After a disappointing 2022 Summer Split, fans have wondered what Team Liquid Honda will do with their League of Legends roster. Who is going to stay from the supposed super team and who is going to be leaving?
With big-name players with hefty price tags, it is unlikely they will all stay for next season. Team Liquid Honda’s owner, Steve Arhancet, took to Twitter and made a video on the team’s official account updating fans on what they can expect for the team this offseason.
One of the things that he mentioned after how he felt this season was a failure was that there would be sweeping changes to the roster. Could this include the coaching staff as well as the players themselves? Anything is on the table at this point.
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Team Liquid Honda coaching staff already out
The changes, as it turns out, did include the coaching staff. As reported by Brieuc Seeger for the Upcomer that the coaching staff will be different next year. André “Guilhoto” Pereira Guilhoto, who was the head coach for Immortals Progressive last year, is not going to be head of the staff next year.
In addition, the people who worked under him will be gone next year. This includes the assistant coach Jonas “Kold” Anderson, who was the interim head coach for the team after Joshua “Jatt” Leesman stepped down during the 2021 season.
What could the new roster look like? It’s possible that the academy coach, Jake “Spawn” Tiveri, could step up to the head coach position. Before his time on Team Liquid Honda, he was the general manager for ORDER, an OCE professional team, from December 2017 to October 2020. During that time period, he also became their head coach.
What Team Liquid Honda players are staying?
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For the main roster, it’s unclear who is going to stay and who is going to be leaving. There is, however, one player already confirmed out. Bottom laner Steven “Hans Sama” Liv has seemingly already been released and has received offers from the LFL team Karmine Corp. As of the writing of this article, he is the only player that has left the team.
For the rest of the roster, it seems that everyone is up in the air. The two most likely to leave have reportedly been CoreJJ and Bwipo. Bwipo, who came to the team at the start of the 2022 season, may be on the way out. He did admit that his situation on Team Liquid Honda is one that he enjoys, but that does not mean that he has things that he misses back in Europe that he had become accustomed to during his career.
The other player, surprisingly, is CoreJJ. The player that has become synonymous with Team Liquid Honda and the face of the organization. The reason behind this is because of Team Liquid Honda’s apparent interest in bringing up their academy team, specifically their bottom lane, to the LCS.
Previously CoreJJ stated that Eyla, the academy support, was one of the best supports in North America and he predicted that he would be on a starting roster in 2023. His lane partner, Sean “Yeon” Sung, is also rumored to be making the move up to the starting roster.
For Bjergsen and Santorin, their spots are likely safe. The team may decide to bring in rookies, and having their veteran leadership around the young players will be invaluable to them if they are brought up and developed over the course of the 2023 season.
For any official updates for the 2023 Team Liquid Honda LCS roster, you can find their official Twitter page here.