flusha retires from competitive Counter-Strike
One of Sweden's best-ever players withdraws from the server after an 11-year-long career in Global Offensive.
EYEBALLERS have announced Robin "flusha" Rönnquist's decision to retire from competition, bringing an 11-year-long career in CS:GO to a close. The 30-year-old hangs up the mouse as one of the game's most accomplished players with 22 LAN trophies, three Majors, and four MVP awards.
The Swedish rifler rose to prominence in the early days of CS:GO as a cerebral and calculative rifler, able to win rounds on his own thanks to impossible clutches and flanks. An icon of the game, flusha claimed every notable trophy available and retires after a year spent trying to bring up Swedish talent with EYEBALLERS.
flusha put his name on the map in 2013 following fnatic's acquisition of ex-Epsilon in August. The roster consisted of figures such as Jesper "JW" Wecksell and Markus "pronax" Wallsten, two of the player he would share the majority of his success. The Swedes went on to surprise the early CS:GO scene with a victory at DreamHack Winter 2013, the game's first Major.
The team was unable to repeat their accomplishment over the next few months, and fnatic made the decision to overhaul their roster by acquiring Freddy "KRIMZ" Johansson and Olof "olofmeister" Kajbjer from LGB. The move catapulted fnatic to title contenders, and the Swedish quintet established their claim over the scene almost immediately.
flusha was one of the key members of this dynasty, helping his team claim 16 notable LAN trophies and two additional Majors at ESL One Katowice and ESL One Cologne 2015. The rifler claimed the MVP award at the latter following a lights-out performance over the whole event, worthy of an average 1.38 rating 1.0.
His style of play and proficiency in clutch situations — alongside several controversial clips — resulted in flusha being targeted with cheating allegations for the majority of his career and earned him the nickname Señor VAC.
flusha eventually left fnatic in 2016 to be a part of GODSENT's project alongside pronax and JW. The experiment failed to reignite the winning formula for the Swedes and the rifler returned to his old organization just six months later. The 30-year-old went on two years without a trophy, breaking his unsuccessful streak in 2018 alongside a new-look fnatic at IEM Katowice, where he claimed the MVP medal thanks to an iconic performance in the final against FaZe.
The Swede had another separate stint under the black and orange banner, returning in 2019 after a period with Cloud9 to help his Swedish comrades claim another title at DreamHack Masters Malmö. flusha spent a year in the wilderness after his final spell with fnatic, competing for GORILLAZ before reforming EYEBALLERS in 2022. The veteran linked up with JW once again, but this time with the specific aim of bringing up local talent from Sweden.
flusha attended a total of 87 LAN events throughout his career, winning 22 of them including three Majors. His individual accolades include four MVP awards as well as four appearances in the HLTV Top 20 list between 2013-16.
"For some time now I have felt a lack of motivation and also I’ve been having less and less fun while playing," flusha stated. "I also felt that EYEBALLERS needed some new blood so it was a mix of a lot, but I've been thinking about this for the last year and once you get these thoughts maybe it's right not to try to push it even more than what’s already done.
"It feels like the right time to stop now, I'm not very old compared to some others on the scene, but I've accomplished a lot and I'm happy with everything I've done. There isn't much more to do for me and if you don't enjoy it, it's pointless to stay on the server.
"I feel very satisfied with my career where I have been able to participate and win a lot, especially during my time in fnatic. But I also feel very satisfied that I have been able to play with teammates who have also become very good friends, especially JW and KRiMZ with whom I shared incredibly good memories."
flusha's placements in the HLTV Top 20 list:
Notable events won by flusha in CS:GO:
DreamHack Winter 2013
SLTV StarSeries X Finals (MVP)
FACEIT League Season 2 Finals
Fragbite Masters Season 3 Finals (MVP)
ESEA Invite Season 17 Global Finals
Inferno Online Pantamera Challenge
ESL One Katowice 2015
DreamHack Open Tours 2015
Gfinity 2015 Spring Masters 2
DreamHack Open Summer 2015
ESL ESEA Pro League Season 1 Finals
ESL One Cologne 2015 (MVP)
FACEIT League 2015 Stage 3 Final
Fragbite Masters Season 5 Finals
ESL ESEA Pro League Season 2 Finals
SL i-League StarSeries XIV Finals
ESL Barcelona CS:GO Invitational
IEM Katowice 2016
IEM Katowice 2018 (MVP)
WESG 2017 World Finals
DreamHack Masters Malmö 2019