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Nitr0 on why Valorant is better for unknown players: "CS has a lot of gatekeepers, you have to have years of experience" Interview

Team Liquid's Nicholas "nitr0" Cannella spoke on his experience in Valorant on EPL S15 press conference. He shared the lessons he got from playing a different game and explained why he didn't regret switching.

The biggest reason why nitr0 had no regrets was personal: he wanted to be close to his wife while she was pregnant, and that wasn't possible with the amount of travel in CS:GO. But Cannella's main love is Counter-Strike, and that's why he came back after his son grew up a bit.

I don’t regret switching to Valorant. I think it was very good for me and my personal life because my wife was pregnant. The CS schedule in 2020-2021 was super rough, and they were gone a lot more than we were gone in 2019, for example. Basically living in Europe when your wife is pregnant is just not ideal. So Valorant kinda allowed me to be home at the same time as doing my job. It was really nice to take a little break from all the travel.

But obviously, at the end of the day I like CS way more as the game. That’s why I decided to come back, now that my son is a little bit older.

Nicholas "nitr0" Cannella
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At the same time, nitr0 thinks that Valorant scene is good right now, and not much people will follow his example. In his opinion, the game offers more opportunities to unknown players than CS:GO.

I think Valorant is in a pretty good spot right now. There’s a lot of newer talent, the best team in NA is actually a team full of people I’ve never really heard of from my CS background. I think their best player is from some random game, he isn't an experienced CS veteran. That scene has a lot of growth for new and up-and-coming players.

You don’t have to have a "CS degree" to be insane at the game, to be in the best team in the world, so I think if you’re transitioning from CS to Valorant, you’re gonna be a little bit ahead, but ultimately it can only get you so far in that game. And I think a lot of people, especially the casuals, like that about the game, because CS has a lot of gatekeepers. You kinda have to have multiple years of experience.

Even Josh [oSee] from our team has played at the highest level in NA besides Liquid and EG for years, he played the game a lot and only now finally got this chance in the tier-1 team. He worked really hard for it, and it's just very hard to get on a super good team in CS now. In Valorant you just start playing the game, people notice you in ranked and invite you to scrim, and if you’re good, you got the job.

Nicholas "nitr0" Cannella
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New game forced Cannella to learn a lot. He had to play with new, younger players and quickly adapt to changing rosters. He had to build a team from scratch, and this experience helped him after his return to CS:GO. Nitr0 thinks that his current team grew a lot and now close to winning tournaments.

There’s a bunch of lessons, but just in general swapping, playing with different players with different mentalities, playing with younger players again. I learned a lot from them. As for IGL stuff, building the team from scratch is very hard. In Valorant you had do that because the game was so new, and coming back to CS we had to essentially build a new team. Obviously we had three, the core of our older roster, but I was still gone for a year and a half, it's not like I was there learning with them. So it's hard to consider me to be a part of the core from before.

Another thing I learned from Valorant was how to approach people and build something from scratch because it’s super hard in CS, especially nowadays. It takes months and months to get the highest level of CS, you can’t just put 5 super stars together and expect them to be the best team in the world within 2 months. We’re pretty happy with our progress since we’ve developed this team. We’re pretty close to feeling we’re super confident in winning events. It’s only a matter of time.

Nicholas "nitr0" Cannella

His teammate Jonathan "EliGE" Jablonowski also predicts good future for the team. Liquid are playing Heroic tomorrow, and he expects his team to win 2-1. You can follow his and other interviews from EPL S15 press conferences on Escorenews.

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