Last month marked a series of “bold” roster changes for Team Liquid in the hopes of dodging relegation and keeping its League of Legends dream alive.
Despite its best efforts, which included the surprising signing of veteran Yiliang “Doublelift” Peng, Team Liquid still ended up with abysmal results in the official standings of the North American League Championship Series (NA LCS).
After being relegated last week, the team was sent into the Promotional Tournament to earn back its spot. Over the weekend, owner Steve “Liquid112” Arhancet and his band faced off against eUnited and Gold Coin United. The former posed little trouble but the latter proved to be a challenge.
Comprising formidable opponents like Kim “FeniX” Jae-hun, Lucas “Santorin” Tao, and Hong “MadLife” Min-gi, Gold Coin United forced the best-of-five series into the final game. With both teams sitting on a pair of wins, it was Team Liquid that manged to nudge past to close out the series and the Promotional Tournament. In the process, extending its lifespan to the Summer Split.
As for Gold Coin United, it moved on to face Team EnVyUs in another intense best-of-five series. Unfortunately, its efforts fell short of confirming entry into the LCS. Team EnVyUs closed out the tournament with a tally of 3-2 and retained its presence in the circuit. Gold Coin United has been sent back to the Challenger Series, from which it must rise again.
The conclusion of the League of Legends Promotional Tournament for the Summer Split also means the end to the contract between Doublelift and Team Liquid. The star player will be returning to Team SoloMid to fight his own battle of reclaiming his spot in the starting lineup from current AD Carry Jason “WildTurtle” Tran.