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David "Varsix" Lim
Brandon "Saintvicious" DiMarco
|Analysts:||Joshua "Jarge" Smith |
Kevin "TeeKhay" Bracken
Keith "SnowSpots" Torres
|Managers:||Nick "Swaguhsaurus" Phan |
Steve "jokasteve" Perino
Brittany "JunoTheCat" Lattanzio
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- 1 History
- 2 Timeline
- 3 Player Roster
- 4 Player LCS Participation
- 5 Organization
- 6 Team Achievements
- 7 Highlight Videos
- 8 Other Content
- 9 Interviews
- 10 Articles
- 11 See Also
- 12 External Links
- 13 Gallery
- 14 References
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.
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.
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. 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. 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.
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. 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. Soon after, Xpecial's departure was officially announced as well.
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. 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. 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.
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" ahead of the Summer Split. Liquid Academy jungler Moon was used for the team's first series instead, which they lost, and by the end of the week Dardoch was starting again, where he remained through the end of the Playoffs. Soon after Dardoch's return, fabbbyyy was also traded to the main Team Liquid roster, this time in exchange for Piglet. This roster of Lourlo, Dardoch, FeniX, fabbbyyy, and Matt stabilized, and the team finished in fifth place with a 9-9 series record. In the playoffs, they shook up their roster once again, substituting in Jynthe for their third game against CLG after two losses. Jynthe won his first game, but Team Liquid ultimately lost the series 3-1 and then also lost in the first round of the Regional Finals to Team EnVyUs, this time with both Jynthe at AD carry and former substitute mid laner Arcsecond jungling.
- January 5th, Link joins as a sub. vvian, Yusan, and Jynthe leave.
- January 13th, Saintvicious joins as strategic coach.
- January 14th, Jarge joins as head analyst.
- February 16th, KonKwon joins as a sub.
- February 28th, Youngbin rejoins. Piglet moves to mid laner. Goldenglue moves to sub.
- March 6th, Goldenglue becomes inactive.
- March 7th, Doublelift joins on loan from Team SoloMid for the remainder of the 2017 NA LCS Spring Season. Youngbin moves to sub.
- March 8th, Adrian joins.
- March 13th, Matt moves to sub.
- March 24th, Cain joins as head coach.
- January 4th, Lourlo joins. zig, Dardoch, Youngbin, fabbbyyy, and Matt join as active subs.
- January 17th, Dardoch and Matt become starters. IWDominate and Smoothie move to subs.
- January 20th, IWDominate retires, remains a sub, and becomes a coach.
- March 8th, SirhcEz joins as a sub. zig, Youngbin, fabbbyyy, and Smoothie leave.
- May (approx.), Solo, Moon, Goldenglue, and Stunt join as subs. fabbbyyy rejoins as a sub. SirhcEz and IWDominate leave.
- May 27th, Dardoch is suspended for "behavioral problems and team dynamics issues."
- June 1st, Moon moves to starting jungler. Dardoch moves to sub.
- June 5th, Dardoch moves back to starting jungler. Moon moves back to sub.
- June 17th, fabbbyyy moves to starting AD carry. Piglet moves to sub.
- July 13th, Viper, vvian, Morning (now Yusan), Arcsecond, and Jynthe join as subs. Solo, Moon, Goldenglue, Piglet, and Stunt leave.
- August 15th, Jynthe moves to starting AD carry. fabbbyyy moves back to sub.
- August 30th, Arcsecond moves to starting jungler. Dardoch moves back to sub. fabbbyyy leaves.
- September 27th, aXioamtic obtains a controlling interest in Team Liquid.
- September 28th, DLim (now Varsix) moves to head coach.
- November 23rd, Dardoch leaves.
- December 3rd, Moon becomes an analyst.
- December 7th, Moon leaves.
- December 9th, Goldenglue joins.
- December 12th, Reignover joins. Piglet rejoins. Arcsecond and Jynthe move to subs. FeniX leaves.
- December 13th, Locodoco leaves coaching role.
- January 6th, team is formed. Quas, IWillDominate, FeniX, Piglet, and Xpecial join.
- January 16th, Nyjacky joins as a sub.
- January 24th, HTC sponsors Team Liquid.
- January 30th, Namecheap sponsors Team Liquid.
- February 16th, Keith is announced to be playing for week 5 of the 2015 NA LCS Spring Season instead of Piglet.
- March 4th, Piglet is announced to be playing for week 7 of the 2015 NA LCS Spring Season instead of Keith.
- April 18th, 3rd Place at the 2015 NA LCS Spring Playoffs.
- May, jokasteve moves to managing Team Liquid's CS:GO team.
- June 28th, ChumpJohn joins as a sub.
- July 1st, KEITHMCBRIEF is assigned to Team SoloMid.
- August 22nd, 3rd Place at the 2015 NA LCS Summer Playoffs.
- August 31st, 2nd Place at the 2015 Season North America Regional Finals.
- September 7th, Peter moves to Team Liquid Academy.
- September 28th, Piglet's contract is extended until November 20th, 2016.
- September 29th, Xpecial announces he will be leaving the team.
- October 16th, Smoothie joins. Xpecial moves to sub.
- October 29th, Xpecial leaves.
- November 13th, Locodoco joins as a content producer and on-camera personality.
- November 29th, Quas is suspended by the team.
- December 3rd, Quas retires.
- December 30th, plans for 10-man roster are announced. Locodoco moves to head coach. Dlim, TeeKay, SnowSpots, and Caelan join as additional support staff.
|Reignover||Kim Yeu-jin (김의진)||Jungle||2018-11-19|
|Piglet||Chae Gwang-jin (채광진)||Mid||2017-11-20|
|Youngbin||Jung Young-bin (정영빈)||Sub/AD||2017-11-20|
|Doublelift||Yiliang Peng||AD||Team SoloMid||2017 NA LCS Spring Season|
|Goldenglue||Greyson Gilmer||Sub/Mid||Korean Bootcamp|
|FeniX||Kim Jae-hoon (김재훈)||Mid||Gold Coin United|
|fabbbyyy||Jovani Guillen||Sub/AD||Big Gods Jackals|
|Solo||Colin Earnest||Sub/Top||Team Liquid Academy|
|Moon||Galen Holgate||Jungle||Team Liquid Academy|
|Stunt||William Chen||Sub/Support||Team Liquid Academy|
|zig||Derek Shao||Sub/Top||Team Liquid Academy|
|Smoothie||Andy Ta||Sub/Support||Team Liquid Academy|
|ChumpJohn||Johnson Ranta||Sub/Top||Galactic Gamers|
|Quas||Diego Ruiz||Top||NRG Esports|
|Xpecial||Alex Chu (朱啓恩)||Sub/Support||Apex Gaming|
|KEITHMCBRIEF||Yuri Jew||Sub/AD||Team SoloMid|
Player LCS Participation
- For a full chart listing all LCS players, click here.
- Only regular season games are listed. Last update: after week 9 of LCS Spring 2017
|JunoTheCat||Brittany Lattanzio||Player Manager/Project Manager|
|Michael Artress||Team Manager|
|Cain||Jang Nu-ri (장누리)||Head Coach|
|Saintvicious||Brandon DiMarco||Strategic Coach|
|Jarge||Joshua Smith||Head Analyst|
|TeeKhay||Kevin Bracken||Remote Analyst|
|Caelan||Romain Albesa||Jungle Coach|
|Swaguhsaurus||Nick Phan||General Manager||Immortals|
|Bumblebee||Robin Nymann||Director of eSports|
|MarkZ||Mark Zimmerman||Content Creator||Caster|
|jokasteve||Steve Perino||General Manager||Team Liquid|
|Locodoco||Choi Yoon-sub (최윤섭)||Head Coach||Gold Coin United|
|Exorant||Daniel Hume||Analyst||Last Kings|
|Peter||Peter Zhang (張藝)||Head Coach||Team Liquid Academy|
|Shakarez||Renato Perdigão||Analyst||Keyd Stars|
|In Premier Tournaments|
|2017-03-26||9th||2017 NA LCS Spring Round Robin||5 : 13||Group Stage (W/L)|
|2016-12-15||3 - 4th||IEM Season 11 - Gyeonggi||0 : 2||Samsung Galaxy||$ 10,000|
|2016-09-03||4th||2016 Season North America Regional Finals||0 : 3||Team EnVyUs|
|2016-08-14||5 - 6th||2016 NA LCS Summer Playoffs||1 : 3||Counter Logic Gaming|
|2016-07-31||5th||2016 NA LCS Summer Round Robin||9 : 9||Group Stage (W/L)|
|2016-04-16||4th||2016 NA LCS Spring Playoffs||0 : 3||Immortals||$ 10,000|
|2016-03-20||4th||2016 NA LCS Spring Round Robin||10 : 8||Group Stage (W/L)|
|2015-08-31||2nd||2015 Season North America Regional Finals||1 : 3||Cloud9|
|2015-08-22||3rd||2015 NA LCS Summer Playoffs||3 : 1||Team Impulse||$ 15,000|
|2015-07-26||1st||2015 NA LCS Summer Round Robin||13 : 5||Group Stage (W/L)|
|2015-04-18||3rd||2015 NA LCS Spring Playoffs||3 : 2||Team Impulse||$ 15,000|
|2015-03-29||6th||2015 NA LCS Spring Round Robin||9 : 9||Group Stage (W/L)|
- March 3rd, Liquid LoL | Week 7 - NA LCS Highlights - TIP & TSM (6m9s)
- March 18th, Liquid LoL | Week 8 - NA LCS Highlights - CLG & NRG (6m51s)
- April 1st, [LoL] Team Liquid's Top 5 Plays from the 2016 Spring Split (3m7s)
- Click here to see videos from Team Liquid's Rebirth series.
- January 22nd, Liquid - Rebirth EP14 - Squad by HTC
- January 27th, Liquid - Rebirth EP15 - Waves by HTC
- February 3rd, Liquid - Rebirth EP16 - Progress by HTC
- February 11th, Rebirth EP17 - TLOP by HTC
- February 17th, Rebirth EP18 - Captain by HTC
- February 24th, Liquid - Rebirth EP19 - Toil by HTC
- March 2nd, Liquid - Rebirth EP20 - Awakening by HTC
- March 16th, Liquid - Rebirth EP21 - Dreamcatcher by HTC
- March 23rd, Liquid - Rebirth EP22 - Forever by HTC
- May 5th, What it's like playing for Team Liquid by ESPN
- May 9th, Liquid - Rebirth - The Final Episode by HTC
- December 20th, The Liquid Investment: Branching out from Piglet by Yahoo!
- March 23rd, Team Liquid LoL - HyperX House Tour by HyperX
- May 28th, Team Liquid - Rebirth EP01 - Conversation by HTC
- May 28th, Team Liquid - Rebirth EP02 - Arrival by HTC
- May 28th, Team Liquid - Rebirth EP03 - Decision by HTC
- May 28th, Team Liquid - Rebirth EP04 - Expectations by HTC
- May 28th, Team Liquid - Rebirth EP05 - Confidence by HTC
- May 28th, Team Liquid - Rebirth EP06 - Ambition by HTC
- May 29th, Team Liquid - Rebirth EP07 - Hawaii by HTC
- June 5th, Team Liquid - Rebirth Vlog 01 - Seasons Start by HTC
- June 19th, Team Liquid - Rebirth EP08 - Fearless by HTC
- July 3rd, Team Liquid - Rebirth EP09 - Memories by HTC
- July 17th, Team Liquid - Rebirth EP10 - Rise by HTC
- July 31st, Team Liquid - Rebirth EP11 - First by HTC
- August 15th, Team Liquid - Rebirth Vlog 02 - TSM & the Road to MSG by HTC
- August 21st, Team Liquid - Rebirth EP12 - Family by HTC
- September 7th, Team Liquid - Rebirth EP13 - Roads by HTC
- September 17th, Team Liquid - Vlog 03 - Visas, Top Lane, and Worlds by HTC
- December 5th, Team Liquid LoL - Vlog 06 - Liquid112 Holiday Update on LoL Team by HTC
- March 17th, Steve Arhancet talks TL Doublelift and the challenges still ahead with The Rift Herald
- March 17th, Doublelift: 'There are three pretty big problems [for Team Liquid]' with ESPN
- March 20th, Liquid’s Matt opens up about his struggle with panic attacks and his decision to step back from the team with Yahoo
- March 21st, TL owner Arhancet talks worst case scenario: "We'll fight through the NACS & try to qualify back in" with Blitz Esports
- January 22nd, TL Coach Explains How the New Expanded Roster Works, His Take on Week One with G|League
- April 3rd, TL Matt on NRG: "We expected a closer series. But we were let down." with Tyler Erzberger on ESPN
- April 7th, Emily Rand's NA LCS Semifinals Preview: Liquid and CLG shift into gear by Emily Rand on theScore
- April 8th, Head-to-Head: Team Liquid and Counter Logic Gaming discuss their player matchups with theScore
- April 8th, NA LCS semifinal preview - Team Liquid vs. Counter Logic Gaming by Tyler Erzberger on ESPN
- May 31st, Ups and Downs: Team Liquid reflect on their 2016 NA LCS Spring Split with theScore
- August 8th, MarkZ talks League of Legends promotion tournament at a Hearthstone party with Yahoo!
- August 17th, TL GM Nick 'Swaguhsaurus' Phan says the team started having issues behind the scenes in weeks 8 and 9 with Yahoo!
- August 24th, MarkZ on why he quit coaching: 'A lot of players in the scene have very bad attitudes' with theScore
- January 24th, LCS NA 2015: LiQuiD112 "Some fan's don't understand the degree of a sponsor(HTC) like this" (video) with SK Gaming
- January 30th, Team Liquid's General Manager on how he got his job and Piglet vs Keith (video) with onGamers
- February 10th, Travis sits down with Liquid Nazgul at the LCS (video) with onGamers
- February 23rd, Team Liquid management and coaching staff talk Piglet benching - Keith to play for week 6 (video) with onGamers
- March 1st, NA LCS 2015: MarkZ "What could we do to make eSports more sport-like? So we decided to tailgate" (video) with SK Gaming
- March 6th, Rift Rant Ep. 6: Liquid MarkZ "Half of being good at the game is not being an idiot." (video) with SK Gaming
- April 28th, Liquid`MarkZ – Fenix Is The Real Deal with LiquidLegends
- July 14th, TL Coach Argues Sandbox Mode Would Dramatically Improve Scrims and Training with GameSpot
- August 14th, TL Coach and GM Interview - TL Peter Predicts TIP 3-0 Over CLG, TL to Beat TSM with Gamespot
- August 21st, Team Liquid Coach Peter - 20 Questions with HyperX
- August 28th, NA LCS Playoffs 2015: MarkZ - "It's really hectic between games in Bo5s" with SK Gaming
- January 31st, Building from the lowest point: Team Liquid's shaky start to 2017 by Emily Rand on The Score
- February 23rd, Panic and Parity: Are Team Liquid as bad as they think they are? by Tim Sevenhuysen on Oracles Elixir
- March 9th, What’s next on Team Liquid’s wild ride? Spring split goals and summer speculation by Tim Sevenhuysen on Oracles Elixir
- February 18th, A brief history of Liquid by Paul Marshall on LoL Esports
- February 19th, Two Roads Diverged in the NA LCS: Cloud9 and Team Liquid by Emily Rand on TheScore
- March 27th, How Matt and Dardoch accelerated Team Liquid’s rebuild by Joe "Pistallion" Cannavino on Slingshot Esports
- March 30th, Jatt's Stats: NA LCS Quarterfinalist - TL (3m38s) on LoL Esports
- March 31st, New Kids on the Block: 5 Storylines to watch ahead of TL vs. NRG by Emily Rand on theScore
- May 2nd, Liquid, Longzhu and the problems with 10-person rosters by Colin "CD-Mangaka" Nimer on Slingshot Esports
- May 27th, Summer 2016 NA LCS Team-by-Team Preview Day 6: Team Liquid (Podcast) by Rough Drafts on Soundcloud
- May 28th, Comparing League of Legends teams to their traditional sports counterparts by Connor Smith on Slingshot
- May 30th, Dardoch's Suspension: The Importance of a team's dynamic by Jasmyn on Splyce
- July 6th, Flowing Uphill: Is Team Liquid finally good enough to reach an LCS Final? by Tim "Magic" Sevenhuysen on theScore
- August 6th, Team Liquid: Chasing Worlds to No End by Vincent "Soularion" Grenier on Splyce
- September 9th, How can TL, NV, and IMT make it to Season 7 Worlds? by Ryan Tang on GAMURS
- September 24th, Looking to the Future: Team Liquid by OhSoDicey on GAMURS
- December 30th, Road to Season Seven: Team Liquid by Malcolm Abbas on GAMURS
- January 17th, GP10 NA LCS Rankings #3: Team Liquid from Gold Per 10
- January 21st, A Liquid Curse - Debunking the hype surrounding Team Liquid from Gold Per 10
- June 28th, Team Liquid: Horses on the Run from theScore
- November 11th, A Challenger approaches: Team Liquid's search for a homegrown top laner by Naser "Empyre" Al-Naqi on Splyce
- Team Liquid and Former Curse Become One liquidlegends.net
- Keith replaced Piglet for Week 5 of NA LCS Spring Season teamliquidpro.com
- LCS News: Piglet moved to starting roster for Week 7 teamliquidpro.com
- Piglet and Team Liquid part ways dailydot.com
- Team Liquid's Tweet twitter.com
- TL Update - Xpecial On His Future youtube.com
- Team Liquid Smoothie Challenge youtube.com
- Xpecial - Free Agency, C9 Challenger, Future youtube.com
- 10-man roster and Locodoco to Head Coach teamliquidpro.com
- Team Liquid completes 10-man roster, will use Academy team as active subs dailydot.com
- Dardoch Suspension teamliquidpro.com
- Liquid LoL | The Return youtube.com
- Welcome Back Saintvicious youtube.com
- Building the Team Liquid Infrastructure teamliquidpro.com
- KonKwon to sub for Team Liquid - '[Watching Worlds] re-ignited my passion towards the game' teamliquidpro.com
- Liquid confirm Piglet moved to mid lane, Youngbin taking over as AD carry thescoreesports.com
- Goldenglue's Tweet twitter.com
- Team Liquid's Tweet twitter.com
- TSM Doublelift Update tsm.gg
- Team Liquid's Facebook Post facebook.com
- LiQuiD112's Tweet twitter.com
- LiQuiD112's Tweet twitter.com
- Liquid LoL | Meet Lourlo - Top Lane youtube.com
- IWDominate Retires from Professional League of Legends blog.instantesports.com
- Meet Moon - Jungler youtube.com
- Meet 2016 NA LCS Summer Split teams. lolesports.com
- Team Liquid's Facebook Post facebook.com
- Sources: Dardoch to be replaced, set to join Echo Fox espn.com
- fabbbyyy's Tweet twitter.com
- Wizards, Warriors, and Magic: A Strategic Partnership teamliquidpro.com
- aXiomatic Acquires Controlling Interest in Team Liquid, a Leading Professional Esports Franchise businesswire.com
- A New Methodology teamliquidpro.com
- Team Liquid's Tweet twitter.com
- Moon Steps Back teamliquidpro.com
- Moon's Tweet twitter.com
- Liquid 2017 Update: Lourlo, Matt, and Goldenglue teamliquidpro.com
- kenzi's Tweet twitter.com
- Thank you, FeniX teamliquidpro.com
- Locodoco to coach Challenger team Gold Coin United thescoreesports.com
- Breaking the Curse: Liquid Rising liquidlegends.net
- Team Liquid Welcomes LoL Academy Team liquidlegends.net
- HTC Sponsors Team Liquid teamliquidpro.com
- Namecheap sponsors Team Liquid teamlliruidpro.com
- LiQuiD112's Tweet twitter.com
- Team Liquid's Tweet twitter.com
- Team Liquid | Rebirth EP13 - Roads youtube.com
- Locodoco Joins Liquid youtube.com
- Update for the LCS 2016 Season, Diego Ruiz teamliquidpro.com
- Regarding my suspension from TL twitlonger.com