It's a massive change for a team that has yet to find results

Report: Liquid bench European ahead of BLAST Showdown

It's a fast change for the struggling squad.

It hasn't been that long for the European Liquid team, but it looks like they are already forced to make a change. According to Russian leaker Alexey "OverDrive" Birukov, Liquid have decided that they will be moving on from Bulgarian Aleks "Rainwaker" Petrov in a surprise change for the organization.

However, while sources have told that Rainwaker has indeed been moved to the bench ahead of the BLAST Showdown, it is understood he is not yet fully out of the team. The team will be using their head coach Damian "daps" Steele as the Buglarian's replacement for the event, where he will also be the In-Game Leader, taking the role away from Mareks "YEKINDAR" Gaļinskis.

Liquid is currently evaluating their options, roles, and configuration within the team, with Rainwaker having struggled to fully make the jump to top-tier competition. This benching does not mean that Rainwaker has been cut, nor does it mean that Liquid is looking for new players as of right now. There is a chance he could return to the starting lineup. It's understood that the team is looking to shake things up for this event and hopefully find more cohesion inside and outside of the server in order to progress forward.

Rainwaker had joined Liquid as a replacement for Nick "nitr0" Cannella and was later joined by Robert "Patsi" Isyanov from Spirit. Those two additions, alongside YEKINDAR would make Liquid a European-majority squad, much to the dismay of their American fanbase.

Keith "NAF" Markovic, Josh "oSee" Ohm, and daps made the move to Europe with the team, leaving their homes behind. Due to the decline of the North American competitive scene, more and more teams have looked to living and boot camping in the Old World as a way to keep their skill level up throughout the year.

Rainwaker was one of the more unknown quantities to the team, with his lack of tier-one experience a major cause for concern in adapting to the new high level of competition. The Bulgarian was brought in as a more supportive element of the team where he would anchor on sites. With the rapid change from his previous team of 500 to now playing on Liquid, there are concerns that the jump was simply too much for the player at this time. reached out to Liquid and a representative declined to comment.

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#1(With 2 replies)
October 1, 2023 07:00PM
Imo he passes the eye test despite what his stats say. They didn't bring him on as a star. I think he plays the anchor/support well
#2(With 0 replies)
October 1, 2023 11:44PM
its definitely been a while since hes been on the server, but i think its still almost guaranteed either CoL or Liquid will get the spot unless Forsaken can pull another upset.
#3(With 0 replies)
October 2, 2023 04:02PM
rainwaker is just getting scapegoated right now, yes he did not make the jump from tier2 to tier1 as quickly as they hoped but he did show promise. Yekindar going from a 1.14 rating in 22' to 1.02 when he started calling is a huge issue. Also the roster just looks like they trip over each other in general, patsi and yeki dont mesh well, naf is pretty good but even he has taken a dip in his rating which is RARE, just shows how bad this roster actually is. They just need yeki to stop calling and go back to 1.15 rating best entry frag in the world, let naf go back to being lurk/anchor, osee needs to stay aggressive with the awp, and patsi needs to step his game up. The only way for any of this to happen is unfortunately -rainwaker and +igl. hopefully NA igl so we can go back to NA.
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