American organization Team Liquid has unveiled a new player for their CS:GO roster. Former Triumph player Micheal ‘Grim’ Wince joins the Liquid squad and replaces long-standing team captain Nick ‘nitr0’ Canella. The move was initially reported by DBLTP, who quoted sources saying that the move follows an internal discussion about nitr0’s position on the team.
Joining Liquid is the crowning of Grim’s strong performances with Triumph. The 19-year old rifler has had a stellar first half of the year. He averaged an impressive 1.31 HLTV rating and even managed to average a 1.24 rating against the top 20 teams. But as he now joins a top-tier team, he will have to learn how to deal with the additional pressure.
The change makes an end to a five-year relation between nitr0 and Team Liquid. The in-game leader was the last remaining member of the initial CS:GO lineup. Especially in the past few years, this relation has been very successful, winning several big events and most notably becoming the second Intel Grand Slam winners.
With Counter-Strike moving online, trouble started in the Liquid camp. There was a shift in the leadership role, with Jake ‘Stewie2K’ Yip taking over the helm from nitr0. Now we see nitr0’s removal from the lineup, and Liquid acquiring grim as his replacement. However, Liquid has not specified if this will be their permanent roster.