It looks like Team Liquid has locked down their mid laner for 2021.
Team Liquid announced the procurement and it looks like it’s the news Team Liquid fans were hoping for. Mid laner Nicolaj "Jensen" Jensen will be staying with the organization for the next three years, in a deal rumored to be worth upwards of $4.2 million dollars. Jensen may join the new signing Alphari, who is expected to sign on November 17.
Jensen’s new deal will see him become the highest earner in the LCS. Given the recent news of Bjergen retiring from playing, the LCS mid lane market was wide open. By locking down the two solo lanes for 2021, Team Liquid will now shift their attention to the jungle position as they look to finalize their roster for the Spring Split.
Jensen has been with Team Liquid since 2018 when he signed from Cloud9. Crucially for Team Liquid, Jensen is an NA resident. Though the signing of Alphari will mean they’ll need to look for a North American or Australian jungler to fill out their roster.
Despite not making it through to the Knockout Stages of Worlds, Team Liquid looked like a solid side in the Play-In Stage. They were arguably North America's best team at Worlds 2020. With these changes to the roster, Team Liquid will be looking to challenge yet again in the Spring and Summer Splits, before looking to get a higher seed into Worlds 2021.
In fact, the Jensen signing was rumored to be hinged on the signing of Alphari and Team Liquid signing a quality jungler. As the deal is now finalized, it could mean Team Liquid has found its jungler.
Who could the jungle option be?
One possible signing for Team Liquid is FlyQuest jungler, Santorin. With his contract due to expire in November, his NA residency would make him a good pickup. With his appearance at Worlds in 2020, he would add valuable experience to Team Liquid.