One of the leading gaming organisation’s in the world, Team Liquid, will sign one of the hottest young prospects to their Counter-Strike: Global Offensive roster.
Kenneth “koosta” Suen, who has been plying his trade with Enemy Gaming (NME), has caught the eyes of several suitors with a string of brilliant performances. Having declined several big money moves in the past to remain faithful to his teammates, it seems that the interest from Team Liquid is too much for him to decline.
A source close to Suen told Breitbart that the move was all but finalised. “There’s no buyout on his contract any more so it’s a shame for NME,” they said “but it’s the best move for Ken. He has stayed loyal to his team but the chance to play in what should be the best team in America is too much for him to say no to.”
The move comes after Team Liquid continued to disappoint in play despite a starting line-up that many feel should be the best in North America and a match for their global rivals. After the addition of the controversial but brilliant Ukrainian Aleksandr “s1mple” Kostylev, many expected Liquid to achieve great things. What has followed has been a stuttering start, losing their first game with Kostylev on board to a compLexity line-up supposedly down the pecking order in America, and then losing to the second-best team in Brazil, Tempo Storm, in the IEM Katowice qualifiers.
Most of that failure has been placed on the in-game leader Eric “adreN” Hoag, whose performances would be best described as erratic. Hoag has led something of a charmed life when it comes to being replaced, having dodged the bullet a number of times despite pressure from fans and pundits alike. However, the organisation will now be swapping him out for Suen, a player many believe already to be one of the best talents the region has produced in some time.
What will happen to Hoag isn’t clear. Some have speculated he will move into a coaching role or will remain on the roster in a substitute role. Regardless of that detail, his time in the starting line-up is most certainly at an end.
NME coach Steve “Ryu” Rattacasa provided the following statement regarding Suen to Breitbart Tech:
As much as it pains me to see Kenny go, it also gives me a great bit of pride– to see how he’s grown as a person and as a player these past several years, and knowing the opportunity he has in front of him now. I always told him I’d support him making the best decision for himself– as when we had a similar situation, I made it clear that “Kenny, I’m a fan of Enemy, but I’m a bigger fan of you”. That time has now come, and I’ll be rooting for him so long as we’re not the team on the other side of the map.