Can Team Liquid Survive Relegation?
Whenever a team makes changes to move up in the rankings but instead falls down greatly, it tends to put a sour taste in the mouths of everyone on that team; working so hard to make your team a championship contender, only to be on the verge of losing it all with the possibility of you losing your Pro League spot. Team Liquid’s season has been a complete disaster with the possibility of even more chaos happening tomorrow.
A lot of people view Liquid and OpTic Gaming as two similar teams because both have had a very rough season. Although both teams have been horrendous this entire season, Liquid’s track record in Halo 5 is much different than OpTic's.
Once upon a time, Liquid was a contending team and although they have never been a top-three team in this game, they still always had their run in events and online tournaments that made you think that they might just be able to make something happen. For the longest time, Liquid was a team that sat right outside of the top-three rankings. Averaging top-eight placings, Liquid know that they had what it took to make a top-three push and possibly even win a tournament.
After last season and consistent top-eight placings, the team felt it was time to shake things up a bit. Aaron “Ace” Elam went to OpTic, Richie “Heinz” Heinz went to Team eLevate and the duo of Tyler “Spartan” Ganza and Braedon “StelluR” Boettcher joined this team in the hopes of making Liquid a serious top-three contender. Although this team placed third in the HCS Pro League Summer Qualifier of 2016, this was the last time Liquid earned a top-three placing this season as they started their quick decline in the rankings.
Although Liquid has made a bit of an improvement being able to get a higher placing than OpTic with a seventh place finish, this is not saying much considering that they only have two wins under their belt. However, I have noticed that Liquid seems a bit more in sync compared to the beginning of this season, making me believe that it could be possible that Liquid just had a late start to this season.
In the beginning of the season, I said that Liquid had the same level of talent as EnVyUs and that their primary problem was being able to work together to close out games. This became the unfortunate reality for this team with them constantly choking in crucial situations, causing them to lose confidence in themselves and making things worse by possibly even arguing with each other after these hard loses. Although I have no idea how this team communicates with each other, I do know that Liquid is playing much better than they have before and this boost in performance can take them a long way come relegation.
Coming into the relegation tournament, I do believe Liquid is going to be playing with a lot of determination to redeem themselves from this disastrous season and show everyone that although they may have played worse this season, all hope is not lost. Although I do not believe they will be playing any harder than any of the other three teams, considering that all four of these teams will be giving it their all since they all want to get into the Pro League next season, I do believe that Liquid is going to be playing at a level we have not seen them play at in a while.
Liquid is a very talented team on paper and with the struggles of the regular season behind them, all Liquid needs to think about is doing well in relegation. This team has all the necessary components to do well; all they need to do is execute their plan and stay in the Pro League. This will not come easy, but this team knows what they are capable of doing when they are in sync and they will do their very best to make things work out.
What do you think about Liquid surviving relegation? Let me know in the comments section below.
Zachery Chevere can be contacted on Twitter @PmL_Zarhaz
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