Team Liquid is looking to potentially add Michael "Grim" Wince to replace Nicholas "nitr0" Cannella on the active roster, according to multiple sources close to the team. Nitr0 stepped down as a result of team discussions that gravitated towards his replacement, said one source with knowledge of the situation.
Nitr0 has been with Team Liquid since 2015, one of the longest tenures for any player in CS:GO history with a single organization. He transitioned to a number of roles during his time on multiple rosters, which include entry fragging, in-game leading, and AWPing. While with Team Liquid, he won the Intel Grand Slam in the Summer of 2019 and reached the finals of ESL One: Cologne 2016 Major.
Grim has been playing with the Triumph organization since February of this year, which is his second time with the organization. His first stint lasted from late 2019 to the early part of February, putting only a couple of weeks between each period. His recent performances in the cs_summit 6 event and the DreamHack Open Summer North America qualifier drew interest from Team Liquid as they mulled their current roster.
The mandated player break is underway for just over one week and then play will resume around the world. It is expected that the first event for Grim under the Team Liquid banner will be DreamHack Open Summer, followed by ESL One: Cologne North America. As of now, the next stage of the Road to Rio qualification series has not been announced.
DBLTAP has reached out to Team Liquid for comment.
UPDATE (July 29, 12:00 p.m. ET): Team Liquid issued a statement regarding the move. "We can confirm that Michael "Grim" Wince will be starting for Team Liquid at Dreamhack next weekend. We're not ready to share more are the moment, but we will have more to share with the community soon."