tarik departs Evil Geniuses

The American is out of the organization following eight months on the bench.

Evil Geniuses have announced that Tarik "⁠tarik⁠" Celik is no longer a part of the organization, bringing to an end the cooperation that lasted over two years. The 25-year-old player joined Evil Geniuses in 2019 when the former NRG lineup was acquired and won five titles with the squad before stepping down in April of 2021.

tarik won five titles with EG, including IEM New York

tarik's journey with Evil Geniuses started with a bang as the North American lineup lifted the ESL One New York 2019 trophy on home soil before going to win StarSeries i-League Season 8 a month later, reaching the No. 1 spot in the world ranking off the back of it.

The team's form dropped off in the first half of 2020 only for a resurgence to follow in the summer as they won the North American BLAST Premier Spring, cs_summit 6, and ESL One Cologne tournaments during the online era.

The struggles that followed for Evil Geniuses and tarik were hard to foresee, the once-elite team dropped out of the top 10 by the start of 2021 and chained early tournament exits that led to tarik's departure in April.

While the "Content King" focused on streaming for the past eight months, the team continued to underperform, leading to a massive overhaul that has started with the signing of former G2 tactician Damien "⁠maLeK⁠" Marcel as the new head coach.

United States Tarik 'tarik' Celik
Tarik 'tarik' Celik
Age:
26
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
1438
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.68
F
2022-01-04 19:35
43 replies
EG with tarik: top 1 in the world EG no tarik: lose and disband Ez for legend tarik
2022-01-04 19:36
39 replies
tarik 1 major eg 0
2022-01-04 19:38
33 replies
+1
2022-01-04 19:39
3 replies
#84
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Ukraine Chrisjkk
no turok and no ethan = 0 titles
2022-01-04 20:02
2 replies
sadly Brehze couldn't carry enough
2022-01-04 23:53
1 reply
+1
2022-01-05 06:44
+1
2022-01-04 20:15
Did not deserve the major, but history isnt always the way it should be
2022-01-04 20:53
25 replies
expected from both flag and flair
2022-01-04 21:22
13 replies
#147
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Norway CRINGEMAN
Shut up yankee
2022-01-04 22:29
9 replies
staying true to name i see
2022-01-04 23:11
7 replies
#158
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Norway CRINGEMAN
2022-01-04 23:14
6 replies
2022-01-04 23:15
5 replies
#162
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Norway CRINGEMAN
2022-01-04 23:18
4 replies
+1 #117 ;)
2022-01-04 23:19
3 replies
#165
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Norway CRINGEMAN
2022-01-04 23:20
2 replies
Norway cs LUL
2022-01-05 01:56
1 reply
#204
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Asia aref81
rain vs 5 is their best team i guess
2022-01-05 06:18
nice alt
2022-01-04 23:14
He is right though. As much as I loved seeing liquid take home the major, it was a fluke. But then again - who says you can’t be the deserved winner just once…
2022-01-04 23:10
2 replies
yeah liquid won a major
2022-01-04 23:45
1 reply
ofc sick final against reneGODS
2022-01-05 13:55
well while I agree c9 weren't the best team, FaZe did choke massively and SK had to play 2 matches in the same day, they would've won against c9 and FaZe if they didn't
2022-01-04 21:24
9 replies
Dum logic 0/8 bait
2022-01-04 21:41
7 replies
hltv.org/matches/2318613/sk-vs-faze-elea.. check h2h FaZe freguês wins only bo1
2022-01-04 21:45
6 replies
Faze good becaause godz is joining the team!
2022-01-04 21:47
5 replies
agree but didn't ask + prime fer better
2022-01-04 21:48
4 replies
Botr was trash omegalulz
2022-01-04 21:53
3 replies
hltv.org/stats/players/8564/fer?startDat.. but you're baiting so whatever
2022-01-04 21:55
2 replies
2022-01-04 22:00
1 reply
Literally everything checks out. The trifecta!
2022-01-05 23:22
Flair checks out.
2022-01-05 04:46
#177
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South America withsn
which they stolen with the help of audience.
2022-01-05 00:38
#182
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China jsackwj
+1
2022-01-05 02:11
-tarik +stewie tho
2022-01-04 19:44
1 reply
i want both in the lineup LMAO but sad but true!
2022-01-04 19:48
+1
2022-01-04 21:22
no turok no major EZ FOR THE CONTENT MEISTER
2022-01-05 04:52
top what in the world?
2022-01-05 07:30
+1 The one and only Major MVP from NA.
2022-01-04 19:59
2 replies
*turkey
2022-01-04 20:54
#174
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Algeria Alucard^
2022-01-05 00:19
Sad
2022-01-04 19:35
4 replies
#93
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Indonesia woooi15
but WHO?
2022-01-04 20:15
3 replies
#120
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Europe Putin69
The Cereal Killer
2022-01-04 21:03
the content king
2022-01-04 23:58
the cerebral killer
2022-01-05 15:59
#3
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Finland Eestu
Wondering what's next for tarik.
2022-01-04 19:35
21 replies
#20
arT | 
Spain nTapps
Valorant maybe?
2022-01-04 19:37
3 replies
#26
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Finland Eestu
Considering the amount of Valorant he has been playing it seems like a very possible option.
2022-01-04 19:38
1 reply
#48
jks | 
Australia sh4ww
hes not going pro anytime soon, and he said on stream if he wants to go pro again it will be for cs
2022-01-04 19:43
He’s sad many times on stream he’s been offered positions on T1 Valo teams, so I would guess not but who knows
2022-01-04 21:33
Stream for a few more years while fading into irrelevance, probably. Would love to see him return but he doesn’t seem to have as much passion for cs and would rather play other games like valulrant
2022-01-04 19:38
12 replies
#28
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Finland Eestu
True that.
2022-01-04 19:38
#67
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Yugoslavia seeeed
I mean mans averaging a couple thousand viewers at any time. He will def not "fade into irrelevance"
2022-01-04 19:49
9 replies
have you hear anything about ninja the last two years? he averaged a shit ton of viewers
2022-01-04 19:53
7 replies
What made ninja drop off was the mixer thing + fortnite not being as popular. As people lost interest in Fortnite they also lost interest in ninja.
2022-01-04 20:22
#114
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Yugoslavia seeeed
Yeah, have you heard of Shroud? He went to mixer, came back and averages tens of thousands of views. Ninja blew up due to fortnite. The only reason anyone watched him was fortnite. Do you see anyone over the age of 12 liking Ninja? No? As kids lost interest in fortnire, and as the man stopped playing it. He gradually had fewer and fewer viewers.
2022-01-04 20:53
2 replies
Hi, it's been a long time since the last time I saw you
2022-01-04 21:44
you're wrong
2022-01-05 10:25
Tarik is wayyyyy funnier than Ninja is. Not a great comparison.
2022-01-04 23:02
Ninja is one of the most unlikeable and annoying human beings in existence. There's no chance he would ever be popular with adults and non-fortnite players.
2022-01-04 23:48
1 reply
lol XQC go brrrrrr
2022-01-05 05:19
when he streams valorant he gets over 10k viewers, and he's been growing he's just a better shroud
2022-01-04 20:23
He did say if he were gonna go pro again it would be in CS. I think the reason he streams a lot of Val because in NA. It’s the trendy game to play if you’re a streamer. Remember when Fortnite was the trend game to play one time. He just has a big following with all the kids who watch Valorant now. The Fortnite gen, it’s just easy money and subs.
2022-01-04 20:36
Valorant with pokimane
2022-01-04 19:39
streaming valorant and watching val majors
2022-01-04 19:39
#57
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Norway BijeaN
He says he's enjoying streaming for now, and he's gonna continue doing that until its getting boring. If and once he's done streaming full time he would probably go pro in Valorant. He said on stream that he has offers from val orgs but wants to stream for now.
2022-01-04 19:46
he has said he wants to continue streaming for now, that it feels better than playing competitive valorant for example, plus it's easier money since he has been averaging good numbers on his streams
2022-01-05 17:02
he was still on EG?
2022-01-04 19:35
6 replies
easiest money
2022-01-04 19:57
5 replies
You still get money if you get benched?
2022-01-04 22:03
4 replies
#150
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Sweden zacke10
Of course. You have a contract with the organisation
2022-01-04 22:44
Yes, probably less though.
2022-01-04 22:57
#154
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Seychelles renatorib
if he is under contract, so yes, but there's contracts that specify less money if you benched
2022-01-04 23:07
You can get a content creator role maybe
2022-01-05 04:12
f
2022-01-04 19:35
#6
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China RADNIKEY
Time to rejoin FalleN
2022-01-04 19:35
1 reply
#11
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Brazil morabrasil
wtf
2022-01-04 19:36
LEGEND
2022-01-04 19:35
TUROK
2022-01-04 19:35
#RIPBOZO
2022-01-04 19:35
2 replies
0/8
2022-01-04 21:42
#172
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United States Shmikeb0b
+1
2022-01-05 00:02
F
2022-01-04 19:35
he will go valorant
2022-01-04 19:36
1 reply
#61
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Finland Jonttu2002
he will stream forever most likely
2022-01-04 19:48
nooooooooo
2022-01-04 19:36
wow, i forgot he was on that team
2022-01-04 19:36
#16
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France Uexo
F
2022-01-04 19:36
gl GOAT
2022-01-04 19:36
#18
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United States Festive_
edit first sentence please
2022-01-04 19:37
contract gone lol
2022-01-04 19:37
wow, unexpected
2022-01-04 19:37
#22
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Finland Teukkasd
tarik to valorant ? rip
2022-01-04 19:37
1 reply
tarik to streamer
2022-01-04 21:01
rip career
2022-01-04 19:38
Wtf c9 super team reunion gone
2022-01-04 19:38
atleast tarik got 8 months of bench pay whilst streaming, he deserved that :)
2022-01-04 19:39
8 replies
+1 Bloodsuckers as usual😆
2022-01-04 19:41
nice name fratello, are you watching S5?
2022-01-05 10:49
6 replies
already watched :'(
2022-01-05 10:56
5 replies
whole season??? how?? in germany only first 2 episodes are out :(
2022-01-05 14:27
4 replies
on sky documentaries they release all season last week
2022-01-05 14:50
3 replies
is it eu channel or na channel? i have some semi legit sky acc, so cant watch every channel xd
2022-01-05 15:03
2 replies
uk/ita/ger I think. u could also DL the rest of the eps online tbh too
2022-01-05 15:10
1 reply
nice, ima check it out, thx. the receiver where the download lands is not in my possession tho, so im not sure if it works xd
2022-01-05 15:17
goat
2022-01-04 19:39
#34
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Bahrain Ax1yn
Damn, Content King.
2022-01-04 19:40
#35
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United States kalimbo
Tarik the legend. I will miss him
2022-01-04 19:40
Welcome G2 Tarik
2022-01-04 19:40
A walking W
2022-01-04 19:40
#38
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United States BuckSoxely
Dark times for my NA brothers
2022-01-04 19:40
Siu
2022-01-04 19:41
#40
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United States Zedsamcat
GO TO EF
2022-01-04 19:41
I Love tarik as a person and competitor but seeing him enjoy streaming and actually pull fans is a great thing to see for me tbh glad he is happy.
2022-01-04 19:41
1 reply
Was a huge fan of his streams ~5/6 years ago. He and shroud were the only quality streamers in the morning /eu time :D
2022-01-04 19:49
I didn't even know he was still in EG lol
2022-01-04 19:41
thx for everything tarik i will never forget the overpass spray
2022-01-04 19:41
4 replies
how could you nooooooooo
2022-01-04 20:16
#173
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United States Shmikeb0b
that was only one of many tarik classics...
2022-01-05 00:05
2 replies
#180
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Indonesia lukerey
True. A lot of clip when he spray like a Chad with galil and famas. Sheesh
2022-01-05 01:58
If he has cs version of art of whiffing video, rip. Dude will get a spotlight appearance for more than an hour.
2022-01-05 02:34
Goodbye, Legend.
2022-01-04 19:42
wait what he is washed up at 25?
2022-01-04 19:42
#47
ropz | 
India psn46
Tarik going to Valulrante. Ok jokes aside, thanks for the memories Tarik. People really forgets you are a major winner.
2022-01-04 19:42
Miss watching him play, maybe he could pull a TACO and go IGL a t2 NA project.
2022-01-04 19:43
the king of content
2022-01-04 19:43
#51
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Hungary szia
unexpected
2022-01-04 19:44
#53
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Chile 1cristiaan
sad
2022-01-04 19:45
Damn
2022-01-04 19:45
sadge
2022-01-04 19:46
vaLULrant?
2022-01-04 19:46
going pro in VALORANT kek
2022-01-04 19:47
1 reply
#218
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Australia sm0go
Probably going to transition to full-time streamer. He is making bank atm for sure.
2022-01-05 08:57
eg with tarik were top 1 team, never happens again tho
2022-01-04 19:48
expected
2022-01-04 19:48
sad
2022-01-04 19:49
#66
mir | 
Russia INESSOR
Welcome to
2022-01-04 19:49
Typical NA player. 25 years old and career dead. NA players are such a good investments =)
2022-01-04 19:53
1 reply
#74
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Egypt BomberMan_
few great players from 2016-18 are still around. Compare top 20 in 2018 to the top 20 in 2021. tho NA players do have a shorter lifespan tbf.
2022-01-04 19:56
#70
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Brazil hugoooo
Wtf, I thought he had switched to Valorant several months ago
2022-01-04 19:55
CS will miss him. -_-
2022-01-04 19:55
#72
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United States TARIK_GOAT
Top 1 player
2022-01-04 19:55
#73
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Hong Kong sti11fac
tarik_1_major_mvp_zywoo_0_major_mvp never forgetti
2022-01-04 19:56
I checked his Liquidpedia and relized he is only 25 , thought he was way older lmao. Didn't know that CS pro can become washed-up, lost motivation at the age of 25, S1mple only 1 year younger than him btw :))
2022-01-04 19:57
3 replies
you forgot kjaerbye.
2022-01-05 04:54
Kjaerbye won major at 18 was washed at 20 so your comment is irrelevant
2022-01-05 05:23
1 reply
#219
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Australia sm0go
Not washed. He could've still played t1 easily had he found the right team, he just lost passion for playing the game competitively.
2022-01-05 08:59
#76
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Canada Pyxelat3d
Sadge
2022-01-04 19:56
damn 8 months of free money
2022-01-04 19:58
2 replies
30k a month salary+30k a month streaming money :)) ez life :))
2022-01-04 20:00
#89
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India Gaganesh
not really, tarik did sponsored streams for EG and its sponsors on his stream , and considering he had avg 10k viewers EG definitely made most of it back
2022-01-04 20:05
#81
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India Gaganesh
stew and auti join EG and tarik leaves. Sadge
2022-01-04 20:00
#82
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Finland AliSabid
Nice gl
2022-01-04 20:00
goat
2022-01-04 20:00
tarik 1 major eg 0 major ez for tarik
2022-01-04 20:03
WE WILL MISS YOU TARIK
2022-01-04 20:05
GOOD LUCK TARIK
2022-01-04 20:05
#92
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Finland Emvi
This isnt even cs news tbh, isnt he a valorant streamer
2022-01-04 20:13
#97
fnx | 
Brazil shoyera
rip peanut brain :(
2022-01-04 20:18
best player Turok
2022-01-04 20:19
Gl
2022-01-04 20:20
#104
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Ukraine xexdrew
Cloud9 with Stewie2k
2022-01-04 20:23
Oh no! Anyway...
2022-01-04 20:24
#107
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India pokedyo
It's fine since he's shifted to content creator now, But i really want him to see him back in pro scene(which he mostly won't do)
2022-01-04 20:31
#108
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Other simon_
Legend
2022-01-04 20:34
#110
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Vietnam andy_
doglorant inc
2022-01-04 20:38
He said if he were going to go pro again it would be in CS but he is dedicated to streaming right now. Hate his new fan base though. Bunch of Fortnite gens.
2022-01-04 20:43
#112
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United States B0b3rT
Content king 👑
2022-01-04 20:48
expected and good luck to the future!
2022-01-04 20:49
bay bay
2022-01-04 20:56
#119
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Ukraine PeteZz
Didn't realize he was still there, tbf
2022-01-04 21:01
STOP FUCKING FLASHINGGGGGGGGGG
2022-01-04 21:08
Can't believe tarik won't be joining Stewie and Auti.. wtf?!
2022-01-04 21:14
1 reply
He's making so much money streaming
2022-01-04 23:51
was really hoping to see Stew and Tarik reunite in EG :( the energy of the two has always been insane
2022-01-04 21:18
1 reply
what exactly were u hoping to see when they reunited? The team finish in the bottom 4 every tournament? Mediocre practice schedule? Streaming valorant when they should be practicing csgo? I dont see what u could possibly be looking forward to...its weird
2022-01-05 07:23
Content king👑
2022-01-04 21:28
1 reply
TUROK GOAT
2022-01-04 23:00
announce the fucking roster
2022-01-04 21:33
in b4 he leaves cs to go play valorant in 100Thieves
2022-01-04 21:34
Imagine not playing for 8 months and still earn tons of money
2022-01-04 21:37
Kek
2022-01-04 21:39
#144
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South America XMTfml
2 years MORAL
2022-01-04 22:15
LULorant
2022-01-04 22:20
peanut brain
2022-01-04 22:23
Sign Bntet
2022-01-04 22:43
turok>all
2022-01-04 23:13
the gears are turning
2022-01-04 23:18
#164
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Norway CRINGEMAN
Gonna cry?
2022-01-04 23:19
naw
2022-01-04 23:20
Turok for eternal fire
2022-01-05 00:20
He's going to be an analyst (Not a coach) for Liquid. Easy money to read other teams and point out your own team's faults.
2022-01-05 00:24
1 reply
Cerq, ur aim sucks Brehze please be smarter if u want to outplay someone Some points like that?
2022-01-05 03:03
#178
hades | 
United States Perc
Pog
2022-01-05 01:12
#181
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Indonesia lukerey
Its gonna be a lot of time watching tarik play valorant and other games, also watch party valorant/CSGO tournaments. It always fun on his stream. GL further turok!
2022-01-05 02:00
Tarik is amazing and really has a good personality, I wish him nothing but the best in his future #Content King.
2022-01-05 02:29
Liquid tarik ? xD
2022-01-05 02:33
Goodbye legend😪
2022-01-05 02:39
goodbye king :<
2022-01-05 02:44
#190
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United States Rayduh
VALORANT :(
2022-01-05 03:40
stupid by him to switch to valorant where EU and SEA dominates in that game i think from last CHAMPIONS. NA valorant is going downhill compare to CS where they just beat NAVI before disband LUL
2022-01-05 04:17
2 replies
hes not switching tho. Hes streaming and he's like one of the biggest valorant streamers rn
2022-01-05 04:21
1 reply
doubt he will play valorant for fun now since he free agent if any team pick him up he will play valorant lcq since he look so serious now in his stream. still valorant will be dominates by EU and SEA or aguero team
2022-01-05 04:35
to Liquid ? or VaLULrant?
2022-01-05 05:24
#203
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North America FAZE_ROPZ
good riddance. nobody should pick him up, hes so bad now, dude cant even get free exit frag.
2022-01-05 05:57
Content King <3
2022-01-05 06:27
finally the other paycheck stealer leaves the team, now without the most unprofessional player, ethan, and now tarik, maybe EG can build a new roster.
2022-01-05 06:31
tarik 1 major niko 0 major tarik 1 major ropz 0 major tarik 1 major karrigan 0 major tarik 1 major zywoo 0 major tarik 1 major elige 0 major
2022-01-05 07:03
1 reply
#245
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North America FAZE_ROPZ
tarik 1 fluke major
2022-01-05 17:28
damn that was perhaps his last chance to stay in an NA org in the long term had he been in malek's roster... and now he's going to valorant streaming :(
2022-01-05 07:08
lol wtf tarik was still getting paid to play? holy shit...what a waste
2022-01-05 07:16
If he goes to Valorant NA CS won't be the same... :(
2022-01-05 07:27
wauw i totally forgot about this guy, what is he up to nowadays? last time i saw his stream a few months ago he was pugging with stew and m0e
2022-01-05 08:31
welcome to retirement valorant lul
2022-01-05 08:48
#217
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New Zealand SWARN151
Tarik seems to be really enjoying Valorant though. He's always been a streamer and I don't think he'd be interested in grinding CS on a tactical level for hours and hours anymore. All the best to Tarik. Hope for more great content <3
2022-01-05 08:53
I don't watch vaLULrant but he is still content king even on vaLULrant, funny af
2022-01-05 11:26
The American?? If I am not wrong he is Turkish.
2022-01-05 14:17
Bye :(
2022-01-05 14:40
another NA major winner going to valorant? or even worse wasting his talent playing pugs on his stream forever? or???
2022-01-05 16:00
thought he retired year ago lol
2022-01-05 17:14
sad
2022-01-05 18:02
Legend
2022-01-05 19:19
riperinho
2022-01-06 07:27
God tarik, what spoiled EG when tarik played there was that stanislaw bot...
2022-01-06 08:32
tarik 1 MAJORS zywhoo 0 MAJORS
2022-01-07 13:11
W
2022-01-10 10:55
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