Despite a disappointing Spring Split in the LCS, Team Liquid stays committed to their young core.
Team Liquid came into the LCS 2023 Spring Split with high aspirations. Despite promoting two rookies from their Academy team, they also brought in a former LCS MVP in Park “Summit” Woo-tae and the reigning World champion jungler Hong “Pyosik” Chang-hyeon. Committed to a full Korean-speaking roster and a Korean-style training schedule, the organization also signed former World champion top laner Jang “MaRin” Gyeong-hwan as their head coach.
Unfortunately, the split did not go according to expectations as Team Liquid did not even make it to the playoffs, finishing the season in eighth place with an 8-10 record. On April 7, two days before the Spring Finals, TL announces the departure of MaRin saying, “We reached a mutual agreement to go our separate ways due to differing opinions and MaRin’s personal issues.”
The second announcement on the future of Team Liquid in 2023 came today, with the organization announcing their new head coach, MaRin’s assistant coach Kim “Reignover” Yeu-jin. This promotion is not the first head coaching job for Reignover in the LCS. He previously held the same position on Cloud9, even winning the 2021 Spring Split as the head coach. His assistant coach will be the General Manager of the team, Kang “Dodo” Jun-hyeok, who was the assistant coach at TL during their four-peat.
Coaching staff changes, roster update and plans moving forward this summer – here's an update on our LCS team: pic.twitter.com/mkiheI26Ae
— Team Liquid Honda LoL (@TeamLiquidLoL) April 28, 2023
On the players' side, the team decided not to make any roster changes. Dodo said, “Even though the team fell a bit short and didn’t make it to the playoffs, it would be a disservice to them to make a huge change to the roster after seeing the potential of this team.”
While TL still has a lot of experience on the roster, the two carry positions are filled by Harry “Haeri” Kang and Sean “Yeon” Sung, who both played their first-ever split in the LCS. Neither player had stellar showings during Spring, but they were two of the most prized prospects coming out of the Academy system, especially Yeon who was seen as the best bot laner in LCSA.
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