Credit: Stephanie Lieske
The legendary Team Liquid rifler Jake “Stewie2K” Yip has officially parted ways with the North American organization. The confirmation comes after a series of departures at Liquid, with Gabriel “FalleN” Toledo and Michael “Grim” Wince both having been released of their duties.
With his exit, Stewie2K closes the door on a spectacular three-year tenure with Liquid, where the dubbed “Smoke Criminal” alongside the likes of Jonathan “EliGE” Jablonowski and Keith “NAF” Markovic won their iconic Intel Grand Slam in 2019.
A victory, Liquid’s CEO, Victor Goosens also remembers very fondly.
- My favourite Stewie memory is unquestionably when he jumped up the desk when we won the Intel Grand Slam. Winning a Grand Slam as a North American roster in Counter-Strike is beyond my wildest dreams, and Stewie has played a huge part in that. I’m grateful for everything that he has done for Team Liquid and we will always remember and honour that, Goosens said in a tribute video to Stewie2K.
Despite the last year ended up being a bit dramatic filled with internal problems in the roster and with a lot of lacklustre results, Stewie2K looks back at his time with Team Liquid with joy.
- I just want to say thank you to the fans for supporting me over the years on Team Liquid. We had a lot of success here, and we also had some failures that we couldn’t overcome. However, throughout my time here, I feel like we created a lot of good memories together, Stewie2K stated.
Joining the NA rivals?
Stewie2K has reportedly already found himself a new CS:GO home for the upcoming season, as heavy rumours of him joining Evil Geniuses has circulated the past weeks. Last week, the CEO of EG wrote a Tweet, which looks like a near-confirmation of the transfer.
If the rumours are true, Stewie2K is set to join forces with his former teammates Timothy "autimatic" Ta and William "RUSH" Wierzba, with who he won the ELEAGUE Boston Major in 2018 at Cloud9. The trio will be accompanied by Vincent “Brehze” Cayonte and Tsvetelin “CeRq” Dimitrov.
Team Liquid will field the following lineup following their recent roster moves:
Jonathan "EliGE" Jablonowski
Nick "nitr0" Cannella
Josh "oSee" Ohm
Keith "NAF" Markovic
Richard "shox" Papillon
Eric "adreN" Hoag (coach)