Team Liquid Academy has been a source for some serious League of Legends talent in the NA LCS in the past couple years. Former players for TLA include FlyQuest’s Moon, Echo Fox’s Akaadian, Phoenix1’s zig, and Spring Split 2017’s All-LCS Support Smoothie from Cloud9. Now, according to a Twitter post from Team Liquid’s CEO, Steve Arhancet, the organization has acquired the roster of Team 8.1 as the new Team Liquid Academy.
Team Liquid Academy
Team 8.1 actually beat out the previous incarnation of Team Liquid Academy in the Open Qualifiers for this coming summer season. So it seems like Arhancet is amending the old adage to, “if you can’t beat ’em, buy ’em.”
We signed team 8.1 to be our new Team Liquid Academy team. They are flying to LA to boot camp for their upcoming matches. Good luck guys.
— Steve Arhancet (@LiQuiD112) April 26, 2017
It comes as no surprise that Team Liquid is making moves between the Splits, after their surprisingly abysmal performance in spring that had them playing through the Promotion tournament with a roster that included three former All-Stars. After 2016, they were no doubt banking on the strength of their AD Carry Piglet in the bottom lane. But then, changes to the game that took place in the off season meant the Rift was a much more dangerous place for ADCs. Team Liquid was stuck placing the weight of carrying their games on the shoulders of top laner Lourlo, in only his second season with Team Liquid and the LCS, and mid laner GoldenGlue, in only his first season for both.
I’m playing in Reignover’s chair I feel powerful
— Ryan Nget (@ShorterACE) April 27, 2017
The new members of Team Liquid Academy, Viper, ShorterACE, Slooshi, Cake, and ExecutionerKen, now find themselves on the first flight to Liquid HQ in LA. They’ll initially be competing for a spot in the NA CS Summer Split. But with all the shakeups happening on Team Liquid’s primary team, it might not be surprising to see one of those names on their main League of Legends roster before long.