Timothy “autimatic” Ta reportedly won’t be a part of the T1 Valorant esports team next season. The news surfaced on Thursday, November 25, when it was unveiled autimatic could be looking to return to Counter-Strike: Global Offensive.
T1 and Autimatic Part Ways
Although yet to be confirmed, T1 and autimatic are set to part ways by year-end. The American Valorant esports pro is still contracted with the team; however, he could get cut from the roster soon.
The reports unveiling autimatic’s decision to leave T1 also confirmed that the 25-year-old could transition back to CS:GO. Nothing has been confirmed as of yet, while the former CS:GO pro weights his options for next season.
Autimatic joined the Valorant esports scene in February 2021, when he joined T1 and has been a member of the team since. During his stint in Riot Games’ FPS title, autimatic has achieved reasonable success, albeit he failed t win any major tournaments.
The team would successfully qualify for the first, second, and third stages of NA challengers. But they could only manage two top-eight and one top-six finish.
Whether it was T1’s lack of success at the highest level of play or other reasons is unclear. However, as reported earlier this week, autimatic is contemplating making a return to CS:GO.
A Return To CS:GO Is An Option
Autimatic’s return to CS:GO scene would make a lot of sense since he has achieved far more playing Valve’s FPS compared to Valorant. During his stint in the Valorant esports scene, automatic has not won a single notable tournament, yet the same doesn’t hold true for his CS:GO career.
The 25-year-old began his CS:GO career in 2014 with SapphireKelownaDotCom and has since played for several high-profile teams. That includes Tempo Storm, complexity Gaming, Team SoloMid, and Cloud9.
Across his CS:GO career, automatic has five top-tier events, including ELEAGUE Major: Boston 2018. In 2018 he was also recognized as the 17th best player in the world, adding to his MVP award from ESL Pro League Season 4 Finals.
However, despite his success automatic hasn’t achieved much in the latter stages of his career. Since joining Gen.G in December 2019, success was far and between for the NA esports pro, whose only notable achievement with the team was DreamHack Open Anaheim 2020.
Not The First Player To Leave Valorant
If autimatic decides to leave the Valorant esports scene and makes a return to CS:GO, he would not be the first player to do so. Ricky “floppy” Kemery had already taken the same step in October when he returned to CS:GO with Extra Salt.
At the time, Floppy stated that playing Valorant has made him appreciate CS:GO more while noting that CS:GO makes him much happier.
“I am much happier playing CS. Especially with my good friends on Extra Salt,” said Floppy
“I think it was good for me to take a step back from CS for a little bit since I was feeling a little burnt out from playing. Being able to punish noobs for making mistakes in CS is a lot more satisfying than getting owned by noobs in VALORANT since the skill floor is so much higher in that game.”
Another player who is rumored to make a comeback to the CS:GO scene is Nicholas “nitr0” Cannella. He had transitioned to Valorant in August 2020 when he joined 100 Thieves.
And while nitr0 has achieved a lot in Valorant, he is reportedly set to make a CS:GO comeback. As the rumors suggest, nitr0 is close to re-joining Team Liquid, who he played for nearly five years.
As it stands now, nitr0’s and autimatic’s returns to CS:GO scene are yet to be confirmed. However, we can expect more information about their future to become available by the end of the year.