Team Liquid have released Eric "adreN" Hoag from his contract and have temporarily re-added Aleksandr "s1mple" Kostyliev for the ECS Season 1 Finals and the ESL One Cologne Major, the organization announced Monday.
s1mple left Team Liquid in April, with Liquid's director of esports Robin Nymann citing s1mple's desire to return to Europe at the time. In an interview with theScore esports, Liquid's Spencer "Hiko" Martin said that s1mple was, "kind of lonely at home. He did leave his parents, his girlfriend, his family all behind in Ukraine."
s1mple joined TL in January, after the organization tried out Aleksi "allu" Jalli for the position, and came to the team after standing in for HellRaisers. At the time he was replaced by adreN, who was part of Liquid's starting roster before being moved to designated stand-in in favor of Kenneth "koosta" Suen.
s1mple has since tweeted that these will be the last two events he plays with Team Liquid. In Liquid's official statement, they noted that they have signed a new rifler, but are not ready to announce who it is.
Team Liquid recently placed fourth in Group A of ELEAGUE without finding a single win before being swept out of the playoff brackets 2-0 by Luminosity Gaming. Just a few months before that though, Liquid placed 3rd-4th at the MLG Major Championship Columbus with s1imple on the lineup.
Liquid also recently swapped out former coach James "GBJame^s" O'Connor for ex-Tempo Storm coach Luis "peacemaker" Tade.
adreN joined Liquid in January 2015, when the organization signed Chill guys, a roster made up of former Denial eSports players. He was benched in favor of koosta in February 2016 due to poor performance, but was brought back on to the starting lineup after s1mple left.
"We have thoroughly enjoyed working with Eric through the good and the bad, and we will always remember the great moments that we had together," Nymann stated in the press release. "We genuinely hope that he will find a new place to call home in Counter-Strike very quickly."
The ECS Season 1 Finals and ESL One Cologne Major groups have yet to be set, but Liquid will have to fight off Luminosity Gaming, Astralis, Fnatic and Ninjas in Pyjamas at both events.
Daniel Rosen is a news editor for theScore esports. You can follow him on Twitter.