The fact that Team Liquid is having a rough season isn't any kind of secret at this point. They're in a tight competition for dead last in the league, a first for the organization that's not used to being in any place but fourth. What does come as a surprise is the timing of this awful season. Team Liquid looked outstanding last year thanks to their acquisition of Dardoch, the rookie jungler that really started the NA trend of breakout junglers. While they did lose Dardoch in the offseason, most of their roster moves were widely considered sidegrades or slight downgrades, not moves that would take a team from being a hot contender for the league title to a team that is a hot contender to take last place in the league.
Understandably, the Team Liquid management has been scrambling to turn their team's fortunes around with any changes they can. The roster shuffle they've undergone this split will undeniably go down in legend, as they've opted to shove a world champion ADC player into the mid lane while bringing Doublelift out of retirement in order to patch up the flagging bottom side of the map.
Today Team Liquid announced another one move that is intended to bring success to the team, though this one won't be immediately apparent upon the rift. Rather than announcing a player this time, Team Liquid have opted to shuffle their coaching staff around by bringing in ex-Naijin support and ex-coach of Cloud9, Cain. His name was spotted earlier today in the contract database, and Team Liquid owner Steve Arhancet tweeted out acknowledging that Cain would be the head coach for Team Liquid moving forward later in the day.
"Cain has shown great leadership as head coach this week." Arhancet said in his statement. "He will debut this weekend. Impressed by his process, maturity and game knowledge."
The announcement was met with some surprise, as Cain had seemingly still been a part of Cloud9 until just the day before. No statement from Cloud9 about Cain's release has been forthcoming, but the lack of controversy around the move seems to indicate the benign nature of this exchange.