In the org’s video announcement, NRG investor and MLB World Champion Alex Rodriguez welcomed Tarik to the new squad, and even relished in some similarities the two shared.
"Hey [Tarik], what’s going on,” Rodriguez said. “From one World Champion to another, welcoming Brooklyn boy Tarik to the NRG family. Let’s bring home some trophies baby.”
Tarik was previously a part of the Cloud9 squad that brought North America its first Major title in CS:GO. Soon after he joined MiBR, where the all-star squad had trouble putting together quality results.
This led Tarik to a stint in free agency where he was delighted to land on an up-and-coming NRG side.
During the 2019 IEM Katowice, NRG stunned everyone when they got out of the Challengers Stage with a quick 3-0. However, they soon fell 0-3 in the Legends Stage but with only an 11 Round Differential across their matches.
This is an optimistic signing as NRG will hope the 23-year-old will provide the explosiveness and experience he’s shown throughout his career.
Tarik will round out a young NRG core along with Vincent ‘Brehze’ Cayonte, Cvetelin ‘CeRq’ Dimitrov, Ethan ‘Ethan’ Arnold, and Damian ‘daps’ Steele.