adreN poised for Liquid return - Report
adreN is set to return to Liquid as the team's head coach, sources with knowledge of the situation have told HLTV.org. The 31-year-old will fill the spot left vacant following the release of Jason "moses" O'Toole, reprising his role as head coach after being replaced by the former commentator in August 2020.
With adreN, the Liquid roster - which, at the time, still had Nick "nitr0" Cannella - attained the No.1 spot in the world rankings for a period of three months, peaking in mid-2019 as they secured tournament victories at six consecutive Big Events and won the Intel Grand Slam Season 2 prize in a record-setting 63 days.
The team's results took a downturn in the following year as the online era got underway, leading to a flurry of changes as nitr0 stepped down from the lineup and was replaced by Michael "Grim" Wince, and moses was brought to succeed adreN,
The team were unable to return to their previous world-beating form, and made further changes to their roster in January 2021, replacing Russel "Twistzz" Van Dulken with Gabriel "FalleN" Toledo. Still, lacklustre results continue to plague the team as they recently exited the BLAST Premier Spring Showdown following an 0-2 defeat to Dignitas, and were also eliminated in the first round of ESL Pro League Season 13 playoffs following a narrow loss to G2.
adreN, who has spent the past year streaming his matches in ESEA Premier with Mythic, will hope to help Liquid return to their previous level, with his first appearance back under the team's banner expected to be in the upcoming North American Regional Major Ranking (RMR) event, cs_summit 8, which will run from May 20-30.
If the move is confirmed, Liquid would have the following lineup:
Eric "adreN" Hoag (coach)