Liquid and moses part ways
Liquid announced on Monday that head coach Jason "moses O'Toole had left the team.
The decision comes just two weeks before the first North American Regional Major Ranking tournament of the year. moses had been with Liquid for just nine months, with results under his leadership being inconsistent and mainly below the team's high standards.
The 34-year-old replaced Eric "adreN" Hoag in the head coach role back in August 2020. Formerly a caster and analyst, he joined the squad as Liquid were integrating new addition Michael "Grim" Wince, who had replaced former in-game leader Nick "nitr0" Cannella.
An improvement in terms of results wasn't immediate, though a 2nd-place finish at IEM Global Challenge was a promising end to 2020. Liquid continued to be undone by inconsistency, however, with the addition of star in-game leader Gabriel "FalleN" Toledo, replacing a departing Russel "Twistzz" Van Dulken, failing to remedy that.
Finishing 3-4th at IEM Katowice, three subsequent tournaments were particularly below-par. Knocked out of DreamHack Open March by paiN, that upset was followed by early exits at ESL Pro League and BLAST Premier Spring Showdown. Unceremoniously dumped out by Dignitas at the latter, that was seemingly the final straw.
Liquid are yet to announce who will replace moses, but a report by HLTV.org suggests that adreN may return to the coaching slot prior to cs_summit8. That tournament will be pivotal, as it's an RMR tournament looking ahead to Stockholm Major.
Elsewhere, FURIA are 1.33 to beat SINNERS at Spring Sweet Spring, with their opponents a 3.25 chance.