Team Liquid continues to undergo unexpected League of Legends roster changes as Jonas “Kold” Andersen becomes the head coach and Lucas “Santorin” Tao Kilmer Larsen takes an extended medical leave.
Team Liquid CEO Steve Arhancet led a stream on June 24 that detailed the issues involving their LCS issues. The stream was meant as a clarification setting for those outside the scene to give more insight into what is happening with the roster. It was in this stream that Arhancet revealed the medical issues that Santorin has faced. He also detailed the confrontation between Joshua “Jatt” Leesman and Barney “Alphari” Morris.
According to Arhancet, Santorin has been facing medical issues surrounding painful migraines since the Lock In tournament in January of 2021. These medical problems have required academy jungler Jonathan “Armao” Armao to step in. It was Armao’s incredible performance at the Lock In tournament that led Team Liquid to a first-place victory. However, there is no guarantee that Armao will remain on the starting roster for the rest of the season. As of right now, there isn’t a timeline for when Santorin will return to the starting roster. Team Liquid is rallying around Santorin and wishes him a speedy recovery.
Team Liquid removes Jatt, promotes Kold to head coach
Another focal point for the Team Liquid stream was the confirmation that Jatt resigned from the team. This was first speculated by retired professional player Christian “IWDominate” Rivera on Twitter. IWDominate suggested that a conflict between Alphari and Jatt spiraled Alphari’s initial benching from the roster. That was hinted at by Arhancet during the stream when he mentioned a confrontation between Alphari and Jatt that he thought was handled incorrectly.
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Arhancet confirmed that Jatt also handed in his resignation for the team instead of being asked to leave. In place of Jatt, the strategic coach for Team Liquid Kold will be taking his place as head coach. Kold is a retired jungler from the European region, most known for his time on Splyce from 2015-17.