Team Liquid

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Team Liquid
Team logo Team Liquid.png
Europe Europe
Created: 2012-12-06
Team Information
Captain: Kuro "KuroKy" Salehi Takhasomi
Coach(es): Lee "Heen" Seung Gon
Manager(s): Robin "Bumblebee" Nymann
Sponsor(s): Twitch
Monster Energy

Facebook: teamliquidpro
Twitter: teamliquidpro
FLUFFNSTUFF, Bulba, ixmike88, TC, and Korok at The International 2013.
Team Liquid (Liquid) is a professional gaming organization formed in 2000 and based in the Netherlands.

History[edit | edit source]

The team's original incarnation has roots in a North American lineup headed by FLUFFNSTUFF called FIRE, that went on to represent compLexity Gaming at The International 2012. Following an early knockout, the coL squad disbanded with TC, ixmike88, and FLUFFNSTUFF moving over to Liquid and joining BuLba, who competed at TI2 with Evil Geniuses, and Korok, formerly of Quantic Gaming.

In 2013 the team established itself as one of the premier North American organizations with this roster, placing highly in events such as the Raidcall D2L, The Defense Season 3, The Premier League Season 4, and the American Dota League in addition to securing an invite to The International 2013. After a rocky start they fell into the lower half of the bracket by a thin margin, which saw them defeat MUFC and then had one of their defining moments in a stellar performance against, knocking the Chinese behemoth out of the event. A loss to the defending champions Invictus Gaming saw them out in 7-8th place.

After the event the roster changed once more, with ixmike going inactive to focus on ixdl, and Korok leaving for school.qojqva of mousesports and Waytosexy of Dignitas eventually filled the ranks. After a strong start in online leagues and group stages, the team had major stumbles at both Fall LAN events, falling early at both MLG Columbus and DreamLeague. By early Winter, the team started to falter in it's online play as well, with the frustration boiling over and being shown by FLUFFNSTUFF on his blog.[1] The blog resulted in an ultimatum for FLUFF: win as captain, or be removed from the team.[2] The team failed to improve, and Liquid soon parted ways with Fluff.[3] After trialing a few players, including Sneyking, DeMoN was added to the roster to take his place.

Despite some early promise, the team still struggled, falling to EG and North American Rejects in straight sets, and in doing so, failing to qualify for The Summit. Shortly after, TL fell to EG in the final stages of the ESL One Frankfurt qualfiers. Due to the teams recent struggles, they were not invited as a direct seed to The International 2014, and instead had to fight through another set of qualifiers. Liquid ended the group stage tied for first, setting up a winners finals against NAR, a team they had yet to ever take a match off. Liquid fell 0-2, setting up a match against ex-liquid players ixmike and FLUFF on their new team Sneaky Nyx Assassins. After a close game one, Liquid appeared to have captured the momentum and convincingly took game two, advancing them to play NAR in the finals. The finals ended up being much more back and forth than any other set between the teams, but after the delayed final game and Liquid's eventual defeat, they were forced to settle with a Play-In position for TI4.

Following up their disappointing TI4 qualifiers, the team continued to experiment with juggling their roles while playing in the GEST - The Challenge 4. Demon moved to the carry or offlane, with TC moving to support. The team showed some early success against we Try and Relax, but stumbled again when they hit NAR in the semi finals. Liquid capped off the month with a disappointing group stage exit in the HyperX D2L Western Challenge.

In early June, the team did manage a small bright spot, with their second place finish in the second season of the American Dota League Season 2, falling to mousesports 1-3 in the finals. The team also shuffled positions slightly again, with BuLba moving to support, and Demon to the offlane. The tournament marked Team Liquid's last official matches before fighting for the wildcard spot in Seattle in a month and a half's time.

Although Liquid earned a trip to Seattle, they still needed four wins to make their way into the main event of the tournament. First up was the favourite CIS, coming out of China, and led by Black^. Heavily favoring the picks of Skywrath Mage for BuLba and Tidehunter for DeMoN, Liquid crushed CIS in two straight games, with a combined kill score of 49-12. This would advance them forward to face MVP Phoenix, who had won their series against on the other side of the bracket. After a close first match in which TL came out on top, Liquid were able to ride the momentum and close out the series in convincing fashion in the second match, qualifying for the main event without losing a game.

At the main event, Liquid stumbled out the of the blocks with another loss to nemesis Na`Vi.US (ex-NAR), but bounced back in a major way with wins over favorites Newbee, EG and DK in Day 1. In Day 2, TL continued to rack up wins, beating Empire and Fnatic, but lost three, to Cloud9, LGD, and most notably, Arrow Gaming, a loss that would haunt them in the next stage. In Day 3, Liquid managed to defeat the previous two TI winners, Invictus Gaming and Alliance, with an additional win over Titan, but also dropped two matches, one to Natus Vincere, and one to Vici Gaming. Liquid only had one game on Day 4, with a win guaranteeing them at least top 6 in the group stage, and top 8 overall. Unfortunately, mousesports went on to defeat them, and Liquid finished in a 4 way tie for 5th spot, but fell to 7th after accounting for the tiebreaking rules.

Their 7th place in group put them up against LGD Gaming in the next round, the team Liquid upset in the previous year. They would face off again in an elimination match, loser walking home with ~50,000USD, and the winner guaranteed at least ten times that. This year was different from the previous though, and LGD outclassed Liquid, convincingly taking two straight games, and knocking Liquid out of the tournament in 9th-10th place.

The post-TI shuffle was not kind to Liquid. It was announced DeMoN had departed a couple weeks after the event, quickly followed up by waytosexy. About a week later, Team Tinker appeared, featuring both BuLba and qojqva. Many hoped this was a trial for a new roster for Liquid, but after less than a month, it was revealed that the two had left the Liquid organization. Being the last man standing, TC left Liquid in early October, leaving Liquid without a Dota roster for the first time in two years.

On October 9th, 2015, Team Liquid announced their re-entry into the Dota 2 scene with their signing of 5Jungz.[4]

Team Liquid's success continued on to the Shanghai Major in March 2016, where the team was able to reach second place, falling to Team Secret in the grand finals. Following their silver medal was another at ESL One Manila, where they lost to Wings Gaming the Finals. Finally taking home a win at a large LAN Team Liquid won EPICENTER in Moscow over Newbee 3-2. Returning to Manila for the Manila Major Liquid was again defeated in the Grand finals, this time by OG. After the two Majors, Team Liquid was among the teams that were directly invited to The International 2016.

Timeline[edit | edit source]

  • October 31st: JerAx leaves the team to join OG.[5].
  • September 1st: FATA- announces that he is taking a break from competitive play.[6]
  • September 16th: Miracle- and BuLba join the team.[7]

  • March 26th: Liquid parts ways with FLUFFNSTUFF [8].
  • April 14th: DeMoN joins Liquid [9].
  • July 29th: DeMoN's contract expires, and, with no new contract, he leaves Liquid [10].
  • August 4th: Liquid announces wayto is leaving the team [11].
  • August 29th: Liquid announce that BuLba and qojqva have been released, and the team would be going inactive [12].
  • October 7th: Liquid announce that TC has officially left the organization [13].

Player Roster[edit | edit source]

Active[edit | edit source]

ID Name Position Join Date
Finland MATUMBAMAN Lasse Urpalainen 1 2015-08-28
Jordan Miracle- Amer Al-Barkawi 2 2016-09-16
Bulgaria MinD_ContRoL Ivan Borislavov 3 2015-08-28
Germany KuroKy Captain Kuro Salehi Takhasomi 4/5 2015-08-28
Lebanon GH Maroun Merhej 4/5 '

Former[edit | edit source]

Former Players
ID Name Position Join Date Leave Date New Team
Germany FATA- Adrian Trinks 2 2015-08-28 2016-09-01
Finland JerAx Jesse Vainikka 4/5 2015-08-28 2016-08-31 Team icon OG.png OG

Achievements[edit | edit source]

Date Place Event Opponent Winnings
2017-02-26 A11st StarLadder i-League StarSeries Season 3 3 : 1 Team icon Vici Gaming J.png VG.J $135,000
Date Place Event Opponent Winnings
2016-11-26 A11st ASUS ROG DreamLeague Season 6 3 : 0 Team icon Escape Gaming.png Escape Gaming $90,000
2016-08-11 A77th - 8th The International 2016 0 : 2 Team icon Fnatic.png Fnatic $519,262
2016-07-17 A33rd The Summit 5 1 : 2 Team icon OG.png OG $13,136
2016-06-19 A33rd - 4th ESL One Frankfurt 2016 1 : 2 Team icon OG.png OG $28,237
2016-06-12 A22nd Manila Major 2016 1 : 3 Team icon OG.png OG $405,000
2016-05-15 A11st EPICENTER 2016 3 : 2 Team icon NewBee.png Newbee $250,000
2016-04-24 A22nd ESL One Manila 2016 0 : 3 Team icon Wings Gaming.png Wings Gaming $50,000
2016-03-06 A22nd Shanghai Major 2016 1 : 3 Team icon Team Secret.png Team Secret $405,000
2016-01-16 A33rd - 4th SLTV Star Series Season 13 & i-League 0 : 2 Team icon Alliance.png Alliance $30,223
Date Place Event Opponent Winnings
2015-12-20 A33rd World Cyber Arena 2015 3 : 0 Team icon Wings Gaming.png Wings Gaming $77,125
2015-12-12 A55th - 6th The Summit 4 1 : 2 Team icon OG.png OG $3,959
2015-12-06 A11st The Defense Season 5 3 : 1 Team icon OG.png OG $39,293
2015-11-12 A11st Dota 2 Champions League Season 6 3 : 1 Team icon Team Empire.png Team Empire $25,000
2015-10-30 A44th Nanyang Championships 0 : 2 Team icon EHOME.png EHOME $11,588
Date Place Event Opponent Winnings
2014-07-13 A99th - 10th The International 2014 0 : 2 Team icon LGD Gaming.png LGD Gaming $49,188
2014-06-03 A22nd American Dota League Season 2 1 : 3 Team icon mousesports.png mousesports $2,000
2014-04-15 A77th - 12th ASUS ROG DreamLeague Season 1 5 / 9 Group Stage (W/L) $8,000
2014-04-13 A22nd JoinDOTA League America Season 1 0 : 2 Team icon Evil Geniuses.png Evil Geniuses $663
2014-04-05 A22nd MLG T.K.O. America 1 : 3 Team icon Evil Geniuses.png Evil Geniuses $8,500
2014-03-09 A33rd Monster Energy Invitational 0 : 2 Team icon Evil Geniuses.png Evil Geniuses $2,000
2014-02-04 A33rd Electronic Sports Prime Shock Therapy Cup 0 : 2 Team icon Team Empire.png Team Empire $1,000
Date Place Event Opponent Winnings
2013-12-16 A44th Dota 2 Champions League 1 : 3 Team icon Sigma.png Sigma $3,000
2013-11-30 A44th ASUS ROG DreamLeague Kick-Off Season 0 : 3 Team icon Alliance.png Alliance $2,500
2013-11-23 A77th MLG Columbus 2013 3 / 5 Group Stage (W/L) $2,739
2013-11-03 A33rd WePlay Dota 2 League Season 2 1 : 3 Team icon Natus Vincere.png Natus Vincere $4,000
2013-08-09 A77th - 8th The International 2013 0 : 1 Team icon Invictus Gaming.png Invictus Gaming $43,116
2013-07-22 A44th The Defense Season 4 0 : 2 Team icon Evil Geniuses.png Evil Geniuses $2,000
2013-07-07 A11st American Dota League 3 : 0 Team icon Evil Geniuses.png Evil Geniuses $5,000
2013-06-16 A55th - 8th DreamHack ASUS ROG Dota 2 Tournament 1 : 2 Team icon Quantic Gaming.png Quantic Gaming $1,547
2013-05-25 A55th - 6th G-1 Champions League Season 5 1 / 4 Group Stage (W/L) $1,628
2013-05-19 A11st Curse Dota 2 Invitational 3 : 0 Team icon Team Dignitas.png Team Dignitas $5,000
2013-04-28 A22nd The Premier League Season 4 0 : 3 Team icon Alliance.png Alliance $3,000
2013-04-13 A33rd - 4th DreamHack Dota2 Invitational 0 : 2 Team icon Team Dignitas.png Team Dignitas $1,000
2013-04-10 A11st RaidCall Dota 2 League Season 2 3 : 1 Team icon Team Dignitas.png Team Dignitas $5,000
2013-03-28 A22nd Eizo Cup 2 0 : 2 Team icon No Tidehunter.png No Tidehunter $641
2013-03-15 A22nd Bigpoint Battle 2 1 : 2 Team icon Natus Vincere.png Natus Vincere $653
2013-03-11 A44th The Defense Season 3 0 : 2 Team icon Fnatic.png Fnatic $1,500
2013-03-03 A33rd DotaHut Invitational 0 : 2 Team icon mousesports.png mousesports $300
2013-02-24 A11st Bigpoint Battle 1 2 : 0 Team icon mousesports.png mousesports $1,978
2013-02-10 A11st BTS Weekend Cup 2 : 1 Team icon Fnatic.png Fnatic $500

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Crash and Burn: I'm done waiting
  2. Nazgul on FLUFF's Blog
  3. Liquid parts with FLUFF
  4. Liquid Reincarnation
  5. New Waves
  6. Adrian Trinks · @LiquidFATA on TwitLonger
  7. "DAY THREE: THE NEW TL DOTA 2". Team Liquid Pro. 16 September 2016. Retrieved 16 September 2016. 
  8. Liquid parts with FLUFF
  9. Liquid`DeMoN #nojoke
  10. Liquid and DeMoN part ways
  11. wayto moving on
  12. BuLba and qojqva released from Liquid
  13. Liquid and TC part ways
  14. ixMike88 Off Active Roster, to remain on Liquid
  15. Liquid` and Team Dignitas Trade Korok and Wayto
  16. Introducing Liquid`Dota 2