Team Liquid is not having a good year when it comes to the results that their team is having in the League of Legends competitions. Things were so bad that they even had to play in the relegation tournament of NA LCS in order to stay in that competition. Luckily for them, they were able to win in that tournament which granted them another opportunity in the NA LCS. Another good news for Team Liquid is the fact that there will be no relegation tournament this Split because Riot is introducing the franchising in League of Legends.
In their last appearance in the NA LCS, Team Liquid managed to win. However good news like that have been scarce this year. In the last couple of months, Team Liquid has surprised many of their fans with the announcements about the changes in the roster. That is exactly what happened last night.
Yet Another Mid Laner?
The latest statement from the team has announced that Team Liquid has signed Son ‘Mickey’ Young-min. He will become another player that plays in the mid lane position in the team. The news about this transfer was first reported by ESPN. However at that time rarely anyone paid much attention to it because it did not look like Team Liquid needs another mid lane problems.
In all the matches this season, it is very possible that mid lane position has been the least problematic for Team Liquid, but that did not prevent team management from signing Mickey. When Mickey appeared in the League of Legends scene, he was considered to be one of the most talented players in the world. This issue became especially emphasized after Mickey defeated Lee ‘Faker’ Sang-hyeok and the entire SK Telecom T1 team.
However, since then, Mickey is having a lot of problems with the consistency of his game. In one game he can be the best player in the world, making crazy moves but in the next game. Everything will be going so bad that he seems like a complete rookie.
Who is Stepping Down?
Currently, two players in Team Liquid come from other regions. Those two players are Chae ‘Piglet’ Gwang-jin and Kim ‘Reignover’ Yeu-jin. Considering that Riot has set forth the rules that limit the number of players from other regions to only two in one team, with Mickey signing a contract, one of the previously mentioned players will have to step down from the team.
At this moment it looks like that Reignover will be the one benched in the team. The Team Liquid recently signed another jungler, Rami ‘Inori’ Charagh. Before joining Team Liquid, Reignover played with Fnatic in 2015 and with Immortals in 2016. During both of those seasons, Reignover has been one of the best junglers in LCS.
However, his performances this season are not what they used to be in the previous two seasons. Uncertainty seems to be the biggest characteristic of Reignover’s performances this season. However the biggest problem seems to be the fact that Reignover was not able to connect properly with the rest of the team. So far, Team Liquid has not confirmed or denied the stories about Reignover. It is expected that might be happening very soon.