Following Team Liquid's defeat from the WePlay Esports AniMajor's group stage, the Dota 2 team has announced that Samuel "Boxi" Svahn would rejoin the active lineup ahead of The International 10 regional qualifications.
SumaiL, who filled in for the squad throughout the Dota Pro Circuit's second season and the Major, will be a free agent once more.
Boxi would be “taking time away” from competitive Dota 2 for personal reasons, Team Liquid revealed prior to the start of the season. He chose to take a break and take some time off, but now he's ready to rejoin the team and start training for the TI qualifications.
Boxi's return was announced by Team Liquid's coach, William "Blitz" Lee, in part to dispel suspicions that the team would continue to play with SumaiL even if Boxi was ready to return.
Update: Boxi will be returning for the TI qualifiers. As stated beforehand, it was his choice to take the break and his choice to come back. There has been some speculation that we were trying to see who we would do better with but that could not be further from the truth— William Lee (@Blitz_DotA) June 8, 2021
Blitz confirmed on Twitter that it was Boxi’s choice to take the break and his choice to come back. He also stated that there has been speculation that Team Liquid is looking for a better partner, but this could not be further from the truth. Boxi got some well-deserved time off and is now ready to return to the game. I hope people understand and try not to guess too much about his break.
Since being signed after The International 2019, Boxi has been a part of Team Liquid's Dota team. He's been playing with his current teammates in some capacity since Alliance signed them in 2017.
The last day of the #WePlayAniMajor group stage was an emotional rollercoaster, but we ultimately exited this wild ride.— Team Liquid (@TeamLiquid) June 8, 2021
Our redemption arc is not finished yet. See you guys in July for the TI10 EUW qualifier. pic.twitter.com/17SJZEzkUk
From July 7th, 2021 to July 10th, 2021, Team Liquid will compete in the European TI10 qualifiers against teams like OG, Tundra Esports, and Viking.gg for one of the final six spots in the year's biggest Dota 2 event.