Kevin ‘HS’ Tarn is a 21-year-old Estonian esports player training full-time in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. He is widely known as one of Estonia’s top CSGO players that made a name for himself while with Penta Sports. He takes on the position of entry fragger competing for Optic Gaming.
Optic HS looks up to pro players like Fernando ‘fer’ Alvarenga from SK Gaming and Richard ‘shox’ Papillon from G2 Esports. He was a fan and still is, watching their game plays with talent, skill, and a confidence that makes them top CSGO players. HS would later try out their CS moves. HIs way of preparing for prestigious matches is by talking to his teammates with a casual warmup and listening to music to calm his nerves just before the big tournaments.
Where it all began:
When Kevin was about 7-years-old when he developed an interest in Counter-Strike 1.6. While at school, his classmates would play CS 1.6 after school hours and of course he would join in the fun. His gaming experience has made him realize his potential and the motivation he has to be a top player so he made the smooth transition into Counter-Strike: Global Offensive.
Tarn began his professional career in CSGO back in 2015 playing for OnlineBOTS. He developed his fighting skills and new smart CS strategies with other units such as Unity, Rogue and Penta Sports.
A group of Call of Duty players formed a team called Optic Gaming back in 2006 so as to compete in esports events. Since the foundation of the American Association, the company supports squads that compete in COD, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Halo, Gears of War, Dota 2, League of Legends and PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds.
Optic created their CSGO team in 2016, acquiring the former Conquest players, ShahZam, daps, Rush, NAF, and Stanislaw. Since then roster changes took place for the better of the team’s results and the current lineup consists of mixwell, Friberg, allu, Magisk, and HS, taking their gaming levels to new heights.
The latest CSGO tournaments that Optic HS participated include the Esports Championship Series Season 4, IEM Oakland, iBUYPOWER 2017, EPICENTER 2017 qualifiers, Cyber PowerPC Extreme Gaming Series and Faceit Pro League.
In his gaming career, HS has acquired the competitive experience going against some of the top CSGO teams like Renegades, NV, EXtatus, Cloud 9, Flipsid3 Tactics, Vega Squadron, Red Reserve and Space Soldiers.
The greatest win was at the Esports Championship Series Season 4 – Finals while competing for Optic Gaming. The CS squad competed but lost to Mousesports with a score of 0-2 to finish in fifth place to claim their prize of $45K.
The second great achievement for Tarn was the ESL Pro League Season 6 - Finals while competing for Optic. In the CSGO tournament, the pro team beat CS squads like SK Gaming, Misfits and NRG, in the group stages. Optic managed to reach the playoffs to lose against Fnatic 1-2, despite the loss the unit ranked in fifth place to claim their reward of $45K.
Another esports tournament that has brought success for Tarn and his team at the time, Penta Sports was taking part in the ESEA Season 24: Global Challenge. In this event, Penta surprisingly beat BIG with a remarkable score of 2-0, taking the major ESEA title to proudly claim their well-deserved reward of $18K.