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The International Winner Team Liquid
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Created:2012-12-06
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Captain:Aydin "INSaNiA" Sarkohi
Coach(es):Willian "Blitz" Lee
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Winnings
Prizemoney:$21,701,266 USD

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[]

The team's original incarnation has roots in a North American lineup headed by FLUFFNSTUFF called Team 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 LGD.cn, 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 ixmike88 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 its online play as well, with the frustration boiling over and being shown by FLUFFNSTUFF on his TL.net 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 Evil Geniuses and North American Rejects in straight sets, and in doing so, failing to qualify for The Summit. Shortly after, TL fell to Evil Geniuses 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 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 favorite 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 Virtus.pro 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, Evil Geniuses and Team 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[]

  • April 23rd - Boxi went inactive to spend time with his family, SumaiL will stand-in.[5]
  • June 8th - Coach Blitz confirms Boxi's return to the active roster.[6]
  • June 15th - BSJ joins the team as a streamer and content creator.[7]

  • September 28th - Jabbz joins the team as analyst.[8]

  • June 12th - Team Liquid parts ways with MATUMBAMAN.[9]
  • June 20th - w33 completes the roster for the upcoming EPICENTER Major.[10]
  • September 13th - The roster departs the organization.[11]
  • October 2nd - Team Liquid announces a new roster consisting of the former Alliance squad.[12]

  • November 14th - Heen steps down as coach of the team.[13]

  • January 1st - After two months of inactivity, BuLba registers with Team Onyx.[14]
  • January 2nd - GH officially joins Team Liquid.[15]

  • May 10th - Heen joins the team as coach.[16]
  • August 31st - JerAx leaves the team to join OG.[17]
  • September 1st - FATA- announces that he is taking a break from competitive play.[18]
  • September 16th - Miracle- and BuLba join the team.[19]

  • October 9th - Team Liquid announces the signing of 5Jungz, consisting of FATA-, KuroKy, MinD_ContRoL, JerAx and MATUMBAMAN.[4]

  • March 26th: Liquid parts ways with FLUFFNSTUFF.[3]
  • April 14th: DeMoN joins Liquid [20].
  • July 29th: DeMoN's contract expires, and, with no new contract, he leaves Liquid [21].
  • August 4th: Liquid announces wayto is leaving the team [22].
  • August 29th: Liquid announce that BuLba and qojqva have been released, and the team would be going inactive [23].
  • October 7th: Liquid announce that TC has officially left the organization [24].

  • September 21st: ixmike88 leaves the active roster to pursue other Dota activities [25].
  • September 22nd: Traded Korok for waytosexy with Team Dignitas Team Dignitas [26].
  • September 25th: Former mousesports mousesports player qojqva joins the team [27].

  • December 6th: Team Liquid announces a Dota 2 team consisting of TC, FLUFFNSTUFF, ixmike88, BuLba and Korok [28].

  • Player Roster[]

    Active[]

    ID Name Position Join Date
    Sweden MicKe Michael Vu 1 2019-10-02
    Germany qojqva Max Broecker 2 2019-10-02
    Sweden Boxi Samuel Svahn 3 2019-10-02
    Norway Taiga Tommy Le 4 201/9-10-02
    Sweden iNSaNiA Captain Aydin Sarkohi 5 2019-10-02

    Former[]

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    Former Players
    ID Name Position Join Date Leave Date New Team
    Finland MATUMBAMAN Lasse Urpalainen 1/2 2015-08-28 2019-06-12 Team Secret Team Secret
    United States BuLba Kanishka Sosale 4/5 2016-09-16 2017-01-01 Team Onyx Team Onyx
    The International 2016 Squad
    ID Name Position Join Date Leave Date New Team
    Finland MATUMBAMAN Lasse Urpalainen 1 2015-10-09 - Team Liquid Team Liquid
    Germany FATA- Adrian Trinks 2 2015-08-28 2016-09-01 B)ears B)ears
    Bulgaria MinD_ContRoL Ivan Borislavov 3 2015-10-09 - Team Liquid Team Liquid
    Finland JerAx Jesse Vainikka 4 2015-08-28 2016-08-31 OG OG
    Germany KuroKy Captain Kuro Salehi Takhasomi 5 2015-10-09 - Team Liquid Team Liquid
    The International 2014 Squad
    ID Name Position Join Date Leave Date New Team
    Canada TC Tyler Cook 1 2012-12-06 2014-10-07 Sneaky Nyx Assassins Sneaky Nyx Assassins
    Germany qojqva Max Broecker 2 2013-09-25 2014-08-29 Team Tinker Team Tinker
    United States DeMoN Jimmy Ho 3 2014-04-14 2014-07-29 Team FIRE Team FIRE
    Canada Waytosexy Peter Nguyen 4 2013-09-21 2014-08-04 Sneaky Nyx Assassins Sneaky Nyx Assassins
    United States BuLba Captain Kanishka Sosale 5 2012-12-06 2014-08-29 Team Tinker Team Tinker
    The International 2013 Squad
    ID Name Position Join Date Leave Date New Team
    Canada TC Tyler Cook 1 2012-12-06 - Team Liquid Team Liquid
    United States Korok Steven Ashworth 2 2012-12-06 2013-09-22 Team Dignitas Team Dignitas
    United States BuLba Captain Kanishka Sosale 3 2012-12-06 - Team Liquid Team Liquid
    United States FLUFFNSTUFF Brian Lee 4 2012-12-06 2014-03-26 Sneaky Nyx Assassins Sneaky Nyx Assassins
    United States ixmike88 Michaek Ghannam 5 2012-12-06 2013-09-21 Sneaky Nyx Assassins Sneaky Nyx Assassins

    Achievements[]

    2019
    Date Place Event Opponent Winnings
    2018-08-25 A22nd The International 2019 1 : 3  OG OG $4,458,038
    2018-08-24 A44th The International 2018 0 : 2  Evil Geniuses Evil Geniuses $1,787,252
    2018-06-10 A11st China Dota2 Supermajor 3 : 2  Virtus.pro Virtus.pro $555,000
    2018-05-27 A88th ESL One Birmingham 2018 1 : 2  paiN Gaming paiN Gaming $16,000
    2018-05-06 A22nd EPICENTER XL 1 : 3  PSG.LGD PSG.LGD $200,000
    2018-04-07 A55th - 6th Dota 2 Asia Championships 2018 0 : 1  TNC Pro Team TNC Pro Team $67,500
    2018-03-25 A33rd DreamLeague Season 9 0 : 2  Fnatic Fnatic $30,000
    2018-03-11 A33rd - 4th The Bucharest Major 1 : 2  Virtus.pro Virtus.pro $90,000
    2018-02-25 A33rd ESL One Katowice 2018 2 : 1  Fnatic Fnatic $120,000
    2018-02-04 A11st StarLadder i-League Invitational Season 4 3 : 1  PSG.LGD PSG.LGD $135,000
    2018-01-28 A22nd ESL One Genting 2018 2 : 3  Newbee Newbee $80,000
    2017
    2017-12-03 A22nd DreamLeague Season 8 0 : 3  Team Secret Team Secret $200,000
    2017-11-26 A11st Midas Mode 3 : 1  Natus Vincere Natus Vincere $18,000
    2017-11-05 A11st AMD SAPPHIRE Dota PIT League 3 : 2  Vici Gaming Vici Gaming $125,000
    2017-10-29 A33rd - 4th ESL One Hamburg 2017 1 : 2  Team Secret Team Secret $90,000
    2017-10-15 A11st StarLadder i-League Invitational Season 3 3 : 1  Mineski Mineski $135,000
    2017-08-12 A11st The International 2017 3 : 0  Newbee Newbee $10,834,200
    2017-07-22 A11st DreamLeague Season 7 3 : 2  Planet Odd Planet Odd $80,000
    2017-06-11 A11st EPICENTER 2017 3 : 1  Evil Geniuses Evil Geniuses $250,000
    2017-05-21 A11st StarLadder i-League Invitational Season 2 3 : 2  TNC Pro Team TNC Pro Team $45,000
    2017-05-21 A22nd DreamLeague Season 7 - European Division 9/0/5  Grp. S. $9,000
    2017-04-29 A55th - 8th Kiev Major 2017 1 : 2  Invictus Gaming Invictus Gaming $125,000
    2017-02-26 A11st StarLadder i-League StarSeries Season 3 3 : 1  VGJ.Thunder VGJ.Thunder $135,000
    2016
    2016-11-26 A11st ASUS ROG DreamLeague Season 6 3 : 0  Escape Gaming Escape Gaming $90,000
    2016-11-08 A44th ASUS ROG DreamLeague Season 6 - League 8/0/6  Grp. S. $8,000
    2016-10-18 A33rd - 4th FACEIT Invitational 0 : 1  Vega Squadron Vega Squadron $4,000
    2016-08-11 A77th - 8th The International 2016 0 : 2  Fnatic Fnatic $519,262
    2016-07-17 A33rd The Summit 5 1 : 2  OG OG $13,136
    2016-06-19 A33rd - 4th ESL One Frankfurt 2016 1 : 2  OG OG $28,237
    2016-06-12 A22nd Manila Major 2016 1 : 3  OG OG $405,000
    2016-05-15 A11st EPICENTER 2016 3 : 2  Newbee Newbee $250,000
    2016-04-24 A22nd ESL One Manila 2016 0 : 3  Wings Gaming Wings Gaming $50,000
    2016-03-06 A22nd Shanghai Major 2016 1 : 3  Team Secret Team Secret $405,000
    2016-01-16 A33rd - 4th SLTV Star Series Season 13 & i-League 0 : 2  Alliance Alliance $30,223
    2015
    2015-12-20 A33rd World Cyber Arena 2015 3 : 0  Wings Gaming Wings Gaming $77,125
    2015-12-12 A55th - 6th The Summit 4 1 : 2  Virtus.pro Virtus.pro $3,959
    2015-12-06 A11st The Defense Season 5 3 : 1  OG OG $39,293
    2015-11-12 A11st Dota 2 Champions League Season 6 3 : 1  Team Empire Team Empire $25,000
    2015-10-30 A44th Nanyang Championships 0 : 2  EHOME EHOME $11,588
    2014
    2014-07-13 A99th - 10th The International 2014 0 : 2  PSG.LGD PSG.LGD $49,188
    2014-06-03 A22nd American Dota League Season 2 1 : 3  mousesports 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  Evil Geniuses Evil Geniuses $663
    2014-04-05 A22nd MLG T.K.O. America 1 : 3  Evil Geniuses Evil Geniuses $8,500
    2014-03-09 A33rd Monster Energy Invitational 0 : 2  Evil Geniuses Evil Geniuses $2,000
    2014-02-04 A33rd Electronic Sports Prime Shock Therapy Cup 0 : 2  Team Empire Team Empire $1,000
    2013
    2013-12-16 A44th Dota 2 Champions League 1 : 3  Sigma Sigma $3,000
    2013-11-30 A44th ASUS ROG DreamLeague Kick-Off Season 0 : 3  Alliance 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  Natus Vincere Natus Vincere $4,000
    2013-08-09 A77th - 8th The International 2013 0 : 1  Invictus Gaming Invictus Gaming $43,116
    2013-07-22 A44th The Defense Season 4 0 : 2  Evil Geniuses Evil Geniuses $2,000
    2013-07-07 A11st American Dota League 3 : 0  Evil Geniuses Evil Geniuses $5,000
    2013-06-16 A55th - 8th DreamHack ASUS ROG Dota 2 Tournament 1 : 2  Quantic Gaming 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 Dignitas Team Dignitas $5,000
    2013-04-28 A22nd The Premier League Season 4 0 : 3  Alliance Alliance $3,000
    2013-04-13 A33rd - 4th DreamHack Dota2 Invitational 0 : 2  Team Dignitas Team Dignitas $1,000
    2013-04-10 A11st RaidCall Dota 2 League Season 2 3 : 1  Team Dignitas Team Dignitas $5,000
    2013-03-28 A22nd Eizo Cup 2 0 : 2  No Tidehunter No Tidehunter $641
    2013-03-15 A22nd Bigpoint Battle 2 1 : 2  Natus Vincere Natus Vincere $653
    2013-03-11 A44th The Defense Season 3 0 : 2  Fnatic Fnatic $1,500
    2013-03-03 A33rd DotaHut Invitational 0 : 2  mousesports mousesports $300
    2013-02-24 A11st Bigpoint Battle 1 2 : 0  mousesports mousesports $1,978
    2013-02-10 A11st BTS Weekend Cup 2 : 1  Fnatic Fnatic $500

    Gallery[]

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