The legendary Counter-Strike 1.6 and CS:GO player Wiktor “TaZ” Wojtas has announced his retirement, bringing an end to a 22-year career.
Wiktor “TaZ” Wojtas retires from CS:GO
The 36-year-old player announced his retirement via social media, simply stating "I retire, see you around" - all while wearing a shirt reading "that's all folks."
It marks the end of an astonishingly long career, with TaZ having started out on the Counter-Strike scene in 2001, where he started out with SpHeRe before signing with Aristocracy in 2003. During his time playing Counter-Strike 1.6, TaZ was part of the "Golden Five," a group of Polish players who dominated the scene from 2006 to 2008. The other members of the original Golden Five were Filip "NEO" Kubski, Łukasz "LUq" Wnęk, Mariusz "Loord" Cybulski and Jakub "kuben" Gurczyński.
TaZ later made the jump to the CS:GO in 2012, kicking off his career in the then-new title by signing with ESC Gaming. Since then, he has become one of the better-known faces on the CS:GO scene, having four years on the Virtus.pro roster, from 2014-2018. His time with Virtus.pro was arguably the highlight of his career, seeing him win his first and only CS:GO Major at EMS One: Katowice in 2014.
TaZ's retirement comes shortly after he and NEO announced that they were shutting down HONORIS, their esports organisation and CS:GO team, due to financial difficulties.
"Facing the lack of sufficient financial resources for the coming years, together we decided to end HONORIS' activities in the current formula," said TaZ in a statement.
Despite this disappointing end to his career, TaZ will no doubt go down in Counter-Strike history as one of the most successful players. But the show must go on, with the CS:GO scene ramping up for its final Major, due to take kick off in Paris on May 8. Until then, you can follow along with everything in CS:GO via the upcoming CS:GO match schedule. CS:GO betting experience is waiting for you. Don't forget to sign up now and claim your free 100% bonus!