- The Counter-Strike organization bids fare well to head coach Danny “zonic” Sørensen
- It is rumored Rémy “XTQZZZ” Quoniam will replace him
- Zonic is often considered the best Danish CS player of all time
After spending 21 months with French organization Vitality, head coach Danny “zonic” Sørensen left the team to head over to Falcons.
Zonic and Vitality Part Ways
November 1 will mark the first day of zonic new job at Falcons. The coach has been in talks with the team for weeks, with the deal for the transfer being signed recently. It is rumored that Vitality will bring back Rémy “XTQZZZ” Quoniam, to replace zonic. 34-year-old XTQZZZ has previously coached Vitality from December 2018-2021 and he has recently become available for re-hiring after departing TSM on Saturday, October 7. Talks for this transfer were also allegedly going on for weeks before today’s announcement.
It can be argued that Vitality is letting go of a significant asset as 37-year-old zonic is widely regarded as the best Counter-Strike player of all time. He’s had huge success with several Danish teams, winning around $110,000 in prize money, and was one of the founding members of the legendary mTw.dk, one of the most dominant CS teams in history.
In 2015, zonic retired from professional play and transitioned to being a coach, joining Team Dignitas. After a short stint with them, zonic once again returned to active play for mTw, but after an unsuccessful stint, once again transitioned to coaching. In January 2016, he founded Astralis with the members of Team Questionmark and spent the next almost six years with the organization, helping them achieve many successes.
Zonic’s impressive portfolio only grew with his work in Vitality. Over the past couple of years, the French team has one several big events, including Intel Extreme Masters Rio 2023 and BLAST.tv Paris Major 2023 in the spring. This, coupled with their victory at Gamers8 2023, propelled Vitality to the top of the CS:GO charts.
Unfortunately, zonic’s leaves the team on somewhat of a down note, as Vitality most recently left the ESL Pro League Season 18 at 5-8th place after losing several matches, the last one of which being a 0-2 to Monte. Despite that, it seems the coach is parting ways with the French organization in good spirits. In a Twitter post following the announcement, he wrote “I was given one task when I started talking with Team Vitality back in Fall 2021. “You have two years to win a Major” – It has been one hell of a ride with a unique group of guys. The team & the fans will always have a special place in my heart.”
Considering Vitality’s performance earlier this year, it’s safe to say zonic has reached that goal.