It’s been around a year since Valorant released a closed beta period, and since then, we’ve seen many CS:GO pros migrating towards this new title.
Whether they don’t enjoy the unchanged and old-school gameplay of CS:GO anymore, or Valorant provides better opportunities, there is a massive wave of players turning towards the new title. First, we’ve seen a transition from big European names, followed by a significant part of the American scene, and in the end, players from Asia started building their scene as well.
Here we’ll list some of our favorite (ex) CS:GO players that opened up a new chapter in their pro career by switching to the Riot Games’ newcomer.
Oscar “mixwell” Cañellas Colocho – G2 Esports
The first on our list is the sharp Spanish AWPer that has been kicking the American CS:GO scene since 2016. He started a pro journey with the OpTic Gaming roster – the team that was considered as one of the best CS:GO teams in 2016.
OpTic entered the hall of fame during the ELEAGUE, where they secured a win over an utterly sharp Astralis.
After mixwell’s debut in OpTic, he tried to do the same with Movistar Riders, followed by C9. However, the results weren’t as expected, so mixwell started looking for new opportunities.
In 2020, mixwell’s talent transitioned to Valorant with the famous eSports organization G2. As soon as they assembled the roster and joined the competitive scene, G2 positioned themselves as the leading European Valorant team.
Tyson “TenZ” Ngo – Sentinels
TenZ is a Canadian pro player known for outstanding solo performance in CS:GO. Although he wasn’t lucky enough with the teams and roster he played with, TenZ dominated events all over America by himself.
The same as mixwell, TenZ was a part of Cloud9’s CS:GO team. Yet as the organization didn’t meet the expectations, several pro players, including TenZ, switched to Valorant.
TenZ, however, continued streaming for C9, but decided to end the competitive career. It didn’t take long for a premiere Los Angeles-based organization to convince him to join their newly-formed Valorant team.
Now, together with the rest of the American boys, he is in the process of dominating the NA leaderboards.
Elias “Jamppi” Olkkonen – Team Liquid
Another promising sniper joins our list – Jamppi is the Finnish second-tier CS:GO that’s about to test his sharpshooter skills in Valorant.
He was about to start competing with OG, yet due to his controversial VAC ban, he could not proceed further. Because of the ban, he was unable to compete in Majors, resulting in leaving OG and seeking another way in.
Just at the time when Valve unbanned Jamppi, thanks to the five-year-old expiration rules, he moved to Valorant.
Together with ScreaM and the rest of Team Liquid’s Valorant roster, he started making a breakthrough towards the world-class scene. Now the promising Finnish talent and one-tap machines are about to place Team Liquid high on the international charts. Their notable performance happened during the route towards the first international Valorant Masters in Reykjavík.
Adil “ScreaM” Benrlitom – Team Liquid
ScreaM is undoubtedly among the top players on our list, with over ten years of professional Counter-Strike experience. He is also known as the one-tap machine due to his exceptional and clean headshots.
ScreaM has made exceptional results with a couple of French and International teams. Some of those include Envy, G2 and Titan.
He played together with the British roster Fish123 when the team was signed by the leading eSports organization Team Liquid.
One-tap machine’s killstreak continued with the new roster, where he unofficially acquired the position of the primary damage dealer.
Other notable mentions
Those four players certainly aren’t the only ones that switched to Valorant in the past year. Also, there is a whole arsenal of Valorant rosters to be formed yet. However, as the major competitions are about to start, organizations should be better prepared.
Spencer “Hiko” Martin and Nick “nitr0” Cannella – 100 Thieves
If you’re familiar with Team Liquid’s CS:GO rosters, those names must sound familiar. Those two reunited in 100 Thieves Valorant roster, with the goal of achieving the same or better success compared to the success in CS:GO.
Hiko was the first to join 100 Thieves in June 2020, but the initial rooster didn’t seem promising. A few months later, they formed the new lineup, with nitr0 in the main lineup.
Kang “Solo” Keun-chul – Nuturn
Korea and China might be the home of League of Legends heroes, but the situation isn’t nearly as good when it comes to FPS titles such as CS:GO. Yet despite the ban on Valve titles, the micro scene was born in Asia as well.
One of the legendary Asian CS:GO players is Solo, with over 15 years of competitive Counter-Strike experience.
During his career, he was a part of the Korean MVP.PK. After the roster was disassembled, a few players formed Vision Strikers, and Solo took the lead of Nuturn Gaming. After beating Vision Striker and Damwon during the Korea Challengers, Solo secured a ticket to the international Valorant competition in Iceland.
CS:GO Majors medalists
Riot games can proudly say that several players who won CS:GO Majors joined Valorant as well. As winning majors is a crown to one’s career, this is certainly a fact to be proud of.
Two of the most famous Major winners who transitioned to Valorant are Timothy “autimatic” Ta and Tyler “Skadoodle” Latham. Those two players won the grand ELEAGUE Boston Major in 2018 under the colors of Cloud9.
A name we mustn’t miss is French legend Vincent “Happy” Cervoni Schopenhauer. Happy won two Majors in his career – the first one with LDLC and the second with EnVyUs. Besides those two wins, he was a part of five straight majors, where he won two times, appeared in the finals once and ended up in the semifinals for the remaining two times.