24-year-old professional CSGO player Nicholas “nitr0” Cannella is reportedly making a switch to Riot’s competitive shooter VALORANT. The report which was first published by ESPN’s Tyler Erzberger states that multiple North American pro teams have already reached out to nitr0 to add him to their rosters.
Tyler has called this to be the “biggest transfer yet from Counter-Strike to VALORANT.”
Nitr0 has been playing in Team Liquid for over five years, helping the team to land first-place finishes in many S-tier tournaments like the Intel Extreme Masters XIV – Chicago or the ESL One Cologne: 2019. He had been the team’s in-game leader for a long time before he was replaced by 19-year-old rifler Michael “Grim” Wincer on August 4, 2020.
With more and more popular CSGO pros making a switch to VALORANT, it’s evident how big of an impact Riot’s new tactical shooter has laid on the professional esports scene. The finals of the latest Ignition Series tournament – FaZe Clan Invitational – rocked a viewer count of over 180,000 where TSM took down Sentinels 3-2 in what is believed to be one of the most exciting finals yet.