Markus “pronax” Wallsten announced his retirement from CS:GO on his Twitter. Pronax retires from CS:GO after more than ten years competing professionally in Counter-Strike.
Rich Fnatic era
Pronax made his name famous back in Counter-Strike 1.6. when he played for many different teams and recorded some significant results. He started his career in Meet Your Makers in 2007. Afterward, he moved around different teams. However, the peak of his career happened in the early years of CS:GO esports, especially during the period he spent playing for Fnatic when the Swedish team was the most dominant in CS:GO competitive scene.
Markus started his CS:GO career in Absolute Legends and then played for n!faculty. His good showings were noticed by Fnatic who signed pronax in November 2013. Just a few weeks after he joined Fnatic, pronax won his first Major at DreamHack Winter 2013 against NiP in the Grand Final. It was first of three Major titles that he clinched.
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Pronax was part of Fnatic era in CS:GO when they were winning almost all titles, just like Astralis did last year. However, CS:GO fans argue about the competitiveness of that period. Regardless, Fnatic and pronax saw unbelievable success back then. Truly, NiP got their revenge in the final of ESL One Cologne 2014, but Fnatic defeated them again in the Grand Final of Major in Katowice in 2015. The same year, pronax and his teammates added another Major trophy to their cabinet after winning ESL One Cologne 2015. It was the third and last Major that both Fnatic and pronax won.
Alongside those achievements, pronax won dozens of other online and LAN events.
Career in Decline
Although pronax took part in all Fnatic’s achievements, his performance started to take a hit. Accordingly, at the beginning of 2016 pronax left the team and joined Team Ancient. From that point, pronax didn’t have much success. Afterward, he joined GODSENT where he stayed until July 2017. During the time he spent in GODSENT, pronax won a couple of titles and had several good results, but in comparison to the Fnatic era, all those results were pretty weak.
As of today I am officially retired from competitive CS:GO and I would like to sincerely thank everyone that have supported me through my career as a player. ❤️
I am moving on to something bigger than myself. Full statement will be released in the future. CU all soon! 👀👊 pic.twitter.com/vPJ6yDaobs
— pronax (@GODpronax) May 30, 2019
The end of his path in GODSENT basically meant the end of high-level CS:GO for him. He played for Low Tier teams such as Kindest Regards, Enyoy, and Chaos. Hence, the fact that pronax retired from CS:GO is understandable. Pronax said on his Twitter account that he is moving on to something bigger than himself. According to his words, we will find out what is his next step very soon. Although he closes one chapter in his life, he opens up another exciting one. We’ll have to wait to see what pronax will announce.