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rich: Rasmus "Gux" Ståhl retired on the very top

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Not many players end their careers while still winning, and also being a world-class player individually. However, Rasmus "Gux" Ståhl is one of few who did just that.
Rasmus "Gux" Ståhl, a former player of teams like Fnatic, SK Gaming and H2k Gaming, has been announced as part of Faruk "pita" Pitas recent ESEA-lineup. Now, Ståhl hasn't been seen playing competitively since his retirement mid-2012, which I why I think it's worth separating his 1.6 career and his potential CS:GO career.

What sticks out with Gux, at least for me, isn't necessarily his incredible skill in the previous version of Counter-Strike or the great amount of trophies he lifted between 2009 and 2012. Nor is it his humble personality, however that's a great feature. No, it's the fact that he ended his career on the very top.

Gux representing Fnatic.
Gux was one of the best players in the world when he retired.

I remember talking to him at Copenhagen Games in early 2012. His Fnatic had been experiencing a slump for a few months, and that's when he told me he was going to retire after DreamHack Summer later that year. What Gux didn't know is that his team was going to win Copenhagen Games and once again become one of the top contenders.

Final paycheck: Two titles and an MVP award

At DreamHack Summer 2012, Ståhls final tournament, Fnatic won the main CS 1.6 event by defeating Na`Vi in the grand final. They also beat SK Gaming to take home the Esport-SM title in Jönköping. As if that wasn't enough, Ståhl was crowned the MVP of DreamHack Summer 2012, as he topped statistics on six different areas. He was also voted to be part of a figurative All-Star team as a top player at the event.

Fnatic winning DreamHack Summer 2012.
Fnatic with Friis, Xizt, karrigan, MODDII and Gux winning DreamHack Summer 2012.

He still sticked to his plans. Despite winning multiple titles and grabbing an MVP honor, DreamHack Summer 2012 was his final event. That's incredibly admirable if you ask me, however — in hindsight — a bit unlucky considering what Counter-Strike has become in the years of his absence.

Worth noticing is that I don't think Gux was in his prime when he retired, as his 2009 was godlike. However, stats, honors and trophies talk for themselves — he was still damn good when he stepped down.

Rasmus "Gux" Ståhl

Years active:
2003-2012

Notable teams:
Fnatic, SK Gaming, H2k, Lions, Blank

Active ex-teammates:
GeT_RiGhT, f0rest, Xizt, karrigan, MODDII, Friis, dsn (coach), RobbaN (coach), Jumpy (coach), THREAT (coach), JAEGARN (caster)

Tournament wins include:
DreamHack Summer, DreamHack Winter, Copenhagen Games, GameGune, IEM Global Finals, WEG, ClanBase Nations Cup, KODE5, ESPORTSM, Inferno Online League

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PGL Major Krakow 2017 Highlights

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During the PGL Major 2017-tournament hosted in Krakow, Poland, there was a lot of action, so we have taken the opportunity to make a video with some of the best highlights from the tournaments seven days!
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After a prohibition released on January 26 of 2015, Valve Corporation explicitly declared that the infamous ex-Ibuypower players got disregarded from all competitive play. Today, a striking statement from ESL has been announced as the players are clear to play in selected tournaments.
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After winning his first major with Gambit, we caught up with a very happy Abay "HObbit" Khassenov for a quick interview about the final, the future and how he will celebrate.
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After a remarkable turn of events, the previous legends of Gambit Esports prevailed in the grand final of PGL Major Krakow. The newly crowned Major champions have overcome their Brazilian counterparts in a 2-1 victory (Cobblestone 4:16; Train 16:11; Inferno 16-10).
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Immortals have overcome Virtus.pro and the homecrowd 2-0 (16-5 Inferno, 16-11 Mirage) to join Gambit in tomorrow's PGL Major Grand Final.
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We asked Magisk, TaZ, dupreeh, GuardiaN, KRiMZ and TACO to tell us what they thought about the heavily discussed "crouch-jump bug" as made famous by BIG at the major.
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Gambit have overcome Astralis 2-1 (16-10 Overpass; 16-8 Inferno; 16-12 Train).
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Virtus.pro have plowed their way through the quarter-final against North (16-9 Cobblestone; 16-10 Nuke) to advance to the semi-finals of the PGL Major.
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As the final game of the day commenced, the two newly crowned "Legends"-teams were set to clash. Leaving Inferno in the veto, Immortals certainly looked like they had done some studies on their opponents, who were none other than BIG Clan.
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Astralis have defeated SK Gaming 2-0 (16-12 Cache; 16-6 Overpass) to become the second semi-finalists of the PGL Major.
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On the opening day of PGL Major Krakow at Tauron Arena, the crowd settled themselves as the first quarter final commenced.
Gambit came out triumphant in the battalion against Fnatic to become the first semifinalists of the PGL Major (16-14 Train; 16-12 Inferno).
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wayLander ace vs. Penta on Train

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Jan Peter "wayLander" Rahkonen from Flipsid3 wins the round all by himself with a five-seven and an picked up AK47 and started the comeback for Flipsid3 against Penta at PGL Major Krakow 2017.
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zehN four AK-frags vs. Flipsid3 on Train

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The finnish player Jesse "zehN" Linjala, from the international team Penta, gets four fast frags with his AK with help from a well placed flash from his teammate in the match against Flipsid3 at PGL Major Krakow 2017.
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After the last Swiss round came to an end, the PGL Major playoff bracket has been drawn and released. Set to begin on Friday, PGL Major Krakow continues its path to crowned the Major champion.
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For the last game in the group stage, Immortals acquired the last ticket to the playoffs. Closing out Train with a 16-6 scoreline, Flipsid3's fate was determined to be the unfortunate one.
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Straight after the victory over Cloud9 in their last game of the group stage here in Krakow, we found Filip "Neo" Kubski from Virtus.pro for a quick talk. We go through his feelings regarding making it to the playoffs, troubles in the team, and playing in front of a Polish crowd.
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coldzera INSANE AWP-ace vs. BIG on Inferno

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The Brazilian SK-player Marcelo "coldzera" David takes five quick AWP-frags in the match against BIG in the third round of the PGL Major Krakow 2017-torunament.
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As the elimination games continue, the home favorites Virtus.pro was set to battle the North American side of Cloud9 in a last decisive game. Twenty-six rounds later, Virtus.pro came victorious after eliminating Cloud9 from the PGL Major Krakow.
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A while after SK beat Immortals to get their playoff spot, we found Epitácio "TACO" de Melo for a short talk about the major, what the thinks about BIG, and preparations.
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The last elimination games have now commenced at the PGL Major Krakow. Booting up Overpass once again, Fnatic saw themselves triumphant on their last game pre-playoffs.
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