Liquid announce daps as new coach
The Canadian in-game leader will be standing behind Liquid starting at IEM Cologne.
The move comes just a day after the organization announced the benching of both rifler Richard "shox" Papillon and coach Eric "adreN" Hoag from the main roster after a disappointing start to 2022, during which Liquid's best result came in the form of a 5-8th place finish at ESL Pro League Season 15.
This will be daps' first role back in the professional scene after taking a break following his stint with the Orgless project he founded earlier this year. The team was never able to break into the higher tiers of competition, only ever attaining success in local ESEA Cash Cups before eventually disbanding back in April.
Before that, from 2017 to 2019, daps had been in charge of the NRG squad that went on to find much success under Evil Geniuses, a roster he fostered as an in-game leader and later a coach. He then returned to playing in Cloud9 and Gen.G before joining back up with his former NRG teammates as Evil Geniuses' coach in 2021.
Coaching Liquid will mark daps' second tour with the North American organization, for which he briefly played in early 2015 alongside Keith "NAF" Markovic, Nick "nitr0" Cannella, Jonathan "EliGE" Jablonowski and the outgoing coach he's replacing, adreN.
Damian "daps" Steele (coach)