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Liquid
2016 - present

Team Liquid

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354 Matches 224W 98L
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About

Team Liquid’s history in Dota 2 goes back to 2012 when the organization put together an interesting North American squad comprised of former Complexity Gaming players Tyler "TC" Cook, Michael "ixmike88" Ghannam, and Brian "FLUFFNSTUFF" Lee, with former Evil Geniuses offlaner Sam "BuLba" Sosale and Quantic Gaming’s Steven "Korok" Ashworth.


The team was active throughout the year and enjoyed generally strong results, which earned them a direct invitation to The International 2013. Liquid ultimately landed in eighth place at the event, but their run at TI3 is largely remembered for their amazing upset win over LGD China in a lower bracket best-of-one series.


As is tradition, the team was given a major shakeup after The International. Ixmike88 took a break from professional Dota 2 and was replaced by Max "qojqva" Brocker from mousesports, and Korok was traded to Team Dignitas for Peter "Waytosexy" Nguyen. 


The new roster was solid on paper, but wasn’t nearly as successful as it had been previously. This led to a dramatic moment with the team when FLUFFNSTUFF blasted the organization, his teammates, and himself on the official Team Liquid blog. Team ownership harshly criticized FLUFFNSTUFF for the move and he later apologized, but still broke off from the team a few weeks later and was replaced by Jimmy "DeMoN" Ho.


This change actually helped Liquid return to form to some degree, and eventually saw them qualify for The International 2014. Unfortunately, the team fell well short of expectations at the event, which resulted in another disastrous shuffle.


Demon’s contract expired and Waytosexy left. This prompted Liquid to pull out of Dota 2 entirely for the 2014-2015 season.


After watching how that season panned out, Liquid signed the 5Jungz lineup that had qualified for the Nanyang Dota 2 Championship. That team included the trio of Kuro "KuroKy" Salehi Takhasomi, Lasse Aukusti "MATUMBAMAN" Urpalainen, and Ivan Borislavov "MinD_ContRoL" Ivanov, which would serve as the core of Team Liquid for years to come.


The team had very strong showings throughout its debut season, including grand finals appearances at both the Shanghai and Manila Majors and a first-place finish at the inaugural Epicenter event. The season ended with a disappointing eighth-place finish at The International 2016, but the best was yet to come for Liquid.


Shortly after TI6, the team added Amer "Miracle-" Al-Barkawi. A few months later, Maroun "GH" Merhej joined and completed the roster that established Liquid among the Dota 2 elite. 


The lineup actually got off to a rocky start which included early exits from the Kiev Major and the 2016 Dota Asia Championship, but the team stuck it out and eventually took first at StarLadder Season 2, Epicenter 2017, and DreamLeague Season 7.


Those wins established Liquid as the favorites to win The International 2017, and they fulfilled that promise in impressive fashion. The team was knocked into the lower bracket early, but pushed through there all the way to the finals. This set up a showdown against Newbee, which Liquid won in dominant fashion. 


KuroKy and company didn’t repeat that performance in the following season, but were still highly successful thanks to six top-four placements at majors and a fourth-place finish at The International 2018.


Things would slow for the team following that achievement..


The 2018-2019 season started strangely as Team Liquid pulled out of the first minor, which also kept them out of the first major. This was followed by the departure of longtime coach Lee "Heen" Seung Gon. After finishing in second place at the MDL Disneyland Paris Major, the team decided to drop longtime core player MATUMBAMAN. Liquid then added former Pain Gaming and Digital Chaos player Aliwi “w33” Omar as its new mid, which paid off as the team took second place at The International 2019.


That was the end for an era of Team Liquid.


A few weeks after TI9, the organization announced that KuroKy and company were splitting off from Team Liquid to form their own esports brand. Team Liquid was firm in revealing the news that it had no intentions of withdrawing from Dota 2 after losing this roster.


Ahead of the MDL Chengdu Major qualifiers, Liquid announced that it had signed the former Dota 2 roster of Alliance. Liquid is hoping to transform the Scandinavian squad into yet another behemoth in Dota 2.

Achievements

DatePlaceEvent
2019-06-302nd2019 EPICENTER Major2019-06-027-8th2019 ESL One Birmingham2019-05-122ndMDL Disneyland Paris Major2019-03-2413-16thDreamLeague Season 112019-01-287-8th2019 The Chongqing Major 2019-02-241st2019 MDL Macau2018-12-091stMegaFon Winter Clash2018-11-04QualifierDreamLeague Season 102018-03-25DreamLeague Season 92017-11-26Midas Mode2017-11-05AMD SAPPHIRE Dota PIT2017-12-03DreamLeague Season 82017-07-23DreamLeague Season 72017-06-112017 Epicenter2017-05-21StarLadder iLeague Invitational 22016-12-22WellPlay Inv VitalBet 62016-11-242016 Elimination Mode 22016-10-20FACEIT Invitational2016-11-22The Summit 62017-01-23Dota Pit League Season 52016-11-27DreamLeague Season 62016-07-20Global Grand Masters S12018-06-102018 China Dota2 Supermajor 2018-05-272018 ESL One Birmingham2018-05-072018 Epicenter XL Major2018-03-112018 The Bucharest Major2018-02-252018 ESL One Katowice2018-01-282018 ESL One Genting2018-02-05StarLadder iLeague Invitational S42017-10-302017 ESL One Hamburg2017-10-15StarLadder iLeague Invitational 32017-04-042017 Dota 2 Asia Championships2017-02-26SL iLeague StarSeries S32018-11-18MainThe Kuala Lumpur Major2018-08-252018 The International2018-04-072018 Dota 2 Asia Championships Major2017-01-08ESL One Genting 20172016-12-112016 The Boston Major2016-08-13The International 20162016-05-152016 Epicenter2016-04-13BTS Series Europe 32016-02-182016 Captains Draft 32016-05-012016 WePlay League Season 32016-03-202016 Dota Pit League Season 42017-08-12The International 20172017-04-302017 Kiev Major2016-07-17The Summit 52016-06-192016 ESL One Frankfurt2016-04-242016 ESL One Manila2015-12-14The Summit 42016-01-172016 SL i–League2015-11-21The Frankfurt Major2016-06-122016 The Manila Major2016-03-072016 The Shanghai Major2019-08-252nd2019 The International2019-10-204thDreamLeague Season 122019-10-27Main2019 ESL One Hamburg2019-11-245-6thMDL Chengdu

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