New Team Liquid Squad May Be Recipe For Success
Recently, Team Liquid announced their new Halo roster for Season Two. After a very rough performance last season with a noticeable comeback in the very end, the team still felt it was time for each player to go their separate way, as former captain Tyler “Spartan” Ganza attempts to rebuild this team all by himself. With "rostermania" affecting every Pro League team, several top pro players, as well as promising amateurs, are up for grabs and Spartan took full advantage of this.
Team Liquid has replaced Braedon “StelluR” Boettcher, Kevin “Eco” Smith and Dan “Danoxide” Terlizzi with Tim “Rayne” Tinkler, Hamza “Commonly” Abbaali and Zane “Penguin” Hearon, as well as replacing their former coach Alex “SwiftKill” Ramirez with Kory “Symbolic” Arruda.
After watching their recent scrim against a possibly new Enigma6 team consisting of Carlos “Cratos” Ayala, Ayden “Suspector” Hill, StelluR and Jesse “bubu dubu” Moeller, Team Liquid matched up against them very well. Being able to win a fair amount of slayer and objective games at such an early state is a very good sign for this club.
Another impressive strength this team has is their strong composure. Although they didn’t win every close game, Liquid still continued to fight even when their opponents had a massive lead over them. In one game, which was Slayer on Rig, their opponents had a 30-16 lead over them, but the relentlessness of Liquid allowed them to come very close to a win, even though they lost 48-50. There was also a game of Strongholds on Empire where Liquid’s opponents came very close to pulling off an upset win, just being one point away from taking the game, but the composure of Liquid allowed them to maintain the pressure to pull through with a win.
As this team continues to build up their chemistry, I expect some of players, such as Penguin and Rayne, to become some major playmakers for this team. We saw back in the Summer Finals how Penguin, when he is at his best, can be unstoppable no matter who he goes up against and considering how emotional Spartan can become when competing and how he can easily hype up his team, I expect Penguin to thrive off of his energy.
I see Rayne playing the same role as Penguin, but I also think that these players will play better and worse on different maps. One thing that I noticed in their recent scrims is that the maps Penguin struggles on, Rayne tends to be better at and vice versa. Although I would much rather see both of these players play well on every map, having a player that can make up for your teammates slacking performance can be very useful in the future. It should also be noted that their different performances may have just been a matter of bad luck and these two may soon be able to perform very well together, making Liquid a much better team.
Although this new Liquid team is off to a great start, I am still going to miss the duo of Spartan and StelluR. I honestly felt that this duo had a lot of potential, but unfortunately, they needed to move on. Nevertheless, this new Liquid team looks extremely impressive, and although I can’t say just yet that they have a shot to defeat Counter Logic Gaming, this could very well be the most entertaining team Liquid has every put together for Halo.
What do you think about Liquid’s new Halo team? Let me know in the comments section below.
Zachery Chevere can be contacted on Twitter @PmL_Zarhaz
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