dsn retires from FnaticMSI and competitive gaming
Posted 2011-09-07 Met-N
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!