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Team Liquid
Team Liquidlogo square.png
Team Information
Location: Netherlands Netherlands
Coaches: David "Varsix" Lim
Analysts: Kevin "TeeKhay" Bracken
Keith "SnowSpots" Torres
Managers: Nick "Swaguhsaurus" Phan
Steve "jokasteve" Perino
Brittany "JunoTheCat" Lattanzio
Website: http://www.liquidlegends.net/
Sponsor(s): HyperX
Razer
NEEDforSEAT
Alienware
LolClass
Nissan
Quest Nutrition
G2A.COM
Loot Crate
HTC
Namecheap
Monster Energy
Youtube: teamliquidnet
Facebook: TeamLiquidLoL
Team Subreddit: /r/liquidlegends
Twitter: teamliquidlol
Organization
Sister Team (Current): Team Liquid Academy
History
Created: 2015-01-06
Current Roster
Tl summer2016.jpg

Team Liquid is a multi-gaming team organization that was founded in the Netherlands in 2010 as a StarCraft: Brood War team. In January 2015, they merged with Team Curse (not the Curse Gaming organization). This page contains information about their primary League of Legends team, formerly known as Team Curse.

The organization also runs the most-visted StarCraft-related website in the world, TeamLiquid.net, which has given to a rise League sub-site, Liquid Legends since Liquid acquired Curse and joined the LCS.

History

2015 Preseason

Team Liquid acquired their League of Legends roster in January 2015 upon merging with Team Curse (not to be confused with the team's former title sponsor Curse Gaming). They inherited Team Curse's spot in the LCS, and their starting roster going into the 2015 season included Quas, IWillDominate, FeniX, Piglet, and Xpecial. At the same time as this merger was announced, Team Liquid launched the site liquidlegends.net, a hub for all of their League of Legends content.[1]

2015 Season

At the start of the season, Piglet was unable to play in the NA LCS Spring Split due to visa issues, and so Team Liquid Academy AD carry KEITHMCBRIEF started in his place for the first week. The team went 2-0. Piglet then returned for weeks 2, 3, and 4, but after poor performances and a 1-5 record, KEITHMCBRIEF (now Keith) was returned to the starting lineup.[2] During this time, to accommodate Keith's high-school schedule, Liquid scrimmed with Piglet in the mornings and then with Keith in the afternoons. The team went 3-1 in weeks 5 and 6, and Piglet was returned for week 7; he stayed on the starting roster through the rest of the split.[3] The team qualified for playoffs with the sixth seed after defeating Team 8 in a tiebreaker game. There, they beat CLG 3-0 in the quarterfinals before falling to Cloud9 3-2 in the semifinals; in the third-place match, Liquid finally broke the "fourth-place curse" that stopped them from placing higher than fourth place in any event that had persisted since they were Team Curse and took down Team Impulse 3-2 (though their third-place finish did average with former sister team Gravity's fifth-place finish to an overall four).

Team Liquid stuck with the same five-man roster for the entirety of the summer split, and they finished the round robin in first place after winning a tiebreaker match over Counter Logic Gaming - the first team other than TSM or Cloud9 to place first in an NA LCS round robin. However, in the playoffs, they lost immediately in the semifinals to TSM, making them also the first team to finish first in an NA LCS round robin but not make the playoff finals. A CLG victory over TSM in the playoff finals sent Team Liquid to the regional finals instead of giving them a direct seed to Worlds via Championship Points, and in the gauntlet they lost to underdogs Cloud9, ending their post-season abruptly.

2016 Preseason

Following a rumor that Piglet was to leave the team published in late September 2015, Team Liquid announced that they were actually extending his contract.[4][5] The next day, Xpecial revealed that it was he who was leaving the team, not Piglet, and in October the team announced Smoothie as their new starting support player.[6][7] Soon after, Xpecial's departure was officially announced as well.[8]

In late December, Team Liquid announced their plans for a 10-man-roster and heavily revamped their coaching staff with Locodoco as new head coach and new support staff.[9] In January, Liquid announced the addition of Lourlo to fill the gap left by Quas and added zig, Dardoch, Youngbin, fabbbyyy and Matt as active subs from their Challenger team Team Liquid Academy.[10] What "active subs" turned out to mean was a permanent roster shuffle, in which Dardoch and Matt joined the LCS team after the first game of the split. IWDominate retired, and Smoothie moved to the Academy team.

2016 Season

Liquid's spring split started out rocky, with an 0-2 first week and cumulative winrates of 50% or worse after each of the first eight weeks. Eventually, their new roster started to solidify, and they climbed into a fourth-place regular-season finish, behind the newly-formed and almost-undefeated Immortals, CLG, and Cloud9. A lot of their success was attributed to Dardoch's jungling, and he was named Rookie of the Split. Team Liquid's quarterfinal series was an easy 3-0 over NRG, but in the semifinals, they lost a narrow five-game series to CLG (the eventual champions). In the fifth game, Piglet was caught out in mid lane by a double-teleport from both Darshan and Huhi at the same time to the same ward and died. While Liquid were already behind in that game, it was this play that sealed the win for their opponents. In the third-place series against the tournament-favorite Immortals who had been knocked down in an upset by TSM, Liquid lost once again, this time 0-3, to finish the playoffs in fourth place overall and continuing their "fourth-place curse."

Despite Dardoch's stellar spring split performance, on May 27th, he was suspended by the team for "behavioral problems and team dynamics issues. Due to internal conflicts Dardoch was transferred to Echo Fox and Arcsecond was given the starting jungle spot."[11]

2017 Preseason

In the 2017 offseason, Team Liquid announced that they Reignover and goldenglue would be part of the starting roster in 2017.

2017 Season

Expectations were fairly high for this new roster to at least make it to the playoffs, especially with Reignover's stellar performance as an in game leader in the previous season despite not making to Worlds. However, it was apparent few weeks into the spring split that the team was having serious synergy issues. In particular, goldenglue was heavily criticized for his underwhelming performance, often getting caught off of position during games. The carrying jungler meta of the spring split was also ill-suited for Reignover's playstyle. The team soon found themselves dead last in the league and was in danger of relegation in the upcoming 2017 Summer Promtion. To stem this downward trend, Team Liquid ultimately made a daring move by moving Piglet to play as a midlaner and acquiring Doublelift as their temporary new ADC until the end of the spring split season. A short while later goldenglue was sent off to Korea where he bootcamped with Ever8 to raise his skill cap on the Korean server by himself.

The result of this switch up was immediately apparent. In the last few weeks of the spring split, Team Liquid was able at least some games off of their remaining opponents, even beating TSM in Week 9. With Doublelift in the line up, the team slightly improved their standing to 9th place at the end of the season.

In the 2017 NALCS Summer Promotions, they first faced off eUnited and advanced to the next round in 3-1 fashion. In the second round, they narrowly beat out Gold Coin United in a five game series to retain their spot in NALCS for 2017 Summer Split.

As summer split came around, analysts and fans were more cautious in their expectation of the team as Team Liquid made no roster change to their starting line up. While goldenglue showed signs of individual performance, the team found themselves dead last again in the league during the summer split. Even with the return of Dardoch and acquisition of Mickey from Afreeca Freecs to the starting line up, the team could not improve its standing from 10th place and once again was up for relegation in the 2018 NALCS Spring Promotions.

In the 2018 NALCS Spring Promotions, Team Liquid first faced off eUnited and was able to advance to the next round in a convincing 3-0 fashion. In the second round, they face off against Phoenix1 and narrowly won in a 3-2 series, thereby securing their spot in the 2018 season.

Timeline

  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015

Player Roster

Active

R C ID Name Role Contract Ends
Current Official Residency USA Lourlo Samson Jackson 01 Top 2019-11-18
Current Official Residency USA Xmithie Jake Kevin Puchero 02 Jungle 2019-11-18
Current Official Residency USA Pobelter Eugene Park 03 Mid 2020-11-17
Current Official Residency USA Doublelift Yiliang "Peter" Peng 03 Mid 2020-11-17
Current Official Residency South Korea Olleh Kim Joo-sung (김주성)) 05 Support -
Current Official Residency USA Matt Matthew Elento 05 Support 2019-11-18
Current Official Residency USA Dardoch Joshua Hartnett 07 Sub/Jungle 2019-11-18
Current Official Residency South Korea Mickey Son Young-min (손영민) 08 Sub/Mid 2018-11-19
Current Official Residency USA goldenglue Grayson Gilmer 08 Sub/Mid 2018-11-19
Current Official Residency USA Cody Sun Cody Sun 09 Sub/AD 2018-11-19

Former

C ID Name Role Next Team
Canada AnDa Andy Hoang 11 Jungler FLYlogo std.png FlyQuest
Canada Vvian Bryan Kim 01 Top
None
USA Yusan Alec Chen 02 Jungle
None
Current Official Residency Canada Jynthe Phil Vu 04 AD
Current Official Residency South Korea KonKwon Kwon "Kevin" Koo-hyuk (권구혁) 05 support
USA Adrian Adrian Ma 10 Sub/Support
None
South Korea FeniX Kim Jae-hoon (김재훈) 03 Mid
None
USA Dardoch Joshua Hartnett 07 Sub/Jungle IMTlogo std.png Immortals
USA Painless Eric Fedder 10 Sub/Support
None
USA fabbbyyy Jovani Guillen 09 Sub/AD
None
USA KEITHMCBRIEF Yuri Jew 09 Sub/AD Tsmlogo std.png Team SoloMid
Venezuela Quas Diego Ruiz 01 Top NRGlogo std.png NRG eSports
USA Xpecial Alex Chu (朱啓恩) 10 Sub/Support Apexlogo std 2.png Apex Gaming
USA Solo Colin Earnest 06 Sub/Top Liquid Alogo std.png Team Liquid Academy
USA Moon Galen Holgate 02 Jungle Liquid Alogo std.png Team Liquid Academy
USA Stunt William Chen 10 Sub/Support Liquid Alogo std.png Team Liquid Academy
Philippines SirhcEz Christopher Enteria 06 Sub/Top Casterlogo std.png Streamer
USA IWDominate Christian Rivera 07 Sub/Jungle Coachlogo std.png Coach
Canada zig Derek Shao 06 Sub/Top Liquid Alogo std.png Team Liquid Academy
South Korea Youngbin Jung Young-bin (정영빈) 08 Sub/Mid Liquid Alogo std.png Team Liquid Academy
Canada Smoothie Andy Ta 10 Sub/Support Liquid Alogo std.png Team Liquid Academy
Canada ChumpJohn Johnson Ranta 06 Sub/Top GGamerslogo std.png Galactic Gamers
China Nyjacky Chenglong Wang 08 Sub/Mid
None
USA Saeca Andrew Smith 08 Sub/Mid
None

Player LCS Participation

Player 2013 2014 2015 2016 EU NA Total
Spring Summer Spring Summer Spring Summer Spring
# Team # Team # Team # Team # Team # Team # Team
Quas 28 Crslogo std.png  28 Crslogo std.png  18 Liquidlogo std.png  18 Liquidlogo std.png  0 92 92



IWillDominate 28 Crslogo std.png  28 Crslogo std.png  18 Liquidlogo std.png  18 Liquidlogo std.png  1 Liquidlogo std.png  0 93 93



Fenix 18 Liquidlogo std.png  18 Liquidlogo std.png  18 Liquidlogo std.png  0 54 54



Piglet 12 Liquidlogo std.png  18 Liquidlogo std.png  18 Liquidlogo std.png  0 48 48



Xpecial 28 Tsmlogo std.png  28 Tsmlogo std.png  28 Tsmlogo std.png  28 Crslogo std.png  18 Liquidlogo std.png  18 Liquidlogo std.png  0 148 148



KEITHMCBRIEF 6 Liquidlogo std.png  1 Tsmlogo std.png  16 EFXlogo std.png  0 23 23



Lourlo 18 Liquidlogo std.png  0 18 18



Smoothie 15 TDKlogo std.png  1 Liquidlogo std.png  0 16 16



Dardoch 17 Liquidlogo std.png  0 17 17



Matt 17 Liquidlogo std.png  0 17 17



For a full chart listing all LCS players, click here.

Organization

Current

C ID Name Position
Netherlands Nazgul Victor Goossens Co-Owner
USA LiQuiD112 Steve Arhancet 11 Co-Owner
Denmark Bumblebee Robin Nymann Director of eSports
USA Swaguhsaurus Nick Phan General Manager
USA jokasteve Steve Perino General Manager
Canada JunoTheCat Brittany Lattanzio Player Manager/Project Manager
Canada Varsix David Lim Head Coach
USA TeeKhay Kevin Bracken Remote Analyst
USA SnowSpots Keith Torres Analyst
France Caelan Romain Albesa Jungle Coach
USA IWDominate Christian Rivera 11 Jungle Coach
Canada Warlock Michael Al-Agha Scout/Planner
Philippines SirhcEz Christopher Enteria 11 Streamer

Former

C ID Name Position Next Team
USA MarkZ Mark Zimmerman Content Creator
None
South Korea Locodoco Choi Yoon-sub (최윤섭) 11 Head Coach GCUlogo std.png Gold Coin United
USA Moon Galen Holgate 11 Analyst
None
Romania Exorant Daniel Hume Analyst LKlogo std.png Last Kings
China Peter Peter Zhang (張藝) Head Coach Liquid Alogo std.png Team Liquid Academy
Portugal Shakarez Renato Perdigão Analyst KStarslogo std.png Keyd Stars

Team Achievements

  • 2018
  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015
In Premier Tournaments
Date Place Event Result Winnings
2016-08-12 LCS logo 25x25.png I1Q 2018 NA LCS Summer Promotion 3 : 2 P1logo std.png Phoenix1
In Premier Tournaments
Date Place Event Result Winnings
2016-07-31 LCS logo 25x25.png B010th 2016 NA LCS Summer Round Robin 4 : 14 Blanklogo std.pngGroup Stage (W/L)
2016-04-01 LCS logo 25x25.png I1Q 2016 NA LCS Summer Promotion 3 : 2 GCUlogo std.png Gold Coin United Q
2016-03-26 LCS logo 25x25.png A99th 2017 NA LCS Spring Round Robin 5 : 13 Blanklogo std.pngGroup Stage (W/L)
In Premier Tournaments
Date Place Event Result Winnings
2016-08-14 LCS logo 25x25.png A55 - 6th 2016 NA LCS Summer Playoffs 1 : 3 Clglogo std.png Counter Logic Gaming
2016-07-31 LCS logo 25x25.png A55th 2016 NA LCS Summer Round Robin 9 : 9 Blanklogo std.pngGroup Stage (W/L)
2016-04-16 LCS logo 25x25.png A44th 2016 NA LCS Spring Playoffs 0 : 3 IMTlogo std.png Immortals $ 10,000
2016-03-20 LCS logo 25x25.png A44th 2016 NA LCS Spring Round Robin 10 : 8 Blanklogo std.pngGroup Stage (W/L)
In Premier Tournaments
Date Place Event Result Winnings
2015-08-31 RpPoints.png A22nd 2015 Season North America Regional Finals 1 : 3 C9logo std.png Cloud9
2015-08-22 LCS logo 25x25.png A33rd 2015 NA LCS Summer Playoffs 3 : 1 TiPlogo std.png Team Impulse $ 15,000
2015-07-26 LCS logo 25x25.png A11st 2015 NA LCS Summer Round Robin 13 : 5 Blanklogo std.pngGroup Stage (W/L)
2015-04-18 LCS logo 25x25.png A33rd 2015 NA LCS Spring Playoffs 3 : 2 TiPlogo std.png Team Impulse $ 15,000
2015-03-29 LCS logo 25x25.png A66th 2015 NA LCS Spring Round Robin 9 : 9 Blanklogo std.pngGroup Stage (W/L)

Highlight Videos

Click here to see videos from Team Liquid's Rebirth series.

Other Content

  • 2016
  • 2015

Interviews

  • 2016
  • 2015

Articles

  • 2016
  • 2015

See Also

External Links

Gallery

References

  1. Team Liquid and Former Curse Become One liquidlegends.net
  2. 2.0 2.1 Keith replaced Piglet for Week 5 of NA LCS Spring Season teamliquidpro.com
  3. 3.0 3.1 LCS News: Piglet moved to starting roster for Week 7 teamliquidpro.com
  4. Piglet and Team Liquid part ways dailydot.com
  5. 5.0 5.1 Team Liquid's Tweet twitter.com
  6. 6.0 6.1 TL Update - Xpecial On His Future youtube.com
  7. 7.0 7.1 Team Liquid Smoothie Challenge youtube.com
  8. 8.0 8.1 Xpecial - Free Agency, C9 Challenger, Future youtube.com
  9. 9.0 9.1 10-man roster and Locodoco to Head Coach teamliquidpro.com
  10. 10.0 10.1 Team Liquid completes 10-man roster, will use Academy team as active subs dailydot.com
  11. 11.0 11.1 Dardoch Suspension teamliquidpro.com
  12. Adrian and TL mutually part ways yahoo esports
  13. [1]riftherald.com
  14. [2]twitter.com
  15. [3]twitter.com
  16. [4]twitter.com
  17. Liquid LoL | Meet Lourlo - Top Lane youtube.com
  18. IWDominate Retires from Professional League of Legends blog.instantesports.com
  19. Meet Moon - Jungleryoutube.com
  20. Meet 2016 NA LCS Summer Split teams.lolesports.com
  21. Team Liquid's Twitter Post twitter.com
  22. Moon's Twitter Post twitter.com
  23. thescoreesports article"thescoreesports.com"
  24. thescoreesports article"thescoreesports"
  25. Breaking the Curse: Liquid Rising liquidlegends.net
  26. Team Liquid Welcomes LoL Academy Team liquidlegends.net
  27. HTC Sponsors Team Liquid teamliquidpro.com
  28. Namecheap sponsors Team Liquid teamlliruidpro.com
  29. LiQuiD112's Tweet twitter.com
  30. Team Liquid's Tweet twitter.com
  31. Team Liquid | Rebirth EP13 - Roads youtube.com
  32. Locodoco Joins Liquid youtube.com
  33. Update for the LCS 2016 Season, Diego Ruiz teamliquidpro.com
  34. Regarding my suspension from TL twitlonger.com