Media: Liquid bench Rainwaker, to use daps as IGL in BLAST Showdown
Liquid are evaluating their options after a difficult start to life for their European roster.
Aleks "Rainwaker" Petrov has been temporarily benched by Liquid ahead of their participation in the rest of the world BLAST Fall Showdown, according to a report from Dust2.us. Rainwaker's removal was first reported by Alexey "OverDrive" Birukov on his VK profile.
Coach Damian "daps" Steele will replace him in the server and take over in-game leadership from Mareks "YEKINDAR" Gaļinskis for the tournament to restore a North American core. However, the report states that this might not be a final decision as Liquid evaluates its options and role configuration within the team.
The news arrives after a string of poor results for Liquid, including a group stage exit at ESL Pro League and not even qualifying for IEM Cologne's main event.
Rainwaker has been their lowest-rated performer in that period with a 0.96 rating. He does occupy difficult anchor roles he inherited from Nick "nitr0" Cannella but it is on T side that he has truly struggled, with just a 0.86 rating in what should have been more comfortable lurking roles.
His benching might spell good news for Keith "NAF" Markovic, who can now occupy T side lurker roles he gave to Rainwaker after joking that his "roles get swapped around like a hot potato" on Liquid.
The move also means the end of YEKINDAR's in-game leadership just five months after he took the reins during the BLAST.tv Paris Major. daps comes in as the new captain having not played since April 2022.
Liquid will reportedly play Showdown with:
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