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Team Liquid Sign Grim, nitr0 Steps Down


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North American star prospect Michael ‘Grim’ Wince has been bought out of his contract with Triumph and has joined top North American organization Team Liquid, sources close to the situation tell Rush B Media. DBLTAP was first to report this evening that Liquid was looking to potentially add Grim as Nicholas “nitr0” Cannella was stepping down. However, sources tell Rush B Media that the deal has already been finalized and Grim is officially a part of the Liquid lineup, bringing more firepower to a team that was already considered one of the most talented rosters in the world. It should come as no surprise that a team of Liquid’s caliber would seek out the acquisition of Grim. The 19 year old has stood head and shoulders above his North American peers with a 1.31 rating over 134 maps on the year.


During his tenure with Triumph the team was unable to crack the top 30, but Grim certainly made himself known as one of the best young talents in the region. A month ago, he had a performance against MIBR that was career-defining. Over three maps, he had over 120 frags, 109 ADR and a 1.56 rating. These eye-popping numbers against a legendary core such as MIBR’s was enough to receive attention from outside forces. Liquid hopes to unlock that potential, adding another world-class rifler to their roster.


Liquid’s 2020 has been less than stellar by their standards. A 39-31 record lost them their ranking as the top team in North America, and they have struggled against multiple regional foes this year. The drop in form is a far cry from what fans were accustomed to from the years prior. Liquid had a firm grip on the regional rankings for some time, and the acquisition of Grim is an attempt by Liquid to return to glory.


Departing the starting lineup for Grim is longtime member of Liquid’s Counter-Strike roster, Nick ‘nitr0’ Cannellas. Nitr0’s departure from the lineup means the end of a five and a half year relationship between the two parties that started with the creation of the original Liquid CS:GO lineup. His tenure with the team lasted 1299 official maps, and his versatility and consistency helped him and his team lift six big event trophies.


Rush B Media has reached out to Team Liquid and Triumph Gaming for comment. Team Liquid have responded to comment and issued the following statement.


"We can confirm that Michael "Grim" Wince will be starting for Team Liquid at Dreamhack next weekend. We're not ready to share more at the moment, but we will have more to share with the community soon."


Additionally, Team Liquid Co-CEO Steve Arhancet released the following statement via twitter: https://twitter.com/LiQuiD112/status/1288308230548987904


With the transfer final, the lineups are:


Liquid:


Jonathan ‘EliGE’ Jablonowski

Russel ‘Twistzz’ Van Dulken

Keith ‘NAF’ Markovic

Jake ‘Stewie2k’ Yip

Michael ‘Grim’ Wince


Eric ‘adreN’ Hoad (coach)


Triumph:


Gabe ‘Spongey’ Greiner

Alan ‘Shakezullah’ Hardeman

Paytyn ‘Junior’ Johnson

Erik ‘penny’ Penny


Marcos ‘tacitus’ Castilho (Coach)