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Overwatch star player Corey “Corey” Nigra has announced his retirement for competitive Overwatch in an emotional message. The Washington Justice DPS player and reigning World Champion with Team USA is giving up top-notch status in Blizzard’s hero shooter to brave the new and unexplored lands of competitive Valorant. He specialized in hitscan heroes like Tracer, Soldier:76, Widowmaker, McCree, and Ashe. He started playing at a high level in January 2017 for a team called Late Bloomers alongside current Los Angeles Gladiators flex tank and Team USA World Cup teammate, Indy "Space" Halpern, and Toronto Defiant's main tank, Adam "Beast" Denton. Riot’s entry in the hero shooter genre caused quite a stir in the world of competitive gaming and quickly became 2020’s most talked-about action game even before its release. This, of course, drew the attention of players from CS:GO and Overwatch, and some of them made the decision to switch it up.
In 2019 Corey competed in the Overwatch World Cup with Team USA and lifted the trophy with his fellow stars-and-stripes. The star announced his decision in a rather emotional message. In it, he stated:
"It is surreal to think about all the moments I got to spend doing something that I truly loved and was able to share that with all of the fans. Being able to participate in the OWL is a milestone in my life that will live with me forever. I will never forget all the adoring fans cheering us on through thick and thin, always giving the support I needed to keep my head held high and focus forward. I cannot thank you all enough, and I hope you all support me in my next step in life"
"When I was younger, I had the ambition to go pro in Counter-Strike. Seeing Valorant as a hybrid between CS and OW, this looks like the game that was made for me," the 20-year-old stated in a post shared via social media.
Soon after the announcement, Corey fired up his Twitch stream, and immediately showed his prowess in Valorant, with a spectacular Ace to cap off his first broadcast post-retirement. Later in the letter to his fans, Corey explains how Valorant has really hit home with him and speaks to him as a fan of both CS:GO and Overwatch - a sentiment that’s Valorant’s main selling point, so not really a surprise.