Sanjar "SANJI" Kuliev is no longer tied with Virtus.pro, the loyal rifler has confirmed on Twitter this Thursday. That marks the end of a more than two-year spell on the Russian team alongside Dzhami “Jame” Ali and company.
But what is next for SANJI?
In the Tweet where he announces his free agency, the 24-year-old Uzbek left a quite mysterious statement saying that he’s “not going to play”. Whether that means SANJI is set to take a break from CS:GO indefinitely or not, is tough to conclude solely from this Tweet.
We have therefore, prior to the publication of this article, reached out to SANJI for an elaboration on the statement and what it actually means.
SANJI was often described as the last true support player in modern-day CS:GO. The Uzbeki player Sanjar "SANJI" Kuliev was part of the Virtus.pro roster that qualified for the PGL Major in Stockholm, but shortly before the tournament, the 24-year-old player was benched to make way for Evgeniy "FL1T" Lebedev.
He has won several tier-1 tournaments with both Virtus.pro and his former team Avangar. Here he also participated in his only Major, where he made it all the way to the Grand Final at the StarLadder Berlin Major in 2019, where Avangar lost to Astralis.