Grim, Stewie2K and FalleN removed from Liquid's starting line up
The announcement has been expected for some time, with players openly foreshadowing the news in recent interviews.
Michael "Grim" Wince, Jake "Stewie2K" Yip, and Gabriel "FalleN" Toledo will not be on Liquid's starting line up in 2022, it was confirmed today via a video posted to the Team Liquid Twitter account. In the video, Liquid's Counter-Strike General Manager Steve "jokasteve" Perino stated that more information regarding the roster would be provided in the coming weeks.
The news comes as no surprise as it has been an open secret for some time now that the Liquid roster would be breaking up at the end of the year, with the three aforementioned players seeking pastures new.
The only question mark regarding the current roster was whether Keith "NAF" Markovic would be staying with the organisation, which was answered when the player extended his contract in late November.
It was an underwhelming year for Liquid, the only real results of note being a top-four at IEM Katowice way back in February and a victory at cs_summit 8 in May. Their middling form throughout 2021 saw them dip as low as #16 in the HLTV world rankings, a long fall from grace for a core that won the Intel Grand Slam and spent time as world #1 in 2019.
It is not yet clear who will make up the rest of the Liquid roster moving into 2022, although names such as Richard "shox" Papillon, Josh "oSee" Ohm and Nick "nitr0" Cannella have been linked to moves to the NA squad in recent times. If those signings were to take place, Liquid's roster for next year could be:
Eric "adreN" Hoag (coach)