Official: nitr0 departs Liquid starting lineup
The news follows reports from earlier this week, which claimed that 19-year-old Triumph star Michael "Grim" Wince was to link up with Liquid, taking the spot of the nitr0. The 24-year-old spent the majority of his playing career in Liquid, most notably leading the team to multiple event wins in 2019, the #1 spot in the world rankings, and a 63-day Intel Grand Slam Season 2 win.
nitr0 was the only member of the original Liquid lineup that stuck with the team since 2015, with his role change from entry rifler to in-game leading AWPer helping Liquid to regularly place high in tournaments during 2018 and finally become the world's best team in the first half of 2019.
As of late, nitr0 moved away from both AWPing and in-game leading, but wasn't able to improve his individual form, averaging a 0.94 rating over the last three months. That, combined with Liquid's uninspiring results — just one tournament win during the "online era" —, preceeded nitr0 departing the team's active lineup.
On Twitter, Liquid's manager Steve Perino commented on nitr0's departure and described him as "one of the most selfless people I have ever met", adding that he is "going to kill it with whatever comes next". As of now, nitr0 hasn't commented on what his plans for the future are.
Jonathan "EliGE" Jablonowski, who now takes over as the active player with the longest tenure in Liquid added that nitr0 was "one of the best teammates I could’ve ever asked for when I started my career five years ago".
Liquid are now:
Eric "adreN" Hoag (coach)