Nivera to join Vitality as sixth player - Report
The 19-year-old made the cut from Vitality's shortlist and will be joining the team soon.
Vitality have agreed on a deal with Heretics to add Nabil "Nivera" Benrlitom to their lineup as the sixth man, according to a report from 1pv.fr. The player will officially be unveiled as a member of Vitality upon signing his contract with the new team, which is expected to be confirmed "very soon".
The talented youngster was one of four players reported to be on Vitality's shortlist, and ended up being selected over his teammate Bryan "Maka" Canda, LDLC's Ali "hAdji" Haïnouss, and K23's Nicolas "Keoz" Dgus.
Nivera has been the second-best performer for Heretics this year, averaging a 1.12 rating, and plays as a hybrid - versatile with both rifles and the AWP. According to the report, he was quickly identified as the target by Rémy "XTQZZZ" Quoniam and his players.
In May, Nivera spoke about stepping out of the shadow of his older brother, Adil "ScreaM" Benrlitom, with the renowned Belgian stating that Nivera will keep carrying the family name in Counter-Strike: "I trust my brother, he's going to do well in CS. My name... our name will not be forgotten so easily".
As the rosters already locked in for the upcoming Regional Major Ranking event, DreamHack Open Fall, the earliest Nivera's debut for Vitality could happen is in BLAST Premier Fall Series, scheduled to start at the end of October.
Rémy "XTQZZZ" Quoniam (coach)