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Team Liquid hire Moses as new Counter-Strike head coach

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Team Liquid have hired commentator Jason “Moses” O’Toole, who will succeed Eric “adreN” Hoag as the team’s new Counter-Strike: Global Offensive head coach, the organization announced Sunday.

Moses will assume the new role as Liquid undergoes another change, replacing veteran leader Nicholas “Nitr0” Cannella with 19-year-old up-and-comer Michael “Grim” Wince. The decision to make changes came during the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive summer player break, which spanned the majority of July and early August.

“It’s exciting going into that next stage of, ‘what can you do now as a coach?'” Moses said in a video released by Liquid announcing the move. “You’ve been a player. You’ve been a commentator. What can you do when you’re leading a team? That’s the challenge that really, more than anything, inspired me to take this on.”

Moses will step away from his commentary role to become a coach for the first time. Before commentating, he competed in various Counter-Strike games as a player, notably playing for teams like Denial Esports and Elevate.

As a caster, Moses became one of the most popular to brace the mic in the scene’s modern history. He casted numerous finals at Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Valve-designated Majors, often paired with Danish commentator Anders Blume and American caster Auguste “Semmler” Massonnat. For a period in time in Counter-Strike, those three formed the most high-profile casting trio at nearly every big event.

Liquid is one of Counter-Strike:Global Offensive’s most successful North American teams in history and in the past two years became known for its rivalry with Danish titan Astralis in a fight for the top spot in the world rankings. However, as COVID-19 forced events to move online earlier this year, Liquid has been limited to competing in just North America and have looked inconsistent in online competition.

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