Team Liquid is a professional team, founded in the Netherlands in 2000. Originally a Brood War clan, the team switched to StarCraft2 during the SC2 Beta in 2010, and became one of the most successful foreign teams. On January 13, 2015, it was announced that the team had formed a Counter-Strike: Global Offensive division.
Team Liquid is also strongly associated with its website, TeamLiquid.net. Launched on May 1, 2001, it has developed through the years into a focal point for StarCraft coverage, eventually became the most-browsed StarCraft-related website in the world, gathering thousands of members (including several professional players) and centralizing news about the global SC2 scene. The website also features a progaming database, the TLPD, as well as a wiki dedicated to Brood War, StarCraft II, Hearthstone, Dota 2, Super Smash Brothers: Melee, Heroes of the Storm, Overwatch and Counter-Strike.
Founding and Early Performances
On January 13th 2015, Team Liquid made their foray into CS:GO by signing the ex-Denial eSports lineup of nitr0, NAF-FLY, adreN, FugLy, and daps. The first tournament the team attended was MLG X Games Aspen Invitational where they replaced the recently banned iBUYPOWER. The team would finish 5th-6th with their only win being against Counter Logic Gaming in the Group Stage. The team competed at Clutch Con 2015 afterwards making their first Semi-Final appearance losing to eventual winners Fnatic. Despite placing relatively well in North American tournaments they were yet to crack the international scene with last place finishes at the FACEIT League 2015 Stage 1 Finals and the Gfinity Spring Masters 2. After several changes including Warden being dropped as Coach, ex-eLevate player EliGE replacing NAF-FLY and the addition of former Nihilum Gaming player flowsicK the team finally made it past Group Stage in their first international premier event the Electronic Sports World Cup 2015. This success was short-lived however as last place finishes followed at both CEVO Season 7 Professional and the FACEIT 2015 Stage 2 Finals. The team also failed to qualify for the ESL One Katowice and Cologne majors. After a period of inactivity Hiko was eventually signed to Liquid replacing flowsicK on September 3rd.
First Major and more mixed results
With strong performances from EliGE and Hiko the team beat Renegades in two best-of-threes, which qualified them for their first major, DH Cluj-Napoca '15. However, the team did quite poor at the major finishing last place in their group with losses to Virtus-Pro and NiP. As 2016 began the team continued to truly excel domestically but ultimately still struggled at international events. In January the team lost FugLy to Counter Logic Gaming but completed the signing of the European superstar, S1mple. With another change a month later the team swapped adreN with Enemy AWPer koosta. However, due to some complications adreN would still play for the team at the upcoming MLG Colombus major which they successfully qualified for after beating HellRaisers in the decider match.
MLG Columbus 2016
Following on from their surge in form Liquid made it past the Group Stages at MLG Columbus, beating FaZe Clan 16-11 and Fnatic 22-19. Following a 2-0 win against CLG in the Quarter-Finals the community saw them as potential favourites for the entire Tournament. However, all of these hopes would soon be dashed in an infamous Semi-Final bo3 vs Brazilian outfit Luminosity Gaming. The series began on Mirage which was LG's map pick and ended with a 7-8 half in favour to the Brazilians, Liquid came back in the Pistol round and retook the lead at 11-8 and soon extended their lead to 15-9 to put them on Map Point. But amazingly LG would score six consecutive rounds in order to secure overtime and eventually win the map 19-15. The next map, Cache, was Liquid’s pick and once again the team had the better start with a 9-6 lead at the first half. Liquid once again won the pistol round and started stringing rounds together until they were at map point once again. Suddenly the Luminosity side once again wouldn’t give up and won 9 rounds in a row to push the game into overtime, where Luminosity ultimately won the 19-16 to progress in their first Major Grand Final. Liquid lost a total of eleven map-winning points in the series and the game itself has been regarded by the community as one of the biggest chokes in competitive CS history. But the event at least proved Liquid could compete on the Global Stage.
ESL One Cologne 2016
On April 21st S1mple announced that he would be stepping down from the rooster to join a European team as he started to miss his home. With this, adreN returned to the active roster. Another addition to the team was peacemaker as coach and the Jdm 64 as an AWPer to replace GBJames ^s and Koosta respectively. In the wake of the major, ESL Cologne 2016, the team dropped adreN and let the Ukrainian superstar S1mple stand-in for the tournament as the signing of Pimp take longer than expected. Once again the team showed up to play at the major making it past their group with a win against the French superstars’ EnVyUs. Happy and co. lost to Liquid in a convincing fashion on Train, 16-7. After a loss to VP, Liquid faced mousesports in the decider match and won 2-0 on cobblestone and mirage. The team had a hard draw on the quarterfinals and had to face Na’Vi the last major runner-up’s. The team surprisingly won 2-1 beating Na’Vi on nuke and cobblestone but unable to win on train. The team moved onto the semis where the met the Swedish giant, Fnatic, whom they beat 2-0 on cobblestone and cache. At this point, the Liquid squad had made history making the first NA team to make it to the finals at a major. Their they met their old rivals, SK Gaming- the old luminosity line-up signed by a new org- and unfortunately lost to them 2-0 in convincing fashion on train and cobblestone. After the major the team’s next major event and the new man pimp’s first event was ESL One: New York 2016, where they did very well making it past groups beating G2 and Fnatic twice. In the semi-finals the team encountered the CIS powerhouse, who had their former teammate, S1mple. Unfortunately, the squad lost 2-1 to Na’Vi who went onto win the tournament. Honestly, after ESL One: New York the team started to falter as they continued to struggle to make it past groups. Although Liquid did manage to pick up a new coach, Zews, at Northern Arena.
Two Major Disappointments
In late January the team retained their legendary spot and were immediately invited to the ELEAGUE Major: Atlanta 2017. The Eleague major was the first to utilize the swiss format and this turned out to be a bit of a problem for the American superstars. In round 1 of the swiss format they faced the Frenchmen in the form of ENvYuS, and they lost in overtime 21-25. A notable play during this game was Jdm64’s ace clutch. Moving into the lower matches the team faced FlipSid3 Tactics where Team Liquid did win but in a surprisingly close game, ending at 16-14. In round 3 they faced the EU conglomerate, FaZe clan, this highly contested match ended with double overtime and a score of 18-22. In round 4 the team swiftly took down Niko and co. on mousesports ending with a 16-4 score line. This last round was incredibly important as it was do or die for the Americans. The team was matched up against Astralis, which would definitely be a challenge for Team Liquid. The map vetoes came in and the last map remaining was mirage, a choice ridiculed by the analysts; then, the game started, and Liquid utterly shit the bed as the game ended 16-3 Astralis. This group stage exit meant the team would have to return to the qualifier system for the next major. 6 months past and the team had very little success and only a truly notable run in the ESL Pro League Season 5-Finals were they made semifinals. In addition, the squad had started to change as the addition of Stanislaw and Twistzz and the departure of Hiko and Pimp were announced. On July 2nd, 2017 the team backed their bags to Bucharest for the PGL major qualifiers. The team was ready to win and make it back to the major. In the opening match the team faced the Chinese team, Tyloo, which surprising went into overtime and the squad narrowly won 22-19. In round 2 the squad had a good draw facing the tier 2 EU multinational team, Penta, this was massive upset for Penta as they beat Liquid 3-16. After this embarrassing lost the team moved to the third round where they met Angel and company on train. The team made quick work of Hellraisers winning 16-2. Next up was the Gob b lineup on Big clan where the team was upsetted again losing 16-10 on train. The last and most important match was against the CIS team, FlipSid3 Tactics, a team that had always done well in major qualifiers, but it seemed Liquid were ready to change that. The team lost 23-25 meaning they would have to sit out for the major this time.
A New Era?
Five days after the major qualifiers, ESL One Cologne 2017 the team made it past the groups, 3-0. After this great showing in the group stage, the team could not convert a win against FaZe clan. Two months later the team went to ESG Tour Mykonos 2017 where they went beast mode and made it past groups and then in a massive upset beat the number one team in the world, SK Gaming. Unfortunately, in the finals, they lost to the new improved mousesports 2-3. A week later the good results continued as the team made 2nd place at ESL One New York beating Virtus.Pro and Astralis in best-of-threes to make it past groups. In the semifinals the team faced their old Brazilian rivals, SK, where they once again upsetted them 2-1. In the finals, the team faced the European superstar team, FaZe clan, where they lost 3-0, but many congratulated them on bring such a great fight against them. With some recent results still be mixed it’s possible that Liquid may be improving and may reach new levels in the counter-strike scene.
- January 13th - Team Liquid announces that they have picked up the former Denial eSports team, who went as Chill guys.
- March 16th - Team Liquid parts ways with Warden as their coach.
- March 23rd - EliGE joins the team, with NAF-FLY moving to a backup role.
- May 11th - NAF leaves his backup role to join Luminosity Gaming.
- May 25th - flowsicK signs for Liquid.
- June 2nd - daps' contract with Team Liquid officially ends.
- September 3rd - Hiko replaces flowsicK.
- December 15th - Team Liquid announce they are trialing allu in the ELEAGUE Road to Vegas Qualifier, replacing FugLy in the active line-up.
- December 23rd - Hiko confirms that allu decided not to move to North America and join Team Liquid.
- January 2nd - Team Liquid announce the signing of s1mple.
- February 17th - It is reported that Team Liquid will be replacing adreN with koosta.
- February 21st - koosta officially announced as the newest addition. adreN moves to a substitute position.
- March 14th - Team Liquid announces that adreN will be trying out for Team SoloMid.
- April 7th - KJ, Team Liquid's analyst, announces that he has parted ways with the organization. 
- April 21st - Team Liquid announces via Twitter that s1mple is leaving to join a European team. adreN will rejoin the starting lineup. s1mple is still in contract with the organization and will be streaming under the Team Liquid banner until his contract expires.
- April 23rd - Team Liquid announce via Facebook that GBJame^s has officially stepped down from his coaching role and has parted ways with the team.
- May 17th - Team Liquid announces the addition of peacemaker as their new coach 
- June 6th - Team Liquid announce the release of adreN, and that s1mple will be returning to the active line-up for two last events. The team also announces they have signed a permanent new rifler, who will be revealed at a later date 
- June 13th - Counter Logic Gaming and Team Liquid swap jdm64 and koosta.
- June 15th - Team Liquid officially announce that they have signed Pimp.
- August 4th - Natus Vincere acquire s1mple 
- October 22nd - Peacemaker parts ways with Team Liquid. It is also mentioned that team manager, jokasteve, will coaching at the upcoming ESL Pro League Season 4 Finals. 
- November 11th - zews joins as coach for Northern Arena and IEM Oakland 
- February 3rd - stanislaw joins. 
- February 7th - Team Liquid announce the departure of Hiko. 
- March 23rd - Team Liquid announced that Pimp requested to be transferred, and has been moved to a substitute position in the meantime.
- April 14th - Twistzz joins, transferring from Misfits.
- July 9th - Pimp's contract with Team Liquid ends.
- November 13th - Team Liquid sign steel, replacing stanislaw in the starting roster.
|nitr0||Nicholas Cannella||2015-01-13 |
|EliGE||Jonathan Jablonowski||2015-03-22 |
|jdm64||Joshua Marzano||2016-06-13 |
|Twistzz||Russel Van Dulken||2017-04-14 |
|steel||Lucas Lopes||2017-11-13 |
|zews (Coach)||Wilton Prado||2016-11-10 |
|ID||Name||Join Date||Inactive Date|
|stanislaw||Peter Jarguz||2017-02-03 ||2017-11-13 |
|ID||Name||Join Date||Leave Date||New Team|
|Pimp||Jacob Winneche||2016-06-15 ||2017-07-09 |
|Hiko||Spencer Martin||2015-09-03 ||2017-02-07 ||Rogue|
|peacemaker (Coach)||Luis Tadeu||2016-05-07 ||2016-10-22 ||NRG Esports|
|s1mple||Oleksandr Kostyliev||2016-01-02 ||2016-08-03 ||Natus Vincere|
|koosta||Kenneth Suen||2016-02-21 ||2016-06-13 ||Counter Logic Gaming|
|adreN||Eric Hoag||2015-01-13 ||2016-06-06 ||Mythic|
|GBJame^s (Coach)||James O'Connor||2015-09-03 ||2016-04-23 ||Team Prospects|
|FugLy||Jacob Medina||2015-01-13 ||2016-01-02 ||Counter Logic Gaming|
|miKnutty (Substitute)||Michael Vitaterna||2015-01-13 ||2015-09-16||Nexus eSports|
|flowsicK||Kyle Mendez||2015-05-25 ||2015-09-03 ||Winterfox|
|dmode (Coach)||Donald Cahill||2015-04-06||2015-09-03 ||Team Liquid|
|daps||Damien Steele||2015-01-13 ||2015-06-02 ||eLevate|
|NAF||Keith Markovic||2015-01-13 ||2015-05-11 ||Luminosity Gaming|
|Warden (Coach)||Matt Dickens||2015-01-13 ||2015-03-16 ||Tempo Storm|
|Nazgul||Victor Goossens||Founder, co-owner & Co-CEO|
|LiQuiD112||Steve Arhancet||Co-owner & Co-CEO|
|ID||Name||Position||Join Date||Leave Date|
|Swani||Jan Müller||Analyst||2017-02-27||2017-11-16 |
|Bumblebee||Robin Nymann||Head of esports & Manager||2017-02-01|
|dmode||Donald Cahill||Analyst||2015-09-03 |
|KJ||Kieran Playfair||Analyst||2015-01-13 ||2016-04-07 |
|2017-11-05||1st||Major||Americas Minor Championship - Boston 2018||2 : 1||$30,000|
|2017-09-17||2nd||Premier||ESL One: New York 2017||0 : 3||$50,000|
|2017-09-10||2nd||Premier||ESG Tour Mykonos 2017||2 : 3||$48,112.31|
|2017-06-24||5 - 6th||Premier||Esports Championship Series Season 3 - Finals||1 : 2||$45,000|
|2017-06-03||3 - 4th||Premier||ESL Pro League Season 5 - Finals||0 : 2||$60,000|
|2016-07-10||2nd||Premier||ESL One: Cologne 2016||0 : 2||$150,000|
|2016-06-25||5 - 6th||Premier||Esports Championship Series Season 1 - Finals||1 : 2||$65,000|
|2016-04-03||3 - 4th||Premier||MLG Major Championship: Columbus||0 : 2||$70,000|
|2015-11-19||1st||Premier||ESL ESEA Pro League Season 2 - North America||18/4||Grp. S.||$18,000|
|2015-11-15||2nd||Premier||iBUYPOWER Cup||1 : 2||$25,000|
|About achievementsComplete Results in any Tournament|
- Became the first North American team to reach a CS:GO Major grand final at ESL One: Cologne 2016.
- Previously won the most prize money from one big event with a stand-in. The event being ESL One: Cologne 2016 with s1mple standing in. The record was beaten by SK Gaming after winning EPICENTER 2017 using Ricardo "boltz" Prass as a stand-in, winning $100,000 more than Team Liquid did in Cologne.
- 2016-02-27 | MLG Major Championship: Columbus - Qualifier by stich of HLTV.org at
- 2015-01-30 | by tree.hugger of Team Liquid
- Introducing Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
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- "Today we are officially releasing Pimp and thank him for his time in Team Liquid". Team Liquid. 2017-07-09.
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