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Twistzz is holding Team Liquid back | Richard Lewis reacts at IEM Global Challenge

Published: 18/Dec/2020 16:32 Updated: 21/Dec/2020 11:04

by Ava Thompson-Powell

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During IEM Global Challenge, it’s clear that Team Liquid faces ongoing issues. 
An eventful day kicked off with FURIA besting Heroic, despite the Danish lineup’s best efforts to fend of the feisty Brazilians.

S1mple and co. proved too strong for Team Liquid, as Navi swept them in convincing fashion. Are Liquid’s problems deep-rooted in 2019? Lewis discusses why he thinks looking to North America’s pool of talent might be the solution.

The expectation of Liquid continuing their blaze of glory, was upset when they dropped to their current position of 17th. If the IEM tournament continues to not do them any favors, what else are we likely to see?

Players like Jason “moses” O’Toole — who came into the team in 2020 as an ex-player expected to boost the team’s performance — are a far cry from the #1 rank of 2019. Perhaps Jake “Stewie2k” Yip isn’t the leader he’s attempting to be, with that affecting his overall play; or maybe Russel “Twistzz” Van Dulken is holding the team back from its full potential.

At an overtime Mirage map, he only managed to grab nine kills. Unfortunately, we’re seeing this happen more and more with this once-great player. It’s hard to pinpoint exactly what the issue with the adrift star is – whether the rumors concerning rival esport Valorant are true, or if it’s something more personal.

Whatever the case may be, it’s clear that something has got to give. Without a change, Team Liquid’s days are numbered.