Valorant pro-Karel ‘Twisten’ Aenbrener’s passing has saddened the esports community. The tributes that have been posted on social media are included below. Twisten passed away on June 6 in the evening, reportedly by suicide. She was 19 years old.
Before moving up to Vitality at the end of 2022, the Czech Valorant professional played for organizations like eSuba, Entropiq, and BIG. He participated in the VCT LOCK//IN and the VCT EMEA League, where the team came up just one win shy of earning a spot in the VCT Masters Tokyo. The team’s players and staff led the tributes to Twisten soon after Vitality broke the awful news.
The worst news was delivered to us this morning, Micha ‘MOLSI’ Nicki wrote. “We lost Karel, a comrade, friend, and brother. I’m at a loss for words to express how I’m feeling right now. He had enormous talent and lofty goals to be the best. Karel, I adore you. Goodbye, my friend. Santeri ‘BONECOLD’ Sassi described him as “the most sincere person I’ve ever met,” who constantly made him smile. “Karel, please go in peace.” Tomas “Destrian” Linikas wrote, “A man with infinite potential, an insane personality, and, most importantly, the biggest heart, making people around him feel good even when he’s down.” “I still have a hard time accepting this is true and probably never will. No amount of tears will be able to replace my pal. Brother, rest in peace.
The team’s head coach, Salah ‘Salah’ Barakat, continued, “A part of me has been taken away, and it doesn’t feel natural and maybe never will. There may not have been a day worse than this one. You were my little brother, and my love for you was beyond words, so the pain in my soul is incomprehensible.
The brave community honors Twisten
Numerous esports groups have respected Twisten on social media, including fellow VCT teams DRX, NAVI, Team Liquid, and Fnatic. Many athletes have also used Twitter to express their respect for Twisten. Saif ‘Sayf’ Jibraeel of Team Liquid wrote, “I envy human beings that have such fire within them, such compassion and love.” “Yet we seldom see the real suffering that lies beneath the grin. You were both my shorty friend and my scrims foe. You, your family, and your team deserve serenity. Feel at ease.
“So sad about this news,” Adil ‘ScreaM’ Benrlitom of Karmine Corp. wrote. “All [of] my thoughts [are] with his family.” Not just the Valorant community, but the entire esports community, paid tribute. Vitality’s CS:GO coach, Danny ‘Zonic’ Sorensen, tweeted: ‘Terrible news to wake up to here in Washington. I think about Vitality, Karel’s family, and the Valorant crew. Please take good care of your loved ones.
The organizer of the Danish competition, BLAST, added: “Everyone at BLAST is heartbroken to hear about Karel’s demise. During this trying time, our thoughts are with his family and friends.