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CSGO legend retires: flusha done with competitive Counter-Strike

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One of the biggest names in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive history is officially done with playing the game competitively, as Robin “flusha” Ronnquist retires from active play.

flusha made his name as a major champion, star player, and occasional source of controversy for Swedish team Fnatic. His was as big a footprint as any CSGO player made during his prime, and his name was known across the game.

While his play has dropped off in recent years and he has spent less time in the spotlight, it’s still major news for CSGO fans to see one of the game’s greats officially call it a career. This strikes a bright star off the list of players who will be moving to the upcoming Counter-Strike 2.

flusha retires, legacy includes major titles, top rankings

As flusha retires, he leaves behind a storied legacy that includes multiple Major titles won across different years, as well as top individual rankings in CSGO community evaluations.

After playing with Epsilon Esports and Western Wolves, flusha found his way to Fnatic, where he would truly make his mark. The Swedish star ultimately spent several years playing in a Fnatic jersey across three separate stints, but the biggest by far was his first run at Fnatic which spanned from 2013 to 2016.

It was during this time that flusha and his Fnatic teammates won three separate CSGO Major titles. The first came at DreamHack Winter 2013, culminating in an upset grand finals victory over a heavily-favored Ninjas in Pyjamas side that many fans thought to be unbeatable at the time.

Fnatic would top this accomplishment by doubling it in 2015. The team’s second Major championship was had at ESL One Katowice 2015 with yet another grand finals victory over Ninjas in Pyjamas. A third Major trophy was added to the collection later that same year at ESL One Cologne 2015, where flusha and his teammates defeated Team EnVyUs in the final with a 2-0 sweep.

flusha accrued individual accolades through it all. This included being ranked in the top 10 in prominent community rankings for three straight years from 2014-2016.

By 2017, flusha had left Fnatic and had fallen out of such rankings. He would not be able to recapture that form and glory, but his mark on the game was already assured.

flusha controversies and good will both remembered by fans

flusha was not without his controversies. The player was perhaps the most prominent name to be consistently suspected of cheating by some CSGO fans, even earning a nickname based on the premise. Clips of his play were closely scrutinized on more than one occasion, but never conclusive ever came of the claims, even as some fellow pros were caught red-handed.

Conversely, flusha also became known for expressions of good will. Most notably, flusha donated a portion of his CSGO prize winnings to Brazilian team KaBuM to assist in their attending the ESL One Katowice Major in 2015. The core of that KaBuM team would go on to win multiple Major trophies while playing under the Luminosity Gaming and SK Gaming banners, respectively.

Through it all, as flusha retires he has proven himself to be a capable and memorable player, and his championship victories will remain etched in CSGO’s history even as his competitive career comes to a close.

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Written by Jared Wynne

Jared Wynne has been covering gaming and esports for the past two decades. He's a former competitor in Counter-Strike, and still counts it among his favorite games along with RPGs like Baldur's Gate and Mass Effect. He studied journalism at the University of Texas at Austin, has been published at such outlets as The Daily Dot and The Esports Observer, and is the former Editor-in-Chief at WIN.gg. You can find him on Twitter / X at @JaredWynne.

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