This article is part of a series aimed at introducing the teams that are going to play at the ELEAGUE Major Boston. To see profiles of other teams, click on the images at the bottom of the article.
The ELEAGUE Major Boston is going to be the first tournament to feature a new structure where the Offline Qualifier is played under the umbrella of the Major instead of it being a separate event. We’re looking at all teams set to take part in the event, starting with the Minors’ Champions, teams which will play in the new Play-In stage of the event.
Finally, we’re getting to the good or at least decent stuff in this series. While Team Liquid is unlikely to win ELEAGUE Major Boston, this NA team should at least be able to get into the Top 16 on the merits of their core four players.
Liquid’s performance has been up and down for a long time. During their highs, they were able to stand up against some of the best CS:GO teams in the world. Unfortunately, drama struck from within, resulting in declining results and the inevitable knee-jerk reaction—roster swaps.
The majority of the roster has been playing together for a long while. Nicholas “nitr0” Cannella, Jonathan “EliGE” Jablonowski, Joshua “jdm64” Marzano and Russel “Twistzz” Van Dulken are Liquid veterans at this point.
The roster is filled out by Lucas “steel” Lopes, a formal Immortals player who replaced Peter “stanislaw” Jarguz on Nov. 13, 2017.
With steel, the Team Liquid squad is likely to be suffering from communication hurdles because of the fact that steel is Brazilian and players coming from this country aren’t known for their stellar English skills. The only bright spots are that the player seems to be holding his own in the in-game skill department and that the team’s coach, Wilton “zews” Prado, is Brazilian as well, giving the player someone to talk to.
But that’s not really relevant for the upcoming ELEAGUE Major Boston. You see, steel won’t be able to represent his new team in the Major because he played for Immortals in the Americas Minor Qualifier. What does this mean? Zews will have to step in and play, which is definitely not ideal at all. With that in mind, getting out of the Qualifier Stage might be possible, but expecting Liquid to perform in the Major proper is stretching it.
While we would like to tell you how the current Team Liquid roster plays together in terms of stats, it’s practically impossible due to the tiny sample size. That is with steel as the fifth player. With zews standing in? There’s simply no data.
Team Liquid has played in two events, IEM Oakland 2017 and the ECS Season 4 Finals with steel, but that doesn’t matter because playing with their coach is a completely different matter.