Team Liquid overcame Vitality and was crowned champion of the ESL One Cologne 2019. The Americans beat the French 3-1 in a best of five series and took home $ 125,000 worth of prize money. The dispute took place this Sunday (7), at the Lanxess Arena in the city of Cologne, Germany, known as the “cathedral of CS: GO”.
The first map of the dispute was chosen by Team Liquid and it was Overpass. The Americans started on the TR side and had balanced first half, with early round exchanges. However, the Cavalos managed to open a small advantage and went into the beak with 9-6 on the scoreboard. After the break, Team Liquid won the round pistol and had no problems to end the game 16-6.
The second map of series, Dust II was picked by Vitality and it was an exciting series for the fans. Starting as a CT, Team Liquid took early rounds with good performance from Canadian Russell “Twistzz” Van Dulken. Yet he failed to secure a first half lead against the French team, as Vitality led 8-7. After the break, Vitality was unable to build on the momentum advantage, and Liquid managed to tie the match in 15-15. In overtime, the French won the first two rounds with important eliminations from Cédric “RpK” Guipouy and closed the first half of the overtime with 17-16 lead. In the second half, Mathieu “ZywOo” Herbaut finished the game with a 1v3 clutch, to finish the map 19-17.
The third map of the series was Inferno. Vitality started well by winning the pistol round. Yet they failed to capitalize. The Americanswon five consecutive rounds, until Vitality started to show some glimpses of comeback. Yet the Horses were having none of it as ended the first half with a dominating 11-4 lead. After the break, Vitality again won the pistol round but it was not enough as the French lost 16-10.
The last map of the series was Mirage. Team Liquid started as CTS and won the first pistol round. The Americans won three rounds in a row, but it was not enough to tame the French as they won seven rounds in a row, to reverse the game 7-3. The Cavalos had strength and, thanks to impressive eliminations from Jacky “Stewie2K” Yip, they led 8-7 at the end of the first half. After the break, Liquid was able to win the pistol again and won most of the rounds, to close the match 16-8.
Liquid won first place in Group A and started the playoffs from the semi-finals. There the NA side defeated Natus Vincere with a score of 2: 0. In the other semi-final, Vitality overcame Astralis. ESL One Cologne 2019 took place from July 2–7, where Liquid won $ 125,000. The team also received the Intel Grand Slam award for winning four ESL and DreamHack tournaments in a calendar year.