LeX announces retirement

Former Virtus.pro captain Alexey "LeX" Kolesnikov has decided to call time on his gaming career.

The Russian veteran had been linked with retirement for several weeks because of his heart problems, which saw him being rushed to the hospital half way through Arbalet Cup Ukraine in October.

Following the disbandment of Virtus.pro in November, he became a free agent, acting as a stand-in for tp.uSports at Arbalet Cup Europe in what would be his last tournament.


Kolesnikov has now indicated his health problems as the motive behind the decision to hang up his mouse.

"I think it's no big secret the fact that all the tournaments and tight scheduled had been hard for me to deal with these past months," he told Gameinsuda.ua.

"Our ambitions, our desires and our goals, together with with great faith, hard work and constant analysis is the force that allows us to achieve the highest possible results in any business and is able to break any walls that come in our way - except for health.

"I can not continue playing actively. Now I need some time and effort to restore my health and regain vitality."

Moreover, the ex-Virtus.pro captain revealed that he will be in charge of the 2010 Arbalet Cup season, which will feature a staggering $100.000 prize purse.

Kolesnikov's gaming career had one of its highest moments in 2004, when Virtus.pro placed third at ESWC 2004 after shocking highly-favoured Schroet Kommando, who had dominated the scene the year before, on de_dust2 in the quarter-finals.

One year later, his team would confirm it was not a one-time thing as they won ACON5 in China after beating Bizounours in the final. However, Virtus.pro struggled to make their mark in international tournaments ever since, deciding to go back to their roots in December 2008 after a long period with Ukrainians on the team.

But those changes brought little improvement to the team, who ended up disbanding last month right after a disappointing run at WCG, with two of their players moving to UNiTED.

2009-12-22 01:22
sad to hear :/
2009-12-22 01:23
1 reply
He really is the best russian player of all time! for some years he was the best player in the world, atleast in my eyes!
2009-12-22 11:39
best russian player ever !
2009-12-22 01:24
8 replies
lol u r idiot sry...
2009-12-22 01:36
6 replies
Why is he an idiot? That's his opinion.
2009-12-22 01:52
2 replies
okay all im idiot sure.
2009-12-22 08:10
1 reply
hit the nail on the head
2009-12-22 15:22
No u are idiot for calling someone idiot that stated his opinion witch is absolutely true hes indeed the best Russian player ever
2009-12-22 03:17
shut up, thats his and my opinion
2009-12-22 05:12
fag ;f
2009-12-22 07:43
2009-12-22 03:24
gl :)
2009-12-22 01:24
see you soon in a comeback!
2009-12-22 01:27
Now he is organisator in Arbalet Cup's -)
2009-12-22 01:35
2009-12-22 01:34
Sad news for cs scene, gl IRL lex!
2009-12-22 01:35
Edward :D
2009-12-22 01:37
26 replies
lol u r idiot sry...
2009-12-22 05:23
3 replies
oh, rly ?
2011-02-15 17:38
2 replies
good one...hahahaha...
2011-02-15 17:48
O.O lol why are you replying me after 2 years XD... and Yeah, really, you admitted it yourself up above =D
2011-02-16 14:55
lol u r idiot sry...
2009-12-22 09:55
lol u r idiot sry...
2009-12-22 11:36
lol u r idiot sry...
2009-12-22 12:21
lol u r idiot sry...
2009-12-22 13:16
5 people from 5 different countries calling you an idiot.. doesn't feel good, DOES IT?
2009-12-22 14:18
lol u r idiot sry...
2009-12-22 14:40
lol u r idiot sry...
2009-12-22 15:15
lol u r idiot sry...
2009-12-22 15:28
2 replies
lol u r idiot sry...
2009-12-22 15:34
1 reply
lol u r idiot sry...
2009-12-22 16:58
lol u r idiot sry...
2009-12-22 15:48
lol u r idiot sry...
2009-12-22 17:16
lol u r idiot sry...
2009-12-22 19:57
lol u r idiot sry...
2009-12-22 20:00
lol u r idiot sry...
2009-12-22 20:39
lol u r idiot sry...
2009-12-22 21:41
lol u r idiot sry... Edward isn't russian
2009-12-23 12:07
lol u r idiot sry...
2009-12-23 12:08
lol u r idiot sry...
2009-12-23 12:54
lol u r idiot sry...
2009-12-23 13:48
lol u r idiot sry...
2009-12-25 01:40
2011-02-16 15:14
my favourite player in the world has stopped...life can't go on
2009-12-22 01:38
15 replies
i want to say... shut up, but admins will kill me
2009-12-22 01:43
14 replies
am I the only one that didn't understand your humor?
2009-12-22 01:44
10 replies
na me2
2009-12-22 01:47
me 3
2009-12-22 02:35
me 4
2009-12-22 05:13
me 5
2009-12-22 09:56
oh my gosh, whats funny in it? i was saying, "if i say shut up, admins will delete this comment or get me done" it isnt ment to be funny.
2009-12-22 12:16
3 replies
if it's not meant to be a joke then you got to be retarded
2009-12-22 14:15
2 replies
ahahah, ur the one who is retarded, i think i know my own post meaning better than you, dont you think? You're a freakin joke.
2009-12-22 15:07
1 reply
So why is the point of posting a "NOT MEANT TO BE A JOKE" and "I ONLY UNDERSTAND THAT" comment if it is only understood by you? That is retarded. By only reply with the same against me, tells that you indeed are childish and possibly even more retarded than I thought.
2009-12-22 23:30
me 6
2009-12-23 12:09
me 7
2009-12-25 01:42
dont worry, i found it funny
2009-12-22 10:58
1 reply
not ment to be a joke.
2009-12-22 12:17
your head was knocked by a truck in your childhood.how much cerebellum and medulla oblongata collectively when they were exposed after the skull is crushed
2009-12-23 03:16
2009-12-22 01:43
ul bro. :(
2009-12-22 01:51
Another legend falls. This time due to health problems. Long life LeX!
2009-12-22 01:52
Sad to see another great player Quits :[ GL in future in anything u plan to do.
2009-12-22 01:56
health problemAs :p
2009-12-22 01:58
28 replies
and are you laughing why? thats very sad :/
2009-12-22 05:17
27 replies
he's GOGOGOGOGOOGOGOG K1CK!!!111 excuse him
2009-12-22 08:31
21 replies
Portugal fanatic2k
? -.-
2009-12-22 10:00
1 reply
2009-12-22 13:07
first, i'm not a k1ck fanboy. have you ever seen me cheering for k1ck? then, stfu. not every portuguese people are fanboys, mkay?
2009-12-22 12:37
16 replies
go k1ck
2009-12-22 13:08
15 replies
are 13 years old or something?
2009-12-22 13:43
14 replies
2009-12-22 13:56
K1CK - 4 letters which makes my life better GO K1CK!
2009-12-22 14:01
11 replies
1 is not a letter, so its only three letters. and K appears two times so its only really two letters :P
2009-12-22 14:21
1 reply
1=i imo but okay GO K1CK ANYWAYZ
2009-12-22 14:52
u should get some new jokes..
2009-12-22 14:21
8 replies
I'll try to find some.
2009-12-22 14:52
7 replies
u do that, because u are not funny at all.
2009-12-22 16:30
6 replies
GO K1CK!!!!1111
2009-12-22 17:00
5 replies
2009-12-22 20:15
2 replies
LCSL best in Lathuania and better than Litvia and the rest of world, pinchobaltics world best!! braliukas pizdauskas zalgiris!!
2009-12-23 12:57
1 reply
are you mad ''mr.cooks taste good'' ?
2009-12-23 13:31
i rotfl with that one. seriously. ur the 1. unbeliable..
2009-12-22 20:16
11111 K1CK!!!!111
2009-12-22 20:50
ckN | 
Japan ckN
no, it's all about k1ck
2009-12-22 17:12
2009-12-22 20:34
1 reply
K1CK dude, K1CK!
2009-12-22 20:51
he is amused by the comic typing error of "problemAs" not at the actual content
2009-12-22 10:59
4 replies
for sure.
2009-12-22 12:36
in portuguese problemAs means problems so..
2009-12-22 16:28
2 replies
but the site is all english, and the story was about a russian person so there is no reason for it to be problemas, so it is funny. comprende? or is that spanish? :S im not good at telling between
2009-12-22 17:31
1 reply
yeah spanish and portuguese have somethings alike. but comprende is definitely spanish altough the word exist in portuguese. but he barely use it. on topic, i think that pt guy said that cause miraa typed the word wrong, because the word is almost the same in portuguese and english, thats why he use the A as capital. dont know if u get what i meant. :s
2009-12-22 20:15
extraordinary player. I allways like his dk hs.. he is sick
2009-12-22 02:04
Best of luck to him in the future, health above all! Moreover, the ex-Virtus.pro captain revealed that he will be in charge of the 2010 Arbalet Cup season, which will feature a staggering $100.000 prize purse. Very nice (y)
2009-12-22 02:04
Lex is DA_best, there is no more pro-players in russia like A.K. sad ////
2009-12-22 02:05
i don't know how the other countries feel, but when i think on russian cs there are only two names: lex and hooch gl lex to everything you do, thanks for being an unique player for all the time!
2009-12-22 02:26
:< <3 LeX
2009-12-22 02:29
1 reply
2009-12-22 05:17
unfortunate, but obviously his health is more important at this point. gl LeX
2009-12-22 02:29
So sad !!
2009-12-22 02:31
damn, he was such a sick player. :/ GL
2009-12-22 02:44
gl LeX, u are the best player in my heart, i hope you will be good soon, and you come back ;> FMR
2009-12-22 02:46
more and more older players retire and teams left without organization... being separated or disband
2009-12-22 02:51
That is just sad..
2009-12-22 02:54
LeX is one of my favorite players in all the time. Too bad he has to quit gaming due health reasons. I wish you good luck in your treatment and hope a comeback!
2009-12-22 02:57
one of the best deagles in the game
2009-12-22 02:57
aye #34 but you can't argue that his other weapons were all shithot too, it was truly spectacular watching him when he would get 2/3 frag rounds :)
2009-12-22 03:17
very sad, lex was an awesome player and an awesome guy too who always seemed passionate and dedicated to cs :(
2009-12-22 03:18
one of the best awp players , the very best USP player and one of the best ingame leaders ...
2009-12-22 03:20
SaD NEWS...FelT just SaDnesS :@ bt its r8..healTh is above all... i still REMEMBER ur DEAGLE HSs in 2004 ...1 of da PICK player of RUSSIA ...GG PLAYER.. GooD wishes 4 ur whole TREATMENT & still hoping for ur COMEBACK :)
2009-12-22 03:23
One of the greats, and so passionate. Sad to see him go. Hope your health gets back on track. pz
2009-12-22 04:14
Lesha already did excellent job in the past now lets hope his health better!! <3 LeX -the king of the east EU
2009-12-22 05:12
long life lex! gl best russian awp ever <3
2009-12-22 05:14
Bulgaria FAVORITE!
Aleksey '' Lex ''Kolesnikov [ak47]
2009-12-22 05:45
saddest I have ever felt on any cs player's retirement..... He was my favorite and surely of many others...one of the best players of our times..and easily THE BEST to come out of russia....The only reason I followed virtus's progress... Good luck in organizing arbalet cups..and hope your health gets better. :)
2009-12-22 06:07
GL in future
2009-12-22 07:20
if ANY retired russian player are going to return sometime, i hope its 400KG. Gl hf lex ;) you've done good
2009-12-22 07:23
for me Lesha will always be Russian KpoBb !!! the man that proved he can go wcg with a bunch of randoms and make a great impression :).
2009-12-22 08:27
Maybe some day he will comeback.
2009-12-22 08:32
gg. I didn't like him ever :D
2009-12-22 08:46
17 replies
get lost latvian noob
2009-12-22 09:39
12 replies
Gratz. You know flag's !
2009-12-22 10:32
Morocco dest-
get lost russian conscript
2009-12-22 14:57
10 replies
oh look, a german is flaming someone!
2009-12-22 19:05
9 replies
Morocco dest-
german? nice bait rofl, but i guess its not a bait and ur just stupid
2009-12-22 23:14
8 replies
He tried to make a joke after that someone was already mentioning other's flag-knowledge.
2009-12-23 12:59
1 reply
Morocco dest-
u just got double baited, gj
2009-12-23 14:48
oh look, a german is baiting someone! what does it feel like to live in an appendix of france?
2009-12-23 16:54
5 replies
Morocco dest-
the fact that u thought that my flag is german, says enough about you and your "intelligence" (not sure i can call it intelligence in ur case). and apparently u dont even dare to display ur country, which says even more :] keep trying
2009-12-23 20:11
4 replies
ROFL that was the funniest comeback i've ever seen. who would call germany "an appendage of france"? the only way for you to not look like a complete tool now is to type something like "double baited", even though nobody's going to believe it.
2009-12-24 03:52
3 replies
Morocco dest-
"oh look, a german is flaming someone!" thats what u said retard, ur the one making urself look stupid lmao, gj anyways, not wasting my time with an unknowner like u anymore x
2009-12-24 22:36
2 replies
at first you said i was baiting "german? nice bait" , but then you said i indeed think you're german. erm? "unknowner" "destz0r"
2009-12-25 19:16
1 reply
Morocco dest-
"german? nice bait rofl, but i guess its not a bait and ur just stupid" thats what i said, read the whole sentence next time. how stupid can people get :') and its normal im an unknowner to u, ur probably from some unknown shit country and thats why ur flag is not set :] discussion ended. for real.
2009-12-27 01:11
gg i didn't like you ever
2009-12-22 13:18
3 replies
I don't give a damn. Sorry !
2009-12-22 15:12
2 replies
and do you think he does? ..
2009-12-22 15:45
1 reply
I don't care amigo :a
2009-12-22 16:40
He was always my favourite russian player
2009-12-22 09:25
lex is madfragger. sorry to hear this... good luck in future
2009-12-22 09:40
gl lex
2009-12-22 09:42
welcome to geriatrics club m8 :P
2009-12-22 09:43
he was one of the smartest players ever and probably the best russian player ever, gl irl
2009-12-22 10:17
Without any doubt a great player!
2009-12-22 10:33
another example of our helplessness against health problems... luckily helplessness only to some extent which merely triggered retirement from cs playing... Best of luck in the future LeX gg
2009-12-22 10:36
one of the best,or the best russian player! good luck in the future and with your health!
2009-12-22 10:58
gl in the future
2009-12-22 11:18
Is this a picture from ESWC?
2009-12-22 11:34
1 reply
2009-12-22 11:55
so sad to hear this..gl LeX =(
2009-12-22 11:36
He'll be back,I can see it :)
2009-12-22 11:40
he'll come back^^
2009-12-22 11:41
Aleksey K. Thanks for the everything. You was very good player in Russia, Europe and in the World. We will miss your game-style. Good luck in the future.
2009-12-22 11:54
It is sad, but I think in the near future many players will finish the game. When you the adult it is time to think already of a life, instead of about game. it's very bad,but it's a life. Veterans leave, young players come. But SpawN too left))has returned after all)
2009-12-22 12:14
nice to watch u man. gl in ur future
2009-12-22 12:20
He will come back for 2010 :)
2009-12-22 12:22
I am sure that he will come back =)
2009-12-22 12:23
Health is more important than career :) P.S. edit: "problems", not problemas :)
2009-12-22 12:34
Sad news :(
2009-12-22 12:38
Nooooo! :( One of CS gigants of all time leave us. Good luck LeX! Hope everything will be great :D
2009-12-22 12:58
he remembers me Marc Vivien Foe the football player of Cameroon agreat player whit problems of health. and finally he died in the middle of one match ... youtube.com/watch?v=tS43u5Yczag&feature=..
2009-12-22 13:00
1 reply
2009-12-22 13:08
2009-12-22 13:36
He will come back.believe me
2009-12-22 13:49
GOODBYE and thank you :)
2009-12-22 14:10
Argentina sebaxinho
with him you got all pistol rounds in the pocket, with his usp :)))) gl
2009-12-22 14:18
that is sad news :( very sad. he's like a livin legend y'know? best russian player and leader, no doubt. thank u for all u done, good luck.
2009-12-22 14:22
gj Alex :P
2009-12-22 14:36
Best player. CS scene will miss you. Nothing to watch for me now.
2009-12-22 15:01
good luck lex
2009-12-22 15:11
Long life, LeX ! :)
2009-12-22 15:16
gg Lex!
2009-12-22 15:34
i think that the only elite players who'll never come back are guys like HeatoN, XeqtR or vesslan. But LeX.. It's just a matter of time (hopefully) ^^
2009-12-22 15:48
GL Lex, great player!
2009-12-22 16:07
LeX is one of my favorite players in all the time. sad:/
2009-12-22 16:13
sad to see him go
2009-12-22 16:17
gl LeX
2009-12-22 16:45
great captain
2009-12-22 16:45
cs is going down...Some people start feeling themselves...gratz
2009-12-22 16:54
gl and hp high:P
2009-12-22 17:11
gl lex and wait for a respawn :*
2009-12-22 17:16
only 1 pro in ru CS - LeX.
2009-12-22 17:54
underrated player... i mean he was the best awper in cs period. i remember him raping frod in 2005 when frod was the best of the best... lex was damn damn good with awp and every other weapon unlike frod... he definately was one of the all time greats... but as his team never really dominated the international scene then i guess people won't really talk about him as the best ever...
2009-12-22 18:38
3 replies
I can't agree more, mate. :)
2009-12-22 18:53
I agree.....
2009-12-22 21:40
I agree What a talent
2009-12-26 15:59
sad news T____T gl lex!!
2009-12-22 18:48
he did ingame lead and also lead his team with fragging alot of times. he was a beast, sad for russia.
2009-12-22 19:26
Lesha K you best <333333 GL in real life
2009-12-22 21:07
2009-12-22 21:07
LeX is one of my favorite players in all the time.Lex come back)
2009-12-22 23:19
there goes russia #1 player :( gl
2009-12-23 00:25
Take care Lex it was pleasure to meet you at tournaments , you are great guy , take care and have fun in life :)
2009-12-23 00:27
good call this game is about to die
2009-12-23 02:56
One of the best players in the world , good luck lex!
2009-12-23 10:43
gl !
2009-12-23 12:10
One of the best players in the world.Very bad news(
2009-12-24 10:43
In my opinion Alexey "LeX" not only one of the best Russian players but he is Very charismatic person! Goodluck!
2009-12-24 16:08
best luck Lex
2009-12-24 20:23
gl LeX :(
2009-12-25 12:39
tooooo saddddd
2009-12-25 17:11
gl lex :(
2009-12-25 23:11
sad :(
2009-12-26 02:17
The Legend
2009-12-26 14:32
lol u r idiot sry...
2009-12-26 16:20
LeX best awp!!
2009-12-28 18:26
What does you men wit "lol u r idiot sry..."
2009-12-28 18:31
Good healin LeX. we will be waiting for u
2009-12-30 12:47
LeX Sally Snoop F_1N HEL1 gold line-up of VP
2009-12-30 16:07
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