Nivera Announces Return To Counter-Strike

14 Mar 2024
Tit Krajnik 14 Mar 2024
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  • Nabil "Nivera" Benrlitom is returning to Counter-Strike
  • The Belgian player has spent the last three years competing in Valorant
  • Nivera last appeared in a professional CS match at the start of 2021
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Belgian player Nabil "Nivera" Benrlitom has announced he is returning to competitive Counter-Strike after spending the last three years competing in Valorant. The 22-year-old will continue where he left off in 2021 when he departed Team Vitality; however, he has yet to unveil which team he'll join.

Nivera started his Counter-Strike esports career in April 2019 with Legends and made his first step into the top-level of the competition at the start of 2021 when the Belgian esports pro signed for Team Vitality, with who he addended several big tournaments.

With Vitality, Nivera won BLAST Premier: Fall 2020 Regular Season, Intel Extreme Masters XV - Beijing Online: Europe, and BLAST Premier: Fall 2020 and left a mark in some other significant events, but decided to step away from the game in September 2021, after spending six months on Vitality's bench.

Shortly after leaving Vitality, Nivera made a jump to Valorant, where he has been competing ever since, achieving remarkable success at the highest level. Yet despite everything the 22-year-old has accomplished in Riot Games' First-Person shooter, Valorant didn't scratch the itch he had.

Nivera Returns To Counter-Strike

In a Twitter post, Nivera unveiled he is retiring from professional Valorant and will re-enter the competitive Counter-Strike scene after being away from the game for three years.

"The game (Counter-Strike) has always been in my mind, and deciding to take this step was not easy. Turning the page is always a bit daunting, but I believe it's the best decision for me to pursue what I love the most. I am highly motivated and confident that I can achieve great things in this new endeavour."

While Nivera stated that Valorant played a big role in his career as an esports pro player, even allowing him to play alongside his brother Adil "ScreaM" Benrlitom, Nivera always feels that he belonged in Counter-Strike more.

It's been nearly three years since Nivera played his last professional Counter-Strike match – against during IEM Katowice 2021 while playing for Team Vitality. Even though Vitality lost the series, Nivera posted the team's best performance, averaging a 1.13 rating on the first map and held an impressive 1.19 performance across all his appearances for Vitality in 2020.

In March 2021, Nivera stepped down from Vitality's main CS lineup and, six months later, left the team to join Team Liquid's Valorant team. There, he linked with his brother and CS legend, ScreaM and another former CS player, Elias "Jamppi" Olkkonen.

Throughout his Valorant career, Nivera has won Red Bull Home Ground #2, made the semifinals of VALORANT Champions 2021 and made his second appearance at VALORANT Champions in 2022, when he helped Team Liquid place top eight.

For the 2023 season, Nivera joined Karmine Corp but unfortunately failed to accomplish much and eventually left the roster in November. Since then, he hadn't spoken about his plans for the future until this Thursday.