Brandon "Saintvicious" DiMarco has returned to the scene as strategic coach for Team Liquid after announcing his free agency in December. In a YouTube video posted by TL, Saintvicious spoke about his return to the scene and his goals as a coach.
"I came in as a strategic coach and David's more of the life coach, but we're tag teaming and helping each other and playing off each other," he said of his relationship with current TL coach David "DLim" Lim. "I think it's important that, even if you're the strategic coach, you need to have a good relationship with the players because we want to be the best."
Saintvicious previously coached Apex Gaming, joining Team Dignitas when the two organizations merged in 2016. Before he turned to coaching, Saintvicious competed alongside current members of TL, namely Steve "Liquid112" Arhancet.
"It's good to be working with Steve again and there's some familiar faces in the org that I know. I feel like it's a lot more structured on Team Liquid. I feel like that environment not only helps the players excel but myself as well."
Liquid112 was just as excited for Saintvicious to join their ranks. "Working with Saint is great, I mean I grew up in League of Legends with Saint, we played in beta and in Season 1," he said. "We've got a great working relationship and I've set some pretty good goals for him and I think him, with all the other resources, [will help the team] do a great job for next season."
Bringing a more personal touch to the team, Saintvicious intends to focus on the growth of the players as individuals through team activities such as cooking classes and hiking. He stressed the importance of the players leaving their team house and comfort zones in order to connect outside of the game.
"I don't want to just have these kids that are programmed to play the game," he expressed. "That's all they know, and it's like 'boop beep beep boop' you know, I want to grow adults. I want to grow people who are going to be successful in life after this."
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