In case you weren’t already fully informed about one of eSports greatest and most successful teams, you need to make up for that. S o here is a short history about a legendary and world-renowned eSports team that has taken the world of MOBA games by a violent storm.
Team Liquid is a professional eSports team that was established in 2000 in the Netherlands. The team originally started out as a StarCraft: Brood War clan and switched to StarCraft 2 in 2010, becoming one of the most successful foreign teams in the process. The team would eventually announce they had formed a Dota 2 team as well in December 2012.
Team Liquid History
The team originally started out as a North American team roster called FIRE that was headed by Brian “FLUFFNSTUFF” Lee. They would represent compLexity Gaming at The International 2012. There they were knocked out of the competition in the early stages. compLexity disbanded the roster and Tyler “TC” Cook, Michael “ixmike88” Ghannam and FLUFFNSTUFF, along with Kanishka ‘Sam’ “BuLba” Sosale, of Evil Geniuses fame, and Steven “Korok” Ashworth, who used to play for Quantic Gaming.
Team Liquid would go on to become one of the best North American organizations in 2013 with their roster. They took high ranks in events like The Defense, The Premier League, American Dota league, and Raidcall D2L. In addition to these accomplishments, they were able to secure an invite to The International 2013. There they would fall into the lower half of the bracket after a difficult start. They had one of the most notable moments when they handily defeated LGD.cn and knocked them out of the tournament. Ultimately, they would lose to the defending champion Invictus Gaming and in the end take 7-8th place in the overall rankings.
Several roster changes followed the events of The International 2013. The team managed to secure several strong performances at online leagues and group stages, but would encounter at the Fall LAN events. There they would suffer defeat at MLG Columbus and DreamHack Winter. After several issues with FLUFFNSTUFF that included poor performances as team captain, Team Liquid decided to part ways with their player.
With a revitalized roster, the team showed initial promise. But ended up losing to Evil Geniuses and failing to qualify for The Summit 1. They also lost to Evil Geniuses in the final stages of the ESL One Frankfurt qualifiers. The team’s recent losses resulted in them not receiving a direct seed to The International 2014. It had them going through an additional set of qualifiers. They ended up taking first place in the group stage. But later had a back-and-forth battle in the winners finals against North American Rejects. They would eventually defeat the team and push them to settle with a Play-In position for The International 2014.
Black strip ends
However, the team saw a light at the end of the tunnel. They managed to finish in 2nd place in the second season of the American Dota League. This would see one of the team’s last official matches before they had to fight their way to a Wildcard spot at The International 2014. They earned their ticket to The International, but needed 4 wins to enter the main event. In the end they qualified for the main event without even losing a game.
During the main event, Team Liquid would show various results, ultimately taking 5th place, sharing the spot with 3 other teams, but then ended up in 7th place after the rules for tie breaking were accounted for. This meant they would face up against LGD Gaming in the next round, whom they had upset the year before. The winner of this match would take home at least $500,000, with the loser taking home 10 times less that amount. LGD easily defeated Team Liquid and would place the mat 9-10th place in the tournament.
After the events of TI4, many players left the team. Team Liquid would eventually be left without a Dota 2 roster, the first time this happened in over 2 years. On October 9, 2015, the team announced they would enter the Dota 2 scene again. They showed their motivations at the European qualifiers for the Frankfurt Major 2015. Though they didn’t manage to qualify after a hard loss to The Alliance.
The team still managed to exceed some expectations when they took 3rd place in World Cyber Arena 2015 and 5-6th rank at The Summit 4. This was only topped when they managed to win Dota 2 Champions League Season 6, taking home $25,000 in prize money. 2016 was looking to be the team’s year, with a fresh new roster and notable wins in the pocket.
In March 2016, at the Shanghai Major, Team Liquid would show off their skills, taking home second place after losing to Team Secret in the grand finals. They would also take second place at ESL One Manila, losing to Wings Gaming in the finals. The win at EPICENTER in Moscow would mark their first large LAN win. In the grand finals at the Manila Major they would again have to be satisfied with second place, losing to OG this time. However, after two Majors, Team Liquid received a direct invite to The International 2016, where they would take 7-8th rank and over $519,000 in prize money after suffering a loss to Fnatic.
Along with their strong and versatile presence on the international eSports scene, Team Liquid is also widely famous for their association with their website, TeamLiquid.net. They launched their self-titled website on May 1, 2001, and throughout the years, the site has shifted its center of attention to covering StarCraft and Dota 2. It has also become the most-browsed website associated with StarCraft. The site often draws thousands of members, including many professional players, and provides daily news on the global StarCraft 2 scene. They would eventually expand their focus to covering Dota 2 on August 30, 2012.
Moreover, besides covering all events and news about Dota 2 and StarCraft 2, the site also a programing database, as well as wiki articles devoted to StarCraft 2, StarCraft: Brood War, Dota 2, Hearthstone, Super Smash Bros.: Melee, Overwatch, and Heroes of the Storm.
Team Liquid Current Roster
- Kuro Salehi ‘KuroKy’ Takhasomi (Germany)
- Lasse ‘MATUMBAMAN’ Urpalainen (Finland)
- Ivan ‘MinD_ContRol’ Borislavov (Bulgaria)
- Amer ‘Miracle-’ Al-Barkawi (Jordan)
- Maroun ‘GH’ Merhej (Lebanon)