Team Liquid

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Team Liquid
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Team information
Region North America
Location Netherlands
Coaches Kory "Symbolic" Arruda
Manager "Caleb Anderson"
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Captain Tyler "Spartan" Ganza
Website http://www.teamliquidpro.com/
ESL [{{{esl}}} Profile]
Sponsor(s) HyperX
Razer
NEEDforSEAT
Alienware
Jinx
Quest Nutrition
HTC
PokerStars
Monster Energy Gaming
YouTube teamliquidnet
Livestream
Facebook teamliquidpro/
Reddit
Twitter
Organization
EsportsWikis Network: League of Legends
History
Created 5-14-2015
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Disbanded
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Team Liquid is an American esports organization that fields teams in StarCraft II, League of Legends, Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft, Counter Strike: Global Offensive, Dota 2, Heroes of the Storm, Super Smash Bros., Street Fighter and Halo 5.

History

Team Liquid was founded by Victor "Nazgul" Goossens in 2000 as a StarCraft: Brood War clan. After years as a clan, the organization expanded with the creation of TeamLiquid.net, which became the most visited StarCraft-related website in the world. As time went on, the organization became a cornerstone of the StarCraft community and a very successful team. Until 2015, they were known primarily for StarCraft, but in January 2015, Team Liquid merged with fellow esports organization Curse Gaming, acquiring their League of Legends team.

Halo History

Halo 2: Anniversary

HCS Season 2

On May 14th, 2015, Team Liquid announced their entry into the Halo scene, with a roster of captain Tyler "Ninja" Blevins, Mason "Aries" Miller, Ryan "Shooter" Sondhi and Tyler "Spartan" Ganza, with coach Kyle "Elamite" Elam.[1] They had a strong showing in their first tournament under the Liquid banner, finishing 3rd in Cup 2. They followed this up with two top 6 finishes in Cups 3 and 4, and improved on these with repeating 4th place finishes in Cups 5 and 6. In Cup 7, Team Liquid was upset by the underdog team Reality Check in the round of 16. Liquid would get their revenge however, defeating Reality Check in the early rounds at HCS Indianapolis. Unfortunately for Liquid, they would then lose to Denial eSports and Winterfox en route to a top 8 finish. Going into the HCS Season 2 Finals as the #7 seed, Liquid had a formidable first opponent in Denial eSports. They were swiftly 3-0d by Denial and sent to the LB where they faced OpTic Gaming. OpTic won a very close series against Liquid 3-2, ending Liquid's event and season with a top 8 finish.

Halo 5: Guardians

On August 21, Spartan confirmed on Twitter that he was no longer a member of the Liquid roster.[2] On August 27th, Liquid announced its new roster, consisting of Ninja, new captain Aaron "Ace" Elam (brother of coach Elamite), Austin "Mikwen" McCleary and Kyle "Chig" Lawson.[3] At Iron Games Daytona 2015, Ace and Elamite of Liquid competed as a part of a team called Liquid Vibe. They finished in the top 8. On November 10, Mikwen left the team in a transfer to Team EnVyUs.[4] On November 16, Team Liquid confirmed the acquisition of Kevin "UnLegit" Smith from eLevate as their new fourth.[5]

Liquid were upset in the quarterfinals of the first Halo World Championship 2016 NA Online Qualifier by a relatively unknown team called OverDrive. Possibly due to this, Chig left the active roster shortly after in favor of an unspecified role in management. For the next two cups, Jacob "Hysteria" Reiser acted as Liquid's unofficial fourth. On January 13th, Liquid made a roster change, releasing Ninja and acquiring Bradley "APG" Laws and Richie "Heinz" Heinz.[6] All of the recent team changes were officially confirmed in a roster update on Liquid's site on January 27th.[7] Due to their performance in the first cups, Liquid was invited to the X Games Aspen 2016 for a chance to compete for $15,000 and a gold medal. Liquid then qualified for the NA Regional Finals as the 4th seed. At X Games, they were 3-0'd by both Team Allegiance and Renegades, ending their chances of advancing to the bracket, but they did earn a moral victory in a 3-0 sweep of Epsilon eSports.

At the NA Regional Finals, Liquid came out much stronger, sweeping Renegades, Astral Authority and SoaR Gaming en route to 9-0ing their group and qualifying for Halo World Championship 2016. In the quarterfinals, they were upset by the 11th seeded team Denial eSports, taking a top 8 finish. At Worlds, Liquid had a perfect record in their group, upsetting the favored Team Allegiance. In the quarterfinals, they were again defeated in 5 games by Denial eSports, ending their event with a top 8 finish.

On April 10, 2016, Ace confirmed that he was leaving Team Liquid to return to OpTic Gaming. On April 29th, Liquid announced its new roster, with APG and UnLegit (now known as Eco) staying on board and being joined by Braedon "StelluR" Boettcher and a returning Spartan.[8]. Their first event together was the HCS Pro League Summer Qualifier 2016, where they finished in the top 8, with APG notably playing through a concussion. On May 13th, APG announced that he was temporarily stepping down from the active roster. His replacement until further notice was revealed to be Clete "Assault" LoRusso, who had served as Liquid's coach at the Summer Qualifier.[9] In the Last Chance Qualifier, Liquid finished 1st with Assault, successfully qualifying for the Pro League. APG made a post on the Beyond forums stating that he intends to remain on the roster as a substitute, with Assault acting as the team's official fourth moving forward.[10] After an unimpressive 0-4 start to the Pro League season, Spartan confirmed that Daniel "Danoxide" Terlizzi would be joining the team as an emergency substitute for Assault for the 3rd week of the season. Details regarding the state of the emergency have not been made public. Liquid's fortunes improved little with the acquisition of Danoxide, as they would finish 7th in the League with only two wins, not enough to qualify for Finals or the Fall Season. Hoping to keep their spot in the League, Liquid fought in the Relegation tournament and finished 1st, qualifying for the Fall 2016 Season. Despite their qualification, Spartan decided to leave the team and join up with Hamza "Commonly" Abaalli, Zane "Penguin" Hearon, Timothy "Rayne" Tinkler and coach Kory "Symbolic" Arruda, who held Cloud9's Pro League spot. Team Liquid acquired this roster shortly after its formation.[11] After a 3-3 start to the Pro League season, the new Liquid roster attended its first LAN event - HCS Orange County 2016. They finished 3rd, below OpTic Gaming and Team EnVyUs. Liquid ultimately finished 3rd in the Fall Pro League season with a 7-7 record. Weeks later, Team Liquid attended HCS Las Vegas 2016 alongside five other Pro League teams. They notably defeated Team Allegiance followed by Team EnVyUs in the Winners Finals, but were unable to seal the deal as EnVyUs earned a Grand Finals rematch, which they won by taking two consecutive series off Liquid. At the Season Finals, Liquid were defeated early by OpTic Gaming. In the Losers' Semifinals, they beat Str8 Rippin in a nailbiting 7-game series. In the following round, they were swept by Team EnVyUs, who went on to defeat OpTic Gaming and win the event.

On December 29th, Spartan and Commonly left Team Liquid to form Problem Solvers.[12] Rayne and Penguin recruited Braedon "StelluR" Boettcher and a returning "Eco" to complete the roster, which was first revealed in ESL's post-roster lock press release.[13] The new roster's first event was UGC St. Louis 2017. Liquid came out strong, sweeping the cE.Fs Starboys and taking a close 3-2 victory over Inconceivable before being knocked out of Winners in a narrow 3-2 loss to OpTic Gaming. In Losers, Liquid denied Str8 Rippin a top 3 finish with a 3-1 victory and moved on to face Team EnVyUs in the Losers Finals. After a closely contested series, Team Liquid came out victorious with a 3-2 victory, knocking EnVyUs out below second for the first time since Summer 2016. In the Finals, Liquid faced an uphill climb against OpTic, but battled hard and took the series to seven games before being sent home. At ME Las Vegas 2017, Liquid looked to build on their performance and qualify for Halo World Championship 2017. They came out strong with sweep victories over SetToDestroyX and Pnda Gaming to qualify, followed by a dominant 4-1 victory over Team EnVyUs. In the Winners Finals, Liquid were again defeated by OpTic Gaming, resulting in a Losers Bracket finals rematch with Team EnVyUs. Though NV took the first two games, Liquid battled back to take the next four and solidify themselves as the #2 team in North America. Unfortunately, they had little for OpTic, who defeated them 4-1 to take the event.

Timeline

  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015

Player Roster

Current

ID Name Position
USA Penguin Zane Hearon Player
USA Rayne Timothy Tinkler Player
USA StelluR Braedon Boettcher Player
USA Eco Kevin Smith Player
USA Symbolic Kory Arruda Coach/Manager
USA TiberiusAudley Tyler Hicks Analyst

Former

ID Name Next Team
USA Spartan Tyler Ganza Logo std2.png Problem Solvers
USA Commonly Hamza Abbaali Logo std2.png Problem Solvers
USA Danoxide Daniel Terlizzi LGlogo std.png Luminosity Gaming
USA Assault Clete LoRusso Retired.png Retired
USA APG Bradley Laws OGlogo std.png OpTic Gaming
USA Heinz Richie Heniz ELvlogo std.png Team eLevate
USA Ace Aaron Elam OGlogo std.png OpTic Gaming
USA Chig Kyle Lawson Retired.png Retired
USA Ninja Tyler Blevins Logo std2.png Leftovers
USA Mikwen Austin McCleary NVlogo std.png Team EnVyUs
USA Spartan Tyler Ganza WFXlogo std.png Winterfox
USA Aries Mason Miller DTlogo std.png Dream Team
USA Shooter Ryan Sondhi WFXlogo std.png Winterfox
USA Spartan Tyler Ganza Logo std2.png Problem Solvers
USA Commonly Hamza Abbaali Logo std2.png Problem Solvers

Temporary Subs

ID Name Replacing Tournament
USA Danoxide Daniel Terlizzi United States Assault HCS Pro League - Summer 2016 - Week 3

Organization

Current

ID Name Position
Netherlands Nazgul Victor Goossens Co-Owner
USA LiQuiD112 Steve Arhancet Co-Owner
USA LiquidCaleb Caleb Anderson VP Sales/Console Manager

Former

ID Name Position Next Team
USA Elamite Kyle Elam Coach 45px Caster

Tournament History

End Date Game Place Prize Event Players (Coach)
March 5, 2017 Halo 5 logo.png A22nd $10,000 ME Las Vegas 2017 PenguinRayneStelluREcoSymbolic
January 22, 2017 Halo 5 logo.png A22nd $10,000 UGC St. Louis 2017 PenguinRayneStelluREcoSymbolic
December 11, 2016 Halo 5 logo.png A33rd $25,000 HCS Pro League - Fall 2016 Season Finals SpartanCommonlyPenguinRayneSymbolic
November 20, 2016 Halo 5 logo.png A22nd $6,000 HCS Las Vegas 2016 SpartanRaynePenguinCommonlySymbolic
November 10, 2016 Halo 5 logo.png A33rd $11,000 HCS Pro League - Fall 2016 Season SpartanCommonlyPenguinRayne
October 9, 2016 Halo 5 logo.png A33rd $3,500 HCS Orange County 2016 SpartanRaynePenguinCommonlySymbolic
July 30, 2016 Halo 5 logo.png A11st I1Q HCS Pro League - Summer 2016 Relegation SpartanStelluREcoDanoxideSwift Kill
July 15, 2016 Halo 5 logo.png A77th $7,000 HCS Pro League - Summer 2016 Season SpartanStelluREcoDanoxide
May 22, 2016 Halo 5 logo.png A11st I1Q HCS Pro League - Summer 2016 LCQ APGEcoSpartanStelluR
May 8, 2016 Halo 5 logo.png A33rd - HCS Pro League Summer Qualifier 2016 - Group B APGEcoSpartanStelluRAssault
March 20, 2016 Halo 5 logo.png A55 - 8th $75,000 Halo World Championship 2016 AceAPGHeinzEcoElamite
February 21, 2016 Halo 5 logo.png A55 - 8th $2,500 HWC NA Regional Finals 2016 AceAPGHeinzEcoElamite
January 31, 2016 Halo 5 logo.png A55 - 8th - X Games Aspen 2016 AceAPGHeinzEcoTiberiusAudley
July 26, 2015 Halo 2a logo.png A77 - 8th $3,000 HCS Season 2 Finals NinjaAriesShooterSpartanElamite
June 28, 2015 Halo 2a logo.png A77th $1,500 HCS Indianapolis 2015 NinjaAriesShooterSpartanElamite

Interviews

Articles

  • 2015

External Links

Gallery

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Welcoming Halo to the Liquid Family teamliquidpro.com
  2. Spartan's Tweet twitter.com
  3. 3.0 3.1 Changes to Liquid Halo teamliquidpro.com
  4. 4.0 4.1 Mikwen's Tweet twitter.com
  5. 5.0 5.1 Team's Tweet twitter.com
  6. 6.0 6.1 APG's tweet - twitter.com
  7. 7.0 7.1 Liquid'Halo: Roster shuffles and X-GAMES Aspen - teamliquidpro.com
  8. 8.0 8.1 Liquid'Halo changes moving forward... - teamliquidpro.com
  9. 9.0 9.1 Liquid aPG Steps Down, Replaced By Assault - gamurs.com
  10. 10.0 10.1 APG's post - teambeyond.net
  11. TL Halo: HCS Pro League Fall Season Roster Update - teamliquidpro.com
  12. 12.0 12.1 Suspector's tweet - twitter.com
  13. 13.0 13.1 HaloWC 2017 St Louis Qualifier Preview - halowaypoint.com
  14. Halo | The Story Continues youtube.com