Olof “olofmeister” Kajbjer has stepped down from FaZe’s active roster after he decided to take a break to recuperate from fatigue, the organization has announced.
The Swede revealed that he has decided to take time off from the game after becoming increasingly fatigued as of late, citing the need to recuperate and regain motivation as the reasons for stepping down from the team.
Thank you for everything @olofmeister, happy to call you a friend. Will always remember great memories and some of the sad ones we have shared together, but what a journey. Hopefully you will find your motivation back and come back to the scene, way too early to quit ❤️ pic.twitter.com/c3PqkXCm1b— NiKo (@fazeniko) May 23, 2020
The decision comes after olofmeister put in a series of below-average showings in recent times, averaging a 0.90 rating across 52 maps played in the European divisions of ESL Pro League Season 11 and ESL One: Road to Rio over the course of the last two months.
This marks the second time olofmeister has decided to take an extended break from the game after the 28-year-old took a leave of absence in FaZe in the first half of 2018. That ended up lasting for over three months as he sat out five consecutive LAN events and the team used Richard “Xizt” Landström and Jorgen “cromen” Robertsen as stand-ins.
At the time, the uncertainty around the lineup marked the beginning of an inconsistent period in the European squad, at the end of which they decided to part ways with long-time in-game leader Finn “karrigan” Andersen.
In 2016, olofmeister was also forced to take time off duties in fnatic after sustaining a hand injury, which left him out of action for more than two months.
It’s unclear whether FaZe will have a place on the roster for the Swede when he decides to come back and utilize stand-ins or if they’ll find a permanent replacement this time. Valve’s roster rules will likely play a factor in that decision should the Swedish player not return by cs_summit 6, the next Regional Major Ranking tournament, as the team would already suffer a 20 per cent points deduction, which would knock them down from fourth to fifth place in the European standings.