CS:GO Academy - JayzaR departs
Posted 2017-01-12 Jakazolo
The summer of 2016 was the start of a new chapter in Fnatic’s CS:GO story. Five outstanding talents joined our ranks in our Academy team, a project designed to hone a new set of prospects; young blood that could perhaps compete with our senior side one day.
The Academy quickly surpassed even our own expectations. Now, for the first time we see two Fnatic lineups in the HLTV top 30; we’re witnessing a meteoric rise in confidence and ability, capped off in fine fashion with the team’s first tournament win at the inaugural China Top.
It is with regret though that we must announce the departure of Aleksandar ‘JayzaR’ Zarkovic. From the very beginning of this endeavour we have seen wonderful things from the sniper, whose gameplay only seems to be matched by his flair - everyone (including Rogue) will remember THAT AWP clutch in ESWC 2016.
A large part of this project however was to bring promising players to the peak of their potential. Unfortunately, the style that JayzaR brings, while being effective, differs from that of the rest of the team, so keeping the two parties together starts to hinder the progress of both.
What we can say without doubt is that JayzaR has made an incredible contribution to our journey, coming up with big kills when it mattered most, and being a crucial piece of the puzzle as we secured our first international title. With it being so early in his career, we’re looking forward to seeing the highlight reel further down the line.
Standing in for us this weekend will be David “Jayzwalkingz” Kempner. He’ll be travelling with the team to Germany as we look for a good performance at Dreamhack Leipzig 2017.
Andreas ‘Samuelsson’ Samuelsson
I want to thank Aleksandar for his time with us. We achieved a lot more than people expected from us and we did great things together. He is of course a very skilled sniper and did a great job for us, but unfortunately it hasn’t worked out in the end. Though our differences in approach have hindered us from moving forward, we say goodbye to each other as friends and wish JayzaR all the best for the future.
Aleksandar ‘JayzaR’ Zarkovic
Six months ago I got the opportunity to be a part of Fnatic's Academy Team. I signed for the team because I saw big potential in the idea and the players. During these months I had the most special moments and biggest CSGO results of my career. Most memorable of course, our win at the last event we attended in Shenzhen, China Top.
I want to thank the players and the coach; my friends and I shared an amazing time together and great experiences that I will always carry with me. I wish all of you the best of success in all your future endeavours. A special thanks as well to Fnatic as an organisation - very professional; I am honoured to have been representing them.
I have high ambitions for my career and I will now be exploring other opportunities. I'm super excited and I look forward to future challenges.