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Team Liquid

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Team Liquid
Team Liquid logo.png
Team Information
LocationNetherlands / USA
History
Created2015-01-06
Roster
Tl summer2016.jpg

Team Liquid is a multi-gaming team esports organization that was founded in the Netherlands in 2010 as a StarCraft: Brood War team. In January 2015, they merged with Team Curse. Liquid are one of the 10 organizations accepted in the new franchise system established in the NA LCS for 2018, and managed to win their first LCS title after defeating 100 Thieves in the 2018 NA LCS Spring Split finals.

They managed to retain the North American title in the Summer, after beating 3-0 to win the 2018 NA LCS Summer Split.

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

  • 2015
  • 2016
  • 2017
  • 2018

Player Roster

Active

Former


Organization

Current

  • Nazgul, Co-Owner. Nationality: nl.
  • LiQuiD112, Co-Owner. Nationality: us.
  • Thixnation, Chief Operating Officer. Nationality: us.
  • [[]], Team Manager. Nationality: us.
  • Cain, Head Coach. Nationality: kr.
  • Dodo, Assistant Coach. Nationality: kr.
  • TeeKhay, Remote Analyst. Nationality: us.
  • SnowSpots, Analyst. Nationality: us.

Former

  • Jarge, Head Analyst. Nationality: uk.
  • Caelan, Jungle Coach. Nationality: fr.
  • Varsix, Head Coach. Nationality: ca.
  • Saintvicious, Strategic Coach.
  • Swaguhsaurus, General Manager. Nationality: us.
  • Bumblebee, Director of eSports. Nationality: dk.
  • MarkZ, Content Creator. Nationality: us.
  • Locodoco, Head Coach.
  • Moon, Analyst. Nationality: us.
  • Exorant, Analyst. Nationality: ro.
  • Peter, Head Coach. Nationality: cn.
  • Shakarez, Analyst. Nationality: cn.

Team Achievements

2015

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.png Not found
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.png Not found

2016

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
2016-07-31 LCS logo 25x25.png A55th 2016 NA LCS Summer Round Robin 9 : 9 Blanklogo std.png Not found
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.png Not found

2017

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.png Not found
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.png Not found

2018

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

Media

Interviews

  • 2015
  • 2016
  • 2017

Articles & Videos

  • 2015
  • 2016
  • 2017
  • 2018
Click here to see videos from Team Liquid's Rebirth series.

Gallery


See Also

External Links

References

  1. Team Liquid and Former Curse Become One liquidlegends.net
  2. 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. Breaking the Curse: Liquid Rising liquidlegends.net
  13. Team Liquid Welcomes LoL Academy Team liquidlegends.net
  14. HTC Sponsors Team Liquid teamliquidpro.com
  15. Namecheap sponsors Team Liquid teamlliruidpro.com
  16. LiQuiD112's Tweet twitter.com
  17. Team Liquid's Tweet twitter.com
  18. Team Liquid | Rebirth EP13 - Roads youtube.com
  19. Locodoco Joins Liquid youtube.com
  20. Update for the LCS 2016 Season, Diego Ruiz teamliquidpro.com
  21. Regarding my suspension from TL twitlonger.com
  22. Liquid LoL | Meet Lourlo - Top Lane youtube.com
  23. IWDominate Retires from Professional League of Legends blog.instantesports.com
  24. Meet Moon - Jungleryoutube.com
  25. Meet 2016 NA LCS Summer Split teams.lolesports.com
  26. Team Liquid's Twitter Post twitter.com
  27. Moon's Twitter Post twitter.com
  28. thescoreesports article"thescoreesports.com"
  29. thescoreesports article"thescoreesports"
  30. Adrian and TL mutually part ways yahoo esports
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  32. [2]twitter.com
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  34. [4]twitter.com