Team Liquid Claims IEM Sydney 2019
Posted 6th May 2019 By: Derpina    237 Views
Esports News – Continuing their winning streak during the competitive CS:GO season, Team Liquid trumps Fnatic in an excruciating best of five series to win IEM Sydney 2019. The team was able to break their tournament drought at the Qudos Bank Arena, showing their full potential after losing 10 consecutive finals in the previous years.
At the beginning of the grand finals, people did not expect Liquid to redeem themselves as they took their 2-1 advantage for granted. They claimed the 2nd and 3rd maps, Overpass and Mirage, while Fnatic only clinched the first map, Cache. The decider rounds or the 4th and 5th maps were the ones that determined their fate.
Surprisingly, the winning team kept their composure throughout the last 2 maps, even if Fnatic clearly dominated half of the game. Liquid’s Russel “Twistzz” Van Dulken began the battle in Dust2 with an impressive pistol ace, but Fnatic fought back with a huge economy. The opposing team was prepared a series of strategies and defenses that Liquid didn’t see coming. Fnatic ended the 4th map with a 16-6 map victory, leading the game to a tie.
Inferno then became the decider round that would determine this season’s winner. Liquid started off aggressively by firing on all cylinders and reaching a 10-2 lead on the CT side of the map. This allowed them to threaten Fnatic players and their defenses. Fnatic was able to get back on track after that stunt, but Liquid’s Twistzz once again took the spotlight with a UMP, putting his team on 11 rounds.
Liquid outsmarted Fnatic with the help of Twistzz, giving them a huge 14-4 lead. Fnatic continued fighting back. They were able to win 5 rounds in the map, but the consecutive wins weren’t enough to defeat the dominating team. In the end, Team Liquid closed the tournament with a successful B hit to win the title.
Team Liquid roster
Jonathan ‘EliGE’ Jablonowski
Keith ‘NAF’ Markovic
Nick ‘nitr0’ Cannella
Russel ‘Twistzz’ Van Dulken
Jake ‘Stewie2K’ Yip
IEM Sydney 2019 final standings
1. United States Liquid – $100,000
2. Sweden fnatic – $40,000
3-4. United States NRG – $20,000
3-4. Brazil MIBR – $20,000
5-6. Sweden NiP – $10,000
5-6. Europe mousesports – $10,000