Team Liquid have announced the benching of Travis ‘L1NK’ Mendoza from their active Valorant division and have further decided to replace the 23-year-old Brit with Aurimas “Dreamas” Zablockis. The announcement comes halfway through the VCT EMEA Stage 2 Challengers where Liquid currently sit on the second position of the table with 3 wins and a loss after their debut win with Dreamas over Natus Vincere.
No concrete reasoning have been released by either of the sides behind this change but Team Liquid have lately been looking for some fresh air as it was just a month ago when they had parted ways with their head coach Connor “Sliggy” Blomfield followed by the removal of L1NK from their roster.
L1NK was one among the original heads on Team Liquid’s Valorant roster along with Adil “ScreaM” Benrlitom and Dom “soulcas” Sulcas and were later acquired from fish123 in August 2020. Under L1NK, Liquid managed to qualify for the VCT 2021: Stage 2 Masters – Reykjavík where they finished in the 4th place followed by a championship over Acend at the Red Bull Home Ground #2. The team overall had a fair showing with L1NK on the board but their thirst for a daunting turnaround indeed sparked this move which saw Dreamas formerly of LDN UTD sign up for Liquid and their journey towards the VCT 2022: Stage 2 Masters.
Team Liquid have successfully booked their ticket to the Playoffs of the VCT 2022 : Stage 2 Challengers under Dreamas and will play their final match of Group B against M3C on June 10.
Team Liquid are now:
- Dom “soulcas” Sulcas
- Adil “ScreaM” Benrlitom
- Elias “Jamppi” Olkkonen
- Nabil “Nivera” Benrlitom
- Aurimas “Dreamas” Zablockis
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