Natus Vincere’s in game leader Danylo “Zeus” Teslenko has revealed that he intends to retire from the competitive Counter-Strike: Global Offensive scene sometime in 2019. The revelation comes during an interview with HLTV at BLAST Pro Series Lisbon, after Natus Vincere came in second to a dominant Astralis roster.
"As it stands, in 2019 I plan to end my career as a player, more likely towards the end of the year, maybe the middle, I'm not sure yet," he told HLTV.org. "Next year I'm going to try to select certain tournaments that we should prioritize as a team, where we will perform and do our best to win. At a certain point [this year], the goal was to become number one, but we didn't manage. I think our priority will be to secure key tournaments next year, for example the Major."
When questions were raised about Na’Vi teammate Oleksandr “s1mple” Kostyliev, considered by many to be the best individual player in the world right now, Zeus indicated that any departure from the roster would be s1mplie’s to make, though should the prodigy leave the roster, that might end up speeding up the retirement plans of Zeus.
The retirement of Zeus would mark the end of an era for CS: GO, with his performances on Na’Vi and Gambit marking him as one of the greatest players in the region. It seems that there is just one task remaining before he can rest however, dethroning Astralis after their extremely dominant year.