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Liquid making bid for 'most dominant CS:GO team ever' after matching another Astralis record

by Matt Porter

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CS:GO team in the world, unseating Astralis back in June in the middle of their most dominant tournament run ever.

Their lop-sided victory over ENCE at the Intel Extreme Masters event in Chicago on July 21 solidified their position as one of the game’s all-time great teams, tying an incredible record of 6 consecutive premier wins set by Astralis through late 2018 and into early 2019.

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Team Liquid's nitr0 lead them to victory at IEM Chicago 2019.

In Chicago, ENCE were only able to secure 19 rounds over the course of their best-of-five series, with Team Liquid smashing their way through the Finns on Nuke and Overpass to become the first American team to win an IEM event on home soil, and more importantly, secure their sixth consecutive victory at one of Counter-Strike’s premier events.

Liquid’s run dates back to IEM Sydney in May, and also includes successes at DreamHack Masters Dallas, ESL Pro League Season 9 Finals, ESL One Cologne, and BLAST Pro Series Los Angeles.

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Team Liquid's win at IEM Chicago was their sixth consecutive premier event win.

This brings them equal with Danish powerhouses Astralis, who first set the record starting with IEM Chicago 2018, with victories at ECS Season 6 Finals, ESL Pro League Season 8 Finals, BLAST Pro Series Lisbon 2018, IEM Katowice 2019 and BLAST Pro Series São Paulo 2019.

Both teams also secured the CS:GO Intel Grand Slam during their incredible run, taking home a cool $1 million bonus for winning four events organized by ESL or DreamHack within a window of 10 events.

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Astralis won six consecutive premier events between 2018 and 2019.

For Team Liquid to surpass Astralis and break the record with seven consecutive victories, they’ll need to do so on the biggest stage in Counter-Strike, as they head to Germany to compete in the StarLadder Berlin Major.

The Americans are undoubtedly favorites heading into the competition though, and with momentum on their side, it’s hard to argue that Team Liquid won’t be extending their incredible streak when the major wraps up on September 8.