After a string of heartbreaking near-misses, Team Liquid have finally picked up their first premier tournament win of 2019.
16 of the world’s best Counter-Strike: Global Offensive teams, albeit without one or two big names, descended on Sydney, Australia for the newest installment of the Intel Extreme Masters event – looking to secure the $100.000 top prize.
IEM Sydney 2019 came to a climatic end as Team Liquid claimed victory during the CS:GO grand final match. They defeat tournament superstars Fnatic, thereby claiming the IEM Sydney 2019 championship trophy.
Despite setting Qudos Bank Arena on fire, many considered Fnatic to be the undergo heading into the grand final. And the boys knew it, kicking off the first map with an absolute slaughter.
Team Liquid could not take an inch for the first dozen or so rounds, with Fnatic pounding them into submission.
Despite that, Liquid showed resilience and immediately answered serve with a 16-14 win on Overpass and rolled that into a 16-8 victory on Mirage.
However, the Swedes responded with a dominant 16-6 Dust 2 win of their own to force the series to five maps. Yet, Liquid held their nerve and strung out a 16-9 win on Inferno to pick up the IEM Sydney title.