posted by Smyke,
It came by surprise that Lasse 'Matumbaman' Urpalainen was benched by Team Liquid only one week before the EPICENTER Major starts. On Thursday Liquid announced their newest addition to the squad.

W33 joins Liquid

The recent rumours about Team Liquid's newest player came true. We already wrote about it shortly after Matu was benched: in a stream leak, we were able to see Omar 'w33haa' Aliwi playing with Team Liquid. Now they've announced that he'll be the replacement for the Finn.

I’m happy and thankful to have been given a chance and I’m ready to prove myself once again. - Omar 'w33haa' Aliwi

The Romanian mid laner was part of the South American squad of paiN Gaming last season which transferred to Chaos Esports Club at the start of this year.

W33 has continued to impress us during his time in South America where over and over again he has delivered, not only in the mid lane, but also with his rotations and his decision making as a player.

Any team would be lucky to have such an outstanding player join their roster and we once again welcome w33 to our family.

This means that Amer 'Miracle-' Al-Barkawi will take over the hard carry position. However, w33ha is known for his off-meta heroes and he's also quick to adapting new playstyles. It wouldn't surprise us to see the mid laner also take over the hard carry position from time to time.

He'll compete with Liquid at the EPICENTER Major which starts Saturday 22.

Lineup Team Liquid

jo Amer 'Miracle-' Al-Barkawi
ro Omar 'w33haa' Aliwi
bg Ivan 'MinD_ContRoL' Borislavov
lb Maroun 'Gh' Merhej
de Kuro S. 'KuroKy' Takhasomi

Is w33 the improvement Liquid needed?

Photo credit: DreamHack - Adela Sznajder