IEM Chicago has already been full of upsets, such as MiBR taking down teams with their coach zews standing in and ENCE’s Aerial believes they can add to the list heading into grand finals against the #1 ranked team, Team Liquid.
However, Stewie2K was not impressed after perceiving a lack of respect from an ENCE star ahead of their much anticipated grand finals clash and quickly responded, firing back at the Finnish team.
Aerial recalled their past experiences with Team Liquid, claiming that the matches have always been close and within reach for the ENCE roster, “We won against Liquid at the Major and I think we are winning on the score, still it is very close.”
He followed up by admitting that Vitality’s star AWPer ZywOo was the main reason they wanted to face Team Liquid, stating that Liquid does not have a player who is individually as good as ZywOo, “ZywOo is the problem for us, he's always shutting us down and Liquid doesn't have that kind of player.
Stewie2K, who has been actively carving out a role as Counter-Strike's best trash talker of late, wasn't about to take Aerial’s comments about Team Liquid lying down, though, quickly firing back at ENCE mockingly ahead of their Grand Finals clash: “Afraid of ZywOo.” Stewie exclaimed. “We have no ZywOo because we have 5 better ones together and it just blends."
Afraid of Zywoo. We have no Zywoo because we have 5 better ones together and it just blends.— Jake (@Stewie) July 21, 2019
Good luck tomorrow pic.twitter.com/POdhehUeWF
Unlike most of the pro CS:GO players, Stewie2K does not shy away from trash talking his opposition ahead of big matches and often seen trying to get inside their heads.
Trash talk aside, Team Liquid are still expected to come into the series as heavy favorites against the Nordic side, ENCE, after recently securing the Intel Grand Slam at ESL Cologne 2019 and a win at BLAST Pro: Los Angeles.