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Cain, four-time LCS championship coach, departs Team Liquid

The coach, one of the most decorated in the LCS, will depart his role after three and a half years guiding TL to undisputable success.
Cain, four-time LCS championship coach, departs Team Liquid

Team Liquid has announced their intention to part ways with their strategic coach Jang “Cain” Nu-ri. Cain, after three and a half years on Team Liquid as a coach.

He led TL’s rosters to four LCS titles, an MSI final, and a period of undisputed domestic dominance that lasted the better part of two years. 

To many, the face of Team Liquid has been standout players like Doublelift (formerly), CoreJJ, and Impact. The coaches often work behind the scenes, but Cain was given the honor of Coach of the Split twice in the Summer Splits of 2019 and 2020. Numerous players associated with the organization, both past and present, shared appreciative thoughts on his leadership and expertise. 






Team Liquid, in a farewell article to the coach, implied that his time as a coach will not end and that he may seek new opportunities on other teams: “...Cain and Team Liquid will meet again on opposite ends. Whether it’s in the playoffs or on the international stage. In that moment, we can show him what he taught us and what we’ve learned since.” 

Team Liquid Cain departs leaves
Cain’s time at Team Liquid was an illustrious one. (Picture: Team Liquid)

Cain, previously a top-tier support in the LCK for NaJin Sword, transitioned into a coaching role during the Summer split of 2015. Despite not finding immediate success, he would move to TL in 2017 and led the organization to a “historic four-peat” that saw his streak of domestic championship victories between Spring 2018 and Summer 2019.

Despite crumbling in the first half of 2020 in part due to the underperformance of Doublelift, who would later part ways with the team to play for TSM, Cain would bring in TL Academy AD Carry Edward “Tactical” Ra to a first-place regular season finish, a third-place playoff finish, and a spot at Worlds where they went 1-1 with semi-finalist G2 Esports and finalist Suning Gaming. 

With numerous changes to rosters and coaching staffs around the world, Cain is equipped with a resume filled with success and would likely be invaluable to any team. If he’s on the market, there’s likely no shortage of teams that’ll look to sign him. Only time will tell who’ll be the victor in that war.