Gabriel Rau, who is mostly known as Bwipo, played his entire 2022 competitive season with North America’s Team Liquid, but now, he will no longer be part of the LCS in the upcoming season. This is because Bwipo has decided to take a break from competitive play and focus purely on content creation for 2023. He also mentioned that he wishes to stay in North America as he already moved his life there at the beginning of 2022.
On paper, Team Liquid formed one of the strongest teams before the LCS 2022 kicked off. However, things were in a completely different way than expected. First, they placed third at LCS 2022 Spring Playoffs and then fourth at LCS 2022 Championship, and those results were very disappointing for the caliber of the team.
That’s right, Bwipo, Santorin, Bjergsen, Hans Sama, and CoreJJ missed both MSI 2022 and Worlds 2022, failing to represent the North American region at international events. It was known that Team Liquid wanted to make big roster changes, that’s why they parted ways with Santorin, Bjergsen, and Hans Sama earlier in the off-season.
It is now official that Bwipo will also not be a part of Team Liquid’s roster in the 2023 season, which is some of the most shocking League of Legends news this off-season. Instead of playing professionally, Bwipo will take a break to focus on content creation, which he will do for the Team Liquid brand. During one of his recent streams, the top laner talked about his situation:
“I reached out to all ten LCS teams, but they did not want me. Even though I had a great offer from Team Vitality, it came too early in the off-season for me to be comfortable making a decision. Because I moved my whole life here, I expected to stay on Team Liquid, which was supposedly going to be the case going into this off-season too but when push came to shove they decided to go into a different direction, which is okay.”
Bwipo also mentioned that he is definitely taking a break for the spring split, but he might make a comeback in the Summer Split if he finds a good offer in the region. Even if the chances are really low, he is even considering making a return to Europe. During this break, he will continue to improve as a player while he practices and plays Champions Queue matches.
Moreover, he will be focusing on content creation and developing his personal brand under the Team Liquid roof. Broxah, who is his ex-teammate from Fnatic, also had a similar path. The Danish jungler is now solely focused on content creation after leaving Team Liquid’s LCS team.
The Team Liquid organization keeps its content side fresh and dynamic so that the brand reaches a much wider audience. Bwipo will benefit greatly from that, and he will make a great fit for the content team but hopefully we get to see him compete again at the highest level even during the summer split.
Meanwhile, Team Liquid’s LCS 2023 roster is still a mystery except for CoreJJ, who might stay within the team for the next season. We’ll be covering the entirety of the 2023 League of Legends Off-season plus other tournaments and sharing our esports picks with you! Don’t forget to bet on esports at BetUS Sportsbook & Casino. We’ve plenty of lol odds for you to take a look at and fully enjoy.