Team Liquid seems to be putting a lot of effort into preparing for the 2017 NA LCS Spring Split, which is set to begin on the 20th of January. They have hired Brandon “Saintvicious” DiMarco, a former professional Jungler famous for missing Smite on Baron and Drake, as well as coaching on Apex Gaming, as a Strategic Coach. After Apex Gaming was bought out, Saintvicious moved on to work for Team Dignitas once both orgs were bought by the Philadelphia 76ers and merged into one. On December 8th of 2016, Saint announced that he’s going to be a free agent and the news about his new job broke a bit more than a month after that.
Saitvicious won’t be the only coach on the team, the position of Head Coach is taken by David “Dlim” Lim. According to the video released by Liquid to announce the news of Saint’s signing, the two work very well together, with Saintvicious taking over the matters pertaining to actually game, while Dlim worries about the players’ personal relationships and similar matters. Of course, Saint was quick to note that he wants to have a good relationship with his players as well as to have them have a good relationship with each other outside of the game.
This has been a very sore spot for Team Liquid last season, because the team practically crumbled due to the conflict between the Coach, Choi “Locodoco” Yoon-sup and Jungler Joshua “Dardoch” Hartnett, as well as Chae “Piglet” Gwang-jin. To try and avoid the same thing happening in the future, Saintvicious tries to take his players out of the house sometimes, when scrims go well, either making them take a cooking class together, going on a hike, or doing something else out of their comfort zone, in order to make them into well-adjusted adults instead of League of Legends robots that can only win games and would be lost after their careers are over.
As a 29 year-old guy with some army experience, Saintvicious expressed his admiration for the strict structure to the Team Liquid house and org. That is understandable. Order and a strict chain of command is very important in the army. This Liquid roster needs a strong, experienced and assertive hand guiding it to avoid unnecessary turmoil. It’s hard to say whether Saintvicious is the person to provide that hand; however, for the good of this team which we actually like quite a lot for reasons we can’t… really describe, we certainly hope that Saint and the rest of the Liquid team are successful.