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The best North American team, Team Liquid managed to achieve something extraordinary. They won the fourth big event in a row to clinch Intel Grand Slam prize and earn $1,000,000. They ended their run at ESL One Cologne 2019 with a triumph over Vitality in the Grand Final.

Dominant display prior to the Grand Final

Although Team Liquid didn’t top their group in the most smooth manner, they still managed to do it without big problems. In the first round, they had to play all 30 rounds to beat underdogs MVP PK, but North Americans avoided an upset. In the following round, they were a little bit lucky as Natus Vincere threw the game away because of the bizarre mistake of their best player, s1mple. Anyway, they bested NaVi after three maps (22-19, 14-16, 16-8). In the final round of Upper Bracket, Intel Grand Slam winners outlasted NRG Esports (16-12, 22-20) to advance to Semi-final.

In the Semi-finals, Liquid again faced NaVi. Three maps that were chosen were the same as three maps from their meeting in the Group Stage. However, this time, there was no need to play the third map as Liquid finished the job much earlier. They defeated Natus Vincere on Dust 2 and Overpass with an identical score (16-12).

Team Liquid clinched Intel Grand Slam

In the Grand Final, Team Liquid encountered the strongest upcoming team, Team Vitality. Although we saw four maps, Liquid beat Vitality in a pretty convincing manner. They crushed them on Overpass (16-6), Inferno (16-10) and Mirage (16-7), but lost on Dust 2 (19-17). As the aggregate score was 3-1 in Liquid’s favor, the North Americans won ESL One Cologne and Intel Grand Slam. Hence, they became only the second team that claimed IGS $1,000,000 prize alongside Astralis. However, Liquid accomplished this for only 63 days, which puts even more weight to their success. Unlike other prize money, this money is not going to be sent to the organization but directly to players. Therefore, each player will get $200,000. So, the list of the best earning CS:GO players will need some adjustments.

Good Game League 2019 is one of three CS:GO events that are going to be played July 13-14th. Thanks to its decent prize pool (€100,000 EUR), it attracted some very good teams such as G2, Virtus.pro, HellRaisers and so on.

Format and technical information

As said, Good Game League 2019 is going to be played from July 13th to July 14th. It will take the place in Poznan, Poland at Stadion Miejski w Poznaniu. Teams will split €100,000 EUR among themselves, and the winner of the event will get half of the prize money. The rest of the prize money is going to be distributed in the following way:

  • 2nd place: € 20,000
  • 3rd-4th place: € 8,000
  • 5th-6th place: € 4,000
  • 7th-8th place: € 3,000

As you can see, there are going to be eight teams competing in two GSL groups. The initial and winners matches are Best-of-1 and all remaining matches are Best-of-3. The best two teams from each group advance further to Semi-finals. At the moment, we still don’t have any information about broadcast, but it looks like there is not going to be any Twitch channel in English.

Expectations

The teams that are going to take part in this event are G2 Esports, GamerLegion, HellRaisers, Virtus.pro, Winstrike Team, Tricked Esports, Aristocracy, and Epsilon Esports.

Undoubtedly, the clear favorites for clinching this title are G2 Esports. The Frenchmen led by shox and kennyS surprised everyone at ESL Pro League Season 9 Finals where they had a chance to play in front of the French crowd. They reached the Grand Final but failed to make the last step to the title as Team Liquid defeated them. In addition to that, G2 Esports had some very decent results at these kinds of events where there are no best teams. They played Semi-finals at Charleroi Esports and DreamHack Open Tours, as well as Quarter-finals of DH Masters Dallas.

Nevertheless, there are many other teams that are capable of performing at a high level as well. All these teams except Epsilon Esports had at least one good result this year. Therefore, we are going to see a big battle in Poznan at Good Game League 2019.

Ubisoft Minor, DreamHack Valencia 2019 ended with Rogue clinching the title in a very dominant fashion. The American team defeated Looking For Org in Grand Final 2-0 to win their first title this year.

Group Stage

In the Group Stage, Rogue faced Natus Vincere in the first round. Rogue successfully opened the match on Consulate (7-5), but NaVi bounced back on Villa (7-4). The final leg took place on Kafe Dostoyevsky where Rogue had a convincing result on Defending side. Later on, they crushed NaVi with scoreline 7-3. In the following round, Rogue cruised over LFO on Coastline (7-4) and Clubhouse (8-6). Hence, they joined 7 other teams in Play-offs.

From their group (Group B), the second team that advanced further was eventual runner-up, Looking For Org. Chaos Esports Club topped Group A, followed by PENTA, Team SoloMid ended as the first team in Group C with Team Reciprocity just below them, and FaZe Clan and Team Vitality were on top in Group D.

Play-offs

In Play-offs, Rogue lost the map only in the Quarter-finals. There, they faced Team Reciprocity. The match kicked off on Coastline where Reciprocity dismantled Rogue (7-2). However, DreamHack Valencia 2019 champions managed to come back on Kafe Dostoyevsky (7-5) and Clubhouse (8-6) although they had to dig very deep. In the Semi-final, Rogue didn’t drop a map against Chaos Esports Club, but Chaos made them work really hard to proceed to Grand Final. In the end, Rogue prevailed on Kafe Dostoyevsky (8-7) and Consulate (8-6) to book another meeting with Looking For Org.

In the match for 3rd place, FaZe Clan bested Chaos Esports Club (8-6, 7-3) to take $8,000 home. In the Grand Final of DreamHack Valencia, we saw relatively easy victory on the first map, Bank for Rogue (7-4). However, the second leg was much more intense and Rogue managed to remain the last team standing to secure the triumph and the very first title this year. In addition to that, they will take $30,000 home.