Team Liquid Team Liquid Europe Rank #5 have completed their 2024 VCT roster with the additions of Enzo "Enzo" Mestari, James "Mistic" Orfila and Georgio "Keiko" Sanassy, who all hail from EMEA Ascension runner-up Apeks Apeks Inactive .
Composed of mainly former FNATIC FNATIC Europe Rank #1 players, Apeks entered the competitive scene at the start of the year and took the Northern Europe Challengers scene by storm after winning both splits while only dropping a single match.
Their placement earned them a spot in Ascension's group stage, where the team emerged as Group B's top seed after finishing with a 4-0 record. After sending both SAW SAW Europe Rank #36 and Acend Acend Europe Rank #3 to the lower bracket to meet Gentle Mates Gentle Mates Europe Rank #2 in the grand final, Apeks were expected to take the series in a manner that mirrored their past victory over the French organization.
Unfortunately for Apeks, however, Gentle Mates surprised nearly everyone by quickly sweeping their opponents in a quick 3-0 to claim their spot in the 2024 EMEA League.
Apeks were one series away from a partnership slot in the EMEA League. Photo: Hara Amorós/Riot Games
Team Liquid had a less-than-stable year themselves. The organization struggled in their international debut at LOCK//IN against Team Secret Team Secret Asia-Pacific Rank #14 , but were able to regain their footing by upsetting FNATIC in the grand final of the EMEA League to secure a spot at Masters: Tokyo's playoffs, where they finished among the top six.
However, their biggest chance to perform at Champions failed to yield any notable performance as the team went winless in Group D following back-to-back losses against Natus Vincere Natus Vincere Europe Rank #6 and LOUD LOUD Brazil Rank #1 .
Shortly after their run in Los Angeles, the organization began making changes to the roster by releasing Dom "soulcas" Sulcas, Saif "Sayf" Jibraeel and former in-game leader Igor "Redgar" Vlasov to make way for the Apeks three.