In a surprising bit, Team Liquid roster changes see the addition of Austin “Link” Shin for the upcoming North American League Championship Series (NA LCS).
Link parted ways with the League of Legends competitive scene back in May 2015 when he exited Counter Logic Gaming. His departure was accompanied by an 18-page document that he published to explain (in great detail) the many issues he faced while playing for CLG. The dubbed “Donezo Manifesto” highlighted fractured relations between the team members, disregard for each other’s opinions, and such.
After leaving the League of Legends scene, Link tried out Dota 2 from the side of fan-favorite Vegetables Esports Club and participated in the open qualifiers for The International 2016.
His return to League of Legends as a part of Team Liquid is also surprising for another reason. The North American esports organization already finalized its squad with Greyson “Goldenglue” Gilmer as starting mid-laner.
According to head coach David Lim, neither of the two mid-laners will be acting as substitute. Rather, both Goldenglue and Link will share the mid lane by swapping between matches.
Link has been out of action for over a year now. The extensive hiatus may take its toll on the player once the competitive season begins. As such, Link will have to work really hard to get back into shape and take control of his lane.
The NA LCS is scheduled to begin soon and Team Liquid fans are expecting a lot from the newly formed roster.
Here is the final starting lineup with the latest Liquid roster changes:
- TOP: Samson “Lourlo” Jackson
- JUN: Kim “Reignover” Yeu-jin
- MID: Greyson “Goldenglue” Gilmer / Austin “Link” Shin
- ADC: Chae “Piglet” Gwang-jin
- SUP: Matthew “Matt” Elento