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.
We signed team 8.1 to be our new Team Liquid Academy team. They are flying to LA to boot camp for their upcoming matches. Good luck guys.— Steve Arhancet (@LiQuiD112) April 26, 2017
The roster will be comprised of previous Team 8.1 members including Tristan "Cake" Cote-Lalumiere and Ryan "ShorterACE"
Their full roster is as follows:
- Brandon "sexycan" Norris
- Ryan "ShorterACE"
- 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 "
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.
TLA out to dinner!! @Secycanlol @CakeLoL_ @ShorterACE @Slooshi8 , Ken couldn't make it. pic.twitter.com/9cu7H8twXD— Steve Arhancet (@LiQuiD112) April 27, 2017
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.