There is no denying Riot’s dive into the tactical shooter realm with Valorant has been nothing short of spectacular. The title is drawing in millions of players every day, and its competitive esports scene continues to grow, as more and more organizations join the scene. Lately, we have seen the likes of Team Liquid, FunPlus Phoenix, and many others announce their Valorant rosters. On the other hand, there are organizations waiting for the scene to develop further for it to become a safe investment, namely Team Vitality and FNATIC. However, this didn’t stop former CSGO players from making the switch to Valorant, and some of them are nothing short of legends of the game.
Tyson “TenZ” Ngo
Tyson “TenZ” Ngo is one of Cloud9’s first steps towards entering the Valorant scene. He is a former member of the organization’s Counter-Strike: Global Offensive competitive team between July and December of 2019. During his career in CSGO, he managed to win the ESEA Rank S North America March 2018 Week 4, second iteration of the Mythic Cup, and placed second in the ESEA Season 30: Premier Division North America.
Towards the end of his career, he moved up the ranks to compete in high-profile tournaments, where he delivered solid performances. TenZ placed fourth in the BLAST Pro Series: Los Angeles 2019, followed by a 3rd-4th finish in the Arctic Invitational 2019. However, he and his Cloud9 teammates couldn’t make it out of the group stages of the ESL Pro League Season 10 Americas, unfortunately.
You can’t undermine the potential and ability TenZ had as a player in the CSGO competitive scene and his switch to Valorant proved a resurgence in his career,
Adil “ScreaM” Benrlitom
Regarded as one of the best players to ever compete in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Adil “ScreaM” Benrlitom made up for what he lacked in game awareness with impressive accuracy, and quickly became known for his one-taps. The Belgian player has been part of countless teams, but most of us remember him from his days with G2 Esports.
During his tenure with the organization, he managed to win the Esports Championship Series Season 1 Finals, and came second in multiple tournaments. This includes the ESL Pro League Season 3 Finals, StarLadder i-League StarSeries Season 2, and the Northern Arena 2016 Montreal. When he moved to Team Envy, ScreaM won the DreamHack Open Atlanta 2017 with them in 2017.
Adil “ScreaM” Benrlitom came into fish123, an up and coming Valorant team, replacing Ardis “ardiis” Svarenieks. They were recently picked up as a team to represent Team Liquid.
Spencer “Hiko” Martin
Known for his time with Rogue and Team Liquid, Spencer “Hiko” Martin is one of the most beloved and respected CSGO players of all-time. Professional players, like Oleksandr “S1mple” Kostyliev, have praised his game sense and overall understanding of the game.
The American won the ESL ESEA Pro League Season 2 North America title, in addition to a second place finish in the ESL One: Cologne 2016. Hiko ended up in 5th – 6th in both the Esports Championship Series Season 1 Finals and the ESL Pro League Season 3 Finals.
He joined the 100 Thieves Valorant roster as the captain, and after relatively disappointing results, the entire team was let go except for Hiko himself. The organization decided to rebuild, signing a certain player mentioned later on this list.
Braxton “Brax” Pierce
Pierce is a youngster in the world of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, and yet he is a player that the community and pros alike regard as someone for whom the sky is the limit. He signed with T1 as a Valorant professional before the game had even released.
During his time with BUYPOWER, he picked up the ESEA Season 16 Global Invite Division and CEVO Season 5 Professional titles, alongside a second place finish in the FACEIT League Season 2. It is worth mentioning he was one of 7 individuals who were permanently banned from any official Valve event in 2016, due to match fixing.
He moved over to Valorant to represent T1, and managed to perform really well alongside his teammates. However, T1 did get knocked out relatively early from the last few tournaments they participated in, namely the PAX Arena Invitational and FaZe Clan Invitational. Valorant‘s competitive scene is still extremely young, and it is hard to judge teams based off a few tournaments. You should never write off a team with Brax on it, that’s for sure.
Nicholas “nitr0” Cannella
Nicholas “nitr0” Cannella, aka Captain America, has been the star of Team Liquid for the longest of time – since 2015 to be exact. He is without a doubt the most decorated CSGO player on this list. Nitr0 won countless top-tier tournaments, Intel Extreme Masters XIV Chicago, BLAST Pro Series: Los Angeles 2019, Intel Grand Slam Season 2, and ESL One: Cologne 2019 just to name a few.
We haven’t yet seen what he could do in Valorant, but his reuniting with Spencer “Hiko” Martin on 100 Thieves’ roster is bound to give us an exciting squad. There are still four slots to fill, but it is pretty safe to say these two names alone are more than enough.
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