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Team Liquid star Stewie cracks major NA CSGO prize money milestone

Published: 2/Dec/2019 5:22

by Isaac McIntyre


Team Liquid star Jakey ‘Stewie2K’ Yip has hit a major career milestone after his team’s loss against Astralis in the ECS Season 8 Finals, becoming the first North American Counter-Strike player to hit seven digits in earnings.

The North American roster faltered at the final hurdle against Danish superteam Astralis during the tournament’s finals, after pulling out a shock 19-15 overtime win on Vertigo in the opening map of the decider.

Stewie’s side couldn’t get the job done in Arlington, however, as Astralis rolled over them in the next two maps, 16-11 on Nuke and 16-8 on Dust 2, to clinch the 2-1 comeback and make sure Liquid collected the runners-up prize of $100,000.

The second-place haul in Arlington may have been $125,000 short of the top spot, but the cash bundle still fired Stewie into the upper echelons of the game’s historic prize earnings, only sitting behind the entire modern Astralis roster.

All five of the Danish squad’s star-studded roster are European, however, making Yip the highest-earning North American player on the CSGO circuit, and in the game’s long competitive history, with his seven-digit receipt of $1,006,090.

ECSStewie is the highest earning North American CSGO player ever.

Stewie isn’t the only Liquid player currently hovering around the $1 million mark either, with Keith ‘NAF’ Markovic closing in on the massive milestone after the ECS Season 8 Finals grand final loss clocked him up to $904,565.66 in earnings. US stars Nicholas ‘nitr0’ Cannella ($861,851.73) and Jonathan ‘ELiGE’ Jablonowski ($852,496.42) come in at 12th and 13th in the esports’ overall highest earners.

It’s perhaps most fitting that Stewie leads the way for the star NA roster, considering the 21-year-old playing a key role in keeping Liquid in the fight in their back-to-back map losses in the series.

It wasn’t enough, however, to get TL across the line.

ECSAstralis managed a 2-1 comeback over Team Liquid to claim the $250k prize pool in Arlington.

Their Arlington run may not have ended in golden success thanks to an unstoppable Astralis, but Liquid’s calendar year has been fantastic nonetheless.

The North American roster took full advantage of their Danish rivals’ drop-off at the start of 2019 to claim the Intel’s Season 2 Grand Slam, winning majors in Sydney, Dallas, Montpellier, and Cologne to bag the circuit’s $1,000,000 prize pool.

Stewie and the team continued their success in Chicago, winning Intel Extreme Masters XIV to open the third Grand Slam season, before Evil Geniuses, Fnatic, and Astralis all claimed victories to blow Season 3’s race for the $1m wide open.

The team also bagged a further $250,000 from their wins at the iBUYPOWER Masters IV and BLAST Pro Series: Los Angeles 2019 events, all of which helped Stewie march on towards the historic prize earnings for a North American player.

IEMTeam Liquid cemented themselves as one of the best CSGO teams in the world this year.

Now the 21-year-old has the chance to add to his mountainous 2019 haul at the ESL Pro League Season 10 Finals, which boasts a $600,000 prize pool, and the BLAST Pro Series Global Final, which has a $500,000 payout.

Liquid start their EPL finals campaign against North in just 48 hours. They sit in the same bracket-side as European rivals Astralis and G2 Esports.


BLAST Premier Global Final – Vitality and Astralis through, Complexity out

Published: 22/Jan/2021 0:09

by Albert Petrosyan


BLAST Premier Global Final is finally underway! The grand finale of the 2020 BLAST season is going to see the best and most prestigious teams in the world compete for the chance to earn $1 million. Here’s the event schedule, stream and results. 

  • Evil Geniuses vs Team Liquid scheduled for 4:30pm CET
  • G2 fall short to astralis 1-2, Vitality sweep Liquid 2-0
  • NAVI eliminate Complexity 2-1

BLAST Premier Global Final: Stream

As with all other BLAST competitions, the 2020 Global Final will be broadcast live on their official Twitch channel, which we’ve embedded above for your convenience.

The tournament will likely also be live-streamed on BLAST’s YouTube channel, which is also where the VoDs for all the matches will be uploaded, so feel free to check that out if you missed any games throughout the event.

BLAST Premier Global Final: Schedule & results




Day 4 — Friday, January 22

Round Match PST EST CET (EU)
Losers R2 Evil Geniuses vs Team Liquid 7:30 AM 10:30 AM 4:30 PM
Losers R2 G2 vs NAVI 10:30 AM 1:30 PM 7:30 PM

Day 5 — Saturday, January 23

Round Match PST EST CET (EU)
Winners Final Astralis vs Team Vitality 7:30 AM 10:30 AM 4:30 PM
Losers Final TBD vs TBD 10:30 AM 1:30 PM 7:30 PM

Day 6 — Sunday, January 23

Round Match PST EST CET (EU)
Consolidation Final TBD vs TBD 7:30 AM 10:30 AM 4:30 PM
Grand Final TBD vs TBD 10:30 AM 1:30 PM 7:30 PM

Day 1 — Tuesday, January 19

Round Match PST EST CET (EU)
Winners R1 Astralis 2-1 Evil Geniuses 7:30 AM 10:30 AM 4:30 PM
Winners R1 G2 2-1 FURIA 10:30 AM 1:30 PM 7:30 PM

Astralis & G2 edge through to semi-finals

Astralis opened by taking on Evil Geniuses in a three-game series, with the first map (Inferno) going the way of EG (16-14). The North American’s ability to convert pistol rounds was not enough to guarantee a second map, as both Overpass (16-8) and Vertigo (16-6) were claimed by the Danes. Xyp9x’s AUG proved too hot to handle on Overpasss — will we see it again?

G2 Esports vs FURIA was a much closer affair. G2 took the initiative on Inferno (16-12), snatching FURIA’s map pick. After falling short on Mirage (14-16), G2 bounced back on Nuke (16-10) to clinch the series. NiKo shined, as he clocked out with +20 frags, going 70-50 in three maps.

Day 2 — Wednesday, January 20

Round Match PST EST CET (EU)
Winners R1 Vitality 2-0 Complexity 4:30 AM 7:30 AM 1:30 PM
Winners R1  NAVI 0-2 Team Liquid 7:30 AM 10:30 AM 4:30 PM
Losers R1 Evil Geniuses 2-1 FURIA 10:30 AM 1:30 PM 7:30 PM

FURIA bow out early, FalleN’s Liquid surprise Na’Vi

Complexity were unable to perform in their first series of the year, being swept on Mirage (9-16) and Dust2 (8-16). ZywOo shined, delivering 46 kills over two maps. 

A new-look Team Liquid pull the upset against NAVI, dispatching the CIS squad on Inferno (16-6) and Nuke (16-14). S1mple’s 36 kills on Nuke were not enough to keep his team in the upper bracket

Despite a convincing win on Inferno (16-9), FURIA fell short on Mirage (14-16) against Evil Geniuses. Stanislaw and co. followed up with a swift win on Nuke (16-6) to keep their tournament hopes alive.

Day 3 — Thursday, January 21

Round Match PST EST CET (EU)
Losers R1 Complexity 1-2 NAVI 4:30 AM 7:30 AM 1:30 PM
Winners R2 Astralis 2-1 G2 7:30 AM 10:30 AM 4:30 PM
Winners R2 Vitality 2-0 Team Liquid 10:30 AM 1:30 PM 7:30 PM

Astralis and Vitality secure top-4, Complexity knocked out

Complexity were eliminated by NAVI after a 1-2 series. Electronic was the star of the show with 75 kills over three maps.

Astralis took down G2 Esports following a thrilling series. The Danes followed Dust2 (14-16) with wins on Vertigo (16-8) and Inferno (16-4) with Dupreeh displaying an impressive 91.5 ADR across three maps.

Team Liquid failed to overcome Vitality falling  short on Vertigo (11-16) after a close game on Nuke (14-16). ZywOo seemed unbeatable in clutches across both maps.

Blast Premier Global Final: Teams & players

Eight total teams will be in attendance at this year’s BLAST Global Final, all of them qualifying through a variety of competitions, such as the Spring Finals, Fall Finals and BLAST Premier Circuit.

Lots of eyes will be on Team Liquid, who will be with their new star acquisition, FalleN, after the Brazilian legend joined their ranks to replace Twistzz.

Team Qualified via Players
Astralis Fall Finals device, dupreeh, Xyp9x, gla1ve, Magisk, Bubzkji (s), zonic (C)
Complexity European Spring Finals blameF, RUSH, k0nfig, jks, JUGi, keita (C)
Evil Geniuses American Spring Finals Brehze, CeRq, Ethan, tarik, Stanislaw, zews (C)
FURIA Esports BLAST Premier Circuit yuurih, arT, VINI, KSCERATO, honda
G2 Esports BLAST Premier Circuit kennyS, AmaNEk, nexa, huNter-, NiKo, maLeK (C)
Team Liquid BLAST Premier Circuit ELiGE, NAF, Stewie2K, Grim, FalleN, moses (C)
Natus Vincere BLAST Premier Circuit flamie, s1mple, electronic, Boombl4, Perfecto, B1T (s), B1ad3 (C)
Team Vitality European Spring Finals apEX, RpK, ZywOo, shox, misutaaa, Nivera (s), XTQZZZ (C)

BLAST Premier Global Final: Final Placements

Eight teams are battling it out for their share of $1 million… Additionally, BLAST are gifting the winners an exclusive TW Steel watch to complement the $600k in cash.

Placement  Team Prize
1 TBD $600,000
2 TBD $200,000
3 TBD $80,000
4 TBD $50,000
5-6 TBD $20,000
7-8 Complexity $15,000