Team Liquid as one of the most prominent Counter-Strike Global Offensive team was founded back in 2015 in the Netherlands. The team was originally called Brood War and soon after their switch to StarCraft 2 back in 2010, the team became one of the most prominent foreign teams in the industry. Following their success in StarCraft 2, it was announced that the team will form their Counter-Strike Global Offensive division which has been at top of their game for almost five years now.
As other prominent names in the industry, Team Liquid is related to many different sponsors including Twitch, Ballistix, Alienware, Monster Energy, SAP, HyperX and several other big names. When it comes to the team’s beginnings in the world of Counter-Strike Global Offensive, the team made a foray onto this scene in 2015 after signing Warden as their coach and andeN, nitrO, daps, NAF and FugLy who used to compete for the ex-Denial eSports team.
Team Liquid Beginnings
The very first professional tournament Team Liquid attended was big MLG X Games Aspen Invitational where they have finished as fifth-placed with only one win against Counter Logic Gaming scored during the Group Stage of the competition. Later on, the team also competed at the Clutch Con 2015 where they have managed to make their very first Semi-Final appearance. In this stage of the competition, the team has lost against tournament winners Fnatic.
Even though Team Liquid has placed relatively well in tournaments taking place in North America, they were yet to appear on the international scene. Following their last placement at the Gfinity Spring Masters 2 and at the FACEIT League 2015, there were some changes made to the team following Warden being replaced from his position of head coach.
Other changes made to the team include EliGe who used to play for eLevate replacing NAF as well as the addition of flowsicK who replaced daps. The team has also brought dmode as its head coach. Led by dmode, the team has finally made some progress as they have passed the Group Stage of the Electronic Sports World Cup i2015. However, after this initial success, the team failed to qualify for the Cologne and ESL One Katowice majors.
Trading Their Star Players for the Upcoming Season
Following their major success in the season 2018, the team has revealed trading of their two star players with Made in Brazil. While Wilton zews Prado and Epitácio TACO de Melo Pessoa Filho are heading to Made in Brazil, the team brings Jake Stewie2K Yip to their team. This means that the current Team Liquid roster include andreN as coach and nitrO, EliGe, Twistzz, NAF and Stewie2K as its active squad.
According to the latest Team Liquid press release regarding these roster changes, zews and TACO actually requested their transfers early on in 2018 which in some way kicked off MIBR negotiations. Since the team has had an amazing run in the previous season placing greatly at several tournaments, it will be interesting to see what new Team Liquid coach and Stewie2K can do to keep the team’s good streak in the following season.