theScore esports Daily (May 6): ziGueira retires from competitive Siege and Team Liquid, while valens returns to Cloud9 as head coach

by Devin Jones May 6 2019
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Team Liquid's ziGueira retires from competitive R6

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Wanting to start a family and spend more time with his wife, Team Liquid's Leo "ziGueira" Duarte has decided to retire from competitive Rainbow Six: Siege

Despite the retirement—announced on the Team Liquid website—ziGueira plans to take up a full-time streaming career after taking time off in his home town of Petropolis.

"I just got married in January. It's been very hard being in San Paulo, while my wife, Anne, is one hour away by plane. She stays alone in my hometown, Petropolis. I was a little tired of being away from her. I want to have a child and start a family. Esports was blocking me from doing this which why I decided to remove it," ziGueira said in the blog post.

ziGueira's biggest victory with Team Liquid came at the Pro League Season 7 Finals where they best Penta Esports to take first place and the $75,000 prize. At the 2019 R6 Invitational, Team Liquid placed 5th through 8th, losing to Team Empire in the quarterfinals.

valens returns to Cloud9 CS:GO roster as head coach

After bringing in Ronald “Rambo” Kim to coach the Cloud9 CS:GO roster on a trial basis beginning in January, the organization recently announced that veteran leader Soham "valens" Chowdhury has returned to coach the team.

Valens is infamous for helping Cloud9 win the 2018 ELEAGUE Boston Major, pulling off a historic 2-1 victory over a heavily favoured FaZe Clan superteam.

During Rambo's time coaching the team, valens took on the role of Director of Data Science for Cloud9, quoted in a HLTV interview as saying "The goal right now is that I'm not leaving C9, I'm not leaving esports, I'm just doing data science work to build out Cloud9's analytics division."

Cloud9 as of late has posted poor results, failing to win a single match at the recent BLAST Pro Series Miami. With valens back in the head coach position, Cloud9 is looking to get back on track at Dreamhack Masters Dallas kicking off on May 28th.

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