After months and months of speculation surrounding the team's dissolution, Team Liquid finally uploaded a statement confirming the rumors. With numerous players returning to Quake, and a recent ESL announcement in CS:GO, the team had no choice but to fold entirely.
rapha, DaHanG, and id_ played in QuakeCon recently, placing fourth under the Team Liquid brand with ringer winz tagging along. On the CS:GO front, ESL and DreamHack both recently announced their pardoning of previous match-fixers, allowing AZK to return to his original scene to compete with other ex-iBUYPOWER players. With those four out, only MESR, Shadder2k, and Fury remained, meaning Team Liquid's choices were limited to either entirely rebuilding or disbanding entirely.
The organization's distance from Overwatch League has remained clear, as despite massive investments from numerous traditional sports brands, Liquid remained coy in striking a deal. As such, choosing to sell their Overwatch Contenders Season 1 slot to EnVision eSports remains par for the course with their general presence in the scene, and releasing their remaining players matches up as well.
Along with the announcement, MESR announced his retirement from professional Overwatch, citing dwindling passion for the game as the main reason. Shadder2k and Fury are now released from their Team Liquid contracts, and can sign to teams as unrestricted free agents in the coming months before Overwatch League's start.
Before it disbanded, the Team Liquid roster was as follows:
- Robert "Shadder2k" Mocanu (DPS)
- Kevin "AZK" Lariviere (DPS)
- Jun-ho "Fury" Kim (Flex)
- Adam "MESR" De La Torre (Tank)
- Tim "DaHanG" Fogarty (Support)
- Shane "rapha" Hendrixson (Support)
- Andrew "id_" Trulli (Substitute)
- Dennis "INTERNETHULK" Hawelka (Head Coach)