Oceanic FPS king tucks makes return to Counter-Strike after two-year Valorant stint

After two weeks as a stand-in, tucks will make his official return next week.

A stalwart of Oceanic FPS esports and Counter-Strike veteran at Chiefs, Tyler “tucks” Reilly has been announced as Order’s official fifth, replacing the outgoing Luke “ekul” Blakey.

The official announcement comes following a two week stand-in period, with tucks competing for Order at ESL ANZ Champs Season 14 against Kingsmen & Renegades.

“[I] had a nice run in Valorant, but it’s time to return home,” tucks said on Twitter.

“[I’m] very excited to be back competing in CS at maximum capacity and being able to play in the Major cycle for the first time in my professional career.”

With numerous titles and international events under his belt, tucks brings a wealth of experience to Order CS — a roster he isn’t too unfamiliar with.

Throughout 2020, both before and during his tenure at Order’s Valorant division, tucks coached the organisation’s Counter-Strike team, of which three members remain.

Under tucks, the Order line-up were rock-solid in 2020, achieving two national titles in a year affected by the global COVID pandemic.

Before Order, tucks donned the blue and white of The Chiefs for the best part of five years.

A true pioneer of OCE CS:GO, tucks has been a part of many historic firsts in the region; from the first major offline Counter-Strike event in OCE at the Crown Invitational, to representing Chiefs at numerous international outings at ESEA Global Challenge, WESG and more.

An iconic moment in tucks’ — and OCE esports — history is undoubtedly IEM Sydney, where tucks led Chiefs to a 16-5 victory over Renegades in a shocking upset.

They weren’t done there, though; after dropping 16-4 to Optic and facing elimination, tucks’ squad shattered new ground with a jaw-dropping 16-13 win against Danish squad North, against the likes of Kristian “k0nfig” Wienecke and Emil “Magisk” Reif.

However, a cloud followed tucks throughout his CS:GO career — a VAC ban received in 2014 meant he could never compete at a Major.

In 2021, an Major eligibility rule update from Valve meant players with VAC bans stretching over five years could once again qualify for a Major, but by this time tucks was well and truly on his way in Valorant.

Together with fellow Chiefs teammate Matthew “Texta” O’Rourke, tucks and Team Launch set the bar for Oceanic Valorant in 2020, taking out the Order OCE Open and Rise of Valour.

Joining Order in late 2020, the squad, after a number of roster changes, dominated 2021 — outside of the Oceania Tour Stage 2 Finals, tucks & Order won everything they touched.

Tucks’ departure from Valorant comes a month after the team failed to qualify for the VCT APAC Challengers stage, dropping to Bonkers.

While tucks has competed with the Order CS:GO line-up for the past two weeks, his first official with the team will come next week at ESL ANZ Champs Season 14.

PhotographyESL; HLTV
Nicholas Taifalos
Nicholas "Taffy" Taifalos got his start publishing the escapades of some of Australia's pioneers in Counter-Strike and Dota overseas. Now, he turns his eye to events closer to home, from grassroots projects to the height of Oceanic competition and everything in-between. He still hopes for the day Dota makes a glorious return to the pinnacle of OCE esports.

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