Every professional eSports player will admit to moments of overexcitement. For the ROX Tigers, that moment came during the 2016 World Championship Semi-final versus SK Telecom T1… for Team Liquid, it was Week 2 of the NA LCS against Team EnVyUs.
As Team Liquid fell for what would be their third consecutive series defeat to start their Summer Split campaign, the contrast in voice communications compiled for Riot Games post-match segment could not have been starker.
Reminiscent of the Finding Nemo seagulls, despite being conducted entirely in English, Team Liquid’s in-game communication during a critical teamfight was essentially incomprehensible.
Where Team EnVyUs’ communication had been calm and concise, the panic and lack of leadership evident in Team Liquid’s voice recordings certainly made for entertaining viewing.
It is worth noting that the two in-game scenarios were entirely different. The NV clip captures a moment in which the team where chasing a retreating Liquid, able to call out a few major details to secure a win. By contrast, Team Liquid are starting a team fight with NV head on, eager to point out priority targets to ensure victory.
TL are attempting to recreate a common style of shot calling, repeatedly saying the name of the opponent or champion that they wish for the team to start attacking. In theory, every team member will identify the same priority target, resulting in a choral effect.
Team Liquid’s players evidently weren’t on the same page.
The biggest issue was not that every player wanted to have their voice heard, but that the team were so split in their focus. Of course, one clip is not representative of Team Liquid’s overall shot calling style, as demonstrated by Greyson “Goldenglue” Gilmer in a moment of hilarity vs Team Dignitas: