Team Liquid CSGO roster has been on fire lately. They are rated as the second best CSGO team in the world. At the moment, there is only one Counter-Strike Global Offensive team above them, that being Astralis. This North American organization has 2 Canadian players, two are from the USA, and their latest addition TACO is from Brazil. Overall, a great mixture of fluent English speakers in one place.
- Nick “nitr0” Cannella – AWPer / in-game leader
- Keith “NAF” Markovic – rifler
- Jonathan “EliGE” Jablonowski – rifler
- Epitacio “TACO” de Melo – support
- Russel “Twistzz” Van Dulken – rifler
This roster is filled with firepower and talent. Firstly, Jonathan “EliGE” Jablonowski is a very mechanically skilled player, with great movement, but somehow odd positioning at times. Furthermore, he is a very experienced player, and he is a great fit for CSGO Team Liquid.
One of the most important players for the team is definitely Epitacio “TACO” de Melo. He is an unselfish player, who is always willing to put himself in the harm’s way in order for his team to win the round. He also does not mind buying a lower tiered weapon in order to buy a full kit of grenades. His aim and movement around the map are not bad either, however, they are not on the level of the best players in the world. Overall, everyone needs a player like TACO in their team.
Nick “nitr0” Cannella is primarily an in-game leader for Team Liquid. Not only that, but he is also their primary AWPer. He is not a player who will produce flashy kills and plays. However, he is a player who will constantly add kills to his kill count. Nick also has great positioning, just like his rival from Astralis, Device. Nitr0 is definitely not a star player for Team Liquid, but he contributes a lot to the team.
In the end, most of the kills are produced by Russel “Twistzz” Van Dulken, and Keith “NAF” Markovic. They are both riflers, capable of doing all sorts of crazy stuff. As of late, Twistzz has been stepping up a lot, he was even crowned as an MVP of ESL One New York 2018. His ability to hit headshots is insane. He is also only 18, the future is bright for this youngster. His teammate, Keith is one step above everyone else in the North American Counter-Strike Global Offensive professional scene. His positioning is outstanding, followed by his crosshair placement. NAF is also a very young prospect, he turned 20 not so long ago.
(Russel “Twistzz” Van Dulken with his MVP award at ESL One New York 2018, where team Liquid was eliminated in the finals)
Team Liquid’s game was mostly based on their individual plays. However, as of late, they became more synergized with each other, backup is always there, not being late, not even for a second. Their timings have also improved, alongside their executions. It is really easy to spot that players have been bonding and connecting, not only in the game. They are always smiling and laughing, and that can only benefit the team.
Unlike CSGO team Astralis, this North American organization is basing their strategy on only one guy, that being their coach. Wilton “zews” Prado is 30 years old. His rise as a coach began with former Luminosity Gaming roster, where he was coaching coldzera, fallen, and fer. In early 2017, he joined Team Liquid in order to help them reach the top. He did help the team a lot, but prior to this roster, they were always missing the final piece of the puzzle. With his guidance, this team can only improve, especially with the talent they have.
(Team Liquid’s coach, Wilton “zews” Prado)
Everyone can associate one term to this organization. Choking. As you can see from their past results, this team has always been among the top 5 teams on most of the tournaments they participated in. However, once it gets tough, and once their backs are against the wall they will stop, and eventually, they would be eliminated.
The most famous case of their choking was against Luminosity Gaming, in the semifinals of the Columbus Major 2016. They were up 15-9, and somehow, they managed to lose the game in overtime. You can figure out how hard that hits someone’s morale, and how bad it must feel.
If Team Liquid is able to get rid of their choking problem, they will start winning tournaments, that I assure you of.
ACHIEVEMENTS IN 2018
In 2018, Team Liquid played a lot of tournaments, they have been constantly on the road. These are some of their best results this year, including leagues.
- cs_summit 2 – 1st
- ESL Pro League Season 7 – North America – 1st
- ESL Pro League Season 7 – Finals – 2nd
- Esports Championship Series Season 5 – Finals – 2nd
- ELEAGUE CS:GO Premier 2018 – 2nd
- ESL One: New York 2018 – 2nd
As you can see from their results, Counter-Strike:Global Offensive roster, Team Liquid has always been in the top. If they keep improving like they are doing now, eventually they will have a lot to offer once they have to play versus reigning kings, Astralis.
What do you think, should Team Liquid try to find better players, and who do you think would suit their playstyle? Could they endanger Astralis anytime soon? Be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comments down below.