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.