Long-Time Counter-Strike Pro Steel Set To Ditch CS:GO For VALORANT
Joshua “Steel” Nissan is reportedly poised to drop Counter-Strike: Global Offensive to forge a metier with newer release VALORANT. That is according to DBLTAP, who cites “multiple sources with knowledge of his decision.”
Steel has been engaged with the CS:GO community since the Source era, although he had to deal with Valve handing the iBUYPOWER squad a permanent ban five years ago. The gamer is now thought to be ready to join former teammates in the VALORANT arena following an impressive career with CS:GO.
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Steel, who built a reputation of one of the biggest North-America names where CS:GO is concerned, played for several organizations prior to signing on with iBUYPOWER in 2014 – the team grew all the better for it, winning CEVO Season 4 and ESEA Global Invite Division Season 16. They also made it to the ESL One Cologne 2014 Major but failed to progress past the group stage.
The competitor’s gaming career was marred by the ban issued by Valve in 2015, with the company restricting him plus three of his teammates access to tournaments sponsored by Valve following a match-fixing scandal. While ESL and DreamHack have since unbanned the organization from their events, Valve remains intransigent over its stance and the iBUYPOWER team is still banned despite pleas from fans. The ban makes it so that Steel cannot compete in CS:GO Majors.
The British-Canadian pro joined the Chaos Esports Club in November 2019 and his involvement has helped them qualify for Flashpoint Season 1. He’s also helped the team reach the ESL One Cologne North America semi-final. Despite the success, he’s understood to be set for a switch to VALORANT, which would mark a reunion with former IBUYPOWER teammates Braxton “Brax” Pierce, Tyler “Skadoodle” Latham, and Kevin “AZK” Larivière.
Several other CS:GO pro players have switched to VALORANT, with veteran Team Liquid star Nick “Nitr0” Cannella one of the most notable. As for Steel, it’s unclear as to which team he will join if he makes the move. It’s also been reported that Edgar “MarkE” Maldonado will take Steel’s place on the active Chaos roster. The team will compete in the ESL Pro League Season 12 North America which starts on September 1.
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