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Tarik “tarik” Celik has stepped back from the active Evil Geniuses CS:GO roster. In a tweet, Evil Geniuses stated that tarik is going to focus on streaming and content creation.

“We are excited to support and work with him while exploring the next steps in his career,” the statement read.

Tarik’s statement

Over on tarik’s own Twitter account, he provided a link to a TwitLonger about his departure from CS:GO. In the post, he stated that he was unhappy about not meeting expectations of a world-class CS:GO team.

“It’s been very up and down, but mostly down lately,” tarik wrote of the CS:GO 2021 season. “Our results as a team have been lackluster and led to the decision of me benching myself. By no means do I think I was playing well throughout the hardships but I believe that even with our new lineup that underlying issues had still existed.”

He added that his approach to the team’s issues was different compared to others’. He noted his respect for their decision, however, he concluded that he no longer wanted to be part of the project.

“I still take part in the responsibility of not being able to elevate our team to a consistent top level, and I do not believe one individual is at fault,” tarik wrote.

Although the CS:GO players won as a team, they also lost as a team. Tarik wished the Evil Geniuses success for the future.

Currently, tarik is reflecting on his time with his former CS:GO team. He has plans to get back into form as well. In the meantime, he will also be streaming.

Evil Geniuses and their future in CS:GO

In 2020, tarik achieved first place alongside his team in CS:GO tournaments under the Evil Geniuses banner. These included the ESL One Cologne 2020 Online event and the BLAST Premier: Spring American Finals.

Michał “MICHU” Müller has taken tarik’s place in the active Evil Geniuses CS:GO roster. MICHU has previously played for teams like Virtus.Pro and Team Envy.


Amy Chen is an esports journalist and enthusiast who specializes in in-depth interviews and breaking news. A University of Toronto and Humber College graduate, she is passionate about building up the Canadian esports industry. Her current favorite games are Hearthstone and Heroes of the Storm, and she has always had a soft spot for World of Warcraft!


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