Twistzz to leave Liquid, FalleN lined up as replacement - Report
The North American team is reportedly set to bring in the former MIBR in-game leader and AWPer ahead of the 2021 season.
In a post-game interview after the IEM Global Challenge grand final, Russel "Twistzz" Van Dulken revealed that the best-of-five series against Astralis was his last match with the team. According to a report by Rush B Media, Liquid is close to striking an agreement with MIBR regarding the transfer of Gabriel "FalleN" Toledo.
"That was actually my last [match] with Liquid," the Canadian stated. "I hope that I'm back next year in a new home. [...] It was a mutual decision after looking over a couple of things, and I think it's for the best for both sides."
The decision to change players came after the American-Canadian squad ended 2020 with just one title in 15 tournaments. Their season has culminated with an up-and-down campaign in Europe, as Liquid were unable to qualify for the BLAST Premier Fall Finals and exited DreamHack Masters Winter in last place, only ending the year on a good note with a runner-up finish at IEM Global Challenge.
Since the team traveled to the Old Continent in late November to play out the rest of the coronavirus-stricken season against the brunt of the world's best teams, Twistzz has been Liquid's second-lowest-rated player, averaging a 0.97 rating across 23 maps played.
The Canadian has been a part of Liquid for over three and a half years as the organization's second-longest serving member after Jonathan "EliGE" Jablonowski. Sometimes referred to as "the Magician," the 21-year-old helped the North American team clinch ten titles, most of which they won during their dominant run in the first half of 2019, with Twistzz named the ninth-best player in the world that year.
FalleN has spent the last three months on MIBR's bench. In mid-September, the veteran in-game leader and AWPer requested to be removed from the Brazilian starting lineup as a result of the IGC-owned organization's decision to part ways with two of his long-time teammates and coach, Fernando "fer" Alvarenga, Epitacio "TACO" de Melo, and Ricardo "dead" Sinigaglia.
If he completes the switch to Liquid, FalleN will play with a non-Brazilian core for the first time in his career. The move will see him reunite with Jake "Stewie2K" Yip, alongside whom he played in MIBR in the latter half of 2018 and clinched his last title at ZOTAC Cup Masters.
With the Brazilian's signing, Liquid would be getting an in-game leader and an AWPer, two roles that have posed an issue to them since the departure of Nick "nitr0" Cannella earlier this year. Leadership has since fallen on the shoulders of Stewie2K, who has also been sharing AWPing duties with Keith "NAF" Markovic in recent months.
Jason "moses" O'Toole (coach)
Russel "Twistzz" Van Dulken (benched)