Team Liquid are back with a new roster and a new journey ahead of them in the 2019-2020 Dota Pro Circuit. The organization announced on October 2 the signing of the five former Alliance players.
“We really feel like together with them we can really establish something special in the next few years,” said Victor Goossens, Team Liquid’s founder and CEO, indicating that the organization is committed to work with the players on a long term project. Team Liquid’s previous roster stayed in the same formula for 892 days, a record in the competitive Dota 2 world, before making the first change. Following a rather successful TI9 adventure with Aliwi “w33” Omar, the five Team Liquid players left the base to start an organization of their own. The details of Kuro’s new project are yet to be revealed.
In the meantime, Team Liquid will enter the regional qualifiers for the first Major and Minor tournaments of the year with a team that for the past two years grew and developed under the Alliance banner.
“I always looked up to their old team […] so, it’s an amazing feeling to be here, it feels like an accomplishment in itself just to be able to represent Liquid,” said Aydin “iNSaNiA” Sarkohi, who added that the whole team initially planned to stick with Alliance, but the more they thought about it, they decided that “it’s time for something new.” “We want a new chapter in our lives in order to be able to continue growing in the same way we have been,“ he explained the team’s decision.
Team Liquid roster from position 1 to 5:
- Michael “miCKe” Vu
- Max “qojqva” Bröcker
- Samuel “Boxi” Svahn
- Tommy “Taiga” Le
- Aydin “iNSaNiA” Sarkohi
In the short introduction video all members expressed the desire of claiming a big trophy this year, but they also talk about a bigger goal, hinting at TI10. The road to the most important tournament of the DPC season starts this Saturday with the regional qualifiers for the MDL Chengdu Major and Dota Summit 11 Minor.
Europe has only two slots to the Major and although the big competitors, Team Secret, OG and the former Liquid line-up will skip this first round of DPC events, the competition is still fierce. Team Liquid are fighting for one of the two slots to the Major alongside Ninjas in Pyjamas, Team Singularity, GODSENT, Ad Finem, Wind and Rain, Hippomaniacs, and Cool Team.