Wiktor’ TaZ’ Wojtas, a legendary Polish Counter-Strike player, has declared his immediate retirement from competitive play. I retire,” the 36-year-old wrote in a brief tweet announcing his choice. I’ll see you later. He made no mention of his intentions for the future or whether he intended to continue playing in esports.
Two days before the announcement, HONORIS stopped all activities due to financial difficulties. With the intention of fostering young Polish talent, TaZ and his longtime friend and teammate Filip ‘NEO’ Kubski founded the company in 2020.
TaZ and NEO frequently found themselves paying the team’s costs out of their own pockets. In a statement announcing the closure of the company, HONORIS stated that “the players and associates always received their salaries on time and could count on the organization’s support.” With a career that began in 2001. TaZ was one of the oldest and most seasoned competitors still competing in the Counter-Strike scene.
TaZ won some of the biggest 1.6 competitions in the world while playing for teams like Team Pentagram, Meet Your Makers, and Frag eXecutors (and occasionally while playing for no team at all), including World Cyber Games 2006, 2009, and 2011, ESWC 2008, WEG e-Stars 2010 and 2011, and Intel Extreme Masters I and VI.
After switching to CS:GO, TaZ remained at the top, though it would take him some time to earn trophies again. His Virtus.pro squad won several championships between 2014 and 2017, including the DreamHack Masters Las Vegas 2017 and the EMS One Katowice 2014 Major. TAfter a string of inconsistent performances in 2018, TaZ was benched by Virtus.pro. He later joined Team Kinguin, devils.one, and Aristocracy before founding HONORIS, whose group’s position in the global rankings peaked at No. 43.
The CS:GO community honors TaZ
Many community members thanked TaZ for his efforts to the video game over the past 20 years and paid tribute to him on Twitter. According to Vitality coach Danny ‘sonic’ Srensen, there is sad news for the Counter-Strike community, who frequently played against TaZ’s squads. “A long and impressive profession, my friend. You are an inspiration to Poland and the globe!”
Kenny’ kennyS’ Schrub, a CS:GO legend from France, wished you a happy departure. Code, you had a fantastic career! One of my favorite playing memories is from Prague. Legend, said BIG skipper Johannes’ tabseN’ Wodarz. I appreciate all the experiences.