Team Liquid Alphari and Santorin Confirmed for 2021
It’s finally official: Barney “Alphari” Morris and Lucas Tao Kilmer “Santorin” Larsen will be joining Team Liquid for the 2021 competitive season! This is quite exciting news. That’s not because of any allegiance but rather because it marks the birth of a bona fide superteam. With Nicolaj “Jensen” Jensen, Edward “Tactical” Ra, and former World Champion Jo “CoreJJ” Yong-in aboard as well, Team Liquid will have all the right tools to dominate beyond measure and etch their names in competitive League history yet again.
Of course, they’re not the only ones who’ve upgraded during the off-season, so fans should temper their expectations. This wouldn’t be the first “superteam” to fail; putting five exceptional players under one roof isn’t necessarily a recipe for success. History has proven otherwise. Still, Team Liquid has upgraded in both top lane and jungle, and it’s hard to envision a world in which they don’t at least finish Top 2. Alphari and Santorin have been running circles around their opposition throughout 2020 and are more than worthy of starting for the former four-time LCS champions.
A Good Addition to the Team
They’re also a pretty darn good match for the rest of the team (stylistically speaking). Alphari can adjust to whatever the team needs (he can both play weak side but also hardcarry like a madman). Santorin’s consistency and early game impact are second to none when it comes to NA junglers. They’re some of the best players the West has ever produced and have come to a point in their careers at which their maturity and talent merged into one. We’re seeing this more and more these days with players like Martin “Rekkles” Larsson and Western veterans who’ve persevered over the years despite playing for what feels like a lifetime. One would assume that their skill and level of play would deteriorate over time, but it’s the opposite — they’ve finally matured, both as professional players and as human beings.
Mechanics and game knowledge are invaluable, but it takes guidance, experience, and a certain amount of growth to harness these things fully (and correctly). 2021 will undoubtedly be the year Team Liquid shines bright, and we can’t wait to see Alphari and Santorin compete for one of the most successful orgs in LCS history!