Sonic retires from CS:GO

The 23-year-old hangs up his mouse after helping put South African Counter-Strike on the map.

After stepping back from CS:GO over six months ago, Aran "⁠Sonic⁠" Groesbeek has formally announced his retirement from professional play, bringing an end to an eight-year long career that included stints on Bravado, Cloud9, and Extra Salt.

Sonic rose to acclaim in South Africa in 2014 and 2015, tearing up the local scene as a 16-year-old AWPing talent as a part of Energy. His performance put him on the radar of Bravado, who had made a handful of international appearances over the previous year, and he was quickly picked up as the team looked to continue climbing the ranks.

After finding success domestically but faltering in larger tournaments, Project Destiny was born, an initiative to move the Bravado lineup to North America that came to fruition at the start of 2018.

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Project Destiny: Bravado's search for "real Counter-Strike"
Sonic was one of South Africa's most promising talents

Sonic continued to be a standout player for the lineup as they began to develop their abilities in North America and steadily improved their results in international events, most notably making a run to the grand final of DreamHack Open Winter 2018 after topping their group over OpTic and G2.

In 2019, the team moved to ATK and added Josh "⁠oSee⁠" Ohm and Ricky "⁠floppy⁠" Kemery, impressing at ESL Pro League Season 10 Finals which led to being signed by Cloud9. Results began to fall off as the online era got underway however, and after the team were dismissed by the organization at the end of the year, Extra Salt came knocking, with that version of the lineup impressing domestically throughout 2020.

Results again dipped at the end of the year though, and after grinding the game for over eight years, Sonic announced that he would be taking a break from competition as floppy returned from VALORANT to join the lineup.

Sonic at the time stated that "things have been hard for me mentally in recent times and so I wish to step away and recollect my thoughts." After six months away, he has now confirmed he will not return to competition and will instead focus on pursuing his other passion of business in America, bringing an end to his professional CS:GO career.

United States Josh 'oSee' Ohm
Josh 'oSee' Ohm
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.11
Maps played:
1057
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.62
South Africa Aran 'Sonic' Groesbeek
Aran 'Sonic' Groesbeek
Age:
23
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
940
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.64
United States Ricky 'floppy' Kemery
Ricky 'floppy' Kemery
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
779
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.66
Sad
2022-04-13 21:26
3 replies
#162
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Yugoslavia Acceb
Should have stayed humble and built up bravado. Instead got bought out and partied
2022-04-14 00:33
1 reply
+1 sad
2022-04-14 18:16
Very sad
2022-04-14 00:51
bye
2022-04-13 21:26
1 reply
Time for real job
2022-04-14 04:33
so young :(
2022-04-13 21:26
#5
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United States notawaffle
was so goated on extra salt
2022-04-13 21:26
2 replies
He'll be missed :(
2022-04-13 21:47
1 reply
#119
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United States cybonics
:( no doubt
2022-04-13 23:07
#6
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Laos Tven9s
Goodbye :((
2022-04-13 21:26
#7
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United States post_poster
Millionaire business grindset is eternal... but we will still miss you
2022-04-13 21:27
2 replies
#29
oSee | 
Canada RelayS
He still owns facebook.
2022-04-13 21:30
#40
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Sweden Cveta
He is gonna invest in the rare fish market
2022-04-13 21:35
#8
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Bulgaria goshyy
Unexpected af
2022-04-13 21:27
#10
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Australia sh4ww
Valorante time? Very sad
2022-04-13 21:28
16 replies
did you read the tweet lmao
2022-04-13 21:29
mens read the tweet, he's going to do business
2022-04-13 21:29
he said he wants to pursue a career in business
2022-04-13 21:29
#31
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United States Festive_
read the article
2022-04-13 21:31
#35
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United Kingdom _xC4ctus
aussie education OMEGALUL
2022-04-13 21:33
6 replies
we ahve gareat eduacatiosn!!!
2022-04-14 00:36
5 replies
+1
2022-04-14 05:42
2 replies
Do they teach how to speedrun GTA V over there?
2022-04-14 09:50
1 reply
if they did he would actually be good at it
2022-04-14 12:22
+1 Stup wosteng tallend gou englando teechah
2022-04-15 17:13
1 reply
name checks out :)
2022-04-15 17:24
When 4 NAs tells you to fucking read something correctly then you know u fucked up xd
2022-04-13 21:41
4 replies
#53
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United States Zedsamcat
You insulted my people... but yes
2022-04-13 21:46
i actually laughed out loud from your comment XD
2022-04-13 22:04
1 reply
<3
2022-04-13 23:01
lmao
2022-04-14 05:22
man :(
2022-04-13 21:29
#14
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Finland Anslebus
Ggwp Sonic!
2022-04-13 21:29
VALORANTE
2022-04-13 21:29
2 replies
read the article
2022-04-13 23:02
#138
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Canada Sneksist
Illiteracy detected please learn to read the article before commenting.
2022-04-13 23:25
#16
ropz | 
Hungary Doybik
How can anyone be passionate about business? But good luck to him.
2022-04-13 21:29
10 replies
about money*
2022-04-13 21:29
7 replies
#77
ropz | 
Hungary Doybik
Yeah, I guess so, kind of a weird American attitude if you ask me, but whatever.
2022-04-13 22:04
6 replies
Business is an American thing?
2022-04-13 22:40
2 replies
Business is only done in America confirmed by European HLTV users
2022-04-13 22:43
No but they are the ones who would deify businessmen like Steve Jobs & co.
2022-04-13 22:44
“Weird American attitude” So business is only done in America and the guy who wants pursue a career in it isn’t even American.
2022-04-13 22:43
2 replies
But he goes there to pursue it.
2022-04-13 22:45
1 reply
Better opportunity? Lol I’m sure he can get it fine in South Africa but there are more opportunities and able to make more money in NA than South Africa.
2022-04-13 22:47
MILLIONAIRE GRINDSET 😤
2022-04-13 23:05
it's good
2022-04-14 00:24
didnt even notice he was playing lol
2022-04-13 21:29
#18
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Croatia buc0o0o
Didn't watch him at all, but 23 years old and retire :( FeelsBadMan.
2022-04-13 21:29
#19
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England Jerry2805
Giga chad
2022-04-13 21:29
gl
2022-04-13 21:29
hes 23???????? WTF
2022-04-13 21:30
Bye men :(
2022-04-13 21:30
Not even Valorant his other passion a business degree. lol
2022-04-13 21:30
4 replies
Nothing but respect to him.
2022-04-13 22:44
3 replies
Hey look guy came to America played a professional video game for a couple years and is now pursuing a degree. That's awesome it's just funny the way it's worded.
2022-04-13 22:46
2 replies
It’s what makes him happy. It is a different path but hey it’s just someone being passionate. I’m sure he will still play cs in his free time and pug with friends. JT and oSee pug a lot or they used too. You’re right though normally the fairytale like these in NA start with athletes working as a janitor or something and find out they love baseball or football and can throw a ball 95 mph or run like the flash.
2022-04-13 22:49
+1 it is indeed funny
2022-04-14 21:36
The best south African player by a country mile, even if the scene there is small. He CARRIED atk and was pretty damn good on extra salt too. Such a shame that the team split up, he'd be a much better piece than grim atm (for example) but as with most things one's health takes precedence. Best of luck to him and his future careers!
2022-04-13 21:32
1 reply
+1 he did a great job as second awp, when he had a good day he destroyed teams
2022-04-14 00:12
inb4 he starts selling NFTs
2022-04-13 21:31
#33
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Finland AliSabid
rip!
2022-04-13 21:32
best ginger player in history of cs 🙏
2022-04-13 21:33
#36
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Denmark nicram64
who
2022-04-13 21:33
1 reply
#285
nilo | 
Sweden toddn
Zonic
2022-04-15 13:59
F for South Africa
2022-04-13 21:34
Good luck on this new journey, Sonic
2022-04-13 21:35
#41
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Sweden Cveta
GL
2022-04-13 21:36
Very sad.
2022-04-13 21:36
Sonic's ptsd starting to kick in, so he gotta get ....
2022-04-13 21:36
#44
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Europe Vallon5(1)
F
2022-04-13 21:40
No one cars
2022-04-13 21:42
Sonic(( but gl in business
2022-04-13 21:44
F
2022-04-13 21:43
#49
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United States stotte
Thanks for helping NA CS Sonic. We appreciate you. Pretty sure Sonic is gonna chase the American dream harder than this generation's useless whiny zoomers
2022-04-13 21:44
15 replies
There is no american dream
2022-04-13 21:53
14 replies
#81
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United States stotte
ogey
2022-04-13 22:13
Typically said by those who just sit at home and do nothing lol
2022-04-13 22:45
12 replies
or by people lucid enough to see their actual prospects in the first world
2022-04-14 00:24
10 replies
American dream definitely exists lol. But hey people would rather do nothing.
2022-04-14 00:49
9 replies
it exists in your head and for people who are already rich perhaps, but no normal person could currently buy a house and make their way without enormous crushing debt. It exists maybe in some developing countries with less service-based economies where land value is low and the most ordinary workers can actually earn enough to make their way ez. Worldwide this is rare and obviously not "American" though.
2022-04-14 00:54
5 replies
You definitely can with a proper support system if you're not wealthy. But many people don't have that unfortunately.
2022-04-14 01:36
3 replies
I don't think that's the "american dream" isn't the whole point that it's supposedly possible by yourself, starting from nothing?
2022-04-14 01:38
2 replies
I don't think so. To me it's always been about upward mobility, you don't have to do it yourself.
2022-04-14 01:40
1 reply
#191
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United States Glawk69
late to this convo but unfortunately, the United States is a classist system favoring social capital over true merit. Upward mobility is only possible for those that get very lucky or have the proper emotional and or monetary support in pursuing careers like a physician, corporate law (lawyers don't make shit unless you come out of a T15), IB, PE, etc. And good lucky paying the debt from those graduate programs :)
2022-04-14 03:05
“Exists in your head” Lol fuck off dude There are countless instances of people living the American Dream by either moving to America if they weren’t from the states and working hard enough to live the life they want. It may not be as prominent as it used to be but it still exists.
2022-04-14 10:35
#240
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Denmark sNju
Yes and you can win the lottery. Or you can be an F1 driver. Even with the most insane work ethic, and grind, you might be fucking unlucky and fall through.
2022-04-14 09:50
2 replies
That is true but doesn’t change the fact nowadays people just want handouts.
2022-04-14 10:36
1 reply
#257
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Denmark sNju
Nah, people generally just want to be treated fair and with respect. When treated fair, most people don't care if they drive a VW or a Mercedes. Enough money to live a worry-free life, a few vacations per year, a house etc. There's atleast one study showing that after a certain amount of income, getting more won't make you happier. The american dream is like religion or the lottery. It's a way to satisfy the poor, so they won't steal the wealth from the rich. If you are poor, and have no hope, then you have nothing to lose.
2022-04-14 13:07
Happy he can get an MBA/business degree though Good luck Sonic on life outside Counter-Strike and wish you the best whatever happens!
2022-04-13 21:44
Thank You Sonic for helping put South Africa up there in the top 30 rankings Much love my man and good luck <3
2022-04-13 21:44
rip he was really fun to watch
2022-04-13 21:44
Actually sad, he was really decent
2022-04-13 21:47
WH OMEGALUL
2022-04-13 21:47
Who?
2022-04-13 21:48
Rip South African goat
2022-04-13 21:49
#60
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Poland B0rdo
gl
2022-04-13 21:51
Other passions: Business. Yikes
2022-04-13 21:52
1 reply
Respect him
2022-04-14 05:56
Will be missed
2022-04-13 21:52
#65
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Vietnam andy_
23 and retiring? LFAMOOOOOOOO
2022-04-13 21:53
#66
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Bosnia and Herzegovina Biske
Big f for south africa GL
2022-04-13 21:53
Wasted talent he will regret this decision hes whole life
2022-04-13 21:53
4 replies
LOL What is he going to do in a few years? Make $500 a month on an analyst desk? CS is not a real profession
2022-04-13 23:51
3 replies
Play cs and invest salary ezpz
2022-04-13 23:53
2 replies
Assuming there’s just one new player every week that becomes as good as him, he wouldn’t even be top 1000 NA by 30. Not so ez
2022-04-14 00:21
1 reply
Sure :D na cs is dead anyways so there is no one coming up
2022-04-14 00:25
NOOOOOOOOOOOOO
2022-04-13 21:54
that sucks, he was a solid player
2022-04-13 21:58
mario better sadly
2022-04-13 21:58
#74
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Norway TheDEA
Good luck with your future endevours!
2022-04-13 22:00
good luck
2022-04-13 22:02
The extra salt lineup in its first iteration was a solid team to work off, they couldve achieved so much had they stuck together. Sad to see sonic go and gl with his future endeavors
2022-04-13 22:07
#80
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Germany ChRiZOwow
Hes gonna be DJ 32K a month Italian gf
2022-04-13 22:11
#82
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Korea Axiotimos
Literally no one cares
2022-04-13 22:13
NOOOO MY COMMONWEALTH BROTHER IS LEAVING US D:
2022-04-13 22:13
#85
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Other rssyo
Good luck brother
2022-04-13 22:16
#86
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Finland Cucumber))
sad day for south african counter strike
2022-04-13 22:24
Damn it’s actually sad GL tho <3
2022-04-13 22:25
I don't want to sound rude but WHO?
2022-04-13 22:27
sonic 2 came out in cinemas and he retires? Coincidence? I don't think so
2022-04-13 22:28
Irrelevant
2022-04-13 22:30
2 replies
like brazil scene
2022-04-14 14:33
1 reply
are u mad? cuz im not. btw, brazil 2 majors, south africa ????????
2022-04-14 17:02
#92
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Luxembourg kindo
bruh sonic was my fav south africa player F we gonna miss you chief
2022-04-13 22:34
Sad, he was actually pretty good too.
2022-04-13 22:36
Sad for the South African scene :(
2022-04-13 22:38
who?
2022-04-13 22:44
#107
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United States ILOVEFEET
loved him on extra salt. very sad to see but he will do well for himself :)
2022-04-13 22:46
Best of luck Sonic
2022-04-13 22:54
Lol he is young probably he can play in America
2022-04-13 22:58
#115
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Poland Kobel_
Bravado moving to US was 2018? wow time flies
2022-04-13 23:04
#117
arT | 
Brazil Ferba
Expected, did not like his movies
2022-04-13 23:06
#118
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Turkey _TT
tbh thats sad
2022-04-13 23:07
#120
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United States Topher
sigma move
2022-04-13 23:08
After 2 movies and a decent cs career the legend hangs up his big red shoes. Such sad news.
2022-04-13 23:12
4 replies
kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk it took me like a few seconds wtf are people talking about movies
2022-04-14 00:06
3 replies
#259
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Denmark sNju
Toilet cleaner fucked your brain up bro ...
2022-04-14 13:11
2 replies
respect toilet cleaners bro even hpx for danish pro become janitor after cs
2022-04-14 13:58
1 reply
#286
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Denmark sNju
I didn't mean any disrespect, I love clean toilets. But remember your mask!
2022-04-15 15:24
#124
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United States cybonics
Best of luck to your future endeavors, Sonic. Hopefully we'll still see you around. <3
2022-04-13 23:12
#125
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Poland Hanse
wadafak
2022-04-13 23:13
ok but what about Knuckles???
2022-04-13 23:14
#134
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Poland dejmanOOO
rip
2022-04-13 23:22
bad move tbh, solid player and 5 years left of career at least if business is ur passion, join cs team and make bread wtf what u gonna do instead??
2022-04-13 23:23
1 reply
#202
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Sweden dogtown
he wants to work for the next 50 years of his life insted of playing games for a living in his early years.. Its a smart decision... LOL
2022-04-14 04:21
sad to see him go, but wish him the best
2022-04-13 23:23
#140
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United Kingdom wellhyper
Made 2 decent films, hope he comes back for the 3rd.
2022-04-13 23:33
gl
2022-04-13 23:50
:( sad
2022-04-14 00:02
#147
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Malaysia AtPdTrZ
i Guess were stuck with Grim
2022-04-14 00:03
#150
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Finland FlNLAND
Fortnite retires from CSGO
2022-04-14 00:11
Big F for the legend, gl in his next endevours
2022-04-14 00:13
NOOOOO((((((( underrated player
2022-04-14 00:15
the hedgehog lost his rings :(
2022-04-14 00:16
#160
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Hungary TheBudi34
RIP Bravado
2022-04-14 00:26
#163
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Spain Belinda
23 and retired, very sad
2022-04-14 00:34
This kinda sucks honestly. Everyone keeps saying he should replace Grim, but honestly he was a solid enough AWP he should replace junior. He at least had some pretty good gamesense.
2022-04-14 00:42
Well all know He comes back retired They say
2022-04-14 00:52
sad
2022-04-14 01:04
right after the movie? just cuz rich
2022-04-14 01:11
Legend
2022-04-14 01:18
#176
NEO | 
Guatemala izquse
F
2022-04-14 01:25
#177
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Russia avvakum
bruh
2022-04-14 01:27
+respect
2022-04-14 01:35
who?
2022-04-14 01:37
the f
2022-04-14 01:47
#184
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North America NoReply
F
2022-04-14 01:54
Why
2022-04-14 02:15
Literally no one cared about this player for years, every news he received was ignored. Glad he retired, so he gets no news no more.
2022-04-14 02:19
2 replies
#260
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Denmark sNju
Could you be more German?
2022-04-14 13:12
jesus christ just go to bed
2022-04-15 15:31
Damn, he had some promise. Hope he does well with whatever path he chooses! GL Sonic!!
2022-04-14 02:44
sad
2022-04-14 02:52
Who?
2022-04-14 02:54
who?
2022-04-14 03:32
#198
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Denmark Rubix__
all the best for your new career
2022-04-14 03:47
So much respect for this man. So sad to see him leave
2022-04-14 03:48
#200
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Australia poppyxox
‘business in america’
2022-04-14 04:02
1 reply
#203
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Sweden dogtown
aka coke and speed.
2022-04-14 04:21
wow
2022-04-14 04:06
F
2022-04-14 04:37
And nothing of value was lost
2022-04-14 04:43
Good luck
2022-04-14 05:30
HLTV stop troll pls! No one knows who this sonic is, you just make an article because he got the same name as the goat. Is this sonic even a pro?
2022-04-14 05:44
4 replies
#213
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Brazil eyeShot
only ignorant in CS GO don't know Sonic my friend... 😎 the only thing the player would like was some thanks or some memory and an unfortunate appears to me to try to offend and diminish the player... god give us patience... another thing, every CS player that retires or goes down to Valorant, we all lose my friend, it's not just five or ten... we all lose... he deserves more respect...
2022-04-14 05:58
2 replies
My friend.. Its not even the first time he retires, HLTV did the same prank some time ago. My critic is for hltv, not this lesser sonic guy.
2022-04-14 07:34
1 reply
#279
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Brazil eyeShot
Oh yes, okay man...
2022-04-14 21:07
#234
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Russia Nolo
+1
2022-04-14 09:21
#212
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Brazil eyeShot
Sonic, thank you so much for everything, a hug from the CS GO community... 👍🏻👍🏻
2022-04-14 05:55
who cars
2022-04-14 05:59
RIP :((
2022-04-14 06:17
mannn :( GG to the best ZA player
2022-04-14 06:58
#219
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China RADNIKEY
Too early((
2022-04-14 07:26
#222
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India Tritium
sad
2022-04-14 07:44
noooo :(((
2022-04-14 07:48
Zonic retires? Welp
2022-04-14 08:11
Leaving Tales and Knuckles, smh
2022-04-14 08:28
#231
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Estonia Kukkel
True story >csgo >business you can only pick one
2022-04-14 09:15
#232
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Russia Nolo
Who?
2022-04-14 09:20
Damn. I'll always remember that 3k he had against t5 nobodies. Rip a legend
2022-04-14 09:20
i am not racist yea , but if he from Africa why he white?
2022-04-14 09:21
1 reply
#243
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Germany Sonnabend
There are Millions of white people in South Africa
2022-04-14 10:11
Honestly these cs retirements dont mean anything half the time, wouldnt be surprised if he ends up playing again
2022-04-14 09:34
#241
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France MIK120
sadge
2022-04-14 10:03
#242
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Germany Sonnabend
Hope he finds success in whatever he does now.
2022-04-14 10:10
Gl
2022-04-14 10:37
Oh My God! Who the hell cares?! (c) Peter Griffin
2022-04-14 12:02
#254
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India Afzi_
Now he can roll around collecting coins peacefully.
2022-04-14 12:27
sad for african cs only JT left
2022-04-14 13:30
#269
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Czech Republic Luckjeen
sad, gl in future bro
2022-04-14 15:27
Rip goat
2022-04-14 15:56
who
2022-04-14 17:52
Finally
2022-04-15 00:39
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