The best CS:GO team in the world, Team Liquid, managed to win IEM XIV Chicago, which is their fifth big title in a row. Team Liquid keeps dominating the field after they won IEM Sydney, DH Masters Dallas, ESL Pro League, ESL One Cologne, and BLAST Pro Los Angeles.
Team Liquid had a relatively easy job in Group Stage although they dropped a map against G2 Esports. In the first round, however, the North American team destroyed their compatriots Team Envy as they allowed them to win just seven rounds on two maps. On the first map (Vertigo), Team Envy barely won a single round. It was the second pistol round that Team Envy wasn’t supposed to win as it was the clutch situation. On the following map (Mirage), Team Liquid conceded six rounds as they easily bested Nifty and co. to book a meeting with G2 Esports.
Liquid didn’t step in Winners’ Match in the best possible way given that they lost the first map (Dust 2) after 16-13 scoreline. The second map was Liquid’s best map, Overpass, but even there G2 could easily prevail as they had an 11-10 lead at one point. Nevertheless, Liquid bounced back and then easily finished G2 off on the third map (Inferno) in a dominant fashion (16-9).
It appeared like Liquid had an easier ride in Play-offs than in the Group Stage. In Semi-final, Liquid edged out Team Vitality on Dust 2 (16-11), and Overpass (16-9).
In Grand Final, Liquid met ENCE who previously defeated MiBR after three map series. This was the second meeting between ENCE in Team Liquid in Grand Finals this year. Last time when they met, we saw a tight game, but this time, it was a one-way road where Liquid was driving the car. They absolutely dismantled ENCE on the first two maps conceding five rounds in total. Later on, Liquid concluded Best-of-5 Grand Final on Inferno with minimal advantage (16-14) to win IEM XIV Chicago, their fifth big title in a row.