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Team Liquid hold off Vitality to win ESL One: Cologne 2019 – Final Placements

Published: 7/Jul/2019 17:42 Updated: 7/Jul/2019 19:17

by Calum Patterson

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Team Liquid have secured the Intel Grand Slam with their stunning victory at ESL One: Cologne, taking down a fiery Team Vitality 3-1 in the grand final.

Their win prevented Team Liquid securing the Intel Grand Slam, meaning Vitality earned an extra $100,000 for their efforts.

As CS:GO returned to the Lanxess arena for another year, one of the most anticipated events did not disappoint, with incredible matches throughout.

Finalists Team Vitality were involved in one such match, as they upset previous world number one Astralis in a nail-biting semi-final.

Team Liquid were still favorites going into the final however, coming off an impressive 2-0 sweep over s1mple’s Na’Vi – despite Kirill ‘Boombl4’ Mikhailov’s best efforts.

ESLLiquid entered the grand final as big favorites.

Team Liquid vs Team Vitality – ESL One: Cologne Grand Final

The grand final started as many would have expected, with Liquid dominating their map pick Overpass 16-6, thanks to repeatedly breaking Vitality’s economy with impressive Deagle usage.

But Vitality immediately bounced back, forcing overtime on Dust2 when all hope looked lost, and then securing the second map thanks to an incredible 1v3 from young star Mathieu ‘ZywOo’ Herbaut.

Liquid started much stronger on map three, Inferno, despite losing the first pistol round, opening up a 11-4 lead at the half. They ended up taking the map 16-10.

On map four, Mirage, Liquid once again took the lead at half 8-7. Liquid went on to take the victory and the Grand Finals.

Team Liquid’s victory means they also win the Intel Grand Slam, securing a further $1,000,000 in prize money.

ESL One: Cologne 2019 – Final Placements

 
 
Place Team Prize
1 Liquid $125,000 + $1,000,000
2 Vitality $50,000
3-4 Astralis $22,000
3-4 Na’Vi $22,000
5-6 NiP $11,000
5-6 NRG $11,000
7-8 mousesports $7,500
7-8 Heroic $7,500
9-12 FaZe Clan $6,000
9-12 Furia $6,000
9-12 BIG $6,000
9-12 Fnatic $6,000
13-16 MVP PK $5,000
13-16 Renegades $5,000
13-16 MiBR $5,000
13-16 ENCE $5,000
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Why NiKo isn’t the answer to G2’s CSGO crisis | Richard Lewis

Published: 27/Oct/2020 15:20

by Shane King

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Rumors are circulating that G2 Esports are set to trade for Bosnian superstar fragger Nikola ‘NiKo’ Kovač in order to solve their recent struggles on the server.

Richard Lewis breaks down this potential roster move in his latest video for Dexerto taking a look at what this move could potentially mean for G2’s current roster as well as if NiKo could mesh well within the team.

One potential problem Richard states is the fact that this current G2 roster isn’t just one piece of the puzzle away from getting back to the top of the world rankings and actually, FaZe are probably more likely to win now more than G2.

Another issue is that NiKo’s ego may upset the applecart in G2 especially considering the form that KennyS is in at the moment may lead to NiKo being in that all too familiar situation where he has to carry a team on his own back as he had at FaZe clan.