Polish CS:GO legend TaZ hangs up the mouse after a long and successful career. He has announced his retirement after he disbanded his and NEO’s own organisation HONORIS. The 36-year-old CS:GO veteran Wiktor “TaZ” Wojtas has announced that he will retire from the Counter-Strike competition after the end of HONORIS. TaZ had an illustrious career spanning over 2 decades and definitely deserved the title of veteran. The Polish pro announced the end of his career via social media. He got in touch via Twitter and posted a short and painless message to share his career end: “I’m retiring. See you around.”
TaZ has had a career that is truly something to behold. The top player has 23 total LAN wins in CS:GO, he won a major at EMS One Katowice 2014 and many more events. He has a closet full of medals, trophies and awards that will surely make some CS:GO pros green with envy. TaZ became really famous after he won the Samsung European Championship in 2005 with a few other players. This team called Pentagram included Mariusz “Loord” Cybulski, Filip “NEO” Kubski, Łukasz “LUq” Wnek and Jakub “kuben” Gurczynski.
I retire ♥️ see You around. pic.twitter.com/flDhf1BMpW
— TAZ (@g5taz) March 31, 2023
Together they were a force that dominated the Counter-Strike 1.6 scene from 2006 to 2008. TaZ moved to CS:GO in 2012 and played with Paweł “byali” Bieliński and Janusz “Snax” Pogorzelski in UniversalSoldiers. This team was later acquired by Virtus.pro and had gigantic success.
He stayed with the team for 4 years until they finally disbanded after a disagreement. TaZ went on to play for Kinguin, Aristocracy and devils.one.
The end of an era
He eventually formed HONORIS with fellow NEO in 2020, and the team lasted until recently, when it was announced on Wednesday that they were disbanding because there wasn’t enough funding to keep the project alive. TaZ has been doing its best in Counterstrike for 20 years and has won over $740,000 in prize money during that time. With the end of HONORIS and the move to CS2 coming soon, TaZ’s era is also coming to an end.
Bootcamp time. Meet the team. @Yaacaaa2 😂 pic.twitter.com/AYQreiG2Z8
— TAZ (@g5taz) January 30, 2023
Many people from the CS:GO community replied to TaZ under his post, thanking him for his time in the scene. Danny “zonic” Sørensen, the coach of Vitality wrote: “Sad news in the world of Counter-Strike. [An] impressive and long career, my friend. Poland and the world are proud of you!” Johannes “tabseN” Wodarz, the captain of BIG wrote the following, “Legend. Thank you for all the memories.” Professional player Kenny “kennyS” Schrub said, “Happy retirement. You had an incredible career, legend! Prague will forever be one of my best memories as a player.”