Team Liquid has not really had the best year so far, having won just one CS:GO tournament - cs_summit 8 in 2021. Despite star player Gabriel "FalleN" Toledo joining the team in January 2021 and Eric "adreN" Hoag returning as their coach in May 2021, the team has failed to be consistent. With the currently ongoing CS:GO summer player break, all the teams have got a chance to reset themselves before the arrival of the next CS:GO Major in October. In a bid to get out of their slump, Team Liquid has apparently decided to let FalleN lead the team inside the server while giving Jacky "Stewie2K" Yip a break from this responsibility, according to Liquid rifler Jonathan "EliGE" Jablonowski who revealed this on his 27th July Twitch stream.
FalleN to takeover as Team Liquid IGL after CS:GO player break
While streaming Valorant and having a chat with his viewers, EliGE, during his 27th July Twitch stream, revealed that FalleN will be taking on the role of the in-game leader for Team Liquid post the CS:GO player break which comes to an end on 15th August. He further confirmed that it was Stewie2K who was calling the shots for Liquid during IEM Cologne 2021.
This means that FalleN will most definitely be leading the Liquid lineup at the upcoming ESL Pro League Season 14, which is scheduled to start one day after the CS:GO player break from 16th August.
However, Liquid will only be seen in action from 1st to 5th September as they are in Group-D alongside five other teams - Gambit Esports, NIP, FURIA, Entropiq, and Team One.
It is unclear at the moment if FalleN will be leading the North American organization for just this one tournament, or has the Brazilian been handed this responsibility on a more permanent basis.
But this is definitely not the first time that a change in captaincy has been implemented by Liquid, as FalleN has acted as an IGL for this lineup at least once during IEM Katowice 2021 which took place in February earlier this year.