Link joins Team Liquid after 18-month hiatus

The player hasn't been seen since May 2015.

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Despite signing a full lineup of players this offseason, Team Liquid seemingly wasn’t done with its 2017 squad. Now, it’s brought back a veteran from a long hiatus.

Austin “Link” Shin has joined Liquid’s squad for the upcoming NA LCS Spring Split to provide greater depth in the mid lane.

Link most recently and famously played for Counter Logic Gaming. After starting with Challenger side CLG Black in 2012, he moved up to the main squad for the 2013 season and spent 18 months on the team.

He went to the playoffs with CLG every Split, and finished second at IEM Cologne in 2014 after reaching the semifinals in 2013.

Link has not played competitively since leaving the team in May 2015, however. Upon leaving the team he released a since-deleted 18-page statement on his time on the team, launching a scathing attack on star player Yiliang “Doublelift”  

Link is the second new addition to Team Liquid this offseason. The team signed jungler Kim “Reignover” Yeu-jin, while retaining top laner Samson “Lourlo” Jackson, mid laner Greyson “Goldenglue” Gilmer, and support Matt “Matt” Elento. AD carry Gwang-jin “Piglet” Chae has also rejoined the team after a period on Team Liquid Academy.

With two experienced mid laners, Liquid will rotate between Goldenglue and Link throughout the season.

Riot’s official contracts database also confirms Liquid’s substitute players, Lyonel “Arcsecond” Pfaender and He “Viper” Hao, and head coach David “Varsix” Lim. Varsix replaces David Lim, who had only assumed the role in September from Choi “Locodoco” Yoon-sub.