nitr0 on returning to CS: "I didn’t have any other offers. Liquid was my only one"

Nick "nitr0" Cannella, a newcomer of Liquid, gave an interview to the Washington Post, in which he spoke about his return to the professional CS:GO scene and personal goals in the run-up to the new season. Among other things, the American noted that of all the teams, only Liquid were interested in his return from Valorant.

Cannella thinks the North American organization still believes in him after five years of working together in the past.

Just talking to Jon ["EliGE" Jablonowski] sparked the conversation around coming back. It’s not like I had all these Counter-Strike offers and I chose Liquid. I didn’t have any other offers for Counter-Strike. Liquid was my only one. Obviously they still like me a lot, and they have faith in me.

I hope to obviously achieve some trophies. I want to feel accomplished by this time next year, and to feel like we did better than their previous year. I want to feel like we, as a team, are progressing and doing something every day to better the team – just doing something to make sure that we’re feeling progress, instead of feeling like we’re looking to make a change, like we’re looking to have some kind of out, or we’re looking to take a break.

According to the player, at the moment he feels good in terms of mental health and is extremely motivated to achieve success with the new team.

The moment I stepped away from Liquid feels completely different from now. When I left – it was July or June of 2020 – I was feeling really burned out. I was like, "Man, the team really needs a change. Who is it going to be? Is it going to be me?" Covid had just started and it was super stressful. I had just found out my wife was pregnant. But I feel like I’m in a good spot right now, mentally, and super motivated.

nitr0 added that he devotes a lot of time to studying the main trends in today's CS:GO, as the game has changed drastically during his absence.

Current meta in Counter-Strike is a bit different from when I left. So I’ve been studying the game a lot to get a feel for how I want to call. I’ve been talking to my teammates a lot about what they want, and how they think the game is played currently. These conversations go a long way for me, considering I’ve been away for a while. It’s a work in progress, for sure.

The debut match of the renewed Liquid roster will take place at BLAST Premier Spring Groups 2022. On January 30, the North American team will face off against FaZe.