Team Liquid will head into the StarLadder Berlin CS:GO Major as favorites, but that doesn't mean they're not taking their preparation for the event seriously - but they've also had some fun along the way.
The squad of Jake 'Stewie2K' Yip, Keith 'NAF' Markovic, Nicholas 'nitr0' Cannella, Johnathan 'ELiGE' Jablonowski and Russel 'Twistzz' Van Dulken, along with coach Eric 'adreN' Hoag, are expected to, at a minimum, reach the final of the major.
Their form over the past six months has been nothing short of remarkable, bringing an end to the Astralis reign and ushering in a new era of North American dominance.
While they'll no doubt be hard at practice, with the New Legends stage beginning on August 28, Liquid have found the time to put together a sitcom-style intro for the team and management.
Recreating their version of the intro to '80s and '90s sitcom 'Full House', complete with the classic theme tune, the roster is seen lazing about the island of Malta.
AdreN is also spotted trying to pull a pint, while nitr0 and Twistzz smell the flowers, and NAF simply chills out catching some sun.
In case you were wondering, our prep for the major has been going extremely well.
— Team Liquid (@TeamLiquid) August 19, 2019
Of course, the real reason they're in Malta is not for a holiday, but rather a grueling boot camp before heading over to Berlin to start the tournament.
While their matches in the New Legends stage should be routine victories for a team of their caliber, taking anyone lightly at the major can always be costly, and Liquid will want to ensure they're not on the wrong end of an upset.
— Jake (@Stewie) August 17, 2019
First, the New Challengers stage at the StarLadder Berlin Major will have to take place, starting on August 23, which will decide the eight teams that will join Liquid and the others in the Legend stage.
Liquid will be aiming for no less than first place and the $500,000 prize, to add to their already brimming trophy cabinet, and further cement their legacy.