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

Published: 23/Jul/2019 8:03 Updated: 23/Jul/2019 8:31

by Matt Porter


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.

ESLTeam 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.

ESLTeam 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.

ESLAstralis 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.


Report: Valve cancel upcoming 2021 CSGO Major

Published: 5/Dec/2020 11:20

by Calum Patterson


CS:GO publishers Valve have scrapped plans for the game’s next Major tournament, which was set for May 2021, according to an email sent out to organizers.

According to a report from HLTV, the Major that was due to take place May 10-23 will no longer go ahead, presumably due to the global health crisis and travel restrictions, with Valve expecting impacts to still be felt in six months.

This was also why the previous Major, ESL One Rio 2020, which was meant to have taken place in September, was canceled. In the announcement from ESL, they stated “While Valve is currently not able to say when and how Majors will return, as soon as they do we’ll work to bring the Major to Rio.”

In the email to organizers, Valve explained their plans in more detail, including confirming a Major to be held in Europe later in 2021 has been agreed with a partner and venue.

Rio Major logo
The ESL One Rio major was canceled in 2020.

CSGO Major in 2021

“We are still disentangling our prior commitments,” Valve said, “and currently have both a partner and an EU venue designated for a Major later in 2021.

“Assuming it makes sense to proceed, the event will take place October 25-November 7 with a potential play-in event October 23-24.”

The last Major was StarLadder Berlin, which concluded with Astralis’ victory in September 2019. That means that it could be a full two years since the previous Major before we see another. With plans for it to take place in Europe, it means that all of the last four Majors will have been held in the continent.

In the email sent to tournament organizers and obtained by HLTV, Valve added that it “doesn’t have any new information about the Regional Major Ranking (RMR)” system, but welcomed feedback from the recipients.

At least in the meantime, while there are no Majors, CS:GO just launched it’s new Operation, Broken Fang, after much anticipation, adding a wealth of new content and features.