Less than a week ago Brian "FLUFF" Lee posted a public blog that Liquid as an organization must address. There were things said in the blog that are not acceptable for me as an individual as well as for the organization I have led for so long. Some of you called for his removal from the team, and although that was an option we considered, it is not the route we chose to take.
After FLUFF posted the blog, needless to say I was upset with it. What I saw was a public ultimatum towards my employees as well as his colleagues and teammates, communicated in public instead of privately. The blog goes against many of the values I try to employ in my life and my company. Removing Brian from the team was seriously considered. Our internal process after the blog went live could have went in many directions based on how our five players reacted to it. What you can see from Brian's latest blog is that after it happened, he showed regret and we had several productive talks on how to go forward. With his mature response to an immature act we were able to figure out how to move past this.
The blog should never have been posted, and many of the things in it do not serve any purpose. However, it is clear that there is truth in it as well. The team does need a leader. The players do lack communication. The team does need a bold change.
The other four players have had countless meetings about the situation to decide whether or not it was still possible to go forward. Taking into consideration their feelings about the blog, their discussions, and upcoming events, they have come to a consensus that our best option is to put Brian back in the role of drafter. He is also giving the team out-of-game tasks in order to prepare for matches and opponents. We hope to combine his more innovative drafts with the advise and thoughts from TC. Wayto will be the in game captain as everyone, including FLUFF, feels he is best in that role. The players will give this 100% and Brian will get the freedom to lead the team the way he feels is best.
The blog makes it so that this is do or die for Brian. He has a certain mindset, and combined with the blog being public with an ultimatum he stands by, it isn't possible to just go back to the way it was. The rest of the team is going to get the freedom from both Brian and myself to evaluate the situation and determine whether it is working or not.
Everyone understands this is Brian's shot to show what he can do. The pressure is on and I am confident that he is ready for it.
We've recieved many messages of support during these past few days and are heartened by the willingness of our fans to stick with Liquid`Dota through thick and thin. We'd like to thank you all, and we hope we will give you better reasons to cheer in the future.