15th September 2021 – 6:30pm
Ricky " Floppy " Kemery, former CS:GO pro player at Cloud9 Blue, joined the Valorant team of the organisation last April. A few days ago, Cloud9 announced the end of its two-year collaboration with the player. Overworked, Floppy wishes, for the moment, to take a break
In a Twitlonger addressed to his organisation and his community, Floppy explains his reasons for retiring from the competitive scene.
I suspect that it's simply burnout from playing competitive tactical FPS for the last 7 years of my life, but as of right now, I haven't been enjoying anything as much as I used to.Floppy's Twitlonger
Through his words, we understand that the player is mentally exhausted by the competition and cannot really commit to Valorant. He therefore wants to take some time for himself. Despite this decision, he does not rule out the possibility of one day returning to the world of video games and esports.
I could be a fantastic VAL player! An incredible coach! Or even the next XQCOW!Floppy's Twitlonger
Unfortunately, Floppy is not the first pro player to step away from competition due to overwork. The high level and the pressure leads many players to lose the pleasure of playing. Former Valorant player for Heretics, Dustyn Durnas, aka "niesoW" or former CS:GO player for Vitality Alex "ALEX" McMeekin.
Floppy's departure is a further blow to Cloud9 Blue. TenZ is considered one of the best players in the world. He left the team last January as he struggled to achieve results with the organisation. This turnover could explain Cloud9's difficulties in remaining among the top teams of the VCT - NA. The team will have to find a solution quickly in order to secure their qualification for the Champions at the Last Chance NA Qualifier in October.