Team Liquid has confirmed their signing of Lucas ‘steel’ Lopes from the Immortals, in place Peter ‘stanislaw’ Jarguz, who in turn will be benched.
The Immortals tweeted the news that that steel — Liquid’s new in-game leader and the first Brazilian in a NA lineup — had received a “good opportunity” with the Team Liquid organization.
An official statement from Liquid described steel as a “consummate professional” which is likely in reference to the way that steel dealt with media obligations and expectations of behavior during his tenure with the team.
However, steel would join Liquid just a day after he joined at the IEM Oakland event, and is not eligible for the Boston Major Qualifier in January 2018, since he already failed to qualify for the Americas Minor while contracted with Immortals.
On the other hand, Liquid’s former leader stanislaw says that arguments between him and team coach Wilton ‘Zews’ Prado led to his exemption from the squad.
Although he added that he felt “setup to fail from the start” since join from OpTic in February this year, stanislaw assumed responsibility of having made the team chemistry in Liquid decline in general, which saw the team place dead last in both the ELEAGUE CS:GO Premier and EPICENTER.
“Throughout my whole time on Liquid, I felt like I was really the only one who disagreed with Zews on his ideas and the way he wanted to run things,” stanislaw said on Twitter. “I feel that I was setup to fail from the very start. I was brought into Team Liquid to be a leader, but I believe that they already had a leader in Zews.”
“I should have worked things out with Zews before they got this bad, but I allowed it to continue and ruin the atmosphere in the team. I’m disappointed to be leaving but I am also happy to be able to start fresh and move on,” he concluded.
In the bench, stanislaw now awaits any offers from teams interested in signing him where he will play the role of in-game leader once more.