Eric ‘adreN‘ Hoag makes his return to Team Liquid, two years after he was dropped by the North American organization in favour of Oleksandr ‘s1mple‘ Kostyliev. However, unlike in his previous go-around, adreN will not be returning as a player, but rather, as the coach of the team following the departure of Wilton ‘zews‘ Prado, who left for MIBR along with Epitácio ‘TACO‘ de Melo earlier this month.
Team Liquid announced the acquisition of adreN earlier today in a blog post on their official website. In their statement, Team Liquid welcomed one of the team’s original and founding players. They referred to their former AWPer’s joining of Team Liquid as a coach as a return to a “role that he was born to take.”
adreN also shared a few words in the statement:
“I think this opportunity came at the perfect time for me. Lately, I’ve been wanting to take on a new challenge and while I never publicly announced that I was interested in coaching, it’s something I’ve been thinking about a lot. I’m excited to begin this chapter of my career and thankful to Liquid for the opportunity. I look forward to and can’t wait to help elevate Liquid further.”
adreN was one of the original members of Team Liquid back in 2015. He would last two years on the team before his eventual dismissal. In his return, he will reunite with two of his former teammates, Keith ‘NAF‘ Markovic and Nichalos ‘nitr0‘ Canella, as well as Jonathan ‘EliGE‘ Jablonowski.
adreN will join Jake ‘Stewie2K‘ Yip as the two newest members of a Team Liquid squad that has spent most of the entire 2018 as the second-best CS:GO team in the world, just right behind Astralis.
Will adreN Be Enough to Get Team Liquid Over the Hump?
The question in the minds of many now is, will adding a familiar face in adreN be enough?
zews was a crucial part in Team Liquid’s success. Since joining the organization as their coach in late 2016, zews has helped guide Team Liquid to multiple deep tournament runs. This includes their current run of multiple second-place finishes. His departure, then, will force Team Liquid to adjust their game plans, especially since they also have to accommodate Stewie2k as well, who came over from MIBR as part of the trade.
Fresh off a year where they made the Grand Finals of a LAN tournament six times, only to lose to Astralis in five of those instances, Team Liquid will look to improve on that record this 2019.
We’ll know soon enough if their recent additions, adreN and Stewie2k, will be enough to help them do just that.
What do you think of Team Liquid adding adreN as their coach? How well do you think he will fit? Will his addition help Team Liquid start winning? Or is this the start of a downward spiral in Team Liquid’s performance? Be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comments down below.