It’s been a roller coaster year for Team Liquid and its League of Legends division. The team went from recording one of its worst placements in years in the spring to finishing up on top in the Summer. The team’s journey hasn’t gone unnoticed either because the LCS has just crowned Team Liquid’s backroom staff as the Coaching Staff of the Split.
It’s been an impressive comeback, given Team Liquid placed ninth in the Spring Split with a 7-11 record. There, after four dominating runs as one of the best teams in North America, Team Liquid was forced to play with its roster after Mads ‘Broxah’ Brock-Pedersen had visa issues and Yiliang ‘Doublelift’ Peng was benched for motivation issues.
While the Spring Split left a black mark on Team Liquid’s impressive League of Legends history, it also marked a turning point. During the player break, Doublelift was traded to Team SoloMid, Tactical was bumped up from the bench to replace him, and former caster Josh ‘Jatt’ Leesman was brought in as head coach.
It was an unusual move, especially since it Jatt had no prior coaching experience, but it worked out for him and the organisation. Although the team had a relatively slow start to the split, the wins began to rack up, and Team Liquid reestablished itself as the team to beat in the NA.
— LCS (@LCSOfficial) August 18, 2020
While it’s hard to fault the split Team Liquid has had, only one of its players features on the first LCS All-Pro Team this time around. Support Jo ‘CoreJJ’ Yong-in was voted as Team Liquid’s most impactful player this split, alongside Eric ‘Licorice’ Ritchie, Robert ‘Blaber’ Huang, and Jesper ‘Zven’ Svenningsen, and TSM’s Søren ‘Bjergsen’ Bjerg.
The Rookie of the Year and Most Valuable Player will be announced later this month, although you can vote for your MVP right now over on Twitter.