Team Liquid has decided to make some big changes to its roster. The popular Dota 2 team has decided to pick up Alliance’s former Dota 2 lineup and has entirely changed its squad. This means that despite its huge global presence, Team Liquid is still going to stay in Europe. The new roster includes Michael “MiCKe” Vu, Aydin “iNSaNiA” Sarkohi, Samuel “Boxi” Svahn, Maximilian “qojqva” Brocker, and Tommy “Taiga” Le. All of these are really amazing players who performed well during the previous season.
Problems with The Previous Roster
Team Liquid has had some problems with their previous Dota 2 roster this year. At first, they decided to bench Lasse “MATUBAMAN” Urpalainen back in June and was then removed from the team. This came as a surprise to many fans as he was one of the best players of the team. Shortly after this, the entire roster left and parted ways. This was something that put Liquid in a difficult situation since instead of signing one or two players, they had to get an entire squad.
New Dota 2 Lineup and Alliance Previous Performance
Thankfully, they managed to find former Alliance players. They have recruited them and are now a part of their latest Dota 2 lineup. This kind of saved Liquid from the trouble of checking the credibility of players since we all know how amazing these former Alliance players are. Not only this, but these players have also been playing together for almost two years. They also have some history in Heroes of Newerth, and four out of the five players started their competitive careers with this game.
As for Alliance, they first signed these players back in 2017 when they failed to qualify for The International 2017. In 2018, they again failed to qualify for TI8. However, they stuck together and made it to TI9. Although they played really well during the group stage, Alliance was eliminated in the first round of the main event. While they lost because of a mistake made by their captain iNSaNiA, his team still supported him and stood right beside him.
What is Next?
Team Liquid has surely made a great decision about picking these former Alliance players. They might have not made it far in The International 2019, they still have the protentional of winning upcoming tournaments. Liquid will get the chance to test their new roster during ESL One Hamburg 2019. This is going to be the first major tournament after the conclusion of The International 2019. Not only this, but it was recently announced that Team Liquid has been officially invited to Hamburg. They join four other teams that were previously invited, while two more will join them in the coming weeks.
The tournament will be held from October 25 till 27, and it will feature a total of 12 teams. All of them are going to compete for a prize pool of $300,000. In any case, Liquid fans are surely excited to see how the new team is going to perform during the upcoming tournament.