Team Liquid is expected to sign free top laner Bwipo and mid laner Bjergsen and finalize the deal to buy back Rogue AD carry Hans sama on Monday, the day that League of Legends The free agent window opens, sources familiar with those deals told Dot Esports.
In addition to those three signings, the team will retain Academy support of Bill “Eyla” Nguyen, according to sources. Contracts have been first reported by Upcomer.
A coveted amateur among other teams, Eyla will compete on Liquid’s starting list if CoreJJ is not granted a US Permanent Resident (Green) Card in time for the start of the 2022 season, the source said. The team’s jungler is yet to be determined, with Santorin set to become a free agent on Monday night, but it’s likely he’ll sign an extension — as per Riot Games policy, he’s eligible. are US residents.
Due to Riot’s restrictions on international movement, each team is only allowed to have two foreign players — and with this roster, those positions will be taken by Bwipo and Hans sama. Eyla, despite being Australian, is considered a US resident after the dissolution of the Oceanic Pro League at the end of 2020, prompting Riot to grant US residency to all Oceanic players. Bjergsen and Santorin are both Riot policy celebrities due to their long stints in North America.
With the Liquid lineup already established, this puts mid laner Jensen in a difficult position. Jensen is a year on a 3-year, $4.2 million deal that Liquid will have a hard time offloading. During a live stream on November 7, the mid laner said maybe he won’t play in 2022. Much of the LCS mid lane talent is decided, at least on the rich and winning teams, with the exception of TSM and Jensen’s former team Cloud9.
Senior player contracts are a major upheaval for Liquid after the team failed to reach the quarterfinals of the 2021 World Championships for the third year in a row.
Bjergsen left TSM a few weeks ago with Liquid as an obvious lover of his services, due to the franchise’s willingness to spend. It is reported that the team will sign Bjergsen for mid lane and test Jensen as AD carry. However, after more deliberation, the team decided Hans, a natural bot laner, would perform better in 2022.
Bwipo will return to top lane after splitting as Fnatic’s jungler. His swap has earned him a lot of praise as a jungler, but after leaving Fnatic a few weeks ago, it’s clear he wants to return, sources said.
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