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Team Liquid Bench CadiaN

CadiaN joined Team Liquid from HEROIC in December 2023. Since then, the team’s results have been a bit worse... Radu M. | 18. June 2024

CadiaN joined Team Liquid from HEROIC in December 2023. Since then, the team’s results have been a bit worse than expected. When you have Twistzz, NAF, and other great players on your roster, you simply cannot afford to miss Majors and other S-tier tournaments.

Liquid played in five S-tier competitions in the first half of 2024. Their performance was not terrible but it wasn’t great either. Because this is a team whose goal was to become one of the world’s best again, the management was probably not happy with Liquid’s rate of improvement under cadiaN’s guidance.

At the moment, based on all the top-eight results they obtained in recent months, Liquid are ranked 11th. That’s not a bad rank for most organizations. But then again, most organizations don’t have to pay huge salaries to players like Twistzz and cadiaN. The more prestigious your players, the higher the costs and the expectations.

At ESL Pro League S19, Liquid finished 5th – 8th. At CCT Season 1 Global Finals, they were 2nd. At IEM Dallas they were 7th – 8th. Prior to these events, IEM Chengdu offered them another excellent opportunity but they were eliminated by FaZe Clan in the quarterfinals.

The tragedy here is that Liquid always lost against a formidable opponent and, even in defeat, they had decent scores and often won a map. Clearly, cadiaN tried his best to improve the roster’s performance and he succeeded to some extent. In January, Liquid’s global rank was 48th. Now it’s 11th.

With a bit more patience, this roster could have become one of the best in CS2. But cadiaN (or perhaps the team’s management) decided to make immediate changes.

CadiaN’s Next Step

For cadiaN, there’s a small chance that he will join G2 Esports. The team is very strong at the moment, has two of the world’s best players (NiKo and m0NESY) and could use someone like cadiaN. But the problem is that HooXi is already a competent IGL while m0NESY is a world-class AWPer. So cadiaN would have to play as a rifler.

There’s also a small chance that the former HEROIC IGL will take a break. He’s been competing non-stop for the past ten years and might need some time to rethink his plans.

As for Liquid, they too will need to go back to the drawing board. When you change your IGL, there’s a lot of work to be done if you want to become a top-five team.

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