Team Liquid will field mid laner Greyson "Goldenglue" Gilmer, top laner Samson "Lourlo" Jackson and support Matthew "Matt" Elento on their NA LCS roster next season, the team announced Thursday.
A post from Team Liquid confirmed earlier reports that the three players would be joining the roster. An accompanying video feature portrayed their recent bootcamp in Korea.
Though Liquid has not announced the addition of former Immortals jungler Kim "Reignover" Yeu-jin, multiple sources confirmed with theScore esports that he is joining the starting roster. According to an ESPN report Sunday, Team Liquid Academy AD carry Chae "Piglet" Gwang-jin will be the team's fifth man, though that has yet to be independently confirmed.
Goldenglue subbed for Echo Fox briefly at the beginning of the 2016 season, then spent the remainder of the spring and summer in the Challenger Series, playing the 2016 Spring Split with Ember before that organization's spot was purchased by Team Liquid and converted to Team Liquid Academy. He boasted a 7.21 KDA in 10 games during the NA CS 2016 Summer Season, with a 28.00 KDA on Cassiopeia and a 14.00 KDA on Ryze, playing both heroes for two games each.
On Liquid's LCS roster, Goldenglue will replace Kim "FeniX" Jae-hoon at the mid lane position.
"I know I have big shoes to fill as FeniX has been a cornerstone for Team Liquid for the past two years, and hope I can live up to his legacy," Goldenglue said in the team's announcement. "I believe this next chapter of my life will be more exciting and challenging than ever before and I can not wait."
Lourlo and Matt spent the entire 2016 season on the main Liquid roster. In the summer regular season, Lourlo managed a 3.56 KDA, playing Trundle and Irelia in a combined 25 of his 43 total games. He also played Shen in six games that split, winning four of them and tallying a 12.40 KDA on the hero.
"With this newly formed roster I could not be more excited for what spring 2017 has to offer for Team Liquid and myself," Lourlo said in Liquid's announcement. "I have never been more hungry and motivated at a time in my career until now and I want to keep improving, not only to prove people wrong, but to prove to myself that I belong here."
Matt's choice heroes were Braum or Karma, and he finished the summer season with a 2.97 KDA overall. His Karma had the best win rate — he took 70 percent of the Karma games he played and earned an average of 10.6 assists per game.
"Looking back, even though there were things that were regretful, I'm grateful for what I've learned from last season," Matt recalled in the post on Team Liquid's website. "I have another chance to play with a great roster and I have no plans to waste it. I'm focused on making this Liquid's year and having no excuses; we're going all out."
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