Edward “Edward” Abgaryan announced via a twitlonger that he is retiring as a professional League of Legends player. He will move into a coaching role with the Brazillian organization Furia Esports after signing a contract expiring in 2022.
This is not the first time that Edward has taken time away as a player. In his decade-long career, he also coached Rogue in 2018.
The Armenian first stepped into the professional scene on the legendary Moscow Five lineup with other innovative players such as Alexey “Alex Ich” Ichetovkin and Danil “Diamondprox” Reshetnikov. He had four separate stints with the organization that eventually became Gambit Esports but also made appearances in Europe and North America.
Edward enjoyed early success in his career, placing in the top four at the Season 2 World Championships and winning multiple other tournaments before Riot Games started forming dedicated regional leagues. He also made multiple appearances in international events including Worlds and the Mid-Season Invitational, including a Worlds 2019 showing with Unicorns of Love. He was also one of the first imports in the LCS, joining Team Curse in 2013.
Edward was one of the early innovators at the support position, popularizing Nunu support with an aggressive playstyle. He also played Amumu and Kennen in professional matches but will mainly be remembered as an early master of Thresh, showing the strength of the champion shortly he was added to the game.
Edward was also known as an antagonistic player, often taunting or baiting opponents during matches. The player has also gone through a few name changes over his tenure, going by GoSu Pepper, and Gozu.
Edward is joining Furia Esports as the team’s head coach for its second year in the Brazillian scene. This will be his first time in the Brazilian region in his career, and he will be coaching a mixed roster of European and Brazillian talents.
He is inheriting a young organization that had its first playoff experience last year, placing third in the first split of CBLOL 2020. Edward will be joining the ranks of many other former professional players coaching in Brazil, and will likely be looking to take on a similar role in a larger region in the future.