Credit: ESL

Return of the Latvian

YEKINDAR to stand in for Liquid in Cologne

Latvian rifler Maleks “YEKINDAR” Galinskis will be standing in for Team Liquid at IEM Cologne, the final big event before the summer break. He will temporarily fill the gap left by Richard “shox” Papillion’s departure.

The news comes mere hours before the roster lock for the event, as teams can’t register new players after today.

Liquid will be loaning YEKINDAR from, where he was benched following the PGL Antwerp Major. The roster competed in Antwerp under the Outsiders name.

Liquid was down to four players as shox left the roster following an unsuccessful start to the year, with the Frenchman reportedly struggling with the travel schedule.

Alongside shox’ departure, longtime coach Eric “adreN” Hoag departed the team, with his spot being filled by former Evil Geniuses coach Damian “daps” Steele.

In cologne, Team Liquid will have the following players:

  • 🇱🇻 Maleks “YEKINDAR” Galinskis
  • 🇺🇸 Jonathan “EliGE” Jablonowski
  • 🇨🇦 Keith “NAF” Markovic
  • 🇺🇸 Nicholas “nitr0” Canella 👑
  • 🇺🇸 Josh “oSee” Ohm
  • 🇨🇦 Damian “daps” Steele (C)