Žygimantas "nukkye" Chmieliauskas has announced he is no longer tied with the Ukrainian esports organisation HellRaisers, this Monday,while unveiling he is looking for new offers from other CS:GO teams.
The announcement comes at the heels of nukkye's statement which he made earlier this month, where the Lithuanian CS:GO pro unveiled he no longer wants to be a part of HellRaisers, as he has no intention of playing on a Russian-speaking team.
The sudden change of heart of the 22-year-old Rifler/AWPer comes as a result of massive roster changes at HellRaisers, who announced the departure of Igor "crush" Shevchenko, head coach Alexander "Lk-" Lemeshev and Kirill "ANGE1" Karasiow earlier this month, while Ivan "AiyvaN" Semenets, Vadim "Flarich" Karetin and nukkye all found themselves benched, amid HellRaisers’ CS:GO roster rebuild.
Nukkye made his first appearance in a competitive CS:GO environment in August 2016 when he claimed a runner-up finish at ESEA Season 22: Intermediate Division - Europe while playing under a stack dubbed RoyalGames. In months that followed nukkye continued participating at ESL and ESEA tournaments under different banners and in May 2017 joined his first professional esports organisation Playing Ducks.Int, where he stayed up until August before moving to MANS NOT HOT and later in March 2018 to The Imperial.
While playing under The Imperial, nukkye won his first A-Tier tournament, the Copenhagen Games, to which he added golden medal from ForceDrop.net Cup #1, top-eight finish at DreamHack Open Tours 2018, DreamHack Open Summer 2018 title and top-four placement at GG.BET Summer Europe & CIS and DreamHack Open Montreal 2018. The Imperial, unfortunately, disbanded in November 2018, leaving the Lithuanian pro to search for a new employer.
Throughout November, nukkye played in some lesser tournaments with a European stack LeftOut and in December moved to play under NoChance where he continued with his standout performances. During his stay at NoChance, nukkye averaged an impressive 1.16 HLTV rating and boasted with 61.3% map win rate. He won titles from Pixel.bet Brawl: Nordic vs. Europe and LOOT.BET Hotshot Series Season 1, which helped him get spotted by HellRaisers, who picked him up in April 2019 as a replacement for Abay "Hobbit" Khasenov.
With HellRaisers, nukkye went on to make his first appearance at an S-Tier tournament, the ESL Pro League Season 9 - Europe, where the Ukrainian team finished seventh-eighth. In the months that followed, nukkye reached a fair amount of success on the international stage, which included appearances at some of the biggest CS:GO tournaments and silver medal from DreamHack Delhi Invitational 2019. Unfortunately, nukkey did not win anything with HellRaisers outside of WePlay! Forge of Masters Season 1: Regular Season shortly after his arrival.
Although a respected esports organisation, HellRaisers failed to achieve any noteworthy results in the CS:GO competitive scene in a while, which eventually led to the roster moves that included the departure of their iconic member ANGE1, who decided to part ways with the team after over six years. Nukkye's departure is not all too shocking and can be seen as an inevitable outcome after he publicly announced he wishes to leave the team. Nukkye is currently a free agent, looking for a new team as either rifler of AWPer.
“I want to thank nukkye for the time he’s been with HR. I’m sure he’ll soon find a team that will help him accomplish all of his goals. We’ve made lots of good memories together which we will surely look back on when we meet again,” said Alex "Magician" Slabukhin, CEO of HellRaisers.
HellRaisers CS:GO team is now:
Vadim "Flarich" Karetin
Ivan "AiyvaN" Semenets
Abay "Hobbit" Khasenov - loanee
Written by KrajnikT
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