There’s a chance you’ve seen an Estonian flag crop up on the HLTV match page. Primarily thanks to Ropz, the player in mousesports. You might have noticed there are a couple more notable Estonian players. One of them is HS. He used to play for the long forgotten Penta roster, Optic Gaming, and others. Now he is a part of GamerLegion. But there’s a third Estonian you might’ve seen on HLTV. Does the name fejtZ ring a bell? It should, as he’s been a part of the Counter-Strike landscape. If not, it’s a good opportunity to know more about the player who’s played for 5 different continents.
FejtZ’s Early Career
His earliest recorded matches are with his fellow Estonians in The World Championship qualifiers 2013 (TWC). fejtZ had an easy series against a team from Luxemburg, winning the maps 16-5 and 16-3. In their next encounter, the Estonians had to face their Baltic neighbors – the Latvians. This was no easy fight, as the Latvian team consisted of individuals from 1.6. The Estonians lost the bo3 2-0, but during this affair, it was fejtZ who secured 55 kills and a 1.15 rating. He would later continue playing with his countrymen under the tags MayaM, United Estonia and OnlineBOTS. These teams would maintain a strong foothold in the Baltic scene winning events across the 3 countries. Yet, his international presence would only take shape in 2016.
Working Across The Sea
A news article popped up on HLTV during the last days of 2015. The Swedish organization Publiclir.se announced, that the team will trial two Estonian players fejtZ and HS. However, the former (fejtZ) would spend almost a year in the Swedish scene. The team would go on to play in various tier 2 and tier 3 levels of competition. Their most notable placing was in 2016’s Copenhagen Games.
The team took the 3rd/4th place finish since they beat g1ave and his Copenhagen Wolves in the quarters. But alas, fejtZ & co couldn’t hold a candle to the eventual winners Hellraisers. All in all, fejtZ faced better opposition than during his stay in OnlineBOTS. By the end of the year, he left the team and was a free agent. fejtZ was able to sustain his level of play and finished the year with 1.07 rating. Where would he go next?
New Opportunity Arises For FejtZ
At the start of 2017, the North American organization Denial announced that they will replace the Swedish player SKYTTEN with fejtZ. As destiny might have it, fejtZ also replaced SKYTTEN in Publiclir.se. This was a time were older European players or unproven European talent would be picked-up by these North American organizations. It was a good way to prove your worth as a player. At the time, the competition was weaker compared to Europe and you could easily inflate your stats against lesser opposition. For fejtZ, that was especially true. Since he was already a good player, he achieved a 1.26 rating whilst in NA. From a team’s perspective, they weren’t a good a roster. Their only victory was at a 3,200$ 4 team LAN event. Some underwhelming finishes and the team ceased to exist by the 4th month of its initiation.
FejtZ Starts Looking Eastwards
His next stop would be in China, for an organization called UYA. He wasn’t the only European picked-up, because the team also went for a Russian player by the name of VofkiN. I mentioned earlier that fejtZ had a good stay in North America, rating wise, but China is a region which barely gets to see international competition, not to mention the ability to practice against other regions. During his short stay, UYA reached the top 5 of Chinese Counter-Strike. fejtZ walked away from that team with an impressive average rating of 1.32 and 85.7% of maps with a 1+ rating.
Here We Go Again
After his stay in China, fejtZ would constantly be in-and-out of various teams. For a month he played in Hellraisers and after their victory in a 50,000$ cup, he departed the team. He was gone for almost 6 months of competitive Counter-Strike. He made his return in ex-splyce (known as boxr) for two weeks. Since then, he was all over the place. He stood in again for Hellraisers, the Russian team Plink in the Faceit Major Minor, helped a Tunisian team, by the name of “guccixd” to qualify for PLG Grand Slam and so on and so forth.
FejtZ’s Recent Moves
By this point in time, fejtZ has played in 3 different continents: that’s Asia, NA, and Europe. He also stood in for teams from Africa and the Oceanic region (Australia). If he wants to be known as a player, who has played and participated in these various regions, that’s a great story. But because of these constant moves between teams, you must wonder about the player’s true motivation. If he truly wants to achieve an interesting trivia to his biography and not titles, that’s up to him. Until his career takes a different route, the legacy of fejtZ will be that of a journeyman.