Earlier this month, the Counter-Strike world lost one of its heroes when Cédric "RpK" Guipouy or “Le Tank” announced his retirement from competitive CS:GO. The strong Frenchmen was an iconic and influential figure on the Counter-Strike scene for almost 15 years.
In a press conference held by ESL, we took the time to talk with RpK’s former teammate Richard ‘shox’ Papillon. When asked about RpK’s career and his influence on French CS, the Vitality star quickly said that you couldn’t just answer this in 3, 4 or 5 minutes. But shox gave it a shot.
- RpK is not the type of guy who necessarily takes the decisions on a team, but he’s really good at being a solider. In a team, it’s always nice to have different personalities, and one of them is “the soldier”, where RpK probably was one of the best in this world. Whatever you ask RpK to do – he will do it.
I have been an in-game leader for more than three years, where I also had him on my team. Having a guy like that, who brings a lot outside of the server and does whatever you ask him in the server, is definitely a big quality, shox said about his former teammate.
You can watch the entire interview with shox in this video.
RpK was not a player who topped the individual rankings tournament after tournament. However, the French tank wasn’t shy of handing out crisp headshots and incredible plays, while being on the server. We have collected some of the best plays from his career in this tribute video down below.