On 2nd December 2018, Liquid secured their second piece of silverware at SuperNova CS:GO Malta 2018. Being wide favourites for the event, they cruised through the tournament and won it convincingly. Many would argue that since Malta was not a premier tournament, the victory is almost worthless. This view is incorrect; there are many positives that Liquid can take from the event.
In September 2018, as the confetti showered red in the SSE Arena, the Astralis era was cemented. Much was to be lauded about their teamwork, quality and utter dominance of a Counter-Strike Major, the likes of which had never been seen before. The feeling within the Astralis lineup was completely fresh, one of confidence and pride after winning their second Major. The defeated finalists, Natus Vincere, had in fact felt how they did previously. The CIS powerhouse have failed three times in Major grand finals. Why?
The online ECS league has come to its conclusion, so the time is upon us for the LAN finale. Eight teams from Europe and the Americas will compete for a share of $660,000. The previous iteration of ECS was won by the triumphant Astralis in a domineering fashion over Team Liquid. The tournament will be played out between 22nd November and 25th November, with the first two days featuring a GSL group stage format. Opening matches are BO1s but all other matches will be competed over a three-map series. The playoffs, featuring the top two teams from each group, will be a single-elimination BO3 format played in Arlington, Texas. This will precede the final where the winner will take home $250,000 with the trophy.
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