Sonic to take break from competition
The 22-year-old will take some time away to recollect his thoughts.
The news follows in the wake of an earlier report from HLTV.org that stated Ricky "floppy" Kemery is in talks to join the team, although at the time, it was not revealed who he would replace if the move came to fruition.
Sonic has been a staple member of the Extra Salt core dating back to their time under ATK, and with the exception of a short, three-month stint on Envy, has been a constant presence by the side of in-game leader Johnny "JT" Theodosiou since the start of 2017 when the pair played for Bravado.
"I’ve decided to take some time away from CS and the team," Sonic said his announcement on Twitter. "Things have been hard for me mentally in recent times and so I wish to step away and recollect my thoughts. I’ll update you all when I’m ready."
The South African has been Extra Salt's second-highest rated player in the last three months, averaging a 1.12 rating. However, the team as a whole have struggled to obtain the same level of results they had achieved at the start of the year, recently missing out on qualifying for PGL Major Stockholm as well as earning a direct spot in ESL Pro League Season 15.
The 22-year-old has been competing in CS:GO almost non-stop since 2014, initially tearing up domestic competition in South Africa before making the move to North America in 2018 as a part of Bravado's 'Project Destiny', a plan to raise awareness of the talent and skill of South African players.
He has played abroad ever since, with the coronavirus pandemic limiting opportunities to return home within the last year. With the tournament season nearing its end, a short break before the new year will provide him some much-needed time to reset.
Extra Salt's roster now looks as follows:
Tiaan "T.c" Coertzen (coach)
Aran "Sonic" Groesbeek (inactive)