Eric “adreN” Hoag will start for Team Liquid at the MLG CS:GO Major Championship Columbus offline qualifier, the player announced on Twitter Tuesday.
adreN was initially benched due to poor performance in recent games. He was initially replaced by Kenneth “koosta” Suen on TL’s roster, but koosta will be playing for his former team, Enemy, at the qualifier due to roster lock-in rules. Mohammad “m0E” Assad also previously said he would stand in for koosta, but was also prevented from doing so by lock-in rules, given he wants to play at the next minor with his team, Echo Fox.
However, in the end, adreN said he would play in his old role as AWPer for TL. koosta will continue to play for TL at every event aside from Majors, due to the roster regulations, according to a tweet by team member Spencer “Hiko” Martin.
adreN joined TL in January 2015, when they signed Denial eSports' former roster. However, his recent performance with the team has been criticized, particulary his play during a game against an unknown team called DOGMEN at the ELeague Road to Vegas qualifiers. TL lost the game 0-2, and finished 5-8th.
Team Liquid is set to face off against mousesports, HellRasiers and Team YP in Group B of the offline qualifier. The MLG Major Championship Columbus Offline Qualifier will run from Feb. 26-28 in Columbus, Ohio.
An earlier story inaccurately stated that Team Preparation’s Casper "cadiaN" Moller would be playing for TL at the event based on a tweet from cadiaN’s account. He later tweeted that his teammate, Frej “Krystal” Sjostrom was tweeting from his account, and he would not be playing for TL.
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