Introduction / Team Overview
Team Liquid is a professional esports organisation, founded in 2000 and now based in the Netherlands. Having initially began with just four players for the first few months, Liquid quickly grew to eight players by the following year, with co-owner Victor Goosens recruiting players based on their talent and personality. Goosens is joined by Steven Arhancet as the owners of Team Liquid, although they have recently sold their controlling interest to aXiomatic eSports, the same investment group which consists of NBA team the Golden State Warriors co-owner Peter Guber and AOL co-founder Steve Case, among others.
Originally competing as a Brood War Clan, Team Liquid first developed a Counter Strike: Global Offensive team back in 2015, having previously been associated with Starcraft 2, Dota 2 division and League of Legends, with the organisation now having full rosters for all major eSports titles. Team Liquid CS:GO players spend the majority of their time together, with their “gaming house” allowing them to play up to 12 hours each day.
Highlights / Strengths
Having acquired Team Curse’s League of Legends roster, consisting of players such as Quad and Xpecial. The team finished a respectable sixth in the LCA Spring Split, before suffering a narrow 3-2 defeat to Cloud9 in the play-offs, eventually finishing in 3rd position. Just a week after the curse merger, an announcement was made that they have also gained a Team Liquid CS:GO team, previously known as Denial eSports.
Team Liquid have achieved great success over recent times, winning their ESL ESEA Pro League Season 2 group stage, before becoming the first North American team to reach a CS:GO Major grand final, at ESL One: Cologne 2016. They also won the most prize money from one big event with a stand-in at the same event, with s1mple coming in as a replacement.
Branding / Sponsorship / Logo
The TeamLiquid logo may not be the most iconic in the world of eSports, however it is still very recognisable in the industry thanks to the prominence of the horse. This iconic symbol also features heavily on the jersey of Team Liquid’s players, with pink, blue and white options available, which also feature on their website wallpaper, as well as major CS:GO events. Team Liquid hold a whole range of sponsorship agreements, with Monster Energy, Twitch and J!NX among the most high profile.
Team Roles / Expertise
The Team Liquid CS:GO team is comprised of five players, each of which have different roles to play during a game. American entry fragger, Nicholas “Nitr0” Cannella, has arguably the most important role, bidding to claim the crucial first kill. Cannella is known for his accuracy, recoil control and aggression. Peter “stanislaw” Jarguz is a lurker with a reputation for producing the unexpected, with his main responsibility being to gather information concerning the enemy’s movement. Meanwhile, Josh “jdm^64” Marzano’s role within the team is to win ranged battles, with the American known for his impeccable reflexes and agility. Finally, Denmark’s Jacob “Pimp” Winneche acts as a second AWPer.
Despite having achieved good levels of success in recent years, Team Liquid’s CS:GO form has been inconsistent of late, with the team currently finding themselves fifth in the ESL Pro League Season 5 standings, before finishing fourth in the iBUYPOWER Invitational, suffering a defeat to eventual runners-up OpTic Gaming