Team Liquid Create New Academy League of Legends Team

by Matt Best

After a less than ideal 2017 NA LCS Spring Split, Team Liquid look to improve their infrastructure by creating a new roster within Team Liquid Academy.

Co-CEO Steve Arhancet announced the news on Twitter today.

The roster will be comprised of previous Team 8.1 members including Tristan "Cake" Cote-Lalumiere and Ryan "ShorterACE" Nget, both formerly of Tainted Minds, a team that was under the public spotlight for the mistreatment of their players.

Their full roster is as follows:

  • Brandon "sexycan" Norris
  • Ryan "ShorterACE" Nget
  • Andrew "Slooshi" Pham
  • Tristan "Cake" Cote-Lalumiere
  • Kenneth "ExecutionerKen" Tang

WWG's League of Legends Writer and Analyst, James Bates, summarized the Tainted Minds situation quite nicely. "It all began when Tainted Minds' entire roster all files termination notices simultaneously, each accusing the organization of negligence and poor condition in their team house. Leading the charge against the team was Tristan "xcake" Côté-Lalumière, who accused the team of providing a combination of poor housing and poor internet, a combination that made it impossible for the team to practice effectively. Riot Games launched a shoddy investigation into both those matters, as well as other claims of missing payments that later surfaced."

People thought that cake would become unsignable after all of the drama because he was at the center of it all. Praise should be given to Team Liquid for recognizing that what xPecake did showed off true leadership. He stood up for his team when they needed a voice the most. 

Team Liquid Academy seems to already be enjoying their time together as Arhancet tweeted out a picture of the team out for dinner.

Team Liquid Academy began in 2015 with players such as Nyjacky and zig. In 2016 the team had a roster composed of players such as Goldenglue, Stunt and Moon bu eventually sold their spot to eUnited in November of 2016. 

By Matt Best

Matt Best is the Lead On Air Host and Producer for WWG. He has spent his professional career submerged in both the traditional sports world as well as esports. As one of the only Canadians at WWG, if you want to tilt Matt, just bring up awful Canadian stereotypes.