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Ex-Liquid CSGO star nitr0 reportedly switching to Valorant

Published: 11/Aug/2020 4:50 Updated: 11/Aug/2020 12:40

by Andrew Amos

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Former Team Liquid CS:GO captain Nick ‘nitr0’ Cannella is reportedly the next in line to defect from Valve’s signature FPS title to Valorant, according to ESPN. Numerous teams have apparently bid to pick up the North American star.

Nitr0’s retirement from CS:GO came as a shock to many. He was moved off Team Liquid’s active roster at the end of July, and just days later he was replaced by Michael ‘grim’ Wince.

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After an illustrious five-year career in Valve’s hallmark FPS title, including a Major final appearance and numerous big-name wins, nitr0 could have hung up the mouse and keyboard there. However, the veteran has his sights set on more glory.

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nitr0 could soon be Valorant’s Captain America.

Nitr0 is looking at making the swap to Valorant after his retirement from CS:GO, according to ESPN. The former IGL and jack-of-all-trades would make a great addition to any squad, given his experience in CS:GO.

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Numerous teams are said to have reached out to get nitr0 on their team. While he’s still technically under the Team Liquid banner for the time being, that hasn’t stopped anyone from trying to woo him over.

It should come as no surprise that nitr0 is moving to Valorant. The CS:GO star has been streaming the game a lot since his departure from Team Liquid’s starting roster last week.

He’s been playing alongside Braxton ‘brax’ Pierce of T1, and fragging out hard on agents like Raze, Phoenix, and Jett.

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Brax even joked with nitr0 on his CS:GO retirement post to come join him for some Valorant. “Valorant welcomes you with open arms,” the T1 star tweeted. It looks like nitr0 took that to heart.

Nitr0 finished his Valorant placements in Immortal 3, and has been on that grind to Radiant since. He has also been tearing up 10-mans in the North American scene, making himself a name in yet another FPS title.

Nitr0 isn’t the only former CS:GO star potentially angling to get on a Valorant team. Former Cloud9 gunner Michael ‘shroud’ Grzesiek has alluded to going pro again in Valorant with a series of cryptic tweets. More could potentially be on their way too, but only time will tell.

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Could Valorant get League-style Clash tournaments in-client soon?

Published: 7/Oct/2020 3:31

by Andrew Amos

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Valorant’s competitive system is getting another overhaul in Ignition Act 3, with more strict party restrictions, changes to progression, and more. However, with the “tighter rank queue,” could the door be opening for in-client tournaments, like League of Legends’ Clash, in Valorant?

Valorant’s competitive experience is not only an important point for players, but Riot themselves. The tactical FPS was designed with competition in mind, from the way the game was optimized, to its basic mechanics.

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Whether Valorant’s competitive queue has lived up to that expectation is a different story though. The experience has been widely criticized by players due to numerous factors: no solo-duo queue, no leaderboards, a confusing progression system, and more.

Riot are vowing to change some of these things in Act 3. They are reducing the squad rank disparity limit from six tiers to three. They are also aiming at adding a cap on party sizes at high ranks, a leaderboard, and a more clear progression system early in 2021.

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With these changes though, friends won’t be able to queue up for ranked if their ranks are too far apart. This has opened the door for Riot to implement in-client tournaments like they did for League of Legends with Clash, and they’re entertaining the suggestion.

“We’ve heard from others that there is a desire for even more organized team play, but just not in the same queue,” design director Joe Ziegler told players while outlining the Act 3 competitive changes. “We hear you on these things, [but] they may take some time to implement.”

Clash in League of Legends was a replacement for the old ranked fives queue. Instead, teams of friends can take part in monthly tournaments, being seeded into a bracket based on their rank and playing against teams of a similar skill level. There’s also in-game prizes on the line.

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A similar system has been yearned for by Valorant players since the game’s release. Riot have indicated that such a feature could be closer than ever with the Act 3 changes. However, it’s still in development for the time being.

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Clash lets League players team up with friends to take part in in-client tournaments. There’s also prizing for the winners.

“We know there are many of you that like to queue competitive with friends of a wide skill range. We see this demand for this kind of team-based competition, and it’s on our roadmap,” competitive design lead David ‘Milkcow’ Cole said.

“We’re excited on our end to get this team-based feature up and rolling but it’ll be a bit before it’s out live ⁠— it’s a large feature,” he added on Reddit after the changes were announced on October 5.

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Valorant players should definitely get excited at the prospect of League-style in-client tournaments. It’ll add a more structured competitive experience to Valorant, where you can queue with friends to try and take down other five-stacks in a competitive setting without jeopardizing your rank.

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There will also likely be prizes on the line. While League of Legends has profile banners, icons, and skins on the line, maybe in Valorant special player cards, tags, and skins could be drafted up to celebrate those who win. The possibilities are endless, and only time will tell what Riot has in stock for players.