Why is FalleN missing from Team Liquid at IEM Katowice?

By Kenneth Williams


Feb 15, 2022

Reading time: 3 min

Team Liquid is missing a crucial player in Gabriel “FalleN” Toledo at IEM Katowice, but this absence isn’t a result of travel or health issues.

Keen-eyed North American CSGO fans will notice that a core member of Team Liquid is missing at Intel Extreme Master Katowice. After almost a full year spent with the squad, AWPer FalleN has officially left to start his own Counter-Strike: Global Offensive roster. While FalleN’s new team Last Dance has yet to debut in competitive play, the fully-Brazilian roster possibly represents Fallen’s final foray into competitive CSGO.

FalleN left Team Liquid as part of a significant roster shuffle in January. The squad’s returning captain Nicholas “nitr0” Cannella came back from a reasonably successful foray into Valorant, while French star Richard “shox” Papillon unexpectedly fills out the roster with fragging power. FalleN cited creative issues between him and Liquid mainstay Jonathan “EliGE” Jablonowski as the main reason for his leaving. While he is still technically signed to Team Liquid, FalleN will be missing out entirely on IEM Katowice.

Since FalleN leaving Team Liquid, the North American sponsor now sports Joshua “oSee” Ohm as its designated sniper. While not well-known on the international stage, oSee carved out a reputation as a monstrous sniper during the online era. He previously headlined Extra Salt’s dominance of the North American region throughout the late online era. 

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While the most recent Team Liquid roster changes showed promise, the team failed to perform well at BLAST Premier: Fall Groups. Ths squad landed in 10th place with the two other North American teams attending the event. IEM Katowice is an opportunity for Liquid to bounce back as a top-tier threat. Starting in the group stage as opposed to the play-in stage will give it a significant advantage to TL and secure at least a top 24 placement.

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FalleN’s new team could debut after IEM Katowice

Though he has bowed out from Team Liquid’s starting roster, FalleN isn’t quite done with CSGO. Shortly after leaving the team, FalleN posted a heartfelt video about his career and where he wants to go in the future. He ended it by confirming that he will start a new CSGO team tentatively titled Last Dance. After weeks of scouting, the roster is as follows.

  • Gabriel “FalleN” Toledo
  • Fernando “fer” Alvarenga
  • Lincoln “fnx” Lau
  • Ricardo “boltz” Prass
  • Vinicius “VINI” Figueiredo
  • Luis “peacemaker” Tadeu (Coach)

The team’s core trio of FalleN, fer, and fnx won two consecutive majors as Luminosity and SK Gaming in 2016. Last Dance has yet to debut inany competitive matches, but fans expect the team to perform very well in South America. If it is successful, it could lead to more competitive European events in the future. FalleN missing from Team Liquid at IEM Katowice could give way to an even more exciting opportunity.