dsn retires from FnaticMSI and competitive gaming

dsn retires from FnaticMSI and competitive gaming

It was the 24th of October 2005 when Harley "dsn" Orwall was officially announced, replacing Youcef "solido" Riahi and becoming the AWP of the line-up. Even though the young Swede was only 19 years old, he had already played for famous line-ups such as Begrip and EYE. 

Shortly after Harley's first appearance in FnaticMSI, he was named captain of the team and began building a new lineup from the scratch. Together with Patrik "f0rest" Lindberg, Patrik "cArn" Sättermon, Oscar "Archi" Torgerssen and Kristoffer "Tentpole" Nordlund, the Gothenburg native formed a lineup that went on to dominate the scene for years.

Throughout Harleys time as a captain, consistency and friendship became a key factor for FnaticMSI's success. Following a great first year, which included a 3rd place at the Intel Summer Cup and a 1st place at CPL Winter 2006, the team replaced Nordlund with Oskar "ins" Holm in 2007 and went on to achieve titles at GameGune, e-Stars Seoul and other events.

Despite the team's success under Harley's leadership, Holm and Torgerssen both decided to step down from professional gaming in 2009. It was the beginning of a new era for FnaticMSI when the team decided to bring in two young and hungry talents - Christopher "GeT_RiGhT" Alesund and Rasmus "Gux" Ståhl. Under the experienced wings of Harley and his teammates, the five Swedes went on to win every major tournament they attended and broke the record for prizemoney won during one year.

After more than two years together, the team decided to go different directions and Harley was once again needed to form a new lineup. Together with his longtime teammates Patrik and Rasmus, Harley gave the two upcoming youngsters Richard "Xizt" Landström and Faruk "pita" Pita a chance to prove themselves in a big team and managed to lead the team to a title in their first event, the Intel Extreme Masters European Finals this year.

"I’m sure I will end my pro gaming run within FnaticMSI", is what Harley once stated in an interview. Unfortunately for FnaticMSI and his fans, this has become the truth today. Without him, the Counter-Strike squad and the FnaticMSI organization itself would not be as far as they are today and his contributions to the organization as both a player and as a person will always be remembered.

Speaking to Harley about his retirement, he had the following to say about his era within FnaticMSI:

After playing Counter-Strike since the release and competitively since 2003, I’ve decided to quit. It has been a great time indeed; all the traveling I’ve done with the team, all the victories we’ve had together and all the people I’ve met through playing.

The reasons I’m leaving the game behind are many, but first and foremost I feel that I’m too indifferent towards the game. The motivation I had to win no matter what when I was younger isn’t really there anymore, and when I do things I want to do them wholeheartedly. Also, I’ve always promised myself that I would quit the day I didn’t enjoy playing anymore and that day is now.

The results might have something to do with it, it would be stupid to deny it. It’s a lot more fun to stand with a trophy at a top of a podium than to unplug your gear after being knocked out early. In the beginning of the year before the IEM European Championship I had that drive to put in hours because I wanted to win so bad, mostly just to beat f0rest and prove the world wrong. And after we had won it was almost like I had climbed Mount Everest or something, I didn’t really think about any other tournaments, all that mattered was that tournament and that we won.

It’s just a game, but it’s been my life for a very long time and even though it will feel weird to watch the tournaments from home, I am happy about the fact that it will free up a lot of time.

I’ve been lucky to have so many great teammates throughout the year – just watching the metamorphosis of f0rest from talent to one of the greatest players of all time was pretty cool – and I want to thank them all for the fun times we had together. I will especially miss Patrik (cArn) a lot for his bad humor (equal to mine) and due to the fact that we’ve played together for almost our whole professional careers.

I also want to thank all the players in the other teams on the CS tour for the fun times we’ve had, all our fans (you’ve all been great!) and Fnatic with sponsors for giving me the opportunity to play CS for over five years. To me, black and orange are the best colors you can wear in e-sport. Even though this in a sense is the end of an era, it’s also the start of a new era for the team.

I want to challenge myself, to feel those butterflies I once felt when playing big games, like when we played 16-14 on de_train versus Team 3D in the semifinal at ESWC 2006 and Tentpole was left in a 1vs2 situation the last round and managed to clutch it and everybody screamed really loud in Ventrilo so he almost didn’t find the planted bomb that was beeping faster and faster, just like my heartbeat beating faster and faster.

Thank you everyone for making the last eight years such a pleasant experience!

Not only for our CS team and our fans, but also for our management, the retirement of dsn is not a light thing to handle. FnaticMSI founder Sam Mathews talks about the change dsn and his teammates brought along within the FnaticMSI organization and his personal feelings about Harley:

In 2005, Fnatic was known for pretty much one thing only. Sander “Vo0” Kaasjager, the god of painkiller, who desimated the World tour of 2005 and won himself one of the largest amounts of money any layer has earned in eSports. But Fnatic needed to be more, it wanted more.. so in the summer of 2005 we picked up our first Male CS 1.6 team. It went ok, but really not the caliber of the rest of the players that had been in Fnatic previously. A player then joined for our trip to CPL Singapore, that player was Harley “dsn” Orvall. In Singapore we had our first victory in Counterstrike 1.6.

In December after a disapointing Dreamhack, I put all my eggs in one basket and trusted one man. That man was Harley “dsn” Orvall. We kicked our team, and picked up an entirely new team, consisting of the core crew of Fnatic: f0rest, cArn and dsn. Fnatic turned a new leaf that day. We went from being the semi-professional team with a few great players, to arguably the greatest CS team of all time. Never had there been a more consistent team, never did a team collect so many victories and top 3 placings. I have Harley “dsn” Orvall to thank for bringing in the team that made Fnatic.

Never could a team desire a more committed, talented, hardworking and friendly team member. While others got arrogant, others got complacent.. Harley always stuck at. You have to look only to January of this year to see what an amazing feat Harley is still capable when he, together with Patrik, put his mind to it.

Harley has been an amazing player, an absolutely wonderful person and a dear friend. I shed a genuine tear writing this, thinking of the wonderful times we have had together, the crazy nights, the victories, the celebrations, and the sad times too. You will be greatly missed and as I look back on the “golden years” for CS that Fnatic had, I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for believing in Fnatic, for trusting us, and for being the person you have been.

To the longest serving Fnatic member of all time, I wish you the greatest of success in the future, may you bring as much success to all your future pursuits as you brought to Fnatic.

Lots of Love.. Sam.

Speaking on behalf of all FnaticMSI management, staff, players and of course our fans we would like to thank Harley for being in FnaticMSI for such a long time, performing at the top of his level year after year and guiding his teams to victories we could have never dreamed of. We wish him the best in whatever will come on his path and we would like to remind you that Harley will never be forgotten. He will always be a part of the FnaticMSI family and we will surely stay in contact with each other in the future!

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  • hxd hxd
    Posted Sep 07, 2011 at 23:27

    What an inspiration you've been to so many CS players and what a fantastic role model you have been.

    You will be sorely missed here at FnaticMSI Harley! Take care and best of luck with what you do next.

  • Fnatic Zero Fnatic Zero
    Posted Sep 07, 2011 at 23:28

    All the best.

  • kboy kboy
    Posted Sep 07, 2011 at 23:31

    What a true legend and gent in ESPORTS, CS and real life. All the best Harley =)

  • Triple_M Triple_M
    Posted Sep 07, 2011 at 23:33

    Wish you the best DSN in your future endeavours, and you will always be one of my personal favorite players. Gone for now, but not forgotten in the least.

  • Cameron Cameron
    Posted Sep 07, 2011 at 23:33

    Hopefully we will run into each other while traveling one day :)

  • swingwOw swingwOw
    Posted Sep 07, 2011 at 23:33

    Harley , you'll always be a legend in esports and in everyone's eyes . Good luck with your future ! DELUSION ALWAYS ! <3

  • Anooo Anooo
    Posted Sep 07, 2011 at 23:33

    You will be missed harley, i cant believe you stop playing...

    such a good player and guy.

    In my opinion, you have been playing better than anyone in fnatic 2011 :)

    But i can understand if you lost motivation, anyways, you have the best CS career of all counter-strike players out there :)

  • Icate Icate
    Posted Sep 07, 2011 at 23:34

    omg very sad day... good luck harley, we will miss u here. Now that u are not playing come to visit argentina ;)

  • carref0ur carref0ur
    Posted Sep 07, 2011 at 23:41


  • nbd nbd
    Posted Sep 07, 2011 at 23:50

    noooo harley :(((( love u man

  • guiiikzor guiiikzor
    Posted Sep 07, 2011 at 23:50

    3 Years since i started watching you and fnatic playing.. and since that you are my favourite player :( Amazing player but even better person, always playing with a smile on your face. You will always be remember..

    I cant describe how sad this day is.. at least i hope you keep coming to this website and talk to us fans :( Have a good life Harley, you are an amazing person and you deserve it.

    dsn TO HALL OF FAME! :)

  • w1gga w1gga
    Posted Sep 07, 2011 at 23:53

    no pls dsn pls :( m gonna leave cs now and fnatic :( after u carn will also retire this is bad :( really bad :( pls dude take back this retirement :(

  • jamesbond jamesbond
    Posted Sep 07, 2011 at 23:54

    it feels like some 1 threw a bomb on my ear :(

    sad to see my favorite player leaving the scene..

    The One who made fnatic what is it today has to leave today ...

    fnaticMSi.CS will not be same as it used to be with dsn in lineup ;(

  • w1gga w1gga
    Posted Sep 07, 2011 at 23:59

    +1 .. cuz of whom i came to know about fnatic/awp/cs is retiring :(
    i wonder how fnatic will perform in IEM 6 without Dsn :(

    Gonna miss u harley :'(

  • jamesbond jamesbond
    Posted Sep 08, 2011 at 00:04

    he has been source of inspiration to many !!

  • The Joy The Joy
    Posted Sep 07, 2011 at 23:57

    Hope your life will be as succesful as your CS career. GL in the future, thanks for all you've done for the CS scene and for the fans.

  • jamesbond jamesbond
    Posted Sep 08, 2011 at 00:05

    A legend moved into shadows :(

  • yugO R yugO R
    Posted Sep 08, 2011 at 00:10

    T_T </3 i cant believe !
    u re the best Dsn

  • w1gga w1gga
    Posted Sep 08, 2011 at 00:15

    Pls dude dont leave :( damn m gonna cry seeing this line again and again :(

  • DogWolF DogWolF
    Posted Sep 08, 2011 at 00:38

    For the man who give the best years of his life, Gl in ur new way life, a great player and a great person , me best wish for u Cap. ;)

  • roychez roychez
    Posted Sep 08, 2011 at 00:39

    It was an honor, Harley. I hope we meet again. Lets hope many will take example of you. Best of luck.

  • paperkat paperkat
    Posted Sep 08, 2011 at 00:43


  • dronee dronee
    Posted Sep 08, 2011 at 00:56

    Not only a fnatic and CS1.6 legend, but an eSports legend. Best of luck in your future endeavors.

  • rAk1N rAk1N
    Posted Sep 08, 2011 at 01:37

    Sad to see DSN leave, The Founding Father of Fnatic counterstrike divison :( hopefully we will see him make a return in future, and shock the community with his sick aim :) till then best of luck on what ever he does! we will alawys be here at fnatic for you :D

  • Mek Mek
    Posted Sep 08, 2011 at 01:40

    Miss you Harley all of your fans have very great moments with fnatic and your awp awesome gl in real life man :)

    GL HF

  • mitz0r mitz0r
    Posted Sep 08, 2011 at 02:13

    best of luck in real life and in poker

  • hubwub hubwub
    Posted Sep 08, 2011 at 02:24

    I will definitely miss seeing you in the orange and black of FnaticMSI. However, I will always remember as one of the founding fathers of the FnaticMSI CounterStrike that I've always known.

    I wish you good luck in your future endeavors. If the chance every happens, I would definitely love to get your autograph. If you ever consider a coaching position, you should do it and share the wealth of knowledge that you have acquired over the years.

    Forever a legend, forever a FNATIC, Harley "dsn" Orwall!!

  • amirx amirx
    Posted Sep 08, 2011 at 04:14

    :'( We will miss you Harley. Good Luck in your life

  • Posted Sep 08, 2011 at 06:20

    best of luck for ur future..

  • Min_Misao Min_Misao
    Posted Sep 08, 2011 at 06:22

    Respect to Harley! An Awesome player! and an awesome role model will miss you Dsn! Good luck in your life.

  • c0ne c0ne
    Posted Sep 08, 2011 at 06:39

    good luck !

  • ShevA ShevA
    Posted Sep 08, 2011 at 06:51

    Sad news... gl in the future

  • GeT_RiGhT GeT_RiGhT
    Posted Sep 08, 2011 at 06:56

    I know somehow I'm not the best person to even give a comment about this, especielly what happened before etc.. But I wanted to give a little comment from my side, how harley was/is for me.

    As many people know, I joined fnatic 2009 beginning of the year with Gux to do what people didn't really think we could do that year, pretty much win everything that was out there in that year, as the newspost said. We broke the prizerecord that year! Anyway..


    I remember back in 2007, when I played in Begrip (ESWC Qual.) and was siting on Admin computer looking at a highlight of mine actually, I think it was me against SK (1on3) and You came out of no where and said something like

    "Pretty sick round u had there!"

    I don't really remember what I did say back, but I remember that actually felt "little happy" because one of the players, like You. That I have been looking on for years and always admire. Siting there watch HLTV's hours after hours years before and always made me as a Player wanted to be like You.

    One year later 08, I was playing for blank team, I think it was. I'd just had my first 0-14 on a lan tournament against SK back then and I was pretty down about it, becuase I failed being a Player like I wanted to be and against my team back then. But, of all the people I thought would give me a little "heads up", it was actually You there again of all people I was playing with back then. I felt this small happiness again after hearing for You of all the players there.

    "Cheer up man, you will be better next game! :)"

    What I wanted to come and say really is that, there is been many players that have been affecting me as a Person and as a Player. Sure, when we played together we had our diffenret thought's and understanding. You are fucking 5 years older then me man! ( ;-) )

    Another thing is that You have always been there, when I was playing in fnatic with my emotions. You told me when we were in Korea in 2009, that u were similer to me, when u started to play CS and you know that "whine" wasn't the best choice of dealing being Mad/Angry/Thinking bad or similer. You know what I mean.. I hope..


    It's actually with little bit of a tear in my eye seing that you'r retiring Harley as You were one of the guys I watched threw the years, helpt me getting better as a Player and also being my "bigger brother" when we played together.. I guess I will also retire one day, but till then. My hat off for you my friend and hope you will find something else that will get you happy and so on.. I hope that one day, that I will met You again and say, I'm Sorry for all the bad words I gave to you when we played...

    Also, I can still hear that small sound you make when you'r watching Series/playing DM! (Most because I took it from You haha..)

    My hat is off for you.

  • yXorP yXorP
    Posted Sep 08, 2011 at 17:04

    coming from the heart of the beast!

    well done said mr.beast

  • dsn dsn
    Posted Sep 08, 2011 at 19:57

    very kind post, thanks totte. hope all goes well for you and anything you want to do. remember to be happy! say hello to hasse and lotta too and thank them for everything. see you around!

  • jamesbond jamesbond
    Posted Sep 08, 2011 at 20:17

    so what are u going to do next?

    stay in gaming industry or start college?

  • Skaven Skaven
    Posted Sep 10, 2011 at 18:51

    a very nice move from you. respect

  • Mad Mad
    Posted Sep 08, 2011 at 07:04

    A big loss for sure for eSports.

  • N.i.k.Z N.i.k.Z
    Posted Sep 08, 2011 at 07:34

    You have always been a source of inspiration.Fnatic 09's iem run and your gameplay was the primary reason for me to get so much into following the competitive scene.Been a fan of yours since then.One of the most versatile and consistent players of all time-dsn,you shall be missed :)
    Gl for your future endeavours.

  • brick brick
    Posted Sep 08, 2011 at 07:56

    please don't :((((

  • JobR JobR
    Posted Sep 08, 2011 at 10:07

    You and your team have been one of many reasons, I've been a loyal Fnatic supporter since early 2005, I am sad to see you leave, but life goes on, you will always be and stay a cs legend, be proud harley, you really are a great person. Watching Fnatic counter-strike matches wont be the same without you, I just hope the team will survive.

    You'll be missed harley! :'(

    You've been a great asset to both Fnatic and eSports!

    I hope you will always be and stay somewhat a part of Fnatic.

    Best of luck mate! :)

    Best AWPer for sure!

  • stoner stoner
    Posted Sep 08, 2011 at 10:08

    Best of luck Harley, was a pleasure to have you in organisation for so long.

  • farkas farkas
    Posted Sep 08, 2011 at 10:09

    in shock

  • valdstyN valdstyN
    Posted Sep 08, 2011 at 10:09

    gl in the future, Harley! you definitely were an amazing player and a great guy :)

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  • Fnatic Vibb Fnatic Vibb
    Posted Sep 08, 2011 at 10:42

    Best of luck Harley! Good luck in the future!

  • CaTcH mE iF yOu CaN CaTcH mE iF yOu CaN
    Posted Sep 08, 2011 at 11:02

    Sad to hear :( ...Anyway Good Luck in your life :) ..you have been an inspiration for me <3

  • spaga spaga
    Posted Sep 08, 2011 at 11:23

    The career of one of the greatest CS players come to an end.

    I really liked you since I started watching CS.. I was cheering for you back then in 2009 when everyone said they should replace you as f0rest and gtr were fragging like monsters and you were in their shadows,although you played your role perfect.
    I will miss your blogs at fnatic.com ,cuz you have great writing skills as everyone can see above in your statement.
    Good luck Harley , write a blog at fnatic from time to time..


  • Parisienne Parisienne
    Posted Sep 08, 2011 at 11:59

    Was awesome to watch you and your team play some of the best CS the world has ever seen. It was Fnatic.MSI that got me into watching CS, won't be the same without Fnatic.MSI dsn! :(

    Good luck in your future endeavours :)

  • [P]han[T]0m [P]han[T]0m
    Posted Sep 08, 2011 at 12:49

    thank for everythings you do for fnatic!!!the best awp i have never seen