Slovakian CS:GO pro, Guardian says he's ready to make a comeback in competitive CS
CS:GO pro Ladislav "GuardiaN" Kovács is all set to return into the professional scene after a brief break.
After being benched by NaVi in January 2020, Guardian commented that he would be taking a break from CS:GO. Now in a column for Dexerto, he has announced that he is "ready to return and compete at the highest level."
A bumpy ride
In his 4 years in NaVi from 2013-207, Guardian won many trophies including DreamHack Leipzig 2016 and ESL One New York 2016. He was also named the 2nd best player of 2015 by HLTV. His flicks, his sense and his understanding of the game made him one the most formidable AWPers of the game. But there is one trophy that has eluded him- The prestigious CS:GO Major trophy. Twice he came close to winning the major but was bested both times. First by the Brazilians at Luminosity Gaming at the MLG Major Championship: Columbus in 2016 and second time against Cloud9 at the Boston Major in 2018 when he was a part of the FaZe Clan.
Guardian surely has had his share of ups and downs in his career. Guardian stepped down from NaVi in 2017 and went on to replace Aleksi "allu" Jalli as the primary AWPer at his new team in FaZe Clan where even though had his golden moments, was benched due to poor performance. Even though he commented that FaZe would be the last team he'd play for, he went on to join NaVi in late September 2019. But that stint was a failure too.
Now after being on a break for the most part of 2020, Guardian has announced that he is ready to return at the highest level of competitive CS:GO. In his column, he says "After watching the ‘online era’ of Counter-Strike unfold before me, I’m seeing mistakes being made at the highest level. Mistakes that I know I wouldn’t make."
Talking about his form he adds, "On a personal level, I’ve been striving to achieve the same individual form that I was hitting during my first tenure with NaVi. While most of this has been a psychological battle, the freedom of being able to grind FPL — and working to feel ‘comfortable’ with an AWP in my hands once again — has been a blessing."
The Major Curse
One of Guardian's main aim would be to add that one feather missing from his cap, the major trophy. "I'm hungrier than ever; and I feel like with the right team, I can finally claim the elusive Major trophy and it will no longer be a case of 'the one that got away'," he says. He believes that in the right team, he can rise to be one of the best snipers in CS:GO.
Although one can't help but speculate, will Guardian join Cloud9 now that they're looking to build a new roster.