Turkish CS:GO Pro Plays With Broken Arm At Major Qualifier


Turkish CS:GO Pro With Broken Arm Helps Team Qualify for Europe RMR

A broken right arm is not enough to stop this rifler from competing.

Aditya Singh Rawat
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Talented Turkish rifler, xfl0ud, played with a broken right arm and helped his team qualify for the European RMR.
The 19-year-old had suffered a broken humerus in his right arm in early February, undergoing an operation for the same later in the month.
However, just two weeks after the operation xfl0ud was back in the server, replacing mini to compete alongside Eternal Fire at PGL Major Antwerp 2022: European RMR - Open Qualifier #4.

The PGL Major Antwerp 2022: European RMR - Open Qualifier #4 concluded yesterday on 7th March (IST), as the final four CS:GO teams from Europe made their way through the qualifier into the PGL Major Antwerp 2022: European RMR(s).

Among the qualifying teams was the Turkish player-owned esports organization, Eternal Fire, currently ranked 33rd in the world as per HLTV world ranking. The interesting thing is that one of their star players, Yasin "xfl0ud" Koç, competed in this tournament with a broken right arm and still managed to deliver a power-packed performance that helped his team qualify for the LAN qualifiers.

With this victory, Eternal Fire will be competing in its first offline event as they travel to the PGL Studio in Bucharest, Romania where all the regional RMR (Regional Major Rankings) tournaments will be taking place through the month of April.

Turkish rifler xfl0ud plays with a broken right arm to help Eternal Fire qualify for Europe RMR

On 5th February, xfl0ud had revealed that he had broken the humerus of his right arm, which is the bone in the upper arm located between the elbow and the shoulder. He had to undergo treatment for the same and had been recommended rest for a period of two to six weeks, “I will not be in the active staff during this period,” said the 19-year-old at that point in time.

He had additionally informed that there is no serious or permanent issue as no damage had occurred to his nerves and that he hopes to return as soon as possible.

Statement by xfl0ud about broken right arm

This was followed by Eternal Fire officially announcing that xfl0ud would be shifted to the inactive roster, giving him time away from the game to undergo proper recovery. Also, Enes “colorzz” Yıldıran was temporarily promoted from Eternal Fire Academy to the main roster to take his place.

Eternal Fire move xfl0ud to the inactive roster

On 21st February, xfl0ud provided another update on his situation revealing that he had to undergo emergency surgery due to a nerve injury around the fracture.

Just two weeks after on 5th March, the Turkish entry fragger was back on the server playing with Eternal Fire in the recently concluded PGL Major Antwerp 2022: European RMR - Open Qualifier #4. replacing Muhammed “mini” Salman on the active roster.

He provided the much-needed firepower that the side was missing in the previous two open qualifiers (Open Qualifier #2 and Open Qualifier #3) where Eternal Fire finished 9th-16th and 33rd-64th respectively.

With an overall HLTV rating of 1.29 across five maps and a K/D differential of +25, xfl0ud was the eighth-best CS:GO player at the tournament, just a few positions below his teammate and experienced rifler İsmailcan “XANTARES” Dörtkardeş.

Eternal Fire finished in the third position at the PGL Major Antwerp 2022: European RMR - Open Qualifier #4 following a ‘16-3’ loss to Fnatic in the semifinals. However, it was enough for the Turkish team to qualify for the PGL Major Antwerp 2022: European RMR A where they will be going up against 15 other teams in a LAN setup, but only eight CS:GO teams will qualify further for the PGL Major Antwerp 2022.

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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.

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