We’re still two months away from the 2022 League of Legends season, yet many teams are already finalizing their rosters. One of the organizations that has made the necessary changes to reach success next term is Team Liquid, which has reportedly already completed its lineup.
A New Roster
According to the League of Legends insider, Travis Gafford, Team Liquid has drastically changed its 2021 roster. And while nothing has yet to be confirmed, there is a good chance that only two players from last year will remain with the North American esports organization.
As revealed, Team Liquid will only keep their jungler Lucas “Santorin” Tao Kilmer Larsen and support Jo “CoreJJ” Yong-in. As a result, Liquid will part ways with top laner Barney “Alphari” Morris, mid laner Nicolaj “Jensen” Jensen, and ADC Edward “Tactical” Ra.
Although all excellent players, Liquid has supposedly decided to revamp the roster and take an entirely different path next term. And while replacing the three-star names wasn’t easy, Liquid have found a way to do so.
As revealed by Travis Gafford, Team Liquid is set to sign two European players in Fnatic’s former top laner and jungler, Gabriël “Bwipo” Rau and Rogue’s ADC Steven “Hans Sama” Liv. Meanwhile, Liquid have supposedly struck a deal with the LoL Championship Series legend and an iconic member of TSM, Søren “Bjergsen” Bjerg, who will take over as their mid lane.
What About the Departees?
Alphari is the only former Liquid player who is rumoured to have found a new home. Reputable sources reported that the British top laner had struck a deal with LoL European Championship (LEC) squad, Team Vitality.
At Vitality, Alphari will team up with Luka “Perkz” Perković, who has spent the last year with Cloud9 but has decided to return to Europe for the 2022 season.
Meanwhile, the next destination for Jensen and Tactical remain unknown. Jensen was initially supposed to role swap to ADC to make room for Bjergsen; however, the plan seemingly fell flat.
Tactical should not struggle in finding a new home; however, his options amongst the LCS’s top contenders remain limited.
The reigning LCS champions, 100 Thieves, will unlikely want to change their ADC. They already field Ian Victor “FBI” Huang, who was one of the top performers in the team last term.
Evil Geniuses could be an alternative option; however, the team already has an excellent player in Kyle “Danny” Sakamaki. The 17-year-old has been promoted into EG’s starting lineup in 2021 and has quickly established himself as a massive talent, so it’s doubtful EG will want to bench or sell him to make room for Tactical.
Cloud9 could be an option since the team has been rumored to part ways with ADC Jesper “Zven” Svenningsen ahead of the 2022 season. However, recent rumors suggest that C9 will keep Zven for one more season, effectively denying Tactical a spot in the team.
It was recently reported that Tactical could join Golden Guardians for the 2022 LCS season, replacing Trevor “Stixxay” Hayes. However, those are purely speculations, and we should be getting some answers by the end of the month.
What Can the New-Look Liquid Achieve?
As with any major roster overhaul, we don’t know how the project will work out. However, if the rumors prove to be true and Liquid’s roster will indeed feature Bwipo, Santorin, Bjergsen, Hans Sama, and CoreJJ, it’s fair to say that Liquid has assembled one of the strongest rosters in the organization’s history.
Santorin and CoreJJ have already been one of the top players of the 2021 season, and with the addition of Bwipo, Hans Sama, Liquid also got their hands on two of the top LEC players. However, Bjergsen remains an enigma as he was out of action for the past year while serving as head coach of TSM.
However, if the performances in his final season with TSM (2020) are any indication, the Danish superstar should be a valuable asset for Liquid.
Having made heavy investments ahead of the 2022 season, Team Liquid are clearly aiming high. And that’s no surprise, as they’re not the only team to have splashed out big for the next season.
With the LoL World Championship heading to North America in 2022, many top LCS teams are looking to build a championship roster in a bid to secure LCS’s first LoL Worlds title on home soil. Will Liquid manage to achieve their goals and hoist the coveted Summoner’s Cup is, however, anyone’s guess. Still, they definitely have a roster capable of competing at the highest level.
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