Twistzz Talks About His Time on Team Liquid and Reveals Why He Joined FaZe Clan


Canadian rifler Russel “Twistzz” Van Dulken who is currently a member of FaZe Clan had left Team Liquid in December last year. The 21-year-old Twistzz was not immediately picked up by FaZe and was inactive for about a month on Liquid’s bench. It was around this time that rumours had initially started to surface about why Twistzz had left the North American organization all of sudden, right after their defeat to Astralis in the grand final of IEM Global Challenge 2020. This was a huge blow for Liquid at the time as Nicholas “nitr0” Cannella, a long-standing player for the side had also left the team just a few months back

In a recent interview with Dot Esports, Twistzz came forward to give an extensive explanation as to why he left Team Liquid and what inspired him to join FaZe Clan a month later in January 2021.

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Twistzz Reveals Why He Left Team Liquid

Team Liquid might not be the best team in the world right now but they are definitely still one of the powerhouses in competitive CS:GO who back in 2019 had managed to win five tier-one tournaments in a row, including the prized Intel Grand Slam Season 2.

However, even during that point in time, there were some internal problems within Team Liquid according to Twistzz. But these problems could not be identified because everything the team did was working out for them. 

Speaking to Dot Esports on the topic, Twistzz indicated some of the reasons behind him leaving Team Liquid and the North American organization faltering earlier than expected at the StarLadder Berlin Major 2019. The talented rifler felt that “People were scared of change” because they felt that whatever it is that they were doing seemed to be working out for them.

Twistzz narrating a personal anecdote around his situation said that “I remember around the last event of the year, I was trying to express to the team that I felt my role was becoming useless. Everyone knows how I play this support lurker role, and the only way I can change my playstyle is if the team adjusts its playstyle, so what I’m doing isn’t so obvious. It was hard to express that to the team, even now how I just explained it, there was no way I could have expressed it like that to my team because I couldn’t find the words. 

I couldn’t ask them to help me find a way to make things better and I didn’t know how to be more selfish. I was used to giving up my spots I was comfortable in.”