June 27, 2022

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Crew Liquid herald former EG coach and CS veteran daps

Crew Liquid have introduced the signing of Damian “daps” Steele to be their new head coach on June 20. He was beforehand the pinnacle coach of Evil Geniuses earlier than he stepped down resulting from variations with the group.

Crew Liquid introduced on June 19 that they’ve benched their earlier head coach Eric “adreN” Hoag in addition to their massive signing of 2021, French veteran Richard “shox” Papillon.

daps comes into the groups six months after Crew Liquid initially signed adreN and shox and retooled their roster round Keith “NAF” Markovic and Jonathan “EliGE” Jablonowski.

Earlier than Crew Liquid, daps led an Evil Geniuses squad from June 6, 2021 to December 24. He additionally had a stint in Valorant enjoying for NRG Esports after years of Counter-Strike expertise.

daps and his time on EG

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daps coached and performed on NRG earlier than the squad was acquired by EG.

In an announcement about why he moved to the bench at EG, daps mentioned that he didn’t get to make the adjustments he wished by way of gamers, like probably including NAF, together with different frustrations with the org.

“I suggest a roster with NAF as the middle piece however that falls by way of for numerous causes and I additionally inform EG on the similar time that I don’t need to coach anymore after my expertise during the last half of the 12 months,” daps mentioned on the time.

He additionally acknowledged that he want to return as a participant however might come again as a coach if he had energy to make adjustments to the roster.

Now with a staff centered across the participant he wished on EG, daps is becoming a member of a Crew Liquid facet that has an underwhelming 12 months by way of outcomes. The squad has not had any notable outcomes prior to now six months, bombing out of the PGL Antwerp 2022 Main within the Legends Stage with a 0-3 file and lacking the playoffs at IEM Dallas as properly.

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Crew Liquid even have but to announce who will exchange shox within the present lineup on the time of publishing.