The End of an Era: Team Liquid disbands its Dota 2 roster

September 13, 2019

Team Liquid players left the organization. This was announced on the official website.

The legendary team will keep the same roster and create its own organization. Liquid announced that it hopes to assemble a new Dota team and will begin to search for players who “will continue the legacy of the previous squad.”

The last change in Team Liquid’s roster took place on June 20 when, instead of Lasse MATUMBAMAN Urpalainen, Alivi w33 Omar joined the team. At The International 2019, the team took second place, earning more than $4million.

The organization first assembled a Dota 2 roster in December 2012. The team won The International 2017, China Dota2 Supermajor, two EPICENTER tournaments in 2016 and 2017, as well as SL i-League StarSeries Season 3. In the 2018/2019 season, Liquid won the MDL Macau 2019 and took second place at the MDL Disneyland® Paris Major and EPICENTER Major 2019.

Full commentary from the owner of Team Liquid, Victor “Nazgul” Goossens:

When Kuroky told me about their plans in the wake of TI9, I couldn’t help but think about my own journey from professional player to team owner. After four years under the Team Liquid organization, our Dota team has decided to pursue this new dream: To build a team of their own. While it fills me with great sadness to part ways with the best Dota roster we ever could have dreamed of, I am proud of the unforgettable years we have spent together, which include innumerable championships, records, and memories. That culminated in their crowning as the best Dota team in the world on August 12th 2017, and we built a legend in this historic 2.5 year span.

While parting with friends is always a sadness, I am genuinely happy our players and the new adventure they are about to take. It isn’t every day that world class players take the leap to become team owners. They deserve this more than anyone, and I am glad that we were able to share the road to greatness together. It is my hope that during their time on Team Liquid, that we have helped prepare them for the path they are embarking on.

Kuro, I know that the time ahead is by no means going to be easy, but if anyone can figure it out it is you. I’ve gotten to know you over the past years as someone who is willing to shoulder any burden to achieve his goals, and you do this with a sense of loyalty to those around you that is hard to find. It never mattered whether it was practice, coaching, drafting, game strategy, mental support, negotiation — you did it all. You are bar none the greatest leader I have seen and I am confident that this ability will take you to new heights as you embark on this journey.

Kuro, the incredible leader who will stop at nothing to achieve greatness,

*Miracle, the maestro who lives and breathes Dota,

GH, the patron saint of positivity who’s always ready for the big moment,

w33ha, the difference-maker who stepped up when it mattered most,

Mind_Control, the constant who provided kindness, dedication, and skill in equal measure.

And of course, Matu, the fan-favorite who made even the hardest grinds worth enduring.

You have been absolute legends of the game and Team Liquid. Thank you for everything, and you’ll always be welcome to visit. I have the utmost respect for your decision and look forward to meeting you on the battlefield.

I’d like to extend special thanks to our manager Mohamed, and our coaches Heen and rmN, who have all played a major role in our teams’ success. You’ve all been a pleasure to work with.

I want to briefly also touch on our intention to remain in Dota. We first picked up a Dota team in 2012 and we are here to stay. It is hard to predict the future and it is by no means a given that we find the right fit immediately when we look for a roster, but I can definitely say that we love this game and want to be a part of it. We are on the lookout for individuals or teams who can continue the winning legacy that the five boys leave behind, and we will let you know as soon as we have an update.*

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