Broxah explains why Team Liquid is a "mess" right now in LCS split - Dexerto
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Broxah explains why Team Liquid is a “mess” right now in LCS split

Published: 9/Jul/2020 1:52 Updated: 9/Jul/2020 1:58

by Alan Bernal

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Jungler Mads ‘Broxah’ Brock-Pedersen touched on the struggles that Team Liquid (6-2) have had in the first half of the Summer 2020 LCS split, and the adjustments they’re looking to make.

The former Fnatic star told Travis Gafford how the org is working to fix the state of the team. While they’re sitting near the top of the table, the team composed of previous league title winners or former World Champions are still looking to refine their performances on the Rift.

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Broxah noted how his team’s recent wins aren’t sitting right with him. At the start of the split, TL was looking great, but he’s noticed a “downhill” trajectory since then.

“The game we played [against FlyQuest (5-3)] reminded me about yesterday’s [game against Immortals (1-7)] on so many levels,” Broxah said. “I’m not sure exactly what’s going on with us, I don’t know what on earth is happening.”

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Team Liquid are still a top team, but aren’t playing anywhere near their caliber, according to Broxah.

One of the most proactive junglers during his time in Europe, the 22-year-old came to Team Liquid to bolster what was already a successful lineup.

After a few growing pains and months to gel with one another, the team is still trying to find cohesion during a match, according to him.

“We need to have a team talk and figure out what is going on and why we are playing worse individually, why we are playing worse as a team, why do we give teams the [Dragon Soul] every single time,” Broxah said, detailing how things tend to “fall apart” in the games they eventually come to win.

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In the game against Immortals, Team Liquid had full control over the Dragon pit as the opponents encroached on the final Ocean drake.

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Even in victory, Team Liquid aren’t pleased with the opportunities they give up.

While Broxah was trying to zone out enemy jungler Jake ‘Xmithie’ Puchero from the pit, his team got collapsed on, Liquid’s damage-dealing Azir was the first to die, and Immortals stole the drake and Soul right under TL’s command.

However, Liquid won moments later after Edward ‘Tactical’ Ra’s Aphelios managed to slight the Immortals team in an impromptu base-race.

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But it’s these kinds of beautiful disasters that contribute to the overall feeling among that team that they aren’t performing like their roster-sheet suggests they should be.

“I’m sure a lot of fans are confused, angry,” he said. “I think it’s important to state we are aware the team has been a mess… our games are very iffy, very random, and we simply don’t perform at the level we can accept and be happy with.”

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Even though they’re tied for second-place in the league, Broxah is still hopeful that regrouping and fixing their apparent problems will soon result in a “good Team Liquid” showing up soon.

In victory, Broxah and his team weren’t anywhere near as clean as they would hope and it’s those kinds of blunders that the jungler is keen to address.

“There’s no doubt that we’ve been a little too inconsistent so far. But at the same time, I know that it’s just a matter of time before we hit the day and actually showcase how good we are and how well we can play once we’re at our best.”

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Reports claim H3CZ to keep LA OpTic spot – NRG to sell Huntsmen CDL team

Published: 19/Oct/2020 23:49

by Albert Petrosyan

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According to a report put out by Esports Talk, NRG might part ways with their Call of Duty League team, Chicago Huntsmen, in order for the franchise’s CEO, Hector ‘H3CZ’ Rodriguez, to hold onto the OpTic Gaming brand.

H3CZ’s recent reacquisition of OpTic Gaming from Immortals Gaming Club has sent the Call of Duty League scene into a bit of a whirlwind, and we now may know what could come of it when the dust finally settles.

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With the OpTic brand tied strictly to the CDL, if Rodriguez is to maintain ownership of it and not have to sell it, then NRG could put their Chicago Huntsmen franchise up for sale instead.

According to sources close to Esports Talk host ‘Jake Lucky,’ the league office is requiring franchises to stay at the city they were originally assigned to, which means that H3CZ’s supposed “Chicago OpTic” dream can’t come to fruition.

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After several attempts, H3CZ finally owns the OpTic Gaming branding again – so what’s next?

“It seems that the league itself may not even allow the OpTic brand to leave the city of Los Angeles,” he said. “Apparently the league is making it so these brands have to stay with their established cities, which means the Huntsmen would have to stay in Chicago and OpTic would have to stay in LA.

“I’ve been told, NRG would, in fact, acquire the OGLA team and spot, and thus sell the Chicago Huntsmen to anyone else, or a newcomer, or a new round of investors who wants to come in the league.

“Apparently, H3CZ supposedly wanted ‘Chicago OpTic’ to be a thing, but it wasn’t allowed by the league because OpTic has to stay with that LA branding. So, NRG has to acquire the OGLA spot, and with it OpTic Gaming, and sell Chicago Huntsmen to any newcomers.”

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Of course, if this was to come to fruition, it would raise massive questions about the roster situations on both teams, especially considering that Brandon ‘Dashy’ Otell just left OGLA for Huntsmen this offseason.

“There is no guarantee that the roster swaps would happen,” he added. “That means, whoever comes in and takes over the Chicago Huntsmen, they would get Scump, FormaL, Dashy, and Envoy, and instead, H3CZ and NRG would be operating with the current OpTic boys.”

However, sources close to the situation have advised Dexerto that H3CZ would be able to keep his team intact if these transactions were to happen, meaning the likes of Scump and FormaL, who joined Huntsmen partly because of Rodriguez’s presence, will be able to stay with the CEO.

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Could we really see Scump and FormaL in OpTic Gaming jerseys again?

Esports Talk also mentioned that 100 Thieves CEO Matt ‘Nadeshot’ Haag was “all in” to purchase the OpTic spot but was tied down by the organization’s board and their financial obligations.

While not confirmed, it appears that the plan may have been for Nadeshot and 100T to purchase that Los Angeles CDL slot and rebrand it to “LA Thieves,” while H3CZ would take his beloved OpTic branding back to Chicago, which seems to have fallen through considering the latest reports.

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Of course, 100T could still go for a CDL spot by purchasing and rebranding the Huntsmen, if NRG puts it up for sale, but for Rodriguez to hold onto the Green Wall, it appears unlikely that he’ll be able to do so in Chicago.

As always, we will continue to update this article with more information as it becomes available.