MSL announces retirement

The storied in-game leader has called time on a career that spanned over 10 years.

MSL was competing in the earliest days of Global Offensive

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."

MSL began his career in Counter-Strike: Source, before moving across to Global Offensive. His first notable team was Anexis, with whom he attended some of Global Offensive’s first Big Events.

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.

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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:

Ukraine WESG 2016 Europe & CIS Regional Finals
Russia EPICENTER: Moscow
Canada DreamHack Open Montreal 2017
France DreamHack Open Tours 2018
Spain DreamHack Open Valencia 2018
Sweden DreamHack Masters Stockholm 2018 (HLTV MVP)
Sweden DreamHack Open Summer 2019

Denmark Mathias 'MSL' Lauridsen
Mathias 'MSL' Lauridsen
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Denmark Kristian 'k0nfig' Wienecke
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Finland Kurkku))
2023-09-21 23:53
9 replies
Pretty much
2023-09-22 01:33
7 replies
Dreamhack stockholm 2018 was such a crazy event. North came to the tournament as one of the worst team, MSL was always memed for being a BOT IGL and somehow they just decided to be the best team in the world for a single event and trash prime astralis, with MSL having absurd crazy performances through the event. Absolutely unreal. Rest well MSL, you are a legend! I will never forget DH stockholm 2018!
2023-09-22 04:47
6 replies
Canada Bucket0
msl finally went back to the awp and it actually worked. crazy times
2023-09-22 06:27
Denmark Jeffersond
True! Amazing tourney
2023-09-22 06:39
you forgot to mention that event was right before the major so everyone was saving strats except them because they werent going to the major
2023-09-22 07:46
3 replies
Sweden Mullden
2023-09-22 08:02
THIS "trashed prime Astralis" which was impressive nonetheless but lets not assume Astralis were showing their full playbook right before their first Major of this new roster. And North? I don't even find them in the Minors. I'd say Zeus 30-bombing Astralis in Cologne 2018 was more impressive.
2023-09-22 16:20
1 reply
They won 16-1 in D2, a mal which they Had lost against Astralis in the group Stage. So yeah, they did thrash Astralis in the finals
2023-09-22 21:04
Brazil Necro_Spa
i remember him outawping device two times and him reverse sweeping a match after getting 16-0d all in the same tournament
2023-09-22 04:18
I thought he was already. He played on pug mix for the last 3 years.
2023-09-21 23:55
1 reply
The 10th MSL retirement
2023-09-22 09:51
rip baldSL, coach soon!
2023-09-21 23:54
1 reply
Ahh such a shame, hes been large part of a cs:go history. Rest well balding king 👑👴
2023-09-26 08:44
rip to the best dh open farmer
2023-09-21 23:55
2 replies
2023-09-22 04:34
Bulgaria danielgtg
FaZe UP babyyyyy #FaZeUP #FaZeUP #FaZeUP #FaZeUP #FaZeUP #FaZeUP #FaZeUP #FaZeUP #FaZeUP #FaZeUP #FaZeUP #FaZeUP #FaZeUP #FaZeUP #FaZeUP #FaZeUP #FaZeUP #FaZeUP
2023-09-22 10:00
Kazakhstan Kazachstan
time to sell coaching sessons for 500$ for a living now
2023-09-21 23:55
5 replies
550 $ because of the inflation and his new cs2 knowledge.
2023-09-21 23:56
Denmark Saithz
My thoughts exactly xd
2023-09-21 23:58
I would pay him 5 dollars to teach me how to do his hairstyle 😂😂
2023-09-22 01:35
2023-09-22 12:09
LOL forgot about this
2023-09-22 14:54
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Poland ScR1337
2023-09-21 23:55
8 years too late DreamHack Open merchant
2023-09-21 23:58
enjoy retirement king.
2023-09-21 23:57
2023-09-21 23:58
Germany FAN_BIG
I am glad I took his coaching lesson back then for 500€. Now im faceit level 3 and struggle to pay my rent. 10/10 would buy again!
2023-09-21 23:59
4 replies
Armenia VirtusNo
because of 500 dollars you struggle with rent?
2023-09-22 00:00
3 replies
Germany FAN_BIG
Yea but it was worth it. MSL showed me how to throw window smoke on mirage from tspawn, what a legend
2023-09-22 00:17
1 reply
Slovakia GloryMole
absolutely worth it
2023-09-22 14:11
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Sweden fl0p_
uhm what bro? i would almost do the same, would have to live poor rest of month atleast
2023-09-25 23:43
Armenia VirtusNo
nooooooooo the GOAT igl
2023-09-21 23:59
Austria gex0r
RIP legend!
2023-09-22 00:00
United States cybonics
thorin shitting and farting in the club rn
2023-09-22 00:00
2 replies
+1111111111 Hahaha dorfin was still simping for msl hard even after everything that happened in TITANS
2023-09-22 00:06
2023-09-22 08:14
mashallah MSLEGEND
2023-09-22 00:02
2023-09-22 00:05
Finally, he ruined a lot of careers of young Danish star players.
2023-09-22 00:10
Poland karov
o7 legend
2023-09-22 00:11
Korea xiwon
2023-09-22 00:22
Who in the?
2023-09-22 00:22
1 reply
Danish IGL, used to play with magisk and other Danish stars
2023-09-22 01:25
Sweden Hasklon
legendary for the flukest mvp ever, goodbye king
2023-09-22 00:24
1 reply
Mvp for 1 good map, tgwr1s is a legend
2023-09-22 00:44 Overall, North was a solid team who competed mostly against tier-1. Early 2017 North was my favorite team, but then magisk and konfig were kicked. I enjoyed watching pro-league when it was mostly online, it felt like a championship. GL msl <3
2023-09-22 00:26
9 replies
United Kingdom Jonty04l32
Great times. ^^ Aizy was practically the best Danish talent ever at that time and magisk and K0nfig would later become Astralis members. :D
2023-09-22 02:14
3 replies
"Aizy was practically the best Danish talent ever at that time" replaciong magisk with aizy was imo one of the worst decision ever...
2023-09-22 07:50
2 replies
Yes this and later on replacement of RUBINO (aka Semmler clone lol) completely destroyed North back in 2017
2023-09-22 10:22
1 reply
I forgot about Semmler clone hahaha
2023-09-22 16:21
Pro League back then actually featured a crowd for the main event, and cs just in general was more chill, so it was kind of like watching football every weekend. Now we have this month long marathon slogfest that no one asked for, and there isnt even a crowd to make the event more hype, even for the playoffs
2023-09-22 07:28
4 replies
thanks to esl they killed it all the enjoyement for the money and still some louisy cunts like spunj promoting their company…
2023-09-22 14:03
I remember EPL S10 (2h19). karrigan's MOUZ prime Astralis fnatic NA was still great with EG and Liquid
2023-09-22 16:22
oh god, remember guys? the teams were playing 2x BO1 against each other on the same day...the nostalgia just kicked in...I fuckin miss this old Pro League
2023-09-24 16:58
yes and a lot of cobble, a lot of cobblestone :D
2023-09-26 21:27
2023-09-22 00:34
he tried cs2 he knew its joever
2023-09-22 00:41
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Indonesia ycrows
outawped device
2023-09-22 00:50
North had potential, but....
2023-09-22 00:53
I was really rooting for one last hurrah before this news :((( It might've been a while since we saw your name at the top MSL, but thank you for the years of amazing play you did give us <3
2023-09-22 01:01
went from helping danish cs to actively hurting it
2023-09-22 01:08
2 replies
Yea but I think this would not be the case if he had been given more chances in his career
2023-09-22 01:23
1 reply
I think he had plenty of chances to prove himself in Dignitas and especially in North who were splashing big money left and right and MSL could basically asked for anyone from danish scene apart from Astralis players ofc. Letting go Magisk, RUBINO and later on k0nfig as well for washed mediocre players like aizy was questionable at best.
2023-09-22 10:26
Him and snappi are in the same category for me
2023-09-22 01:19
4 replies
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North America minte
incredibly disrespectful to Snappi
2023-09-22 05:48
Bhutan woogah
delete this, snappi is a really good igl
2023-09-22 09:56
United States r0l4nd_
Hack HLTV and delete this
2023-09-23 01:29
thx god its only for u
2023-09-23 23:00
my bro Duncan "Thorin" Shields in shambles
2023-09-22 01:22
United States Hakase
gl man, fostered some great players
2023-09-22 01:30
United Kingdom Jonty04l32
Sad news indeed. Thank you for the memories and best of luck to your future. <3
2023-09-22 02:12
2 replies
Memories of laughs? This guy was biggest bot ever. They could compete with Zeus as pros with the worst aim and crosshair placement EVER Here will come some IGL excuses for sure haha But MSLUL was always a joke that was dragging the team down This guy had players like: Magisk k0nfig valde aizy Kjaerbye And he never made it work
2023-09-22 09:40
1 reply
United Kingdom Jonty04l32
Sure but that doesn't mean that MSL nor the team were enjoyable to watch.
2023-09-22 11:11
Serbia Atom1c_o7
I thought he retired last decade
2023-09-22 02:20
Best awp igl
2023-09-22 02:52
I always found it strange how he never got another tier 1 opportunity, considering how good his teams were back in the day, often composed of inexperianced and sometimes straight up shit players, and how many teams lack a good igl these days. Farewell to a legend.
2023-09-22 03:17
3 replies
he was like pronax, no frag potential
2023-09-22 09:51
2 replies
MSL??? Prime MSL was miles ahead of Cadian
2023-09-22 12:12
Pronax's career didn't end because of his fragging, he literally went insane, and MSL was still a heaps better Fragger.
2023-09-22 12:56
Rip +MSL threads
2023-09-22 03:48
envyus + MSL Chinese would know what I mean
2023-09-22 03:48
2023-09-22 04:06
Was nice to watch him playing during LG/SK era. North's logo also hype!
2023-09-22 04:14
4 replies
North had the best fitting branding of nearly every team! Sad it got under so fast.
2023-09-22 09:53
3 replies
What do you mean by "..It got under so fast"?
2023-09-22 12:24
2 replies
got closed down fast is what I meant
2023-09-23 09:36
1 reply
Oooh! Understood the expression. Thanks.
2023-09-23 10:02
blud should RETIREMENT 6years go jesust
2023-09-22 05:02
it is sad that he did not get a good team one last time, gg msl
2023-09-22 05:43
I thought he was something like 40!
2023-09-22 05:47
1 reply
He was 40 in 2018.
2023-09-22 09:47
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North America minte
2023-09-22 05:48
Retiring before CS2 = no $500 coaching sessions
2023-09-22 05:59
Thought he retired like 5 years ago
2023-09-22 06:05
Germany who|cars
unluko snake teammates
2023-09-22 06:17
United States TotSpotter
MSL era 3 days
2023-09-22 08:01
2023-09-22 08:11
Farewell sweet prinse will never forget him leading me to victory in 2015 esea pugs. One of the legends for real tho wish him luck in life!
2023-09-22 08:11
Legend <3
2023-09-22 08:24
2023-09-22 08:28
In the end murdered by oskar with a teaspoon.
2023-09-22 08:43
1 reply
Just a joke ofc :D I feel sad.
2023-09-22 09:52
Portugal dracø
Should've happened sooner and he'd have been a great coach. GL in the future!
2023-09-22 09:21
1 reply
Good thinking! Maybe he knew deep down that he is not a coach, who knows. I would have give him a chance as a coach!
2023-09-22 09:49
Finally MSLUL is the biggest meme
2023-09-22 09:34
One of The most overrated Igl. It was so funny when someone still rated him ). Does anyone remember where he was even playing after leaving North
2023-09-22 09:46
Thank you for all the good memories! I hope you will continue to stream! It was always great to see you and interact a bit. I still need to smile when I think about the case opening stream u did. See you soon Legend of Counter-Strike
2023-09-22 09:51
Time for Aizy to finally be free from his captivity. Nice.
2023-09-22 09:55
Bhutan woogah
does he still charge 400 an hour for a coaching session? hahaha
2023-09-22 09:55
3 replies
LOL what? 😄
2023-09-23 19:09
2 replies
Bhutan woogah
2023-09-23 19:12
1 reply
Sounds like a really good deal lmao 😂
2023-09-23 22:45
2023-09-22 10:01
Israel RoyBenji
Ok... Anyways
2023-09-22 11:01
gl and see ya o7
2023-09-22 11:40
Who honestly thought he was not retired up until this post lol. I thought he has been retired for years now
2023-09-22 12:20
I wonder when getright will retire…
2023-09-22 14:03
2 replies
Retired 2 times already.
2023-09-22 14:05
1 reply
I’m waiting for the third time
2023-09-22 14:13
i thought he retired already i beleive he was coaching some team recently xdd
2023-09-22 14:08
Poland Turtezin
"I have decided to retire." 3 last years in t4 doing nothing
2023-09-22 14:38
While MSL wasn't a bad IGL, he sure as hell wasn't able to adapt and on top of that was dealt one bad hand after another. RIP legend o7
2023-09-22 14:45
After a long career of saying he is waiting for the right team MSL has finally accepted reality and confirmed that he is not a CS:GO player anymore
2023-09-22 14:56
2023-09-22 14:58
I knew he would retire soon when even I stopped his B lurks in B apps on Esportal
2023-09-22 14:59
2023-09-22 15:26
Denmark Likli
Respect. I genuinely believe MSL could improve like 5 teams in the top 25 ranking currently, but sadly MSL got screwed by various orgs and in the end, he probably just wants to go out on his own terms with cs2 looming. Excellent igl, and I hope he gets to prove himself as a coach, which I believe he would be excel at if he choose to do so.
2023-09-22 16:58
Yeah, I remember Anexis and how they raped VeryGames on inferno I think, like 16-0 or something. I recall Ex6TenZ being not able to make up any working tactic. Good old times...
2023-09-22 18:47
2023-09-22 18:58
didn't bro retire 10 years ago L O L
2023-09-22 21:03
Serbia biTe19
thank God
2023-09-22 21:26
Poland Limbos
gg legend!
2023-09-22 23:46
2023-09-23 01:12
Luxembourg Maurizi0
Isnt he retired for 4,5 years?
2023-09-23 01:29
1 reply
Practically yes In his head, no
2023-09-23 19:08
was fun watching him, rest in pieces
2023-09-23 01:49
Brazil bigb0y__
Big player... thanks👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻
2023-09-23 19:35
RIP it's a tragedy no team got him
2023-09-27 21:12
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