Over the past few years, the global Counter-Strike: Global Offensive community has watched some of their favorite players switch to VALORANT. But while Riot’s FPS continues to attract CS: GO players, Team Vitality’s Dan “apEX” Madesclaire said moving to a new game doesn’t guarantee the success some players expect.
“You would definitely not have been professionals in CS: GO and under no circumstances would you have been in the top 20,” apEX said at a press conference in the IEM winter 2021. “[Lower tier players] I think another game will help them get to the top, but that’s not how it works. I can imagine that the same people under VALORANT will not make it into the top 20 in the world. “
ApEX also stated that the most important thing players can do is “Follow your heart and what you want”. He said that for him “CS is the most important thing … CS existed” [for] more than 20 years so people have to realize it’s the best game. “
CS: GO players return from VALORANT
While many CS: GO players have found a home in VALORANT, some are returning to CS: GO. Since the release of 100 Thieves VALORANT coach Hector “FrosT” Rosario, the fate of former CS: GO star Nicholas “nitr0” Cannella has been uncertain. Sources close to Upcomer revealed that the player is considering returning to CS: GO. Additionally, sources say nitr0 could potentially return to Team Liquid.
From December 7th 100 thieves officially have nitr0. released. Since then, and for the past few weeks, the player has been spotted streaming CS: GO on Twitch and pugging with other professional gamers.
Thank you 100T for the opportunity to compete under such a great organization. More about my future soon! https://t.co/GLIjoPGIb4
– nitr0 (@ nitr0) December 7, 2021
Also legendary French CS: GO player Kenny “kennyS” Schrub recently announced that, after a short time at VALORANT, he is completely resuming the competitive CS: GO.
“I’ve tried VALORANT and this game is good, fun and refreshing.” said the AWPer, “But the truth is, I couldn’t take the plunge and project myself. And when the major started, I was reminded why I love to play CS so much. “
Sry i stay https://t.co/I641RLcUUO
– kennyS (@ G2kennyS) December 9, 2021
For those returning to CS: GO from VALORANT, Richard “Shox” warned Papillon that players “need to be realistic with themselves”. At the IEM Winter 2021 press conference, he emphasized that when former professionals leave the competitive scene, “the game is still developing and the players are still developing”. Shox said a return is doable if returning players find that their absence has left them behind their competitors and they are working towards returning to their previous form. If they don’t, it may be a different story.
“If they just come back and say, ‘OK, I was good’ and just start CS and think it’s going to be like two years ago, it won’t work,” Shox said.
Next on the plate for Shox, ApEX and Team Vitality is the best-of-three against Virtus.pro at IEM winter 2021 Semi-finals on Saturday.