Liquid sign Patsi; transition to European majority
The move marks the end of Liquid's North American majority.
The news comes shortly after the North American organization signed Aleks "Rainwaker" Petrov, meaning their roster now sports a European majority. This means they will need to qualify for the Major through the European RMR while also taking away a Legends Stage spot from North America.
Additionally, EliGE's departure from Liquid signifies the conclusion of an eight-year collaboration that granted him the remarkable distinction of holding the lengthiest tenure within a single organization. EliGE hasn't yet announced his next move, but a recent report by Dust2.us states that Complexity are the front-runners for his signature.
Patsi joins from Spirit, ending a partnership with the Russian organization that spanned over two years. He spent eight months in the academy setup but earned a place on the main team in November 2021, putting up a 1.12 rating in his first full year to garner plenty of attention. His form dropped massively during 2023, however, and he only averaged a 0.99 rating during the first six months of the year.
The Russian rifler will no doubt hope a change of scenery will allow him to return to the highs he showed during 2022, with his transition to Mareks "YEKINDAR" Gaļinskis' calling a crucial piece of the puzzle.
"I'm really excited to play with this team and be part of an org that has so much history and achievements," began Patsi in his statement. "I know I'm new to the team and taking the place of such a strong player, but I'll do my best to prove to you that I deserve to be here."
With the signing, Liquid are now:
Damian "daps" Steele (coach)
Jonathan "EliGE" Jablonowski (benched)