Team Liquid’s League of Legends team might start the 2020 season without thee members, including new starting jungler Mads “Broxah” Brock-Pedersen, head coach Jang “Cain” Nu-ri, and academy jungler Shern “Shernfire” Cherng Tai.
With the United States introducing new visa regulations, Liquid is facing issues with three of its members, the organization’s CEO Steve Arhancet shared on Twitter. This could result in the team’s new jungler for the 2020 LCS Spring Split, Broxah, not competing during the first few weeks. Liquid’s head coach and academy jungler might also be facing the same fate.
Broxah has Danish citizenship, Cain is from South Korea, and Shernfire is of Australian residency, but only Broxah is coming to play in the North American league for the first time.
With Liquid not even having Shernfire as a safe backup while Broxah deals with visa issues, the team is currently looking for other options should they prove necessary. Arhancet is hoping the three members will get their visas by the time the new LCS split begins, however the delay has already impacted the team’s preparations for the new split.
The situation might heavily impact the winner of the last three LCS splits. Liquid was hoping to strengthen its roster with the addition of the European jungler, but it now might be facing a shaky start to the 2020 season. If Broxah and Cain won’t be there on January 25, the roster will need a while to set its new synergy in place But fans don’t seem to be worrying about the overall performance of the team in the longer term.
Liquid’s fans, League personalities, and LEC and LCS hosts are all jokingly offering their expertise in the jungle, as they’re confident that once the team is back together as planned, it will achieve a high placing in the league by the end of the season regardless.
Team Liquid 2020 LCS Spring Split roster
Liquid isn’t the only LCS team facing issues with visas, with Dignitas recently sharing the organization ended the contract with academy player Tom “Rodov” Rodov due to unforeseen complications with the visa renewal process. It’s possible more instances of this issue will appear in the near future leading up to Season 10 in League of Legends.