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Xizt Retires From Competitive CS:GO

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Richard Landström, known as “Xizt,” is a 30-year-old Swedish CS:GO player who had played for teams like Ninjas In Pyjamas, Fnatic, and FaZe Clan. Recently, he was playing for Dignitas.

Yesterday, the veteran player announced his retirement from the competitive Counter-Strike and talked about this decision with hltv.org.

Even though Xizt had an awesome career in the early years, he failed to perform in the last couple of years. Especially with Fnatic and Dignitas, he underperformed individually. As he said in the announcement, this unsuccessful period took away his confidence.

Furthermore, the Swedish in-game leader pointed out that there are lots of reasons behind his retirement, and one of the biggest ones is he lost the motivation to grind hours to compete at the high level again.

In addition to that, he also didn’t want to compete in low tier tournaments just to play. Because of that, retirement became a suitable option for the experienced riffler. Afterward, Xizt thanked every single player and team he ever played with him and said goodbye to the community.

Moreover, Xizt touched upon the fact that he is not walking away Counter-Strike completely, which means that he might become a coach or join an organization as a staff member in the future.

Here is the official announcement from Xizt:

“My career has had its ups and downs, but looking back it’s been an amazing and unforgettable journey. I’m not walking away from CS yet!

Making the decision to stop playing wasn’t an easy one, but it’s something that I have thought about a lot for the last couple of years, and now when I had time off to reflect it became clear to me that continuing playing wasn’t an option.

The past few years didn’t really go my way and I didn’t perform how I wanted to in-game. Being as unsuccessful as we were in fnatic and Dignitas, compared to earlier years in my career, really took a dent in me and my confidence.

I wasn’t happy and was mostly just irritated when playing the game, which also translated to real life and I didn’t feel like myself whatsoever.

There were definitely a lot of factors behind me retiring, but I honestly think the biggest one was that, in the end, I just lost the motivation to keep grinding the long hours, which you obviously need if you want to be in the top, and playing in the lower tier ‘just to play’ isn’t something I want to do.”

Later in the conversation, Xizt also recalled the time when he first attended a LAN tournament in 1.6, and he also remembered the time he first attended a major event in CS:GO. Also, he mentioned that he is grateful what he achieved as a player.

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