Team Liquid swept away their SuperNova Malta Grand Finals opponent NRG to win this prestigious competition. Despite the fact that SuperNova Malta is not among the most prominent competitions of its kind, it definitely deserves some coverage mostly due to the fact that it serves as a warmup competition before the big ESL Pro League Season 8 Grand Finals.
Four out of eight teams competing on this competition set in Malta will also advance and compete in Odense as well which means that SuperNova Malta serves some perks especially for those fans who like to bet on the winners. There were several favorites fans thought are most likely to win the competition and one of those clear favorites was Team Liquid. Considering that betting odds ranged from 1.80 up to 1.90, Team Liquid was definitely among the safest bets.
Team Liquid as One of Those Clear Favorites for Winning the Title
The SuperNova Malta, in fact, was the very first professional esports tournament held here featuring eight top tear teams. The main sponsors of the competition included Air Malta, Visit Malta, GamingMalta, GO Play, Holiday Inn Express, and InterContinental Malta. The format of the competition featured that usual format consisted of the group stage which took place between 29th and 30th of November and playoffs stage which took place between 1st and 2nd of December.
When it comes to the group stage of the competition, there were two groups of four teams and those two top teams from every group advanced to the competition’s playoffs stage which features single-elimination brackets. The competition holds a great $150,000 prize pool which is spread among the competing teams. The teams which participated included HellRaisers, Gambit Esports, BIG, Team Kinguin, Team Liquid, NRG Esports, TYLOO, and Virtus.pro.
Talking about the favorites for winning the title, Team Liquid definitely looked strong due to their amazing winning odds. In fact, Team Liquid is definitely among the very best North American teams knocking on the door with some amazing results during this season. Following their IEM Chicago success where the team went against Astralis, their ESL Pro League S8 NA performance and their ECS S6 Finals match, there was no wonder why the majority of fans believed that Team Liquid is about to win the title and they were no wrong.
Team Liquid Defeating NRG Esports in the Grand Finals
The fans’ favorite, Team Liquid finished the competition in a truly victorious way staying undefeated. The team met with NRG Esports in the Grand Finals. Soon enough, it was obvious that Team Liquid is more dominant as they swept away their opponent on the first map. They won by 16-4 on Overpass and took lead. Their opponent responded by being better on Inferno by 11-4, but Team Liquid rallied for another amazing 16-14 victory which led them to win the title.
Team Liquid by winning the competition also took an amazing $80,000 prize. The second-placed NRG Esports also left with a hefty prize of $40,000 followed by BIG, HellRaisers, Virtus.pro, TYLOO, Team Kinguin, and Gaming Esports. With their amazing performance, Team Liquid has emerged truly victorious from this North American derby and we cannot wait to see what they have prepared for the upcoming competitions.