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Shubh | 27. November 2022

Zombs announces retirement from professional Valorant

Star Valorant player for the Sentinels Jared “zombs” Gitlin has stated he has no plans to play professionally again, though he will probably remain with the organization as a content creator. 

Former Sentinels player Jared “Zombs” Gitlin revealed in his most recent Twitch stream that he will not play Valorant professionally again. The exceptional FPS player, zombs, joined Sentinels as an Apex Legends player in 2019 after quitting Overwatch. Zombs dominated the Apex Legends competition for a year with the squad before switching to Valorant in 2020, though the organization was relatively unknown to the rest of the world. The 24-year-old player’s presence in the Valorant scene was impossible to ignore because of the remarkable skills he developed while playing other FPS games, which helped him rise to become one of the top Valorant players in NA. 

With his help, the organization gained massive popularity and established itself as one of the best valorant teams after winning the VCT 2021: North America Stage 1 Masters and the Masters Reykjavik. The Sentinel player amassed a 0.89 rating over the course of his career, dealing 112.2 damage per round on average throughout the 260 maps he played professionally. The 24-year-old has been on the sideline since April 2022, when Sentinels signed Eric ‘Kanpeki’ Xu from Akrew to replace him for the remainder of the season. 

 

Why zombs is stepping down?

Following the conclusion of the regular season, Riot revealed the ten North American clubs that had been successful in earning a spot in Valorant’s franchised league for the 2023 campaign. Sentinels, fortunately, made the cut while other well-known teams like OpTic and G2 Esports were unable to do so. Sentinels then took the decision to reshuffle its squad for the forthcoming season. 

In addition to bringing back Hunter “SicK” Mims as their sixth player, the North American organization also signed Gustavo “Sacy” Rossi, Bryan “pANcada” Luna, and Rory “dephh” Jackson, putting Zombs’ future as a professional player in doubt. Although it was reported that zombs might join a Challengers team, the 24-year-old ultimately made the decision to give up competitive participation altogether. Zombs is most likely to join Tarik “tarik” Celik, Brandon “Aceu” Winn, and Jay “sinatraa” Won as Sentinels’ content creators.

In his recent live stream, zombs was wondering if he was a “wasted up” player or whether the game itself was broken because his match record was a red carpet of defeats. He further stated that he grew tired of competing after he realized it is impossible to form a new team with every player on the same page and with equal skills. He claimed that it was incredibly difficult to field a squad that would win a championship since every lineup has too many issues and isn’t worth putting years of effort and hard work into a game.

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