19 November 2019 04:38
It's the beginning of the 2020 season and after winning four consecutive titles, Liquid looks to make some upgrades to continue the streak and perform better internationally. Here is what their roster was and what upgrades they're making for the future, as reported by ESPN and sources close to Inven Global. Their first big change was originally reported by ESPN, with Mads "Broxah" Brock-Pedersen signing in the jungler position, which would fill in Liquid's open jungle slot after their announcement of the departure of Jake Kevin "Xmithie" Puchero! ▲ Image Source: Riot Games Summer 2019 Roster Jung "Impact" Eon-yeong Jungle Xmithie Mid Nicolaj "Jensen" Jensen Bot Yiliang "Peter" "Doublelift" Peng Support Jo "CoreJJ" Yong-in Coach Jang "Cain" Nu-ri Spring 2020 Roster Top - Unannounced (Impact) Jungle - Unconfirmed Broxah Mid - Unnanounced (Jensen) Bot - Unannounced (Doublelift) Support - Unannounced (CoreJJ) Coach - Unannounced (Cain) The top team in North America is reaching over to Europe for its 2020 jungler. Team Liquid is reportedly finalizing a deal to acquire Mads "Broxah" Brock-Pedersen from Fnatic, according to ESPN.
Broxah will be replacing Jake "Xmithie" Puchero, whose contract expired after the 2019 season. Earlier in the night, ESPN reported SK Gaming's Oskar "Selfmade" Boderek would be bought out by Fnatic to replace Broxah in its starting lineup. So it was just a matter of time until Broxah's landing spot was announced. Liquid has proven to be the strongest NA team—domestically, at least. The team has won four consecutive LCS split playoffs.
ESPN has now confirmed the news and it looks like Team Liquid is the destination for Broxah. Broxah has been a pivotal part of Fnatic in the past few years, especially in 2019 when he looked be playing a vital role in Fnatic's overall game management. He was also a major part of making rookie mid laner Tim "Nemesis" Lipovšek come out of his shell in the second part of the 2019 season after the rookie struggled to settle into the shoes of former Fnatic mid laner Rasmus "Caps" Borregaard Winther. Rumors were aplenty since the start of 2019 of a falling out between Broxah and Rekkles, something that Broxah has stated on multiple occasions this preseason as being false and that the pairs rumored 'fight' at the start of the 2019 season was rubbish. Regardless of what did or didn't happen, however, we won't see the pair playing side-by-side in 2020.
Broxah joins a Team Liquid side that's just secured another LCS title and hell look to slot into a formidable roster made up of Jung 'Impact' Eon-yeong, Nicolaj ' Jensen' Jensen, Yiliang ' Doublelift' Peng and Jo 'CoreJJ' Yong-in. Riot Games North American esports organization Team Liquid is reportedly acquiring former Fnatic jungler Mads "Broxah" Brock-Pedersen. The 22-year-old Danish player will replace Jake "Xmithie" Puchero on the League of Legends roster, after his contract expired on Nov. 18. Team Liquid acquire Broxah While Team Liquid is considered the #1 team in North America, the team hasn't performed as well at international events. Team Liquid has achieved consistent first-place finishes during the League of Legends Championship Series (LCS) but has only achieved 9 – 12th place in its last two world championship appearances. In comparison, Fnatic placed 2nd during the 2018 iteration and 5 – 8th in the most recent. Broxah started competing in 2016 as a substitute jungler for the Copenhagen Wolves. He then played for organizations like Tricked Esports, Last Remedy, and Epiphany Bolt. In 2016, Broxah joined the Fnatic organization with a role on the Academy lineup, where the team placed 2nd during the 2017 European Challenger Series (EUCS) Split. He was then promoted to the main lineup after only three months, with an initial 3rd place finish in the EU LCS 2017 Spring Playoffs. Leaving his role on Fnatic During Broxah's time on Fnatic, the team consistently achieved first place from the 2017 EU LCS Summer Split until the 2019 LEC Spring Split. The United Kingdom-based organization also achieved 5 – 8th at the 2017 World Championships and 3 – 4th in the 2018 Mid-Season Invitational, with losses at both events to Royal Never Give Up (RNG). The addition of Broxah will be welcomed as Fnatic has consistently achieved better results in the League of Legends European Championship (LEC), where teams are at a higher skill level. Can Team Liquid find success with Broxah in the 2020 World Championship? Or will the changes to other North American rosters offset that success? Let us know about your opinion, and keep up with Daily Esports for all of your League of Legends coverage. Read More!