SicK retires from CSGO Competitive Play
Hunter “SicK” Mims has announced that he will turn his attention to Riot Games’ upcoming tactical shooter, Valorant, ending a five-year-long competitive career in CS:GO.
In his announcement tweet, the 21-year-old revealed that stepping back from competitive Counter-Strike was an inevitable move for him as he feels that the game had become “incredibly stale and tedious.” He has been active since 2015, rising to prominence in North America following stints on Denial, TSM, Misfits, Rogue, and Complexity.
During his career, SicK took part in the Major Main Qualifier for ELEAGUE Boston, FACEIT London, and StarLadder Berlin, exiting all three tournaments in 12-14th place. Individually, his most notable event came early on during his rise, helping TSM to a 3-4th place finish at the ECS Season 1 Finals in June 2016 by averaging a 1.23 rating following wins over Astralis and Cloud9.
The American talent was once heralded as one of the hottest prospects from the next generation of North American CS:GO players, alongside his teammate at the time, Russel “Twistzz” Van Dulken, but was overshadowed over time as the Canadian player’s form skyrocketed and SicK‘s cooled off.
In recent months, following his release from Complexity, SicK became a journeyman, making appearances as a stand-in for a handful of different rosters. His final appearance came as a part of Chaos in Flashpoint 1, where he averaged a 1.00 rating over 16 maps before the team were knocked out in 7-8th place.
After 5 years and almost 800 official maps played, I’m taking a step back from competitive CS:GO. The game has become incredibly stale and tedious for me. Valorant comes at a perfect time but it was inevitable anyway. I’ve spent my entire adult life in this game, it’s been fun.
— Hunter Mims (@SicK_cs) April 21, 2020