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Team Liquid dominate ENCE to take IEM Chicago 2019

Published: 21/Jul/2019 22:56 Updated: 21/Jul/2019 23:51

by Alan Bernal


The Intel Extreme Masters Chicago 2019 Grand Finals between Team Liquid and ENCE was a one-sided affair as the Americans came into the United Center on July 21 looking to cap off a historical first half of 2019 with yet another trophy.

TL out of the gates firing

The series started out with a wild round that saw ENCE take a 1-0 lead. The round win came at the cost of the entire ENCE team which was foretelling of what they would need to sacrifice in order to get any advantage over Liquid’s stellar play.

Liquid completely dominated the first map, taking a 14-1 lead only marred by ENCE’s opening round win on Overpass. Liquid pushed any opening they saw fit, and when tactics (rarely) failed them they would default to any one of their members to instantly take over the round.

ESLENCE were playing on the backfoot for much of the first two maps.

The Americans didn’t have too much to complain about on their first map pick, as the only two rounds they gave up were the ones they expected to lose.

This star-studded Liquid lineup has long been self-aware that they’re pistol rounds “suck,” but that’s not really a concern since they can rely on any other aspect of their game to pick up the slack.

While ENCE picked up both opening rounds of the halves, the stingy Liquid defense didn’t give them much else earning the Americans a 1-0 series lead with their 16-2 win on Overpass.

ESLLiquid’s stars were locked in from the start, and hardly let off the pedal in the series.

Liquid running it back on Nuke

The second map started in a similar fashion as the first with ENCE taking the opening pistol round, but TL once again came roaring back in the following round to even the score.

For a long time in competitive Counter-Strike winning the pistol round usually meant having a good footing to get the following two rounds, but Liquid’s dominance is rewriting how conventional rounds play out in CS:GO.

Even though Nuke was ENCE’s pick, it didn’t go well for the Finns. In fact, they were only able to get one more round than the map before; three rounds total on Nuke and only two rounds on Overpass.

Through two maps, TL had multiple members of their team over 100 ADR (average damage per round), and ENCE simply couldn’t compete with the American’s brute force blended with superior map control.

With a 16-3 win, Liquid improved to a 2-0 lead over ENCE in the best of five.

Inferno cooled off Liquid, until it didn’t

The last map of the series went back to Liquid’s pick of Inferno where they wanted to put an end to ENCE, and claim their prize.

But that wouldn’t happen for a few rounds as weaknesses in Liquid’s Marvel-designed armor were starting to show.

ENCE put a valiant effort forward, matching the aggression of the Americans for the first time in the series. Their renewed playstyle gave them something to work off of, which eventually saw them get more and more rounds off of Liquid.

ESLTeam Liquid were unbeatable in the first two maps, but Inferno had a few surprises in store for them.

Far more than they mustered in the previous two maps combined.

The ENCE comeback was a real possibility for a minute, as their rifles were finally starting to come to life, pushing the game to a 14-15 scoreline in favor of TL.

But the surge came too late for the Finns, as TL were hungry to be the first NA CS:GO team to win IEM on home soil.

ESLTeam Liquid signed the production camera lens in honor of their latest trophy win.

Who else to secure the victory but dark horse hero Jake ‘Stewie2k’ Yip who got the last kill at IEM which sent confetti of silver and blue raining down in the United Center.

Team Liquid now has 10 first place finishes in 2019 alone. The Americans will look to ride that momentum to break Astralis’ record of six straight event wins and what better way to do it than at the StarLadder 2019 Berlin Major.


Cloud9 CSGO terminates woxic’s contract three-months after forming the “Colossus”

Published: 18/Jan/2021 18:44 Updated: 18/Jan/2021 18:46

by Andrew Amos


Cloud9 are making another change to their long-term CS:GO “colossus,” reportedly benching Turkish AWPer Özgür ‘woxic’ Eker for ex-Chaos’ Erick ‘Xeppaa’ Bach. The former mousesports star is just three months into his three-year contract.

Update on January 18

Cloud9 and woxic mutually agreed to terminate the AWPer’s contract after trying to navigate problems that were “almost insurmountable.”

CSGO fans are now looking ahead for what may come next as C9 officially look for a replacement AWPer and head coach, as woxic will now plan his next move apart from the org.

Original story follows below

Cloud9 is undergoing big changes heading into the 2021 season. Turkish star woxic could be on his way out of the colossus just three months into his three-year contract.

The star AWPer is reportedly being benched “due to non-performance related issues,” according to Rush B Media, but a person close to the team “did not believe that there was an internal disagreement that took place which would cause [woxic] to be [benched].”

woxic playing for mousesports at DreamHack Open
Woxic is set to be benched on Cloud9’s CS:GO colossus for American rifler Xeppaa.

The team had mixed results after their late-2020 rebuild, finishing last in Flashpoint Season 2, but third in the BLAST Premier Fall Showdown.

W0xic has posted middling results at these recent events, with an average HLTV rating of 1.00 since joining Cloud9. He has struggled to shine like his 2019 peak with mousesports, where he played a part in claiming the European squad a ESL Pro League Season 10 title.

First in line to replace woxic is the now teamless Xeppaa. After the disbanding of Chaos, the squad has gone their separate ways, with the likes of Nathan ‘leaf’ Orf and Anthony ‘vanity’ Malaspina swapping to Valorant.

The 20-year-old American rifler shone during Chaos’ rise at the end of 2020, helping the squad win IEM Beijing 2020, DreamHack Masters Winter, and secure a podium spot at ESL One Cologne and DreamHack Open Summer.

Speculation has also been rife about who else Cloud9 could potentially be signing. Cloud9 General Manager Henry ‘HenryG’ Greer posted a Tweet with four emojis indicating two contracts being signed.

With the removal of Kassad at the end of 2020, the second signing could indicate a return of former Assistant Coach Chris ‘Elmapuddy’ Tebbit. The Australian coach has been linked with Cloud9 yet again, less than two months after leaving the squad for Gen.G.

Cloud9 are yet to confirm either the benching of woxic, or the signing of Xeppaa. We will update you as more information arises.