According to a report by Jarek “DeKay” Lewis, Ukrainian esports organization Natus Vincere (Na’Vi) is exploring a replacement for Danylo “Zeus” Teslenko. This reveal wasn’t surprising as Zeus had previously stated in an interview that he would “end [his] career as a player, more likely towards the end of 2019″.
2019 = End (?)
— Daniil Teslenko (@ZeusCSGO) December 16, 2018
Zeus retiring in 2019
Zeus previously stated in an interview with HLTV that he would retire in 2019. The current expectation is that BLAST Pro Series: Moscow will be his last event. Claiming it would be the end of his professional career, Zeus could end up in a managerial position in the organization.
Zeus started his competitive career as a Counter-Strike 1.6 player in 2002. He played on organizations like pro100, Virtus.pro, DTS Gaming, KerchNET, and finally Natus Vincere. He then continued on Na’Vi for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive from 2012 to the present, only taking a short break to play for Gambit Esports between October of 2016 to August of 2017, winning 2017’s PGL Major Krakow.
Since returning to Na’Vi after his stint on Gambit Esports, Na’Vi went on to win Season 5 of StarSeries & i-League, 2018’s ESL One: Cologne, 2nd at 2018’s London FACEIT Major, and Season 7 of StarSeries as well.
Zeus is currently the team captain and in-game leader for Na’Vi. He is the founder of the Zeus Cyber School and the CIS Esports League, catering to CIS players of all levels. The Na’Vi roster will consist of Aleksandr “s1mple” Kostyliev, Denis “electronic” Sharipov, Egor “Flamie” Vasilyev, and Kirill “Boombl4” Mikhailov. Mykhailo “kane” Blagin will stay on as the coach. A replacement has not been disclosed yet, but it would have to be on the caliber of fulfilling the leader role on Na’Vi.
Na’Vi will play their final esports tournament with Zeus at 2019’s BLAST Pro Series: Moscow on September 13
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