CS:GO Legend Xizt Announces Retirement, Talks About His Plans for the Future

The Swedish legend has decided to hang up his gloves!

Aditya Singh Rawat
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Legendary CS:GO player Xizt announces his retirement as a player after competing for 12 years.
Xizt plans on transitioning to a new role and continuing in CS:GO as a coach, indulge in analytical work or team management.
Xizt was part of the legendary '87-0' map win streak and also the ESL One Cologne 2014 Major winner.

Legendary Swedish CS:GO player Richard "Xizt" Landström announced his retirement as a player yesterday on 23rd September. One of the best in-game leader's (IGL) to have ever played the game, Xizt in his 12-year long career has competed in both CS 1.6 and CS:GO.

During his career, Xizt has most notably been part of the iconic '87-0' map win streak on LAN along with Ninjas in Pyjamas (NIP), during which he also won the ESL One Cologne 2014 CS:GO Major. Xizt further went on to play for FaZe Clan, Fnatic, and Dignitas following his time at NIP, but could not replicate the same level of success.

Now at the age of 30, Xizt has finally decides to hang up his gloves as he goes on to talk about his future within Counter-Strike itself.

Xizt retires as a player from Counter-Strike and talks about his future

The IGL of the legendary NIP roster that went on to win 87 maps in a row on LAN, Xizt is considered to be one of the best fragging shotcallers in the history of the game.

After competing for twelve years, Xizt has retired from the game as a player. Talking about his future, he plans on continuing his career ahead in esports by transitioning to a new role. In a statement to HLTV, Xizt goes on to state that,

I love CS and esports. I am open to the opportunity to coach, do analytical work or team management, preferably in CS:GO where my expertise is. Now that I have had time off to reflect and refuel, I am very motivated and willing to work my ass off to win tournaments again, but in a different role.
Richard "Xizt" Landström - Statement to HLTV

Apart from his incredible run with NIP, Xizt also showed glimpses of brilliance while playing as a stand-in for FaZe Clan at IEM Sydney 2018, defeating prime Astralis in the grand finals by a score of '3-0'.

There was a dip in performance towards the end of his career as the plan to regroup the senior player together with experienced players under the banner of Dignitas, did not exactly pan out as expected.

It will be interesting to see what lies ahead for Xizt. With the way NIP is struggling at the moment, maybe we might get to see him take up a position within the organization that might shake things up for the team.

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Aditya is the in-house CS:GO writer at AFK Gaming. While his understanding of the esports space is not restricted by geographical borders, his current focus lies in the Asian region. Understands and follows almost all major esport titles.