Former CS:GO pro Nabil "Nivera" Benrlitom officially joined Team Liquid on Saturday, becoming the fifth and final member of the team’s active Valorant roster.
The move comes hours removed from Liquid announcing on Twitter that James "Kryptix" Affleck will be taking a break to "deal with some personal issues."
Nivera, 20, had been linked to making a switch over to competitive Valorant for some time, having been benched by Team Vitality for the past six months reportedly due solely to an abundance of talent at his role.
According to Dexerto, Nivera seemingly made the move on his own terms after losing the motivation to continue playing Counter-Strike professionally.
Replacing the spot of Kryptix on Team Liquid, Nivera will be competing with his Belgian older brother Adil "ScreaM" Benrlitom for the first time in their Esports careers.
ScreaM, 27, has been one of the most well-known FPS stars for his time competing in both CS:GO and Valorant.
While ScreaM and Team Liquid loudly finished fourth at VCT Stage 2: Masters Reykjavík at the hands of Version1 and Fnatic, they are coming off of a disappointing Stage 3 showing in which the team failed to qualify for one of the EMEA region's four Masters Berlin spots.
With Nivera on board, Liquid will certainly hope that this move shows its worth in a couple of weeks during the VCT EMEA Last Chance Qualifier. Starting on Oct. 12., the LCQ will see the region's eight teams eligible left to fight for a spot alongside Gambit Esports, Acend and Fnatic at Valorant Champions — the scene's largest and annual culminating event.
For now, the new active Team Liquid Valorant roster is:
- Dom "Soulcas" Sulcas
- Travis "L1NK" Mendoza
- Adil "ScreaM" Benrlitom
- Elias "Jamppi" Olkkonen
- Nabil "Nivera" Benrlitom
- Connor "Sliggy" Blomfield (Coach)