Team Liquid Acquires Inori; Reforms 10 Man Roster

by James Bates

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(Photo: Team Liquid)

No team in the NA LCS has put as much effort into trying to get a 10-man roster to work as Team Liquid has. As a matter of fact, they're one of the very few teams in the entire world that has consistently fielded a 10-man roster ever since the LCS rules changed to allow it. Unfortunately, they haven't exactly proven successful at it in the past, at least not on a consistent basis. While Team Liquid's current top laner, Lourlo, was, in fact, once a member of their Academy team and was thus one of the junior members of the 10-man roster, he's really the only success story to come out of the whole affair.

Furthermore, the last couple splits have been brutal for Team Liquid, who has gone from a that didn't exactly inspire confidence but also was solid enough to not be embarrassing to a relegation-tier team in the span of a year. By the end of the 2017 Spring Split the situation was so dire that Team Liquid had to call Doublelift out of retirement in order to even survive the Promotion Tournament. Team Liquid's first priority over the last couple months has, rightfully, been on just trying to survive. Restoring the pride of their 10-man roster looks like a pipe dream to outsiders, yet Team Liquid is intent upon proving their detractors wrong.

The team issued two groundbreaking pieces of news yesterday. The first announcement, and the one that was more immediately relevant, was their acquisition of former Phoenix1 jungler Rami "Inori" Charagh, who actually made his competitive debut on Team Liquid Academy. Inori's departure from Phoenix1 has been viewed as one of the primary reasons for the team's flagging successes, and it's hoped that he can turn around Team Liquid's dire situation in the jungle, as Reignover is in the middle of the worst split in his competitive career.

The second announcement was that Team Liquid was looking to reforge their famed 10-man roster. While the effects of having a sub roster might not have seemed evident from the outside looking it, Team Liquid themselves clearly see the worth in it. Considering the current string of difficulties for the team started at the same time their previous 10-man roster fell apart, they may just have a point.

Team Liquid owner Steve Arhancet posted accompanied the press release with a rousing encouragement for fans of the team, who have been rather critical of the team's recent lack of success.

"Sometimes adversity and failure can serve as inspiration for ingenuity. Without relegations last split, we wouldn’t have Cain. If not for these losses, we may not have seen the issues holding us back from our potential. Now is that exact moment where the easy choice is to fall to the pressure, the hateful comments and the doubt. It’s almost enough to paralyze us.

But to that I say HELL NO. We will not back down from the challenges we are facing. We will find solutions, just as we always have. We will be defined by how we rise from this.

The 10 man roster is just the start and signing Inori conforms with our plans for the present and the future. We could not turn down the opportunity to sign a great player like Rami because he combines a valuable mix of potential and the ability to help our team from Day 1. We believe this is a step in the right direction, but we understand that there are no guarantees.

We know that we have a lot of work to do this season, and we hope that our efforts will translate to more visible results. Our players and staff have been working tirelessly and I know we will see improvements soon. Stay tuned for additional developments within the next weeks."

By James Bates

A wanna-be novelist turned coach turned journalist, James is living proof that you never know where you'll end up. He's in love with narrative-heavy games, which he proves by spending his days writing about a game with less lore than Doom. His greatest regret in life is not having his name in the credits of Life is Strange, and it's galvanized him to truly pursue developing games that don't begin in packed taverns and use D20s.