX taking the lead has been good. He's a super hard worker and a great leader in and out of the game, he's somebody who's very close to me and he's always willing to sacrifice himself for the team. Thanks to that we're back on a high. Bringing in misutaaa was also a huge leap, especially for him, as he came out of nowhere, but we're doing the best we can and little by little we're getting there. It's a real pleasure to see the results we're capable of achieving even though we haven’t been able to stabilize completely just yet."

At 30 years old, RpK is on the older end of the spectrum in Counter-Strike, but that hasn’t slowed The Tank down. "What's interesting is that as time passes I feel better and better in the game, and that's pretty cool," he says. "The only thing I've really had to change is my mouse sensitivity. I've always been a low-sensitivity player, I had 1.10 in 2015 and now I'm up to 1.35, but other than that I've not really had to change anything. As far as reflexes go, I don't feel like anything has changed, either. When I look at my performances, I actually feel like I’m getting better and better." It's not just his sensitivity that has changed with age, however, but also his sensibilities. "I can't do all-nighters anymore, it's impossible to stay up playing until five or six in the morning," RpK says, laughing. "On a more serious note, there is a certain madness to youth, but with experience I’ve learned to know what I need, how I need to act and how I need to prepare for certain matches, whereas with youth the energy is dispersed all over the place. It's important to find the balance and that's something that comes with maturity."

RpK has also found balance outside of the game in his longtime passion for cars, which has provided a way for him to reconcile his gaming career and his personal life. "I'm fairly discreet in my day to day life,” he says. "But when it comes to cars and speed, that's what allows me to have a release. That's where I can express some of the craziness. It's what brings balance and allows me to still be here at 30 with a huge passion for the game, and although I do spend less time on the server than many others, what I know is that it's important to have a physical and mental balance to be able to persist in time. Having this escape valve allows me to take in life fully, so when I return to the game I'm completely focused and happy to be there doing what I'm doing. It comes down to mental strength, day to day, to not crack.

"It's more mental than physical, and there's also a big social part. Personally, I think 30-year-old players who were legends back in the day and could have kept playing didn't because their social lives change and it impacts their relationship with the game. We have to do all we can so that everything goes well in life, because that has a direct impact on our performance on the server. I get my balance by lifting weights, doing physical work, and through my escape valve, which is driving cars. Without these, I think my performances would have gone way down and like many players my age, I would have quit because at that point you start to lose faith in yourself. Every day I fight to remain confident and to give as much as I possibly can to my team, which is why I think that I can still be around now and that’s what makes me believe I still have some good years ahead of me."

RpK says he still has fuel in the tank and doesn't even consider what comes next

The first season of 2020 was a challenge for everyone in Counter-Strike, from players to tournament organizers to fans, as the coronavirus pandemic and ensuing lockdowns have disrupted life on a global scale. It was particularly hard on RpK, whose past respiratory issues put him in an at-risk group. “I was worried because I've had problems before," he says, "and of course it's going to affect me, so CS kind of fell into the background during the first month. I made sure to see that everyone close to me was safe, but it was CS pretty much non-stop up until the player break. Truth be told, it has been a pretty hard time. I can completely understand why so many players have experienced burnout because what makes us ready and motivated is that we get to travel to tournaments and live very intense moments. When you take that away, you're just sitting at home behind the computer and the flame just doesn’t burn as brightly. Competition just isn't as transcendental.

"One of the things I'm thankful for is that at least I have my car here at home, and some people may find this silly, but just hearing the engine roar, to be able to accelerate — within reason, we’re not trying to be the Fast and the Furious here—, that brings me joy, it makes me feel safe, but it's not easy. Online tournaments have carried a huge load of matches, too, and that makes it extra hard to stay constantly focused and motivated. Playing from home can be very tough, mentally."

RpK continues to enjoy himself, so the thought of what might come next doesn't cross his mind. "I really don't [think about my future] because I believe that when you start to think that way it’s because you're ready to stop," he says. "My goal is to keep going as long as possible and I'd love to be the oldest player still performing. Why not? That would be crazy. As long as I'm ready for it mentally and I don't have any physical problems, I want to give myself fully to my team and keep living beautiful moments."

France Nathan 'NBK-' Schmitt
Nathan 'NBK-' Schmitt
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
1824
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.15
France Cédric 'RpK' Guipouy
Cédric 'RpK' Guipouy
Age:
31
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
1397
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.13
France Edouard 'SmithZz' Dubourdeaux
Edouard 'SmithZz' Dubourdeaux
Age:
31
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.96
Maps played:
1161
KPR:
0.65
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
France Vincent 'Happy' Schopenhauer
Vincent 'Happy' Schopenhauer
Age:
28
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
1464
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.12
France Christophe 'SIXER' Xia
Christophe 'SIXER' Xia
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
700
KPR:
0.65
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.10
France Hovik 'KQLY' Tovmassian
Hovik 'KQLY' Tovmassian
Age:
30
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
250
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.12
France Dan 'apEX' Madesclaire
Dan 'apEX' Madesclaire
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
1684
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.70
APR:
0.16
France Jérôme 'NiaK' Sudries
Jérôme 'NiaK' Sudries
Age:
-
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.00
Maps played:
0
KPR:
0.00
DPR:
0.00
APR:
0.00
France Jeremy 'ioRek' Vuillermet
Jeremy 'ioRek' Vuillermet
Age:
32
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.85
Maps played:
71
KPR:
0.56
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.12
Sweden Christopher 'GeT_RiGhT' Alesund
Christopher 'GeT_RiGhT' Alesund
Age:
30
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1718
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.15
France Alexandre 'bodyy' Pianaro
Alexandre 'bodyy' Pianaro
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
837
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.14
France Ali 'hAdji' Haïnouss
Ali 'hAdji' Haïnouss
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
740
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.13
France Alexandre 'xms' Forté
Alexandre 'xms' Forté
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.96
Maps played:
682
KPR:
0.65
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.12
France Richard 'shox' Papillon
Richard 'shox' Papillon
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1729
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.12
France Damien 'maLeK' Marcel
Damien 'maLeK' Marcel
Age:
34
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.53
Maps played:
2
KPR:
0.16
DPR:
0.51
APR:
0.08
Belgium Adil 'ScreaM' Benrlitom
Adil 'ScreaM' Benrlitom
Age:
26
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1430
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.12
France Fabien 'kioShiMa' Fiey
Fabien 'kioShiMa' Fiey
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
1438
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.15
France Mathieu 'ZywOo' Herbaut
Mathieu 'ZywOo' Herbaut
Age:
19
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.28
Maps played:
697
KPR:
0.86
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.13
United Kingdom Alex 'ALEX' McMeekin
Alex 'ALEX' McMeekin
Age:
24
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
955
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.71
APR:
0.13
Belgium Kévin 'Ex6TenZ' Droolans
Kévin 'Ex6TenZ' Droolans
Age:
30
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.94
Maps played:
1393
KPR:
0.62
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.15
France Kenny 'kennyS' Schrub
Kenny 'kennyS' Schrub
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.13
Maps played:
1756
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.11
LE TANK
2020-08-04 19:00
F5
2020-08-04 19:04
I arent think that
2020-08-04 19:04
le TAAAANNKK
2020-08-04 19:05
deserves better teammates
2020-08-04 19:36
it was the meta that was a whole new world — I was completely lost. I couldn't understand anything that was going on around me, this bot is still lost, not his teammates, hes utterly one of the worst players around. should switch to valorent. my eyes hurts watching this bot. please retire again and give room for next gen.
2020-08-05 06:41
Name checks out
2020-08-05 09:25
#136
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Europe PowwneD
0/8
2020-08-05 13:24
name checks out he is second most valuable Vita player since shox is most inconsistent guy on the planet.
2020-08-05 15:37
0/8 name checks out
2020-08-05 21:40
Stfu
2020-08-05 23:22
The only one being conpletely lost is you! Le Tank is underrated af and clearly the 2nd best player in vitality given the amount of impact he has from shitty positions
2020-08-06 20:09
you are an idiot. kids these days
2020-08-11 18:50
#191
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Turkey xMercy
true
2020-08-06 16:02
sad that le tank hasnt achieved something great to be called a csgo legend i want him to win a major or smth
2020-08-04 19:37
Everyone knows his ingame name, and most important his nickname "Le tank" from CSGO 1.6 to CSGO. He is a legend. no need to win a major.
2020-08-04 22:50
There’s no need to win a major if you have already won one. He’s claimed a Source major I’m sure, but he has yet to claim a CSGO major. I wanna see that changed.
2020-08-05 11:42
And when better to win if not with zywoo in the team...if both of them have a good tournament and shoxie finds his consistent form, vitality could be hot for a major....zywoo go kill grandfinal would be amazing
2020-08-06 20:11
Just imagine matchpoint in OT and zywoo runs up banana like vs ence and kills 4 Or just any player doing sth like this on major Matchpoint would be insane
2020-08-06 20:11
He wasn't known as a 1.6 player, he played CSS
2020-08-05 14:35
Do you know what you are doing ? It's called 'semantic'. go read dictionnary and learn this word ;)
2020-08-05 17:34
wtf he is source player not 1.6 u newfag
2020-08-05 18:30
Its le tank hltv please edit
2020-08-04 23:08
#2
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Europe Ignotuspuer
POGGERS LE TANK
2020-08-04 19:00
#3
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Sweden txshirx
GodpK so underrated
2020-08-04 19:00
#21
RpK | 
France pol44r
+1
2020-08-04 19:08
RPKing***
2020-08-04 20:34
#106
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Sweden txshirx
OMG sorry mens))
2020-08-05 01:23
That's for NBK, RptanK
2020-08-05 03:41
GOAT
2020-08-04 19:01
#5
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Finland Jack1CS
LE TANK
2020-08-04 19:01
#6
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Macau Be_Happier
EZ FOR TANK
2020-08-04 19:01
LE TANK <3
2020-08-04 19:02
GOD LE TANK
2020-08-04 19:02
A legend
2020-08-04 19:03
nivera top 1 2021 100% sure
2020-08-13 21:35
+1
2020-08-13 21:55
Gl legend
2020-08-04 19:03
LONG LIVE Le Tank
2020-08-04 19:05
#15
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Europe Dax1e
LE TANK LEGEND
2020-08-04 19:06
LE TANKKKKK
2020-08-04 19:07
What a legend <3 The common phrase seems to be right Form is temporary, but class is permanent
2020-08-04 19:07
no
2020-08-04 19:30
define legend - just because you have played since the ealy days dont make u legend.
2020-08-05 07:17
0/8
2020-08-05 12:29
top 1/2 source player of all time consistent at top french teams for years won couple of big events in cs go as well second arguable 3rd most important player at top 3 team in the world right now
2020-08-05 15:39
Ok mens ty What a legend
2020-08-05 17:00
Always performing in bad roles, for example multiple multikills as anchor in one map
2020-08-06 20:13
Le Tank still fragging hard
2020-08-04 19:07
#19
Dev1 | 
Slovakia Trav1s
in earlier times i didnt like him, but later recognize his skill and determination, true legend of the game
2020-08-04 19:08
#20
RpK | 
France pol44r
Mens i very happy)))))))
2020-08-04 19:08
Love le tank what a legend
2020-08-04 19:09
Backstabbing tank lul
2020-08-04 19:09
True legend
2020-08-04 19:09
menssss TL DR but still le tank le legend
2020-08-04 19:10
rpk is one of the most underrated players .
2020-08-04 19:10
le tank god
2020-08-04 19:12
WE NEED TO DO A FRAGMOVIE WITH A DOPE ELECTRO SONG IN THE BACKGROUND NAMED "RPK 2020 - AGE IS JUST A NUMBER" TWILLER, HERE IS A SUGGESTION FOR YOU MAN
2020-08-04 19:12
+1
2020-08-04 19:39
HOW ABOUT THIS SONG IN THE BACKGROUND? youtube.com/watch?v=U9pGr6KMdyg IMAGINE RPK TRIPPLE KILL AT NUKE WITH THAT SONG
2020-08-04 19:48
#31
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Denmark Jonasnhj
Long as article damn
2020-08-04 19:12
to short, i will not read
2020-08-04 19:14
#152
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Europe Juuzou_
Too*
2020-08-05 15:32
no, to short i like it too rip my friend
2020-08-05 17:38
#190
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Europe Juuzou_
This is painful. You ripped yourself twice now.
2020-08-06 08:40
#33
BobZ | 
India Ez4ez
Most underrated player
2020-08-04 19:15
#34
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Pakistan LoOuU2
One of the most currently underrated player, does everything for the team
2020-08-04 19:23
LE TANK
2020-08-04 19:25
Overrated
2020-08-04 19:26
overrated? you are an idiot
2020-08-04 19:29
#102
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Germany 'ezpz
this article was about the legend "RpK", not about the glock dropper "fox".
2020-08-05 00:46
Not sure what one thing has to do with another but ok And yeah, fox is overrated trash
2020-08-05 00:56
I think it's because some people assume all Portuguese fans to be delusional fox fanboys.
2020-08-05 02:25
Yeah ik, Just wanted to mess with him kk But I'm not a Fox fan xd
2020-08-05 11:04
#37
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Estonia RopzTop1
The Vince Carter of CS:GO
2020-08-04 19:27
+1. Good comparison.
2020-08-04 19:41
He faced the death infront of his eyes and managed to comeback like that <3
2020-08-04 19:28
underrated love and respect LE TANK
2020-08-04 19:29
#43
ZywOo | 
India aR__
LE TANK PogChamp
2020-08-04 19:29
The goat
2020-08-04 19:30
Le tank PogU
2020-08-04 19:31
Underrated and very consistent player <3
2020-08-04 19:33
TLDR Le Tank still decent
2020-08-04 19:34
LE TANK MY FAV PLAYER <3
2020-08-04 19:35
i remember when RpK going to cs:go pro scene, i said whaaat?!
2020-08-04 19:35
he needs to be kicked from vitality so they become a better team
2020-08-04 19:37
0/8
2020-08-04 19:40
+1
2020-08-04 19:54
Have some respect, i see u all the way through trying to make Le Tank look bad but he is one of the most consistent player of all time alongside someone like f0rest or KRIMZ/JW.
2020-08-04 20:18
I only reply to some of the ones that say something negative about him. I mostly Just bait people by saying the contrary to what the majority of people think. Don't get me wrong I legit think he's overrated, you see him killing 2 in a round and twitch chat goes "LE TANK" "GODPK" I respect him though, I love that old players can Still kick ass
2020-08-04 20:43
But look at #66, delusional xd I like baiting delusional people xd
2020-08-04 20:44
#138
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Europe PowwneD
Nt no scener, go watch old n°1 being washed up while this guy still kick ass while being 30+yo
2020-08-05 13:29
old nº1? U mean GTR?
2020-08-05 13:38
#170
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Europe PowwneD
ye
2020-08-05 19:03
u're right though he has 2 top1 RpK though...
2020-08-05 19:40
#176
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Europe PowwneD
Yes but now fighting to be in the top 30, what does RpK do ? fight for top 1 team spot ;)
2020-08-05 19:43
ye and he will probably get it, when LAN comes back either Vita or Faze top1
2020-08-05 19:44
0/8 alex explained how important his role is at thorin podcast man impact outside the numbers is huge for them and he always step up when team need that the most.
2020-08-05 15:41
Agree that numbers don't mean everything. I think he will keep going as long as he has the motivation. Once that goes, I can see him returning to his car mechanic job (not a bad thing, it's his second passion after all)
2020-08-05 17:30
#55
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China HEIDASHUAi
LE TANK POG
2020-08-04 19:38
LE TANK one of the most underrated players out there, absolute legend
2020-08-04 19:39
le bot
2020-08-04 19:39
LE TANK <3
2020-08-04 19:40
TANK
2020-08-04 19:40
#65
RpK | 
France HippzZ
A true Legend
2020-08-04 19:43
LE TANK Absoulte god of CS:S and CS:GO Also real Legend of Counter-Strike
2020-08-04 19:45
#68
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African Union mikecool
Le tank bulldozes over his enemies
2020-08-04 19:52
amazing read. Worth reading every second. What a legend.
2020-08-04 19:57
Underrated player, a good soldier, calm and dedicated to teamplay I wish we had more ppl like him in the fr scene, especially regarding mentality
2020-08-04 19:59
LE RpTANKKKKK
2020-08-04 20:04
LE TANK
2020-08-04 20:12
LE TANK
2020-08-04 20:12
he is shit for 5 years
2020-08-04 20:27
titan second/third best player original french G2 second/third best player french envy roster with happy playing 1v9 only valuable player second/third most valuable player at top 3 team in the world right now.
2020-08-05 15:43
I remember when he announced he would start to play CS:GO and everyone watched his first 2-3 games where he was a complete bot and everyone flaming him. Nice to see him doing good
2020-08-04 20:29
"My goal is to keep going as long as possible and I'd love to be the oldest player still performing." I hope he will achieve that goal <3
2020-08-04 20:39
#89
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Poland SebL
I mean if RpK would fix his inconsistency problem he could be really good. I mean he is performing pretty poorly, but when the lights are on him, he plays great then. It's partly good and partly not.
2020-08-04 20:44
he is actually bad pro player since 2017
2020-08-04 20:46
flag and flair check out
2020-08-04 23:05
i said truth
2020-08-05 10:49
hell no LOL he was playing 1v9 in Envy roster and now he is second/third most important guy at vita alex explained his impact at thorin podcast.
2020-08-05 15:44
"he is second/third most important guy at vita" but vitality has only 1 good player and 3 players are very bad(only shox is avg)
2020-08-05 17:55
#175
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India somecunt
Shox always lurking or last entry lol Shox is tied up with Rpk as a average player for top 25 team.
2020-08-05 19:42
2020-08-04 20:51
LE TANK
2020-08-04 20:52
#93
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United States big_brain
what a legend
2020-08-04 20:56
''keep''
2020-08-04 21:00
Legend
2020-08-04 21:45
#96
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Other KlNG
yo le tank
2020-08-04 21:48
Underrated for his age MORT MORT
2020-08-04 21:56
ROCK SOLID
2020-08-04 22:18
LE TANK <3
2020-08-05 01:09
I was expecting something about an International roster since henplqyes a bit with Tempo Storm. Where did the invitation came from? Why didn’t he sta?
2020-08-05 02:03
him and happy were no longer at envy roster, they both wanted to stay together and tempo storm needed 2 players soo they gave them a shot but language issues were strong enough to end this project, that's what was said at innocent's facebook group
2020-08-05 15:47
Thanks for info Btw I did’t see that I wrote “ henplqyes” in the previous comment 😂
2020-08-06 01:19
Nice article
2020-08-05 03:30
respect le tank <3
2020-08-05 03:47
#112
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Brazil hugoooo
Let's be honest: the only thing that prevents him from retire is ZywOo. As long as ZywOo leaves the team will disband and he will probably join LDLC for a short stint until he retires in a few months.
2020-08-05 03:53
#173
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India somecunt
Yes,zywOo is the reason why rest of vitality is not retired else this team was long dead lmao
2020-08-05 19:39
underrated legend, he’s the stable&non toxic support/bitch player every team needs
2020-08-05 05:42
+1
2020-08-05 07:36
he doesn't bot rpk
2020-08-05 05:53
second most valuable player at top 3 team right now*
2020-08-05 15:48
Goat
2020-08-05 07:36
Good read, ty.
2020-08-05 08:45
What car does he own??🤔🤔someone knows?
2020-08-05 08:54
#132
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France Kabby
By the end of 2019 he had a BMW M3 e46 twitter.com/RpKTANKK/status/118988840087.. My bad, I think he has more than one car lul : twitter.com/RpKTANKK/status/117401141829..
2020-08-05 11:28
Merci <3 Omg bmw. I would say a bigger car like ford dodge ram would be better for him? His image... Bmw is for flamie and the spacesoldiers/BIG people 😂😂
2020-08-05 14:54
#149
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France Kabby
Bmw are actually very good cars, I would see him in a mercedes gle 63 s amg lul
2020-08-05 15:06
I hate bmw rear tire mechanism. Also dashboard is superold omegalul. I just bought benz c180 coupe from 2017 if bmw had hightech interior i wouldve bought that one. Anyway
2020-08-05 15:29
#162
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France Kabby
Daym that's a nice car u got there
2020-08-05 15:52
Ty :D its nice only 7-step automatic can be “lazy” and 3 doors can be shit with extra people in car but for the rest its german craftsmanship at its finest 👍
2020-08-06 06:15
Great article for an amazing player. Nice job HLTV
2020-08-05 09:24
Le tank best player ever
2020-08-05 09:59
Very nice interview, seems like a down2earth guy.
2020-08-05 10:13
mad respect for LE TANK
2020-08-05 10:18
legend
2020-08-05 10:41
Le Tank never toxic amazing aim sacrifice for team france legend :D
2020-08-05 10:48
#129
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Hungary raffai
Absolute legend
2020-08-05 11:00
#135
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Iran oldHabit
LE TANK respect
2020-08-05 12:42
Le tannnkkkk <3
2020-08-05 13:57
goat
2020-08-05 14:06
LE TANK
2020-08-05 14:12
Die Tanke
2020-08-05 14:17
THATS MY BOY
2020-08-05 14:19
#145
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Belgium jekke2440
Le Tanque The Tank De_Tank El Tancos Il Tanquillo Los Tanquos
2020-08-05 14:23
+1
2020-08-08 18:10
most worst nickname "RpK" like 13yo public talent.
2020-08-05 14:38
RpK is a weapon looking like css ak 47 and that's were this nickname is from.
2020-08-05 15:50
#171
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France Insidium
Said eyesta the chinese ford fiesta
2020-08-05 19:09
cool story baguette kid, the fan of lul. but I dont blame u. u just dont have much choice.
2020-08-05 22:23
Everytime France wants to form a better team they ignore RpK, but everytime team with RpK is the better team... let's just forget the team with Happy though.
2020-08-05 15:13
even this Envy happy RpK roster was doing well every time they faced G2 ''superteam'' and made them run for their money, the reason why this roster falls was shitty awper in sixer and happy using scream as his bait xD
2020-08-05 15:49
Sixer has an excuse cause he couldn't hit anything without a bait. He can't hit anything with a bait either, though.
2020-08-05 15:59
#172
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India somecunt
So,Basically It's zywOo who gave him success right? He played with a full team of stars back in time and never achieved anything but with zywOo he is in top 5 team from a year and a half.
2020-08-05 19:37
Honestly guy like ZywOo can give succes to any1
2020-08-09 19:45
THE TANK
2020-08-05 22:36
<3
2020-08-06 00:23
Legend!
2020-08-06 08:15
No, I am sorry but age isn't only a number and tank is getting worse year by year now.
2020-08-09 19:44
LE TANK
2020-08-10 21:57
#200
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France Uexo
Respect for the TANK legend
2020-08-10 23:27
#202
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Czech Republic VetriX_
LE TANK
2020-08-11 19:13
LE TANK
2020-08-13 01:30
RPK is a blessing to the scene and a once a generation player. In a scene filled with egoists, RPK is a calm and collected team player that's LE TANK when needed but always plays to support his teammates. His mature approach to the game is why he's still improving at 30! Long live le tank
2020-08-14 17:28
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