While teams had often had a sixth man standing behind them to motivate and encourage players, the concept of coaching was not instantly adopted in Counter-Strike. Their role in traditional sports is support, whether it be in-game or out-of-game, as well as developing tactics. In Counter-Strike, professional coaching took time to take off. In the modern game, their role has become very important. Teams like Liquid, coached by Wilton “zews” Prado, owe a lot of their success to their coaches.
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.