CS:GO: “Headshot Machine” Makes a Move to Valorant

Published 08/08/2020, 7:23 AM EDT


A lot of players have shifted to Valorant since its launch. Names are being added to that list every other day. Valorant is also considered one of the finest tactical FPS games to have launched in a long time. No wonder, professional players have found solace in the Riot Games production. The latest name to be added to the list of players who retired from CS:GO to pursue a career in Valorant is Adil “⁠ScreaM⁠” Benrlitom.

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The Belgian professional spent over 10 years mastering Counter-Strike. He has been a member of some top French and European squads. The list includes teams like VeryGames, Titan, Epsilon, G2, and Team Envy.

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CS:GO: ‘Switching Games’

“I never actually thought about switching games because there’s no game like CS for me,” ScreaM says. “I grew up with CS, so I never thought about switching, but I knew that one day, I would have to move on.”

ScreaM reveals that he felt most satisfied playing with G2. He had good chemistry with the team, things were working. However, that didn’t last long and they had a poor showing at ELEAGUE Major Atlanta. G2 decided to create a solid squad because of which ScreaM felt disillusioned.

This was the second time he thought of quitting CS. The first was when Titan let him go, back in 2014. Getting released without a reason made him second guess his playing style and his mechanics.

The 26-year-old has now signed a contract with Team Liquid and will be playing with fish123 roster, a British team.

Early Days

ScreaM dominated the early days of CS:GO because of his playing style and movement. He made his way to the HLTV top 20 players in the world list twice- in 2013 and 2016. ScreaM won the MVP medal at ECS Season One final in June 2016. He helped G2 defeat Luminosity Gaming and finished with an average rating of 1.40. Following that, however, he spent most of his time away from the spotlight. He joined Team Envy but the damage had already been done. ScreaM did not feel the same. A sense of frustration ran through him that affected his game quite a lot.

“I really tried my best in Envy, we had good potential, a really good team, but every time we went on LAN we could not play the same as when we were playing online.”

GameLegion was the last team he was a part of. He spent most of his time on the bench and that’s where the thought of quitting grew on him steadily.

What Next?

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ScreaM has been playing Valorant since its launch and hopes to reach the same level of success and admiration he had with CS:GO. He reveals that the support from the community is what kept him going all these years. The support from the fans, the community, is what stopped him from leaving when he wanted to. CS:GO has been an intense experience for him.

“I had a really good time. All my life was in CS. It’s not a farewell. I have to move forward and think about my future. CS has given me a lot and I wish things were different. I wish I had a better reputation for players. I wish I were used a little bit better in CS because I know I could be in the top 20 players every year if I were used correctly.”

With a heavy heart, he bids a farewell to the game.

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SourceHLTV.org

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Nakul Ahuja

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Nakul Ahuja is an Esports author at EssentiallySports. He has spent 11 years doing theatre and is currently preparing for his Master's degree in Journalism. Along the way, he hopes to rake in money as Ninja does.

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