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BLAST Spring Series Preview: Liquid


The most dominant North American lineup is preparing to enter 2020 with at least the same success they experienced in the previous year. The team comes into the group play with no distractions. They are the clear favorites and the other three teams are playing a long game of catch up.


ICYMI:


Won six big events in 2019 … Won the second Intel Grand Slam … LAN record of 127-55 in 2019.


Lineup:


Jake ‘Stewie2K’ Yip | 1.03 RAT, .64 KPR, .66 DPR, 72.1 ADR

  • Brings a competitive drive that few players in the game possess.

Russel ‘Twistzz’ Van Dulken | 1.13 RAT, .72 KPR, .60 DPR, 74.4 ADR

  • Liquid’s headshot machine brings the flare to an already explosive team.

Jonathan ‘EliGE’ Jablonowski | 1.20 RAT, .77 KPR, .66 DPR, 85.4 ADR

  • America’s best talent is always a factor in the server, which is why he earned No. 4 on HLTV.

Nick ‘nitr0’ Cannella | 1.02 RAT, .63 KPR, .63 DPR, 67.4 ADR

  • A fragging IGL who has earned his stripes against top competition.

Keith ‘NAF’ Markovic | 1.17 RAT, .72 KPR, .62 DPR, 82.0 ADR

  • Star hybrid player. Could be the single best player on a winning lineup, but his services are welcome on Liquid.

Three keys:


Back to Business: 2019’s Liquid squad was the most dominant lineup North America has seen in CS:GO. Although the year fizzled out in the end, they can look back at the middle parts of the year and reflect on their success. The team is loaded with talent and should have no problem returning to their winning ways inside of group A as long as they gameplan appropriately.


Best in Group: The three best players in group A are all playing on Liquid. The other three opponents have talented players in their own right, but they do not compare to the three-headed monster of EliGE, NAF, and Twistzz. On their mechanical talent alone, Liquid has a clear advantage.


Avoiding Astralis: The Danish lineup is the only team that can consistently take out Liquid in official matches. Luckily for Liquid, Astralis is not in their group. This should give Liquid the green light to run rampant in group A. If both teams advance through the groups, then Liquid will have to face their boogeyman. For now, they are in the clear.


Player Spotlight:


EliGE - As the best-rated player in North America and No. 4 internationally, he will be the player that teams have to stop to beat Liquid. He is a dominant rifler who has become even better with the SG in meta. His ascension into the top five was impressive, and as long as he performs at that level this Liquid team will be near-impossible to stop.


The Bottom Line:


Few teams can match Liquid in their firepower, and none of those teams are in group A. They have the No. 4, No. 7 and No. 9 players in the world on this roster. No other members of the top ten are in this group. With so few star talents pushing back, this group is Liquid’s to lose.

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All statistics used are from the HLTV database.

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