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Warden Retires from Counter Strike

CHENGDU -- After almost a decade of play, Matt “Warden” dickens hangs up the mouse and keyboard.

Matt “Warden” Dickens, one of the most iconic players in North America's counter-strike history, has announced today that he will be retiring from eSports. 

He has played on numerous teams, from Forsaken -- the first team he played with long time teammate Tyler “storm” Wood and where he won his first championship -- to compLexity where he won numerous events, ranging from online event undefeated to prestigious LAN events like ESWC, and finally EG, where he has been playing for the last year.

Warden told EG's official website that "I'd like to thank all the fans of me over the years and supporters of the teams I've been on." said Warden. "You have truely made this experience one worth doing. To my teammates: I love you guys. You have been there for me and made this all worth while. I will never forget what we have done together."

Team manager and managing director, Scott “sirscoots” Smith said that "I have known Matt since his days in GB and Forsaken...Matt is one of the greatest leaders I have ever met. Both ingame and out, he has always been the guy to keep his team pumped up and prepared to win every match. Matt has been an amazing ambassador to the game of CS and his absence in the North American scene will leave a void that will never be filled. I feel honored to have had the chance to manage him with Team EG and I know that whatever he chooses to do in life, he will be just as successful with as he was with CS."

Teammate Danny “fRoD” Montaner stated that: “Matt was one of the first people I ever met in gaming and became friends with before we even joined a team together," said fRoD. "His friendship is one in a million and something that I will always cherish. It's hard thinking of not playing without Matt because throughout my career, I have grown as a person and as a player with his help. I know the success we achieved as teammates would never have come or happened without him being a part of the team we had. I know I should be able to talk more about how it will be to play without Matt, but the whole concept hasn't totally sunk in yet, and honestly I'm not trying to think about it because that's a very sad day not only for me, but for the whole community. Matt is the best thing that happened to our team, and filling his void is something that I simply can't describe or think about. And on that note, I want to wish Matt and his family the utter best of luck forever and I know he will be just as successful in anything he decides to do."

 

EG looks on as Warden clutches a round at WCG USA.  Photo: Insider eSports, New York, WCG USA 2009


The feeling was echoed by long time teammate Tyler “storm” Wood. "Matt was one of the first people I ever met in gaming and became friends with before we even joined a team together," said storm. "His friendship is one in a million and something that I will always cherish. It's hard thinking of not playing without Matt because throughout my career, I have grown as a person and as a player with his help.

"I know the success we achieved as teammates would never have come or happened without him being a part of the team we had. I know I should be able to talk more about how it will be to play without Matt, but the whole concept hasn't totally sunk in yet, and honestly I'm not trying to think about it because that's a very sad day not only for me, but for the whole community. Matt is the best thing that happened to our team, and filling his void is something that I simply can't describe or think about. And on that note, I want to wish Matt and his family the utter best of luck forever and I know he will be just as successful in anything he decides to do."

Jordan 'n0thing' Gilbert, one of North America's most storied players told the team's website that:

"Summing up how Matt's presence on the team affected me is pretty hard to do in a paragraph or so, but here I go," stated n0thing. "When EG picked up the former coL trio I never really had any personal experiences with the guys prior to that, except maybe a few online pick up games. Right when our team started practicing, I think I remember Matt saying something like, 'Whats up little n0thing, you frag or what buddy'. I instantly lost some of the butterflies I had in my stomach when we started practicing, simply because Matt's open and upfront personality.

"Throughout our progression as a team, Matt was always there to level out the emotional situations for us, help us feel excited to play, help us feel relaxed, and simply bring us together and thats something I'll never forget about him. I'm sure you'll see many references in future blogs to Mattyboy simply because of the character that is Matt Wardino Dickens. His presence like I said was something that wasn't measured by frags or clutches, but how he acted as a teammate which gave us motivation constantly to not give up. We have learned a lot from Matt and I can only hope after the countless examples he has given us that we continue to stay positive after tough losses and in situations where all hope is almost lost."

Team captain, and newest member, Tomi “lurppis” Kovenan states that "I have only known Matt for about 7 months now, but he's one of the nicest guys that I have met through CS and I will definitely miss having him around," said lurppis. "He's always the one to keep a good mood in the team with his jokes and funny personality, but at the same time he's always still taken care of all the behind the scenes work for us and made it easy for everyone to focus on CS. Unfortunately due to way CS works his skills will always be underrated and unappreciated, but there's a reason he's been around forever in some of the best teams."

This leaves one of the United States best team, and one of the longest trios in CS history, with one less member for the up coming tournaments. Evil Geniuses has yet to announce a successor, but whoever it is will have big shoes to fill, as he will be taking the place of both a champion and a legend.  Rumors are starting that it will be xp3, who played phenomenally at the last WCG.

EG's Roster:

Tomi “lurppis” Kovenan
Danny “fRoD” Montaner
Jordan “n0thing” Gilbert
Tyler “storm” Wood

myEG.net

Comments: Add a Comment

quote#1 US peawok 14/11/2009 - 13:44:43
Damn scoots. Moving in the picture! :P

quote#2 US Var1ables 14/11/2009 - 16:42:22
I can't believe it but i'm kinda depressed. I still can't believe he retired.

quote#3 US TheUltimateGamer31 16/11/2009 - 14:36:10
Wow. Thats a huge shock..... and im not even a huge follower of the CS scene. GL to Warden in whatever he does from here on.

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