The end of EliGE's tenure with Liquid closes a chapter of NA history

Report: Liquid look to sell EliGE; transition to Europe

Liquid's decision marks a watershed change for the NA scene.

Jeffrey "Mnmzzz" Moore contributed to this report.

Following a report by Aleksey "OverDrive" Biryukov that Liquid are targeting Russian Spirit player Robert "Patsi" Isyanov, now understands that Liquid are also interested in signing 22-year-old Bulgarian rifler Aleks "Rainwaker" Petrov and making a general pivot towards being a European team.

In line with this general pivot, understands that Liquid are aiming to sell talismanic franchise player Jonathan "EliGE" Jablonowski to interested parties, ending his seven-year career-defining time under Liquid.

Contracts have not yet been signed with either Patsi or Rainwaker at this time, with crucial decisions set to be made over the next 36 hours. Sources tell that there is a chance for EliGE to remain with the North American team and that negotiations with the European imports could break off.

The implications of this move for Liquid could prove to define the North American scene as a whole in Counter-Strike 2 as one of NA's few tier one organizations has made the decision to look elsewhere for talent. Due to the organization potentially fielding a European core, they would no longer be able to compete in the Americas RMR and would instead join the hyper-competitive EU RMR.

Additionally, to see one of NA's marquee stars leave Liquid after such a long time would close a chapter in NA history, coinciding with Nick "nitr0' Cannella's decision to retire post-IEM Dallas.

This new reality would see Liquid transition to an EU-centric roster consisting of:

  • Canada Keith "NAF" Markovic

  • United States Josh "oSee" Ohm

  • Mareks "YEKINDAR" Gaļinskis

  • Robert "Patsi" Isyanov

  • Aleks "Rainwaker" Petrov

  • Canada Damian "daps" Steele (Coach)

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#1(With 0 replies)
June 19, 2023 02:27PM
Obviously not happy about them moving away from an NA majority. But doing it for Rainwaker feels like a bad joke.
#2(With 0 replies)
June 19, 2023 02:54PM
Rip can't wait to see way is NA so bad with one tier one team. If partner teams and no America's pro league is still a thing it feels like a GG
#3(With 0 replies)
June 19, 2023 03:07PM
r.i.p nacs
#4(With 0 replies)
June 19, 2023 03:35PM
#5(With 0 replies)
June 19, 2023 05:03PM
Please for the love of God DO NOT PIVOT AWAY FROM NA CS PLEASE LIQUID WE NEED YOU HERE. Everything is going tits up and I'm not excited about it. ):
#6(With 0 replies)
June 19, 2023 08:36PM
Dust2 Birthday cake!
it's joever
#7(With 0 replies)
June 20, 2023 10:05AM
#8(With 0 replies)
June 20, 2023 02:12PM
we are done
#9(With 0 replies)
June 21, 2023 02:07AM
It's over time to be a EG fan
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