Nazgul talks about Team Liquid's presence in StarCraft
Team Liquid is one of the most prolific esports organizations across different games including StarCraft. Liquid Co-CEO Victor ‘Nazgul’ Goossens talked about Liquid's presence in the scene. He is a former StarCraft pro player for TL which led to his eventual post as co-CEO.
Nazgul was one of the best non-South Korean SC players back in the day which gives him a unique perspective on the scene. He knows the scene is dominated by the Koreans from the Brood War days to the current SC II era. During the 2000s, the esports model was vastly different from today’s version. Liquid was a key cog in esports development because of its presence in SC and other esports games.
Liquid also created TL.net which is key to SC’s history. This is where most community members discuss topics on the forum and there are always news pieces here that give people updates regarding the SC scene. However, the VOD service which had matches from the past was the key to growing the scene even more which was a big mark left by Liquid.
Nazgul looked back at the early days of StarCraft and remembered how magical they were. He also talked about how the Korean community was, which played a big part in why he wanted to share StarCraft with the larger western audience.
When SC II was released in 2010, Nazgul transitioned from a player into a team executive. It turned out that it was a stellar career move from him because he has helped turn TL into one of the best teams in the esports world.
They have entered so many esports titles but their biggest hits would have to be their efforts in Dota 2, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, and StarCraft. The latter of which is a direct effect of Nazgul’s time with the team since he was a former pro who convinced other pros to join the squad when he stepped away from an active playing role.
Liquid remains a strong team across esports and in StarCraft itself. It will be interesting to see if they can keep helping pro players emerge as stars in the scene. StarCraft will keep growing and Liquid will keep fielding good players.
Words: Cholo Martin