The Counter-Strike player break is set to end on August 8, with teams from Europe and North America returning to action in DreamHack Open Summer. Not much news came from any of the elite sides throughout July, until Team Liquid announced a shocking roster change.
Liquid veteran Nick “nitr0” Cannella confirmed his departure from the team on July 28, with the organization announcing rising star Michael “Grim” Wince as his replacement.
Few could have expected this as the team improved vastly in June and July, after a slow start to 2020, placing in the top four at their last three events. However, the change is clearly an attempt to improve the team’s firepower. Nitr0 was the squad’s least impressive member, with an average HLTV rating of 0.93. Players generally range from 0.9 to 1.2+ on the rating system and 1.0 is considered by many to be just good enough.
Meanwhile, Grim has been performing exceptionally well, with a stunning 1.34 HLTV rating, which puts him among the most impactful players in North America. However, he played with Triumph, which mostly faces off against lower-level competition than Liquid.
It remains to be seen how Liquid performs with this change, although if Grim lives up to his level, then they’ll really be a force to be reckoned with. However, it is also possible that it may take some time for him to integrate into the squad.
Given the uncertainty that this move provides for Liquid, odds on them may be higher than expected for the next few weeks. As with any roster change, it’s very difficult to know how it will turn out, but luckily, we will get to see them in action very soon at DreamHack Open Summer North America.
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Odds Shark Staff Fri, Aug 19, 11:53am