Team Liquid’s coach William “Blitz” Lee disclosed who they had discussions with aside from Micha “Nisha” Jankowski, who actually joined the team. Discussions that go into choosing players for teams rarely come to the fore. Blitz claimed that despite their communication with a number of elite players, such as Art our “Arteezy” Babaev, Quinn “Quinn” Callahan, Alexander “TORONTOTOKYO” Khertek, and others, Nisha answered their messages relatively swiftly. Nisha was at the top of the team’s list; thus, they didn’t think twice about signing him as their new midline. Blitz also claimed that he had heard back from gamers in Southeast Asia (SEA).
Blitz took over the headphones while viewers were watching Max “qojqva” Bröcker play a ranked game on his Twitch channel, and he responded to inquiries about who they interacted with to discover Lasse “MATUMBAMAN” Urpalainen’s replacement. While Blitz was aware that Arteezy wouldn’t accept, he mentioned sending him a soft offer. Blitz got a chance to speak with him and his Evil Geniuses colleague Andreas “Cr1t-” Nielsen and found out that the two were determined to keep playing together despite their disappointing performance at The International 11. (TI11). This choice was discarded because Liquid could only fit one in the middle lane.
Moreover, Liquid got in touch with Entity’s Daniel “Stormstormer” Schoetzau. The player also wanted to keep playing for his squad for two reasons: first, he thought they were developing a wonderful team, and second, he thought his departure would “kill” the team because he already knew Ivan “Pure” Moskalenko was leaving. The topic immediately veered off into other topics as a result.
Quinn approached Blitz and asked if she could join Liquid. Blitz said that while they were actively considering him for the position, they needed to be sure of Nisha’s choice first. The group wanted Quinn to make a decision immediately away and not to think of them as a backup option because he was also in talks with Gaimin Gladiators. Later, Quinn joined the Gladiators.
Another well-known player that inquired about joining Liquid was TORONTOTOKYO, who also contacted Blitz and the organisation. TORONTOTOKYO wanted to be the team’s midlaner and drafter and was interested in joining Liquid or BetBoom Team, but the conversation was cut short after Nisha replied with confirmation in just four days.
While Liquid did have some players in mind, he also thought that there were other experts that were extremely unheard of in their approach to Blitz. Currently serving as an analyst for the Dota Pro Circuit (DPC) broadcast team and a former player for Quincy Crew, Maurice “KheZu” Gutmann, inquired if he may take the carry position for the team. A long-time professional game commentator named Dominik “Black” Reitmeier also requested to take part. Black’s assertion that his MMR was 11.2k was brought up by Blitz, who thought it was particularly incredible.
After Matumbaman left, Blitz wrote in a blog post that he was looking for his replacement. He also mentioned how, despite knowing nothing about Randy “Dreamocel” Sapoetra from SEA, he had received an amazing number of responses on Twitter suggesting that he be hired.
Blitz acknowledged that they were seriously considering Nuengnara “23savage” Teeramahanon when he approached Liquid as well, but further discussions with any of the players were rendered useless by Nisha’s swift answer. Nisha, who was the team’s #1 priority, was finally signed by Liquid. The group has thus far had great results with the player, defeating Team Secret 2-0 in their first DPC series. The TI11 champion Tundra Esports will be Liquid’s next opponent on January 13