Team Liquid Wins ESL One Cologne 2019, Intel Grand Slam S2
Posted 9th July 2019 By: Derpina    269 Views
Esports News – Team Liquid remains to be the strongest CS:GO team this season after defeating 15 other teams in ESL One Cologne 2019. The undefeated champion took home the title and the most-coveted Intel Grand Slam Season 2 $1 million prize money.
Team Liquid faced Team Vitality in the grand finals to put an end to the tournament. The former dominated the first map, Overpass. Vitality tried to score a few hits, but Liquid didn’t give their opponents an opportunity to surpass their 6 kills. The winning team was forced into eco rounds but immediately found a way to take a shot and hold their momentum to close out the map.
Dust2 was the second map in the series, and this match showed better execution from Vitality. The first half of the game featured Vitality doing an excellent job in destroying Liquid’s defensive play on the CT side. The second half went back and forth between the two teams—Liquid and Vitality traded rounds and quick brawls. Liquid took this chance to advance to the map point, but Vitality pushed the map to overtime and used Nathan “NBK” Schmitt’s impressive play to defeat Liquid’s players. Vitality settled the map right after and put the series to a tie through a massive clutch from Mathieu “ZywOo” Herbaut.
The next game was set in Inferno. Vitality aggressively opened the battle by hitting the B bombsite repeatedly. Unfortunately for them, Liquid’s Jacky “Stewie2K” Yip and Keith “NAF” Markovic were prepared for the bomb and successfully defended the team. Despite winning both pistol rounds and taking a couple of massive clutches, Vitality was no match for Liquid. Russel “Twistzz” Van Dulken brought Liquid to match point with a 16-10 victory.
After Vitality faced two losses in a row, the last map, Mirage, gave Liquid an upper hand. Liquid won the first three rounds of the game, but lost another 7 in a row. Getting back on track, the team came back stronger on the T side and only lost a single round until the last round. Jonathan “EliGE” Jablonowski secured the team’s 16-8 victory against Vitality.
With Liquid’s first-place wins at Intel Extreme Masters XIV Sydney, DreamHack Masters Dallas, and ESL Pro League Season 9, their victory at ESL One Cologne 2019 secured their Intel Grand Slam Season 2 title and prize money. The are the second team to hold the Intel Grand Slam trophy after Astralis.
Team Liquid roster
Nicholas “nitr0” Cannella
Jonathan “EliGE” Jablonowski
Russel “Twistzz” Van Dulken
Keith “NAF” Markovic
Jacky “Stewie2K’ Yip
Eirc “adreN” Hoag (Coach)