Team Liquid Co-CEO and Team Manager Speak on LCS Troubles [UPDATE]
Update: Team Liquid has confirmed to theScore esports that Piglet will be moving to the mid lane from his previous position as ADC as Jung “Youngbin” Young-bin fills the ADC role once the roster change is approved by Riot Games.
Original story below:
With Week 6 of the NA LCS right around the corner, it would be an understatement to say that Team Liquid has been performing poorly. They’re currently tied for dead last with Team EnVyUs, who has an identical score of two wins and a whopping eight losses. It holds little hope for fans who wish to see their favorite team compete on the international stage for the first time, and who likely believed that the inadvertent trade of Joshua “Dardoch” Harnett for Kim “Reignover” Yeu-jin in the jungle would help push them to that goal.
This is where last night’s announcement comes in, when Team Liquid took to social media to answer a number of questions in a live AMA. Co-CEO Steve “Liquid112” Arhancet and team manager Michael Artress addressed the many concerns facing their LCS team as they fall farther and farther behind in the competition, as well as what they plan to do about it.
“Sometimes, the [best] decision is to do nothing. Right? To keep things as they are with some improvements in various areas. But, sometimes, the best decision is to do something about it. … This week we have already started having other players play in roles within the team, we are role-swapping, we are kind of evaluating our full coaching staff…”
Towards the start of the AMA, it was revealed that some of these role-swapping options may become permanent and that the rumor regarding Chae “Piglet” Gwang-jin moving to mid is a possibility but shouldn’t be considered to be written in stone.
As for bringing players like Austin “Link” Shin and Lyonel “Arcsecond” Pfaender to the starting roster, Liquid112 said that, frankly, it’s not as easy as just bringing a player into a full-time competitive position, assuming they even want to be put in the position.
The Co-CEO went on to explain the milestones they need to make decisions by, as well as made it clear that they understand that relegation is a strong possibility for them by this point. He will also be focusing the majority of his attention on Team Liquid’s League of Legends division and will be working directly with the team and the staff to make improvements.
Artress also spoke up during the livestream to explain, from his side as the team manager, how the team has been working tirelessly to work on their problems and improve their gameplay in the time they have before the start of Week 6. He spoke specifically on the fans’ concerns about Piglet’s performance, saying that he feels he is playing well with the hand that he has been given.
“In my opinion, I think Piglet is playing well, but the problem is that it is a utility meta right now and he doesn’t thrive as well as he could on utility AD Carries.”
As for the trending topic of Piglet’s mindset on retiring soon if the team doesn’t perform well this split, neither Liquid112 or Artress felt that his wording was correct, saying that they have never seen Piglet as excited to play as he is now.
Liquid112 also implied that Greyson “Goldenglue” Gilmer is largely to blame for the team’s frequent losses, specifically noting his inability to perform to the organization’s standards, which casts doubt on his position with the organization as they also spoke on hosting tryouts and trying to make changes during the break.
“We recognize that Goldenglue is underperforming on the roster,” said Liquid112, “We understand the damage dealt in teamfights associated with that.”
Team Liquid’s next game will be played on March 3rd at 6:00 PM EST against Immortals, then on March 5th at 3:00 PM EST against Echo Fox.
A certified weeb that passionately live-Tweets his reactions from esports events, Sian is one of those people that hasn’t seen the sun in weeks. You can find him on Twitter @FriendlySenpai