MSL announces retirement
The storied in-game leader has called time on a career that spanned over 10 years.
Mathias "MSL" Lauridsen has announced his retirement as a player, ending a Counter-Strike career that started back in Source. The Dane suggested that his next adventure would come outside of the Counter-Strike scene, but did not rule out a future return.
"It would be an obvious choice for me, to become a coach, but for now I feel that something else is calling," the 28-year-old stated in an Instagram post. "I might be back at some point."
The Dane then embarked on a journey that would span the next 10 years of the game, playing for big-name organizations like Dignitas, North, and OpTic in that time. During his career MSL attended nine Majors and won seven significant events, one of which was DreamHack Masters Stockholm 2018, where he also secured his singular HLTV MVP award.
MSL also helped bring through Danish talent in his time in the game, aiding the development of the likes of Emil "Magisk" Reif and Kristian "k0nfig" Wienecke as they made some of their earliest steps into tier one play.
In the latter stages of his career, MSL struggled to find himself a home where he could compete in the upper echelons, spending largely fruitless stints with the likes of Tokyo Revengers, TITANS, and Sashi.
"I'm happy that I got to make my hobby into my work," said MSL of his retirement. "I’m even happier that I reached some of my dreams and got to lift trophies on some of the biggest stages, I will cherish those moments when I get old, but for now it's onto new adventures."
Notable LAN events won by MSL in CS:GO:
WESG 2016 Europe & CIS Regional Finals
DreamHack Open Montreal 2017
DreamHack Open Tours 2018
DreamHack Open Valencia 2018
DreamHack Masters Stockholm 2018 (HLTV MVP)
DreamHack Open Summer 2019