Team Liquid Drops Dota 2 roster. Kuroky to create his own team and the organization is looking for players to fill the Dota 2 roster.
It’s Friday and out of nowhere, Team Liquid announced that their Dota 2 roster is no more, which is saddening and it might ruin the day of Liquid fans. The community was speculating about the removal of a single player in the roster and hence I can say for sure nobody saw this coming. Nonetheless, the team achieved amazing results ever since their roster became stable with GH and Miracle joining including winning the TI7 and getting into grand finals of TI9.
Team Liquid Drops Dota 2 Roster and Brief History
Team Liquid is a professional eSport organization formed in 2000 in the Netherlands. The company announced their Dota 2 roster in 2013 and it struggled and failed to achieve good results and the roster kept changing. Following up their disappointing TI 2014 qualifiers, the team continued to experiment with juggling their roles yet still unable to produce great results hence they dropped their Dota 2 roster.
Following October 9th, 2015, Team Liquid announced their re-entry into the Dota 2 scene with signing 5jungz. The team didn’t perform well initially but as they gained momentum they tasted success which continued in Shanghai major where the team managed to get to 2nd placing losing to Team Secret.
I want to briefly also touch on our intention to remain in Dota. We first picked up a Dota team in 2012 and we are here to stay. It is hard to predict the future and it is by no means a given that we find the right fit immediately when we look for a roster, but I can definitely say that we love this game and want to be a part of it. – Victor “Nazgul” Goossens
Team Liquid didn’t perform great in TI6 as well and after singing GH and Miracle the team became the dream team which fans were looking forward to. The team dominated TI7 and won the prestigious tournament and continued to secure top 4 positions in DPC season. The team produced great results afterward and even getting to the finals of TI9 again in hope to be the two times TI champion but lost to OG 3-1 in the grand finals.
The future of the roster looked bright but the management had other plans and on September 13, 2019, Friday marked the end of an era.
— Team Liquid (@TeamLiquid) September 13, 2019
Official Statement of Co-Owner and Founder of Team Liquid
Here is the complete official statement of the founder, co-owner, co-CEO Nazgul:
When Kuroky told me about their plans in the wake of TI9, I couldn’t help but think about my own journey from professional player to team owner. After four years under the Team Liquid organization, our Dota team has decided to pursue this new dream: To build a team of their own. While it fills me with great sadness to part ways with the best Dota roster we ever could have dreamed of, I am proud of the unforgettable years we have spent together, which include innumerable championships, records, and memories. That culminated in their crowning as the best Dota team in the world on August 12th 2017, and we built a legend in this historic 2.5 year span.
While parting with friends is always a sadness, I am genuinely happy our players and the new adventure they are about to take. It isn’t every day that world class players take the leap to become team owners. They deserve this more than anyone, and I am glad that we were able to share the road to greatness together. It is my hope that during their time on Team Liquid, that we have helped prepare them for the path they are embarking on.
Kuro, I know that the time ahead is by no means going to be easy, but if anyone can figure it out it is you. I’ve gotten to know you over the past years as someone who is willing to shoulder any burden to achieve his goals, and you do this with a sense of loyalty to those around you that is hard to find. It never mattered whether it was practice, coaching, drafting, game strategy, mental support, negotiation — you did it all. You are bar none the greatest leader I have seen and I am confident that this ability will take you to new heights as you embark on this journey.
Kuro, the incredible leader who will stop at nothing to achieve greatness,
Miracle, the maestro who lives and breathes Dota,
GH, the patron saint of positivity who’s always ready for the big moment,
w33ha, the difference-maker who stepped up when it mattered most,
Mind_Control, the constant who provided kindness, dedication, and skill in equal measure.
And of course, Matu, the fan-favorite who made even the hardest grinds worth enduring.
You have been absolute legends of the game and Team Liquid. Thank you for everything, and you’ll always be welcome to visit. I have the utmost respect for your decision and look forward to meeting you on the battlefield.
I’d like to extend special thanks to our manager Mohamed, and our coaches Heen and rmN, who have all played a major role in our teams’ success. You’ve all been a pleasure to work with.
I want to briefly also touch on our intention to remain in Dota. We first picked up a Dota team in 2012 and we are here to stay. It is hard to predict the future and it is by no means a given that we find the right fit immediately when we look for a roster, but I can definitely say that we love this game and want to be a part of it. We are on the lookout for individuals or teams who can continue the winning legacy that the five boys leave behind, and we will let you know as soon as we have an update.– Victor “Nazgul” Goossens