Team Liquid Roster Changes Announced
Team Liquid roster changes needed to happen. That’s a fact, and everyone was aware of it after watching them implode and fumble throughout the 2020 Spring Split. But simply selling the contract of their veteran AD carry wasn’t enough — the organization needed to make sweeping changes across the board and this includes their coaching staff as well. After Kang “Dodo” Jun-hyeok, one of Team Liquid’s coaches, gave his opinion on the whole debacle, it became obvious that change was a necessity for the team to further grow and develop.
At this point, it doesn’t even matter who’s right and who’s wrong. The team needs to forget the past, get on the same page, double down on their strengths, and prepare for the upcoming Summer Split to the best of their ability.
Throughout the nine weeks of regular season play, Liquid completely missed the mark meta-wise and their drafts were, at least more often than not, abysmal in every sense of the word. Fortunately, TL CEO and co-owner Steve Arhancet just released a short vlog explaining what’s going on behind the scenes and what fans can expect going forward.
Changes Needed to Be Made
Here’s a quick rundown:
- Team Liquid’s former Academy ADC Edward “Tactical” Ra will now be a full-time starter.
- Jang “Cain” Nu-ri, previously the head coach of the team, will now become a strategic coach.
- Liquid is currently finalizing a deal to have a brand-new head coach, someone the community will supposedly stand behind and will bring a fresh new take on the game.
- Steve also brought Chris “Croissant” Sun from OpTic Gaming to be the assistant coach.
- The team is as hungry as ever to reclaim their throne and once again reach Worlds.
All in all, these are very positive changes. The only question now is: who’ll be the head coach? Seeing how the COVID-19 pandemic made traveling downright impossible (in most cases), it’s probably someone who’s already in North America.
A good, fairly educated guess would be Kim “Reignover” Yeu-jin. Not only did the former Fnatic alumni jungle for Liquid a couple of years ago (back when they were nearly relegated), but he’s also found quite a bit of success coaching Cloud9’s Academy team this year. He seems like the perfect fit for Liquid and their more controlled, macro-oriented playstyle. Not to mention the fact that he’s a former player with a breadth of experience. If someone knows how it feels to compete in those high-pressure situations where it all comes down to the wire, it has to be Reignover.
Generally speaking, it looks like Steve understood the severity of the situation and made all the right moves to stand a chance of a rebound come Summer Split. One can only hope that Team Liquid improves enough to challenge Cloud9, as a more competitive region would benefit everyone involved.