After spending over a year in Valorant, the former Counter Strike tactician ponders upon a return to Valve’s first person shooter.
Following the transfer of Joshua “steel” Nissan to T1 Valorant, Nicholas “nitr0” Cannella has been removed from 100 Thieves’s active Valorant lineup, the North American organization announced on their Twitter handle. Post their exit from the VCT LCQ : North America at the hands of Cloud9, the team aims to overhaul their roster ahead of the 2022 pro season.
nitr0 joined 100 Thieves from Team Liquid CS:GO in August 2020 when the team decided to restructure their entire Valorant division except Spencer “Hiko” Martin who was retained. With the addition of steel, Peter “Asuna” Mazuryk and Quan “dicey” Tran, 100 Thieves came out with their guns blazing, winning the First Strike : North America but were unable to keep the ball rolling leading to top-mid table finishes and an playoff exit from the Stage 3 Masters Berlin. Following their run at the latter, the team decided to gear up for the VCT Champions Last Chance Qualifier and decided to bench steel which indeed seemed to have shook the team’s synergy as they were denied a spot further by Cloud9 in the Lower bracket.
Somewhere around November, nitr0 was spotted playing PUGS on FACEIT alongside his former teammate EliGE which did hint upon the 26 year-old coming out of retirement to compete again in Counter Strike.
This was later confirmed by 1pv.fr and TalkEsport who reported the deal between nitr0 and Team Liquid CS:GO may see the light any day. He is expected to rejoin his former team along with Richard “shox” Papillon as the duo is currently rumoured to replace Gabriel “FalleN” Toledo and Jakcy “Stewie2k” Yip on Team Liquid’s active CS:GO roster.
With nitr0’s departure, 100 Thieves Valorant now have:
- Spencer “Hiko” Martin
- Ethan “Ethan” Arnold
- Peter “Asuna” Mazuryk
- Johann “seven” Hernandez (Substitute)