Team Liquid Academy had decided to rebuild their starting lineup after the current team failed to progress in the 2016 North American League Challenger Series Spring Split.
The team placed fourth overall in the tournament, and lost 1-3 to Apex Gaming despite fielding a talented team. The management clearly believed that changes are in order, and now they want players who boast a more experienced resume.
TLA had since parted ways with four members of their previous lineup. It is not known if Derek “zig” Shao, Matthew “Akaadin” Higginbotham, Youngbin “Youngbin” Chung, and Andy “Smoothie” TaIt will make the Summer Split.
Finally, the team replaced Andy “Smoothie” Ta, who was signed on in October 2015 to start on its main squad, but later replaced with Matthew “Matt” Elento.
The team only retained starting AD carry Jovani “fabbbyyy” Guillen, who has recently been praised as one of the best mechanical up-and-comers in North America. Furthermore, even if it was the offseason and that there are plenty of free agents to choose from, TLA has already made their pick before long.
Joining the squad are a package-deal trio, consisting of op laner Collin “Solo” Earnest, support William “Stunt” Chen, and mid laner Greyson “Goldenglue” Gilmer. Goldenglue is one of the playerswith true League Championship Series (LCS) experience, having filled in for Echo Fox during the first half of the split.
The new players came following the demise of their old team Team Ember after being eliminated from the Spring Split, similar to TLA’s fate. The final addition to the roster is former NRG eSports jungler Galen “Moon” Holgate, having been replaced on NRG by Lucas “Santorin” Larsen.
With the new members in place, TLA will prepare to meet teams such as Team Nova, Team Dragon Knights, the new Apex challenger team, and potentially the new Cloud 9 challenger team. The new squad will be competing in the upcoming Challenger Series summer split.