Edward Retires From Counter-Strike

01 Jan 2024
Tit Krajnik 01 Jan 2024
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  • Ioann "Edward" Sukhariev has retired from professional Counter-Strike
  • Edward was involved in the CS scene for more than two decades
  • Edward intends to stay involved in Counter-Strike as a streamer
Ioann "Edward" Sukhariev
On Sunday, December 31, Ioann "Edward" Sukhariev announced he was retiring from professional Counter-Strike. The 36-year-old Ukrainian's career spanned more than two decades and saw him compete in Counter-Strike 1.6 and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive.

Over his long career, Edward has won many trophies across two titles, CS 1.6 and CS:GO. He was also named one of the top 20 Counter-Strike players in the world thrice.

Despite playing for a dozen teams, Edward is mainly known for his time at pro100, where he played alongside Danylo "Zeus" Tselenko and Natus Vincere, with who he won numerous Big Events. Those include StarSeries & i-League CS:GO Season 7, BLAST Pro Series: Copenhagen 2018, ESL One: Cologne 2018, and CS:GO Asia Championships 2018.

Edward also made two Major finals with the Ukrainian Counter-Strike squad at FACEIT Major: London 2018 and MLG Major Championship: Columbus 2016.

A Long And Illustrious Career

Eward began his Counter-Strike career in 2004, but it wasn't until 2007 that he rose to prominence with Virtus.pro. Edward won many notable tournaments with the Russian team and shifted into a higher gear in 2010 when he joined Natus Vincere.

With NaVi, Edward dominated the Counter-Strike scene and helped the Natus Vincere become the first team to win the IEM IV World Championship, ESWC, and WCG. So even though Edward has never won an official major, he won three events that were considered unofficial CS Majors during the CS 1.6 era.

Early into the transition to CS:GO, Edward hasn't accomplished as much and eventually left NaVi in 2013. He spent the next few months with Astana Dragons and returned to NaVi, where he spent the next six years. 

Unlike during his first stint. Edward achieved much more with NaVi and left a mark in some of the most significant events – making the final of DreamHack Open Cluj-Napoca 2015, MLG Columbus 2016, and FACEIT London 2018. Unfortunately, he never managed to claim an official Major title.

Edward was eventually replaced by Kiril "Boombl4" Mikhailov in 2019 and spent the next four years competing with various lower-tier squads, ending his career at ESC Gaming.