Nivera starts his Valorant career with an ace in first round

By Fariha Bhatti


Oct 14, 2021

Reading time: 2 min

Former Counter-Strike: Global Offensive player Nabil “Nivera” Benrlitom has kicked off his Valorant career on a high note, with a jaw-dropping ace against One Breath Gaming.

Nivera recently switched to Valorant to join his brother Adil “ScreaM” Benrlitom in Team Liquid. While everyone had high expectations from the former CS pro, his ace in the first round certainly took everyone by surprise. The 20-year old Sentinel managed to take down five players with a flimsy Ghost.

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CSGO has lost a plethora of successful players to Valorant in the last year. These veterans found quick success in Riot’s shooter, but Nivera is one of the few underrated players who didn’t have to wait for a big break. The 20-year-old rifler kick-started his career with an ace, garnering tons of attention.

Team Liquid won 13-0 against One Breath Gaming in VCT EMEA LCQ, but it was the screaM’s brother who made the headlines. The young star played aggressively towards B site of Ascent and didn’t let his teammate bother with the enemies pushing. He’d already taken out the first two players before they could step in. His teammates dealt minor damage, but he quickly wiped out four players with smooth Ghost taps. The enemies could barely step into the bomb point B with Nivera turning it into a lion’s den.

The last player of OBG was surrounded by four Team Liquid defenders, with Nivera on the verge of completing his first ace. His teammates stepped back to let him shine through, providing him with the necessary utility to achieve this massive milestone. With the help of Astra’s pull, the young pro managed to take down the last enemy towards the catwalk, adding a historic ace to his Valorant record that had just begun.

Team Liquid breezed past OBG in VCT EMEA LCQ, but Nivera’s performance left a lasting impression of new Valorant fans and CSGO viewers who had hoped he’d stay in Team Vitality.

Nivera had played for many CSGO teams, but he rose to fame during his time in Team Vitality. However, the French squad dropped the young star to acquire Jayson “Kyojin” Nguyen Van. Consequently, CSGO lost another star player who hadn’t yet hit his peak. Fortunately for Nivera, he’s found a better home in Valorant as he’s already making and breaking records.