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Team Liquid CSGO’s So Close Era ft. Thorin

Published: 21/Jan/2020 2:02 Updated: 20/Feb/2020 10:36

by Dustin Steiner

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Team Liquid was nearly the best CS:GO team of 2019, but they had their era denied by the resurgence of Astralis late in the year. Thorin recounts the history of this unique “almost era” in CS:GO history. 

Team Liquid’s almost-era saw them accomplish what many in the CS:GO scene had long suspected was possible — North American dominance in Counter-Strike for nearly five months.

During that period, the roster led by Nitr0 managed to lift five trophies and finish off the second season of the Intel Grand Slam with ease, meaning they should have been a shoo-in for the best team of 2019.

This two-part video series dissects what went wrong for Team Liquid at the StarLadder Berlin Major, as well as looks back at what went right during the five months of absolute dominance in CS:GO.

They could have been the best team in 2019, had they not faltered hard after the player break, and failed to even place top four at the majors.

Just comparing Astralis and Team Liquid’s years, Liquid were successful at more events. However, without a Major victory to cap off their impressive streak, any hope of declaring them the best team in CS:GO for the year also went by the wayside.

Not only that, but without a Major World Championship under their belt, it becomes complicated to define their run as a real era in CS:GO history, despite the sustained dominance for five months.

While this roster has not quite returned to form, they did manage some impressive feats during that time frame. Stewie2k became the first North American player to break $1 million in total prize pool won thanks to his time on Cloud9 and the streak with Liquid.

It’s difficult to say whether Team Liquid could have kept up their dominance if the player break had not been right before the StarLadder Berlin Major.

It could be also argued that the absence of Astralis allowed Liquid to go on such a run just by their absence, with the Danes choosing to largely ignore bigger events in favor of the BLAST Pro Series or training behind closed doors.

Had they continued to attend events, it is entirely possible that one of the best rosters CS:GO has ever seen would continue to dominate, and Liquid would continue their trend of high placements without winning many events.

Team Liquid will be looking to run it back in 2020 with the same roster, hoping to rectify their late-season mistakes and have a second crack at claiming their own CS:GO era.

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Jamppi to Valorant? VAC banned CSGO pro considering switch following legal proceedings

Published: 15/Jan/2021 12:58 Updated: 15/Jan/2021 13:00

by Connor Bennett

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A new report from a Finnish newspaper has suggested that VAC banned CSGO pro Elias ‘Jamppi⁠’ Olkkonen is considering a switch to Valorant as he steps down from ENCE. 

For a few year, Jamppi has been considered as one of Counter-Strike’s biggest rising stars. The 19-year-old was set to join the OG roster following their step into CS:GO, however, that move fell through.

The problem is, the Finnish star has a VAC ban to his name, so, he can’t play in CS:GO’s premier events – the Majors – even though a number of tournament organizers have allowed him to play in their own events.

With him and his family contesting the ban, Jamppi joined ENCE in the hopes that, at some point, he’d be able to play at Majors. However, there have been a few missteps in his argument, and he hasn’t come any closer to having the VAC ban taken away. That, alongside some roster turmoil with ENCE, has got him seemingly considering his options.

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Jamppi was VAC banned in 2015 at the age of 14.

According to a report from the Finnish newspaper Ilta-Sanomat, the 19-year-old is apparently considering a switch to VALORANT as ENCE considers a number of roster moves.

It comes after a report from DBLTap’s Jarek ‘DeKay’ Lewis stated that ENCE were in discussions with Danish duo Marco ‘Snappi’ Pfeiffer and Thomas ‘TMB’ Bundsbæk about joining up with their active lineup alongside Aleksi ‘allu⁠’ Jalli, Joonas ‘doto⁠’ Forss, and Tuomas ‘SADDYX⁠’ Louhimaa.

That, ultimately, leaves Jamppi without a spot as the CS:GO 2021 season starts to ramp up in preparation for the PGL Stockholm Major in October.

CS:GO pro Jamppi in ENCE interview
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Jamppi is considering a switch to VALORANT, according to reports.

If he decides to go to VALORANT, as IS reports, Jamppi would join a list of other CS:GO pros who have been banned from playing at a Major – including Joshua ‘steel’ Nissan and Braxton ‘Swag’ Pierce.

As for where he could go, well, there are a few teams who would certainly make space for the 19-year-old – especially if he could show as much promise in the Riot Games shooter as he does in CS:GO. So, we’ll just have to wait and see.