Liquid confirm YEKINDAR for BLAST Premier Fall Groups

The Latvian star still has yet to sign for Liquid permanently, but he will play his second event with the team.

Liquid have confirmed to HLTV.org that they will play with Mareks "⁠YEKINDAR⁠" Gaļinskis once again at the BLAST Premier Fall Groups.

The 22-year-old Latvian will make his second appearance with the team following an impressive debut that saw the North American side reach the quarter-finals of IEM Cologne in July, making their highest big-event placing since they underwent core changes at the beginning of the year.

YEKINDAR will continue to don the Liquid jersey at BLAST

The organization and the players have made no secret of their plans to pursue signing YEKINDAR permanently, repeatedly praising the ever-aggressive rifler while in Cologne for having a big voice on the team already and for his contributions to the team's improvement.

However, so far there has been no news of a permanent deal having been struck between Liquid and Virtus.pro, where YEKINDAR is currently listed for transfer following his exit from the Russian-based team in late May.

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The Latvian star has nonetheless been allowed to step in for Liquid once more at BLAST, which will be the first tier-one event following the summer tournament break, taking place from August 19-28.

In the first stage of the event, Nick "⁠nitr0⁠" Cannella and company have been placed in Group B alongside G2, Natus Vincere, and Complexity. Liquid will first face off against the new-look G2 squad, who are reportedly bringing in Justin "⁠jks⁠" Savage and Rasmus "⁠HooXi⁠" Nielsen, on August 20.

Denmark Rasmus 'HooXi' Nielsen
Rasmus 'HooXi' Nielsen
Age:
27
Rating 1.0:
0.87
Maps played:
798
KPR:
0.58
DPR:
0.69
Australia Justin 'jks' Savage
Justin 'jks' Savage
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
1183
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.63
United States Nick 'nitr0' Cannella
Nick 'nitr0' Cannella
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
1401
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.66
Latvia Mareks 'YEKINDAR' Gaļinskis
Mareks 'YEKINDAR' Gaļinskis
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
1104
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.70
no
2022-08-11 17:53
15 replies
NA STAYS WINNING
2022-08-11 18:00
12 replies
na wont win sh*t
2022-08-11 18:29
1 reply
name checks out
2022-08-11 19:14
USA needs foreign exports in order to do well. NAF, twistzz, YEKINDAR...
2022-08-11 18:37
9 replies
#90
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Philippines Fiorno
i will tell you a secret that might get me killed but canada isn't real it's actually the state of ohio
2022-08-11 21:19
2 replies
#93
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Norway Lassii
o.O
2022-08-11 21:39
#120
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United Kingdom Enticles!
North Ohio = Canada Ohio = USA South Ohio = Mexico
2022-08-12 18:46
Didn't Sweden do the same thing with paying device 1 million and then es3tag 500k until device left? And then fnatic with smooya to be top 10 again until he left and the team died? CS is international now. There are no full national top rosters anymore.
2022-08-11 22:03
4 replies
Fnatic is actually an English org
2022-08-11 23:59
3 replies
And Liquid is technically Dutch.
2022-08-12 00:23
2 replies
#113
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Russia scor2k
dam i like your behaviour mate
2022-08-12 04:46
liquid is dutch and NA 50/50
2022-08-14 02:42
In the context you're writing this, I think you mean Foreign Imports And as much as I'd prefer them to be a Canadian core, they are a USA core still
2022-08-13 19:27
Stay mad
2022-08-12 20:55
1 reply
yes sir!
2022-08-12 21:09
expected
2022-08-11 17:53
Poggers!
2022-08-11 17:53
Suii
2022-08-11 17:53
#5
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Romania Pecea
deserved, hope they keep him, he brings good vibes
2022-08-11 17:53
8 replies
just like jackz brought good vibes in G2 😎😎
2022-08-11 17:55
7 replies
#17
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England MikeLCHV
yekindar brings kills tho
2022-08-11 17:58
6 replies
#26
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Europe KiroBullS
ahahhahah
2022-08-11 18:08
#44
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Romania Pecea
signs that you are a moving red flag: you hate jackz
2022-08-11 18:31
4 replies
+1
2022-08-11 18:34
+1
2022-08-11 18:53
#62
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Singapore 7un
+1
2022-08-11 19:03
Or a white flag if you like Jackz
2022-08-11 20:52
he deserve better
2022-08-11 17:54
12 replies
+100
2022-08-11 17:54
1 reply
-101
2022-08-11 17:58
8 replies
6 replies
ok? why filter to vertigo?
2022-08-11 18:00
5 replies
#23
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Israel LoreX3
tried to bait
2022-08-11 18:01
4 replies
XD
2022-08-11 18:02
5/8 for the laugh and your honesty xd
2022-08-11 18:29
#98
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North America minte
ahahaha
2022-08-11 22:04
lmao
2022-08-12 01:01
Which entry fragger has better, mr stat expert?
2022-08-11 21:03
+1
2022-08-11 22:03
YEKINDAR should have gone to G2 and jks to Liquid it's a better fit IMO.
2022-08-11 17:55
11 replies
I don’t think so. Yekindar is Stewie2k but better, and free EliGE from entry roles. JKS can’t do that
2022-08-11 18:11
5 replies
+1 Liquid needs another aggressive player, not another passive one. NAF and oSee are passive and Elige is a naturally passive player turned aggressive but in this current metagame you need aggro players to make plays. This is why Yekindar is best fit
2022-08-12 01:07
4 replies
EliGE has always been a natural Entry Fragger and plays the aggressive roles most of his career. He is just too valuable to play entry and is better suited to the NiKo/Spinx 'Opening Kill' star role. Yes, Yeki's aggression is wanted however it really allows Nitr0 to dial back his aggression, as Nitr0 is a natural late round player like NAF. oSee has shown he can do that Broky style role of passive AWP with explosive mid-late rounds too.
2022-08-13 19:32
3 replies
You're right, I stand corrected. He was an entry fragger in the beginning of Liquid which I totally forgot about. I agree with you that he's too valuable to play entry as he's good for multi-fragging capabilities. Although personally, I love seeing the dynamic between Yeki/Elige playing aggro. The most underrated part in all of this is the fact that Yeki can secondary/mid-round call which piggy-backs off your point that he can take pressure off of Nitr0. Yeki's role reminds me so much of Stewie when he first joined Liquid, which is why I always felt he was the perfect fit for the team.
2022-08-14 08:42
2 replies
Yeah between Daps and Yeki, Nitr0 can concentrate on bringing his own game up to par. He used to be so clutch and before being forced to AWP was an up n coming aggressive star rifler. If Cologne is anything to go by Nitr0 already improved with the help. I have a lot of time for daps, especially in the preparation/veto side of the game but also in leadership on the stage.
2022-08-15 05:11
1 reply
Daps is gonna be good on this team. I've seen many of his interviews where he seems very intellectual and strategic with how he thinks of the game. I liked adreN but I've heard many rumors about him not being very involved with strat calling. His coaching was more loose and he usually let's the team "figure it out" when push comes to shove. The thing that frustrated me most with adreN was he did not utilize timeouts very effectively. Daps, from what I've seen so far, has done pretty well in that department. His approach to the game also seems very professional whereas adreN has always been pretty lax from an outsider's perspective.
2022-08-15 07:57
#28
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North America hi_mens))
Jks to liquid never made sense
2022-08-11 18:11
Not at all, yekindar is a much better fit for liquid and if hunter wants to play in the pack jks is a better fit for G2. Yekindar wants to decide what he and the team will do, in G2 he propably wouldnt even be the 3rd voice. G2 might need a true entry fragger though but for yekindar, jks and liquid these 2 were the best moves, for G2 its arguable
2022-08-11 18:13
I think the same
2022-08-11 22:03
#99
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North America minte
No
2022-08-11 22:04
Jks is a lifelong lurker. Liquid already have naf lurking. Hunter didn’t want to lurk anymore. G2 also has Niko who’s been entrying more often than jackz since august last year. They don’t need another entry. Liquid doesn’t have an entry, and Elige doesn’t fill the role well.
2022-08-12 05:59
Good choice. He's the firepower that Liquid needs to be a contender team
2022-08-11 17:56
#11
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India Lunat1c777
Chai supremacy
2022-08-11 17:57
RIP Career
2022-08-11 17:57
2 replies
#80
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Italy PhilD06
hahahahahha
2022-08-11 20:10
is what he would have said if he joined g2
2022-08-12 15:59
WHAT A SURPRISE...
2022-08-11 17:58
Yekindar really not got any better offers from EU :(
2022-08-11 17:58
9 replies
Liquid is an amazing offer though, its a great org with loads of fans and money. They have some of the, if not the highest salaries in cs given the performance of the team lol. And it has great practice facilities etc etc
2022-08-11 18:15
7 replies
I agree, I'm not saying Liquid is bad, but why hasn't Yekindar already signed?
2022-08-11 18:17
6 replies
I could imagine that there are some problems with the buy out, VP is a russian org..
2022-08-11 18:18
5 replies
depends on how long his contact is with them I guess
2022-08-11 18:19
But they are probably paying VP to loan him in the time being, maybe they think it’s better for press if there are no contract buyouts and just small sums but either way they are paying money into russia
2022-08-11 20:22
3 replies
or maybe he didnt decide yet if he will join and liquid cant afford to tell him join or gtfo, they need him so much. He helped them become a solid top 10 team in just one tournament, a team that can beat almost anyone whereas before they really sucked Edit: or his buyout is so high that they want to wait for his contract to run out (if it does soon)/ negotiate more
2022-08-11 21:17
2 replies
Yeah I can see that, either on his or their side negotiating endlessly.. but so much of this situation screams to me trying to avoid negative kremlin PR. I dont care personally but western orgs are doing this flaky shit where they say fuck russia but will gladly give them money for players etc like c9 did
2022-08-12 22:23
1 reply
Agreed, the sanctions are pretty much a joke and easily worked around. The CIS orgs are notorious for having ridiculously large buyouts, this is why NaVi could never manage to snag up n coming Russian language players and had to build their own.
2022-08-13 19:37
He doesn’t really fit into any other team as well as liquid. His play style is literally perfect for the squad and the roles match up exactly with what you want to get.
2022-08-12 06:00
#18
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England MikeLCHV
liquid is the best move for him, hopefully he signs permanently
2022-08-11 17:59
ripquid
2022-08-11 18:00
#25
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United States Sancler
he should have already been signed
2022-08-11 18:04
The fuck is this ''will he? won't he?'' saga, is the question of Yekindar gonna be answered before every tournament?
2022-08-11 18:12
#32
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Indonesia LosD
Liquid hear me out. Sign this man for the rest of 2022 this is your best option for now
2022-08-11 18:16
7 replies
You don't think that they are trying to sign him lol?
2022-08-11 18:36
6 replies
#54
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Indonesia LosD
So why yekindar just like go signed the contract rn? dude still consider to play in EU team because of NA CS circumstances. And the best time to find a new team is on the offseason(late December-January)
2022-08-11 18:39
5 replies
It's been said that it's because of signing issues between orgs. I promise if it was any other org than VP that they were trying to buy him from it would have been a done deal weeks ago
2022-08-11 18:41
4 replies
#65
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Indonesia LosD
wait yekindar still contracted with VP? i thought VP release him my bad then
2022-08-11 19:13
3 replies
no, they haven't that's why there is such a long hold out.
2022-08-11 19:34
2 replies
#73
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Indonesia LosD
hey the future looks good man twitter.com/jokasteve/status/15577793554..
2022-08-11 19:34
1 reply
im hoping
2022-08-11 19:35
#35
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United States H4RP
Love this move. I want to see him on liquid permanently
2022-08-11 18:18
Braindead comments, it's obvious the signing issues have to do with politics/sanctions
2022-08-11 18:19
Yekindar would be a perfect addition to Navi for Boombl4 active roles
2022-08-11 18:24
WOW. Just sign Yekindar. He's so good like Zealot/Beserker. Play Machine is best caster.
2022-08-11 18:24
1 reply
#51
swag | 
Cyprus Porgos
Maybe high buyout, and close from now expiration date
2022-08-11 18:37
Yekindar could've gone to Vitality honestly
2022-08-11 18:27
Liquidindar
2022-08-11 18:30
1 reply
2022-08-11 18:38
eu goat has to carry na
2022-08-11 18:32
they dont have to pay if they take him as stand in everytime
2022-08-11 18:33
2 replies
#57
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United States evanc
I think they may have to pay to use him as a standin still. Just not a milly or w/e his ridiculous buyout is.
2022-08-11 18:44
ence will buy yekindar from havu
2022-08-11 19:32
#48
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United Kingdom Jonty04l32
This is great news for Liquid.
2022-08-11 18:36
#49
swag | 
Cyprus Porgos
It's not like everyone knew it already
2022-08-11 18:36
#56
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Aruba defoliant
why is this news? i knew it would happen like 3 weeks ago.
2022-08-11 18:43
Adorable photo
2022-08-11 18:45
thank god
2022-08-11 18:51
it looks like he's taking nitr0 by the neck: "now you'll call what I say, understood? enough of this NA style of yours and choking, we clear? good boy."
2022-08-11 18:59
this unlikable guy won't fit in well.
2022-08-11 19:04
1 reply
#66
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United States cr4zy_m3
Ok coomer
2022-08-11 19:13
don't do it yekindar
2022-08-11 19:07
#68
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Finland AliSabid
Lets goooo
2022-08-11 19:23
#69
ANa | 
Yugoslavia Lacerta
Expected
2022-08-11 19:26
navi should sign this guy asap
2022-08-11 19:29
%100 wants to see how G2 go after their new changes before joining them, liquid will never be a top 2 team while Navi and Faze are around, new G2 lineup might compete now their anchors are gone
2022-08-11 19:41
2 replies
remove all "anchors" roles, just star players.
2022-08-11 20:41
1 reply
They may be all stars, but Kovacs do not help speaking in teamplay terms
2022-08-13 00:36
Nice
2022-08-11 19:45
#77
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Hungary szia
Very nice, let's go yeki
2022-08-11 19:45
good for liquid! but i hope overhype doesnt ruin it.
2022-08-11 19:49
just sign him already, smh
2022-08-11 19:58
Good for them, but Yekindar to NaVi is still a dream move.
2022-08-11 20:12
#83
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Albania aplasa
nice
2022-08-11 20:32
I’m just happy he’s going to a team Player his caliber will land on a top team regardless Still happy Team Liquid calls him up
2022-08-11 20:43
#89
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United Kingdom Leftie
liquid wat doink +YEKINDAR already before he gets a good offer somewhere else
2022-08-11 21:19
1 reply
#100
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North America minte
They're trying ofc just lots of complications with his contract, playing for Russia team, etc I think
2022-08-11 22:05
LETS GOOOOO
2022-08-11 21:27
#92
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Chile 1cristiaan
LETS FCKING GOOOOOOOOOOOO
2022-08-11 21:27
#94
b1t | 
India Mr_UNX
Yekindar is the only one who can save NA cs
2022-08-11 21:41
nice
2022-08-12 00:08
Great for TL. They are look promising with him
2022-08-12 00:10
Thats great!
2022-08-12 00:53
Sweet. Was great seeing him play
2022-08-12 01:42
#111
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Argentina naxxlm
Huge for TL
2022-08-12 02:30
Yekindar should sign for a year, get that bag, then go to NaVi to win
2022-08-12 04:12
NA bots no chance with whoever
2022-08-12 07:30
Yekinder is ruining his csgo career ...... may b soon he will join Naughty America and do "Mommy got Boobs" stuffs
2022-08-12 13:19
1 reply
wtf? average indian thought process
2022-08-13 01:56
YES
2022-08-12 13:21
#121
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Brazil Amassado
Really Nice for liquid,i think know this team can surprise a lot
2022-08-12 18:55
LETS GO LIQUID
2022-08-12 20:56
#127
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Latvia SuffixLV
Nice
2022-08-13 01:41
man Just sign Yekindar. He's so good and perfect to rebuilt NA's superpower in CS all the best to him, and his team
2022-08-13 19:58
#135
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United States RyoGTO
let's hope NA CS comes back strong soon it is good for the competition
2022-08-14 21:56
#138
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United States Solaries
Should have signed jks when they could have.
2022-08-15 19:21
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