Following TSM getting disbanded, former Counter Strike and Valorant pro-James “hazed” Cobb has announced his retirement from professional play.
The American gamer announced his retirement on X where he reflected on his journey that started back in 2004 and lasted for over two decades. hazed spent his time as a top-flight player across two prominent esport before hanging up his mouse at the age of 34. Throughout his career in CS and Valorant, hazed was one of the most talented players to come out of NA who spent his career as a player and a coach.
During his time in CS, hazed was one of the first professional players to come out of North America. He played with some of the biggest names, for some of the biggest teams but his trophy cabinet isn’t exactly a glorious one. hazed failed to win any significant trophies during his CSOG days but was an important piece of several rosters that went on to win big in the future.
When Valorant came out, hazed enjoyed a short-lived success when their esport scene was at a nascent stage but stuck around with TSM for a long time, until they disbanded recently. His career in Valorant isn’t any better than the one he had in CS but he laid the foundation for many players to move forward.
hazed walked so others could run. His contribution to the scene will be unparalleled for years to come. Only time can tell if he moves away from the scene or stays as a coach or analyst which he has done before during his time in CSGO.