It’s happened yet again. CS:GO’s Team Liquid has prevailed over another competition. This time they won at Intel Extreme Masters Chicago 2019, stomping all over ENCE in the grand finals. What was expected to be a close match for Liquid turned out to be a walk in the park with a quick 3-0 sweep to add to their now six-win tournament streak.
This is the sixth event in a row that’s considered a tier-1 competition that Liquid has conquered. From winning five back to back LAN events, Team Liquid has proven itself as one of 2019’s biggest players. Matches at Chicago went just as smoothly and showcased their player’s skills.
Games played at IEM were all one-sided in Liquid’s favor as well. Making it to the grand finals with ease Liquid’s only setback came from ENCE at the end. During the best of five matches, Team Liquid steamrolled ENCE in the first two maps winning with scores of 16-2 and 16-3.
Map three on Inferno gave both sides trouble. The first half swung in Liquid’s favor with 17 kills for EliGE on top of the scoreboard, but ENCE soon found their stride. They managed to bring the score up to 14-15, nearly entering Overtime, but Team Liquid’s nitr0 got two important frags to change the pace. The map ended 14-16 and Liquid finished another event.
As if the victory wasn’t enough, Jonathan “EliGE” Jablonowski received the MVP award at IEM Chicago, putting yet another accolade on North America’s number one team.
IEM Chicago is the first event of many in IEM Season 3. Winning this competition nets Team Liquid $125,000 and puts them on the path to a $1 million prize at the end of the IEM series.
The next challenge on the road for Team Liquid will be the upcoming StarLadder Major 2019. Will this momentum and win streak roll forward into late August?
Credit: Justin Amin