Team Liquid jungler Lucas "Santorin" Larsen will be returning to the team's League of Legends Championship Series roster for week 9 of the 2021 LCS Summer Split. TL's first match of week 9 against Immortals will be Santorin's first competitive game since June 20.
After Team Liquid's first nine games of the LCS Summer Split, it was announced that Santorin would be stepping away from competition due to health complications. The issue in question is a set of chronic migraines, the same issue that barred Santorin from competing in both the semifinals and finals of the LCS Mid-Season Showdown earlier this year. As a result, Jonathan "Armao" Armao was once again called up to the LCS, and Rami "Inori" Charagh was signed to TL Academy in his place.
This week, Team Liquid quietly extended Inori's contract, which was initially supposed to end on July 31, for another month, but also, started Armao in the LCS Academy League for the first time in over a month, leading some to wonder if Santorin was deemed healthy enough to return to competition.
The answer was a resounding 'yes' from TL, who made the announcement Friday morning via Twitter and also discussed Santorin's return in the most recent video of Squad, the documentary series that follows both Team Liquid and TL Academy.
There is no doubt that Team Liquid is at its best with Santorin healthy and in the starting lineup, but time to get him back up to speed with the rest of the team is limited. TL is guaranteed a top 5 seed in the LCS Championship, but will have to try and fight for a higher placing in its final three games while re-integrating Santorin in the roster.
The month-long contract extension of Inori points towards TL being prepared in the event that Santorin must stop playing again soon, but for the time being, Santorin has returned as Team Liquid's starting jungler in the LCS.