Team Liquid plans to move on from Jonathan “EliGE” Jablonowski in what has been described as a “mutual agreement,” according to multiple sources. EliGE is also a favorite to join the ex-iBuyPower core following his recent departure and is expected to join them if a transfer can be agreed upon.
That team, featuring the group of Sam “DaZeD” Marine, Braxton “swag” Pierce and Keven “AZK” Lariviere that was recently unbanned by the ESL, still does not have the backing of an org, though rumors have swirled in the last week about the NBA’s Houston Rockets potentially backing the players. That detail has not been confirmed.
EliGE is widely considered one of the best and most consistent North American players in CS:GO, especially at Majors. Joining ex-iBuyPower players would significantly reduce the number of events in which he could play, with only ESL and ESEA choosing to unban them in recent weeks.
The move comes at an unfortunate time for Liquid with the ESL Pro League roster lock going into effect at the end of the day Tuesday. Teams will only be able to trade a maximum of two players to or from their active lineup over the duration of the league, meaning that Liquid would likely be forced to use one of the transfer moves in order to add a replacement for EliGE.
Team Liquid did not initially respond to a request for comment.
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