IEM Sydney 2019 is all set to kick off on the Australian soil. Let’s have a look at a couple of teams who deserve the right to claim the trophy this year.
One of the possible contenders of the title is the NA organization, Team Liquid. The side performed will in the BLAST PRO Series Miami, that took place a few weeks ago. They lost to FaZe, 2-0 in the grand final. Despite getting beaten, they prevailed against some of the best teams in the world. This was the second occasion of 2019, where the side finished with a silver medal.
— Intel®ExtremeMasters (@IEM) March 11, 2019
We hope to see Stewie2K and the team shine in Sydney. In Miami, they had a flawless run in the group stage where they finished at 1st place. They won all of their five games played where they met the likes of Astralis, FaZe Clan and Na’Vi. Yet in the final game, they couldn’t get a single win in the series. We wish to see Liquid breaking this 2nd place curse sooner rather than later.
Strong Finishes In 2019
After Miami, the performed well in the ESL Pro League S9 Americas. The team topped the group with a 3-0 record. They faced some decent teams like Ghost Gaming, complexity, and Lazarus. Yet no one could stop Liquid to secure a ticket to the Finals. We really believe that the side has the potential to beat Astralis but they really need to be consistent.
Before the grand finale fall in Miami, Liquid was defeated by Astralis in Sao Paulo. Since the Danes will not be participating, Liquid stand a decent chance to claim the trophy. They have claimed a title in 2019, iBUYPOWER Masters IV. After this feat, they were eliminated in the quarterfinals of IEM Katowice. This is the perfect opportunity for the team to start chasing for the first spot.
FaZe might be a solid contender for IEM Sydney 2019, yet things were not the same a few weeks ago. The conditions were so bad that roster disband was on the cards. They had a terrible start to the year with an early elimination from Katowice. Then they won only one game in the BLAST Pro Series Sao Paulo and were also demolished in the StarSeries & i-League CS:GO Season 7.
— ESL Australia (@ESLAustralia) November 26, 2018
The fortunes of the team changed at the BPS Miami. Where they not only outplayed Liquid in the grand finale but also beat Na’VI, Cloud9, and Astralis. This series of good games enabled them to get the 4th spot in the world rankings. Owing to this victory, they can now possibly qualify for BLAST Pro Series World Championship which will hold a $500,000 prize pool.
A week ago they also prevailed in the ESL Pro League S9 Europe. They got the first spot in the group stage after beating devil.one, Heroic, and NiP.