Team Liquid has confirmed that that jungler Jonathan “Armao” Armao will continue to start over Lucas “Santorin” Larsen in the 2021 Mid-Season Showdown Grand Finals as Santorin focuses on recovery. The organization put out a tweet on April 11.
“The doctor advised Lucas to rest a few days as he is slowly starting to feel better and on medication now,” the tweet read. “We will be starting with Armao for today’s series against C9. Thank you for your overflowing support.”
— Team Liquid LoL (@TeamLiquidLoL) April 11, 2021
On Friday, April 9, Santorin said that he had been suffering from migraines for a week in a tweet. He added that Armao would be subbing in for him in Team Liquid’s match against TSM on April 10. Santorin stated that while there was a chance he’d play the match if he was feeling better, he’d been bedridden for two days and wasn’t confident in his ability to play his best given his current condition. Team Liquid defeated TSM 3-1 on April 10 with Armao starting for all four matches.
“It’s frustrating to potentially miss out on such important games,” he said earlier this month. “But I’m doing everything I can to play second game onwards tomorrow.”
Armao previously subbed in for Santorin during the 2021 League of Legends Championship Series Lock In tournament. Visa issues had kept him from arriving in North America in the offseason. Team Liquid won that event after a five-game series against Cloud9.
Team Liquid play Cloud9 in the 2021 MSS Grand Finals on April 11 at 12 p.m. Pacific Standard Time for a chance at an LCS title and spot in the 2021 Mid-Season Invitational.