After having his contract with Fnatic bought out by Team Liquid in November 2019, star League of Legends jungler Mads "Broxah" Brock-Pedersen's application for a P-1A internationally recognized athlete visa was approved on Feb. 6. Broxah, a top jungler in the LEC for Fnatic the last two years, had missed LCS spring split games while his visa status gets sorted out.
Team Liquid Struggles in Weeks 1-3
With a game still to play in Week 3 against Golden Guardian on Feb. 10, Team Liquid is tied for seventh place after a disappointing 2-3 to the season that featured losses against Cloud9, Team Dignitas, and 100 Thieves.
Shern "Shernfire" Cherng Tai was certainly not the reason for his team's poor performance in the early part of the season, but his most recent game against 100 Thieves exposed some of the weaknesses and inexperience the young jungler has on stage.
Shernfire's occasional haphazard early aggression and poor decision making placed his team on the defensive in the early stages of the game and forced Team Liquid to concede critical objectives on the top and bot side of the map.
What Broxah Brings to Team Liquid
Broxah primarily brings the experience and talent of one of the best junglers in the world to Team Liquid.
During his time with Fnatic, Broxah appeared in the quarterfinals of the League of Legends World Championship in three consecutive years, earning second place for Fnatic in 2018 when they were defeated by Invictus Gaming. He also won both spring and summer split in 2018 and secured spots on the LEC All Pro Team in 2017 and 2018.
Broxah's strengths come from his ability to synergize well with mid and bot laners and get those lanes ahead early in games. On Fnatic, Broxah worked with two of the best carries in the world, Rasmus "Caps" Winther and Martin "Rekkles" Larsson. On Team Liquid, Broxah will work with a similarly talented cast with mid laner Nicolaj "Jensen" Jensen and Yiliang "Doublelift" Peng serving as the focus of the team's strategy.
Although Team Liquid has had a rough start to the spring split, fans shouldn't be alarmed because the best is yet to come for Team Liquid.