Team Liquid's League of Legends team haven't had the best time of late, almost being relegated from the NA LCS during the spring split and sitting on a 1-5 record in the middle of the summer split, but they'll be hoping to turn their fortunes around by signing Rami 'Inori' Charagh from fellow NA LCS team Phoenix1, at the expense of Austin 'LiNk' Shin, who has left Team Liquid.
"My league ID before joining P1 was actually 'Liquid Inori' so I think it'll be cool to finally go by that tag for once. I'm excited to work with Steve and Cain — I think Cain is an amazing coach and I look forward to working with him," Inori said about the move.
In terms of the bigger picture, Team Liquid also commented that they wanted to return to a 10 man roster and to "act pro-actively for the future", explaining their strategy a little bit more in the same post as they announced Inori's signing:
"First, we want to create a competitive team within our current one for in-house practice and development. We have historically found success through fielding both an LCS and an academy team, and we would like to go back to our roots. Out of the last 26 major domestic league competitions since 2011, Team Liquid has placed fourth or higher 21 of them."
"The second is to provide an opportunity for up-and-coming players who have climbed to the top of the challenger ladder. We will be able to further develop their skills and talents; our potential new recruits can plug into the resources of our organizations to reach the next level. As a testament to our ability to field an LCS-caliber Academy team, TLA was one game away from moving on to the qualifying match for promotion to the 2017 LCS Spring Split."
Can these measures help Team Liquid to improve in the future?