According to ESPN, sources confirmed last Monday that Former Counter-Strike: Global Offensive legend Nicholas “nitrO” Cannella “is in the process of transferring to become a pro player in VALORANT“.
Apparently, several professional teams in North America are interested in getting nitrO’s services, “looking to make him a full-time starter on their VALORANT roster”.
NitrO has become a legend of CS:GO, leading his former team, Team Liquid, to some of its most important conquests, like winning four S-tier tournaments organized by Dreamhack or ESL, accomplishing the IEM Grand Slam in 2019, and making it the HLTV’s No.1 team in the world rankings last year through winning six S-tier events overall.
Team Liquid announced last August 1st that they were parting ways with nitrO after five years of relationship with the next video:
Now that Team Liquid announced their VALORANT full roster, nitrO, as known as “Captain America”, will keep doing history dressed with some different colours that still are a question mark for us.
Despite this might be the most important transition of a pro player from CS:GO to VALORANT, nitrO is not the first (and probably not the last) to do this change.
Some other CS:GO legendary pros have done it before: Spencer “Hiko” Martin joined 100 Thieves, Adil “ScreaM” Benrlitom was announced to join Team Liquid last Friday, Oscar “Mixwell” Cañellas signed with G2 Esports, and Tyler “Skadoodle” Latham is now VALORANT player for T1.
VALORANT’s competitive scene is growing day by day, and we will probably have important leagues being born soon… but for now, Captain “nitrO” America needs to find his new headquarters.