Team Liquid bring in former EG coach and CS veteran daps

EG daps PGL MajorJoão Ferreira/Dexerto

Team Liquid have announced the signing of Damian “daps” Steele to be their new head coach on June 20. He was previously the head coach of Evil Geniuses before he stepped down due to differences with the organization.

Team Liquid announced on June 19 that they have benched their previous head coach Eric “adreN” Hoag as well as their big signing of 2021, French veteran Richard “shox” Papillon.

daps comes into the teams six months after Team Liquid originally signed adreN and shox and retooled their roster around Keith “NAF” Markovic and Jonathan “EliGE” Jablonowski.

Before Team Liquid, daps led an Evil Geniuses squad from June 6, 2021 to December 24. He also had a stint in Valorant playing for NRG Esports after years of Counter-Strike experience.

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daps and his time on EG

Daps playing CSGOStephanie Lindgren for DreamHack
daps coached and played on NRG before the squad was acquired by EG.

In a statement about why he moved to the bench at EG, daps said that he did not get to make the changes he wanted in terms of players, like potentially adding NAF, along with other frustrations with the org.

“I propose a roster with NAF as the center piece but that falls through for various reasons and I also inform EG at the same time that I do not want to coach anymore after my experience over the last half of the year,” daps said at the time.

He also stated that he would like to return as a player but could come back as a coach if he had power to make changes to the roster.

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Now with a team centered around the player he wanted on EG, daps is joining a Team Liquid side that has an underwhelming year in terms of results. The squad has not had any notable results in the past six months, bombing out of the PGL Antwerp 2022 Major in the Legends Stage with a 0-3 record and missing the playoffs at IEM Dallas as well.

Team Liquid also have yet to announce who will replace shox in the current lineup at the time of publishing.