Adil ‘ScreaM’ Benrlitom is one of the most popular Counter-Strike: Global Offensive players on the planet, but he hasn’t been a permanent member of a professional team since June of 2018.
The 24-year-old has spent the majority of his Counter-Strike career playing for some of the top French teams, but found himself on the outside looking in as the likes of G2 and Vitality made roster changes in the second half of 2018.
However, fans of the ‘Headshot Machine’ are convinced that his time away from the professional scene is coming to an end after a handful of hints began to surface.
For starters, the Belgian star Tweeted about wanting to play some Counter-Strike on January 6 and soon got responses from Cloud9’s Fabien ‘kioShiMa’ Fiey and Vitality’s Nathan ‘NBK-’ Schmitt that suggest they have information about an upcoming move.
“I heard you will be playing soon,” said Kio, who played alongside ScreaM on Team Envy’s 2018 French roster.
“Same,” said NBK.
I heard you will be playing soon :pray:
— kioShiMa (@kiocsgoo) January 6, 2019
This alone is hardly enough to base a comeback theory upon, especially given the fact that pro CS:GO players regularly drop hints and teasers on Twitter that are nothing more than banter.
However, a report from playzone.cz on January 7 fed into the speculation when they announced that the 16-year-old Slovakian up-and-comer David ‘frozen’ Čerňanský has replaced ScreaM on the NoChance roster.
NoChance is a pick-up European mix team that also includes the likes of former NiP star Mikail ‘maikelele’ Bill and German veteran Kevin ‘kRYSTAL’ Amend. ScreaM has been playing on the roster since December but, if the playzone report is correct, appears to have now stepped down.
If ScreaM is indeed on the brink of a return to professional CS:GO, there are a few teams that seem like obvious options. Most notably, 3DMAX and LDLC both have openings.
The two French teams have lost some of their biggest hitters to the likes of G2 and Vitality in recent months, and someone with the firepower of ScreaM could be just what they need. Given the fact that François ‘AmaNEk’ Delauney recently left LDLC, we wouldn’t be surprised to see him and ScreaM join forces to complete the 3DMAX roster.
ScreaM has been a professional Counter-Strike player for nine years, originally in Source and later in Global Offensive.
The Belgian star is best known for his incredible headshot percentage and ‘one tap’ kills. In fact, he still boasts the best headshot percentage on HLTV.org by a significant margin despite a less-than-stellar 2018 season.