Team Liquid set to replace nitr0 with Grim



29 July 2020


Team Liquid’s AWPer will be in search of a new team. Image via ELEAGUE.

One of Team Liquid’s longest tenured members will be leaving the roster when Nicholas “nitr0” Cannella will step down from the CS:GO roster. This is according to a report by Jarek “DeKay” Lewis.

The 24-year-old American reportedly ended his contract with Team Liquid after a five year stay with the organization after disputes with management over his replacement. The player replacing nitr0 will be Michael “Grim” Wince, who plays for Triumph Gaming. RushB were the first to report.

Nitr0 sent out a tweet that read, “Until next time, friends.” Nitr0 played various roles with Liquid, joining originally as an entry fragger, but becoming the in-game leader in 2017. In 2018, he became their AWPer, a position he’s held since then. Nitr0 and Team Liquid have won multiple tournaments such as IEM Sydney, DreamHack Masters Dallas, and ESL Cologne.

Grim first began playing professionally in 2017 with tier-two American teams. The 19-year-old has had a run of great performances though. As cs_summit six he had a breakout performance and has a 1.36 rating in the past three months according to HLTV.

Team Liquid has seen a run off in their HLTV ranking, as the team currently sits at eighth place worldwide. Team Liquid will lose 20 percent of the points accrued through the North American Regional Major Rankings for ESL’s tournament in Rio, set for November.

Team Liquid’s lineup heading into the rest of 2020 will be:

Jonathan ‘EliGE’ Jablonowski

Russel ‘Twistzz’ Van Dulken

Keith ‘NAF’ Markovic

Jake ‘Stewie2k’ Yip

Michael ‘Grim’ Wince

Eric ‘adreN’ Hoad (Head Coach)

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