WATCH: Goldenglue Pops Off For Team Liquid To Silence His Critics At IEM Gyeonggi

Greyson “Goldenglue” Gilmer has bore the brunt of an unfair amount of criticism in recent weeks, targeted as a weak link in Team Liquid’s roster for the start of the 2017 Spring Split. As a former Team Liquid Academy player, the Mid Laner has been given the opportunity to stamp his mark on the NA LCS, favoured by TL’s coaching staff over any potential off-season signing. Heading into Team Liquid’s first appearance as a newly formed roster at IEM Gyeonggi, Goldenglue took the opportunity to silence his critics on the Korean stage.

Nicknamed Vault Boy for his uncanny resemblance to the mascot from the Fallout Franchise, Goldenglue joined Team Liquid Academy at the start of the 2016 Challenger Series. His performances as TL Academy’s Mid Laner led the team to the Challenger Series finals where they ultimately fell short of making the LCS.

Goldenglue’s American nationality made him an invaluable asset to Team Liquid, who were then free to employ the services of South Korean imports Yeu-jin “Reignover” Kim and Chae “Piglet” Gwang-jin in the Jungle and AD Carry positions.

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“Even though I have played in LCS before, this is the first time I have ever been the official starter for an LCS team and I’m looking forward to the growth that the intense responsibilities and challenges bring.

“I know I have big shoes to fill as FeniX has been a cornerstone for Team Liquid for the past two years, and hope I can live up to his legacy.

“I believe this next chapter of my life will be more exciting and challenging than ever before and I can not wait. Thank you to those who support me and give me the energy to follow through on my dreams.”

Greyson “Goldenglue” Gilmer

As a popular streamer, despite entering the fray with limited LCS experience, Goldenglue was already a relatively well-known personality within the North American League of Legends scene. Judging largely from his on-stream performances, many anticipated that Goldenglue would be a weak link in the side – at least William “scarra” Li was willing to vouch for his abilities:

In the opening game of IEM Gyeonggi, Goldenglue’s critics engorged on a disjointed Team Liquid performance as Giants Gaming toppled the newly formed roster in a best-of-one. A significant proportion of the community immediately went into overdrive to slam Goldenglue’s performance, criticising his play on signature champ, Ryze.

The following round saw Team Liquid face off against Turkish outfit Dark Passage, the games were a massacre in Team Liquid’s favour who ended the final game in little over 20 mins with 32 kills on the board.

The stomp set up a best-of-3 rematch with Giants Gaming and an opportunity for both Goldenglue and Team Liquid to redeem themselves.

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Source: Riot Games Flickr

 

Goldenglue resoundingly silenced his critics in the pivotal series with Giants Gaming, an outstanding performer in both of Team Liquid’s two games in the series, wrapping up a solid performance with an outstanding 10/0/8 scoreline. TL fans will be hoping he carries that confidence and momentum forward into the next round where the standard of opposition will step up a gear.

Goldenglue rose to the occasion to outperform Gun-woo “Night” Na, who was voted the best EU mid in Summer – for a team that has barely had time to practice, the signs are looking good for Team Liquid. Goldenglue still has a great deal to work on and an off-season event certainly isn’t the basis for long term projections, but his inclusion in the starting roster certainly won’t be the car crash many anticipated it to be.