Team Liquid

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Team Liquid
Team Liquid logo.svg
Location Netherlands
Founded 2001
Manager(s) Victor "Nazgul" Goossens
Steve Arhancet
Sponsors HyperX
Quest Nutrition
Divisions Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
Dota 2
Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft
Heroes of the Storm
League of Legends
StarCraft II
Street Fighter
Super Smash Bros.

Team Liquid (TL) is a video game website and multiregional professional eSports organization based in the Netherlands. With the release of StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty, Team Liquid began sponsoring professional players. In 2012, Team Liquid recruited a North American Dota 2 team, marking their first venture into multi-genre management.[1] In January 2015, Team Liquid officially merged with Team Curse under the Liquid banner, bringing on Steve Arhancet, his supporting staff, and former Curse League of Legends, Street Fighter, and Super Smash Bros. teams. Team Liquid was founded in 2001 originally as a news site focusing on StarCraft.


The website was founded on May 1, 2001 by Victor "Nazgul" Goossens and Joy "Meat" Hoogeveen under the domain[2] On September 22, 2002 the website was moved to the current address of A day later the very first poll was posted as a vote for the website's name with the current name winning over other suggestions such as

Although Team Liquid was known as primarily a StarCraft news site, there are many sub sections on the forums dedicated to other games as well. It was announced on August 30, 2012 that Team Liquid would be expanding to also including Dota 2 as one of their main coverage games. On December 8, 2012, Liquid expanded their eSports franchise for the first time, with the announcement of the recruitment of a North American Dota 2 team.[1]

On January 6, 2015 Steven Arhancet joins Victor Goosens as co-owner of Team Liquid, officially commencing the merge between former Team Curse Gaming under the Team Liquid banner.[3]

On January 24, 2015, it was announced that HTC had become an official sponsor of Team Liquid.[4]


Main Websites[edit]

  • TeamLiquid - The Team Liquid website primarily provides StarCraft II coverage but also has some coverage for StarCraft Brood War, Counter-Strike Global Offensive, Heroes of the Storm, and Super Smash Brothers Melee. With the launch of StarCraft II, Team Liquid has grown into the largest StarCraft community on the internet, with over 220,000 active members and over twenty four million total posts. The website employs four person full-time staff at their New York office to work on the site.[5]
  • TeamLiquidPro - Website focusing on Team Liquid esports team coverage.

Community Websites[edit]

  • LiquidDota - Website directly involving Dota 2.
  • LiquidLegends - Website directly involving League of Legends.
  • LiquidHearth - Website directly involving Hearthstone.
  • Liquipedia – A wiki featuring articles about professional players, tournaments, strategy and other information for StarCraft: Brood War, StarCraft II, Dota 2, Hearthstone, Heroes of the Storm, Super Smash Bros, Counter-Strike, and Overwatch.

Tournaments and Events[edit]

In addition to running a community site and team, Team Liquid also hosts a variety of tournaments and events.

Team Liquid Starleague[edit]

  • The two iterations of the TeamLiquid Starleague (or TSL for short) have been the biggest "foreign" (non-Korean) StarCraft: Brood War tournaments.[citation needed] The first TSL sponsored by Razer in 2008 was highly anticipated at the time, sporting all of the world's top Brood War players. It was topped one year later with 2009's TSL 2, which featured a total prize pool of over $20,000 and remains the largest non-Korean Brood War tournament to date.
  • With the release of Starcraft II, Team Liquid announced a third installment, sponsored again by with a prize pool of $34,700.[6] The tournament took place between March and May 2011. On 25 April 2012, a fourth installment was announced (TSL 4).

Team Liquid StarCraft II Open[edit]

  • The TL Opens are one-day open single-elimination tournaments alternating between the NA and EU servers. The eight TL Open events that lead up to the TSL 3 also served as a qualifier for the TSL.

Team Liquid Legacy Starleague[edit]

  • Announced on January 1, 2013, Team Liquid would be hosting a series of online tournaments for "foreign" players of StarCraft: Brood War.[7]

Community Events[edit]

  • TL Attack: Modeled after a Korean TV show called Bnet Attack, a professional player plays games against non-professionals while chatting with the hosts.
  • Liquibition: A King-of-the-Hill that is played in Bo7 mode.
  • TL Arena: A professional player will be matched up with inferior opponents. With each win he gains, another handicap is added that limits his game play options, until he loses or he has defeated a certain number of opponents.

eSports Team[edit]

The gaming clan "Liquid" was founded by Victor "Nazgul" Goossens near the end of 2000 after deciding to leave his previous clan. Liquid started with four members for the first months and grew to eight players over the following year. The members of the Liquid clan are handpicked by Goossens based on both personality and talent.[8] The team has a dedicated news site separate from the more community oriented site at, announced and released on May 10, 2011.[9]

With the arrival of StarCraft II, Team Liquid announced plans to become an active Pro-Gaming Team. Shortly after, sponsorship by The Little App Factory was announced,[10] which qualified them as a sponsored professional team. This allowed Team Liquid to pay their players a salary and send the team to events around the world. On August 13, 2012, three players traveled to Korea in order to live in the OGS training house and compete in GOMTV's Global StarCraft II League (GSL).[11][12][13]

Of the three players entering the preliminaries, only one, Dario "TLO" Wünsch qualified for the first two GSL events. He was eliminated out in the Second and First rounds respectively.

The third GSL was the strongest showing of Team Liquid thus far. Three players, Hayder "Haypro" Hussein, Jos "Ret" de Kroon and Jonathan "Jinro" Walsh qualified for the main tournament. While Hussein lost first round and de Kroon in 2nd, Walsh made to the semi-finals, losing 0–4 to the eventual winner Jang "MC" Min-Chul.

In 2012, during GSL Season 2, members Song "HerO" Hyeon Deok and Yun "TaeJa" Young Seo made it to the Round of 8 of the Code S tournament, with TaeJa being eliminated while HerO advanced to the semi-finals of the tournament.

On March 2014, Team Liquid announced that it had picked up two legendary Melee players: Ken, who is known as the "King of Smash" and KoreanDJ, who is widely considered as the first player to defeat Mew2King ever since he was considered a God, thus starting its Smash team. After acquiring Curse Gaming, it also signed Hungrybox, who is considered to be one of the Five Gods of Melee, and Chillin, who was the first player to defeat Ken during his prime. On August 11, 2015, it picked up top Super Smash Bros. for Wii U player Nairo, who was the only player to knock ZeRo out of a tournament, ending ZeRo's 55 win tournament streak at MLG World Finals.[14][15] On September 28, 2015, Team Liquid announced that KoreanDJ resigned from the organization and retired from competitive Smash, citing persistent hand and wrist pains.[16]

On January 6, 2015 Liquid acquired the Team Curse's League of Legends roster, which consisted of Quas, IWillDominate, Voyboy, Cop, and Xpecial. The team finished the LCS Spring regular season in 6th place with a 10-9 record. On Week 5 and 6 of NA LCS Piglet was benched and replaced on the starting roster by KEITHMCBRIEF in an effort to try to improve their standings.[17] In the playoffs they beat Counter Logic Gaming 3–0, before losing to Cloud9 3–2 and finishing in 3rd.

One week after the Curse merger, it was announced that Team Liquid acquired a Counter Strike: Global Offensive team that previously played under the title "Denial eSports".[18]

On January 24, 2015, it was announced that HTC had become an official sponsor of Team Liquid.[19]

On September 28, 2015, Team Liquid and Piglet parted ways after another failed qualification bid for the League of Legends World Championship, just a few hours after KoreanDJ resigned from the team.[20] However, this was apparently a fake leak, as just a few hours later, Team Liquid announced on its Instagram that Piglet has extended his contract until November 2016.[21]

On October 9, 2015, it was announced that Liquid would once again be fielding a DotA team, after more of a years absence from the competitive DotA scene. Signing the team formally known as 5JungZ, the new Liquid Dota would consist of a medley of new and old European talent.[22]

Main management[edit]

Victor "Nazgul" Goossens is a founding member and now co-owner of Team Liquid. Nazgul originally competed in Brood War prior to forming Team Liquid.

Steve "LiQuiD112" Arhancet joined the Team Liquid staff when Team Curse merged with Team Liquid. Since the merge, Steve has taken the role of co-owner and primarily manages the League of Legends team.[23]

Current roster[edit]

Counter Strike: Global Offensive[edit]

  • United States Eric "adreN" Hoag
  • United States Nick "nitr0" Cannella
  • United States Spencer "Hiko" Martin
  • United States Jonathan "EliGE" Jablonowski
  • Ukraine Aleksandr "s1mple" Kostyliev

Dota 2[edit]

  • Germany Adrian "FATA-" Trinks
  • Finland Jesse "JerAx" Vainikka
  • Germany Kuro "KuroKy" Salehi Takhasomi
  • Finland Lasse "MATUMBAMAN" Urpalainen
  • Bulgaria Ivan "MinD_ContRoL" Borislavov


  • United States Tyler "Ninja" Blevins
  • United States Austin "Mikwen" Mikwen
  • United States Kyle "Chig" Lawson
  • United States Aaron "Ace" Elam

Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft[edit]

Heroes of the Storm[edit]

  • Portugal Joaquim "Lowell" Fitas
  • Germany Cristoph "Cris" Gowitzke
  • Germany Raoul "GerdamHerd" Saurbier

League of Legends[edit]

  • South Korea Kim "FeniX" Jae-hun
  • United States Matt "Matt" Elento
  • South Korea Chae "Piglet" Gwang-jin
  • United States Samson "Lourlo" Jackson
  • United States Joshua "Dardoch" Hartnett

League of Legends Challenger Series team[edit]

  • Canada Derek "zig" Shao
  • United States Jovani "fabbbyyy" Guillen
  • United States Zaryab "Zary" Syed
  • Canada Andy "Smoothie" Ta
  • South Korea Youngbin "Youngbin" Jung

StarCraft II[edit]

  • Denmark Patrick "Bunny" Brix
  • South Korea Song "HerO" Hyeon Deok
  • Poland Grzegorz "MaNa" Komincz
  • Netherlands Jos "Ret" de Kroon
  • Norway Jens "Snute" Aasgaard
  • South Korea Yun "TaeJa" Young Seo
  • Germany Dario "TLO" Wünsch
  • Spain Juan "VortiX" Moreno Durán

Super Smash Bros.[edit]

Street Fighter[edit]

  • United States Du "NuckleDu" Dang

Former members[edit]

  • France Cristofer "BlackScorp" Embareck (Heroes of the Storm)
  • Spain Víctor "FalcoN" Manuel Sánchez López (Heroes of the Storm)
  • Spain Fran "GranPkt" Núñez (Heroes of the Storm)
  • United States Tyler "Pithx" Entner (Heroes of the Storm)
  • United States Shawn "Sheth" David Simon (Heroes of the Storm)
  • United States Keaton "Biceps" Consentine (Heroes of the Storm)
  • United States Derek "DunkTrain" Arabian (Heroes of the Storm)
  • United States John Paul "KingCaffeine" Lopez (Heroes of the Storm)
  • Spain Pedro "LucifroN" Moreno Durán (Heroes of the Storm)
  • Spain Juan "VortiX" Moreno Durán (Heroes of the Storm)
  • United States Kyle "flowsicK" Mendez (Counter-Strike: Global Offensive)
  • Canada Damien "daps" Steele (Counter-Strike: Global Offensive)
  • Canada Keith "NAF" Markovic (Counter-Strike: Global Offensive)
  • United States Jacob "FugLy" Medina (Counter-Strike: Global Offensive)
  • South Korea Choi "Zenio" Jung Min (StarCraft II)
  • Canada Chris "HuK" Loranger (StarCraft II)
  • Sweden Hayder "HayprO" Hussein (StarCraft II)
  • United States Jimmy "DeMoN" Ho (Dota 2)
  • Sweden Jonathan "Jinro" Walsh (StarCraft II)
  • Germany Max "qojqva" Broecker (Dota 2)
  • Canada Peter "Waytosexy" Nguyen (Dota 2)
  • United States Sam "BuLba" Sosale (Dota 2)
  • United States Shawn "Sheth" Simon (StarCraft II)
  • Canada Tyler "TC" Cook (Dota 2)
  • United States Tyler "NonY" Wasieleski (StarCraft II)
  • South Korea Yum "Sea" Bo Sung (StarCraft II)
  • United States Mason "Aries" Miller (Halo)
  • United States Ryan "Shooter" Sondhi (Halo)
  • United States Tyler "Spartan" Ganza (Halo)
  • United States Kyle "Elamite" Elam (Halo)
  • United States Steven "Korok" Ashworth (Dota 2)
  • United States Brian "FLUFFNSTUFF" Lee (Dota 2)
  • United States Michael "ixmike88" Ghannam (Dota 2)
  • United States Daniel "KoreanDJ" Jung (Super Smash Bros.)[25]
  • United States Christian "IWillDominate" Rivera (League of Legends)
  • Colombia Diego "Quas" Ruiz (League of Legends)
  • United States Alex "Xpecial" Chu (League of Legends)
  • United States Yuri "Keith" Jew (League of Legends)
  • United States Jason "AmazHS" Chan (Hearthstone)

Notable tournament results[edit]

Dota 2[edit]

Date Tournament Country Placement
2013 The International 2013 Dota 2 Championship United States 7th/8th
2014 The International 2014 Dota 2 Championship United States 9th/10th

League of Legends[edit]

Date Tournament Country Placement
2010 Premier League Season 1 United States 2nd
2011 MLG Pro Circuit Raleigh, NC United States 4th
2011 Global IEM Guangzhou Online Qualifiers United States 2nd
2011 5v5 Tournament United States 2nd
2011 Go4LoL July and August Monthly Finals United States 1st
2011 NESL IEM NY Online Qualifier 2011 United States 1st
2011 IGN Atlantic City United States 5th
2011 Tournament United States 1st
2011 Premier League Season 2 United States 2nd
2011 Premier League Season 2 Championship United States 2nd
2011 MCB Tournament United States 2nd
2012 IEM Kiev Ukraine 5th
2012 5 on 5 Conflict on Crystal Scar Tournament 1 and 2 United States 1st
2012 IEM World Grand Championship Finals Germany 5th
2012 IPL 4 Las Vegas April United States 5th
2012 CSN (Cyber Sports Network) 4 Point Cup Tournament United States 3rd
2012 Alienware Spring Season Tournament United States 1st
2012 NESL Pro Series Season 3 United States 1st
2012 MLG Anaheim Invitational United States 5th
2012 Reign of Gaming Invitational United States 4th
2012 Leaguecraft ggClassic United States 2nd
2012 IPL FaceOff in SF Qualifier United States 2nd
2012 MLG Summer Arena United States 3rd
2012 IPL Faceoff San Francisco United States 2nd
2012 MLG Raleigh, NC United States 1st
2012 NA Regional Finals at PAX Prime United States 4th
2012 Solomid Tournament #7 United States 1st
2012 MLG Fall Championship United States 7th
2012 2012 World -Esports Masters China 7th
2012 Lone Star Clash United States 2nd
2012 Solomid Tournament #9 United States 2nd
2012 IPL 5 Las Vegas United States 6th
2012 Solomid Invitational Finals United States 1st
2012 Solomid Tournament #12 United States 1st
2013 National Elite Pro League United States 1st
2013 MLG Prize Fight Series United States 1st
2013 IEM Katowice Poland 5th
2013 Riot Season 2 North American Regionals United States 4th
2013 LCS North America Season 3 Spring Playoffs United States 4th
2013 LCS North America Season 3 Summer Playoffs United States 6th
2014 2014 NA LCS Spring Playoffs United States 4th
2014 2014 NA LCS Summer Playoffs United States 4th
2015 2015 NA LCS Spring Playoffs United States 3rd

StarCraft II[edit]

Date Tournament Country Placement Player
2011 North American Star League Season 2 2011 SC2 Championship United States 2nd Song "HerO" Hyeon Deok
2011 North American Invitational United States 2nd Shawn "Sheth" Simon
2011 European Invitational United States 1st Jos "Ret" de Kroon
2011 Sony Ericsson Starcraft II Code-S January 2011 South Korea 3rd/4th Jonathan "Jinro" Walsh
2011 Sony Ericsson StarCraft II Open Season 3 South Korea 3rd/4th Jonathan "Jinro" Walsh
2011 MLG Dallas United States 1st Jonathan "Jinro" Walsh
2011 SC2 EU Championship United Kingdom 1st Dario "TLO" Wünsch
2011 Assembly Winter 2011 SC2 Championship Finland 1st Jos "Ret" de Kroon
2011 DreamHack Summer 2011 Sweden 1st Chris "Huk" Loranger
2011 Homestory Cup 3 Germany 1st Chris "Huk" Loranger
2011 DreamHack Winter 2011 SC2 Championship Sweden 1st Song "HerO" Hyeon Deok
2012 DreamHack Winter 2012 SC2 Championship Sweden 1st Song "HerO" Hyeon Deok
2012 DreamHack Winter 2012 SC2 Championship Sweden 2nd Yun "TaeJa" Young Seo
2013 DreamHack Winter 2013 SC2 Championship Sweden 1st Yun "TaeJa" Young Seo
2015 StarCraft II World Championship Series 2015 Season 3 Poland 2nd Grzegorz "MaNa" Komincz

Super Smash Bros.[edit]

Date Tournament Country Placement Player
2015 Apex 2015 Championship Series Melee Championship United States 5th Juan "Hungrybox" Debiedma
2015 CEO - Community Effort Orlando 2015 Melee United States 5th Juan "Hungrybox" Debiedma
2015 EVO 2015 World Championships Melee Championship United States 2nd Juan "Hungrybox" Debiedma
2015 MLG World Championship Finals Super Smash Bros. for Wii U United States 1st Nairoby "Nairo" Quezada

Street Fighter[edit]

Date Tournament Country Placement Player
2015 Apex 2015 Championship Series USF4 Championship United States 1st Du "NuckleDu" Dang
2015 Combo Breaker 2015 United States 1st Du "NuckleDu" Dang
2015 EVO 2015 World Championships USF4 Championship United States 7th Du "NuckleDu" Dang

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Horton, Samuel (2012-12-08). "Team Liquid ventures into Dota". SK Gaming. 
  2. ^ "About". Retrieved 2011-02-06. 
  3. ^ Farrelly, Steve (January 7, 2015). "Curse Gaming Folds into Team Liquid to Become One Super eSports Organisation". AusGamers. Retrieved January 8, 2015. 
  4. ^ "HTC Sponsors Team Liquid". 24 January 2015. Retrieved 28 January 2015. 
  5. ^ TeamLiquid HQ Announcement
  6. ^ TSL 3 Announcement
  7. ^ Team Liquid Legacy Starleague
  8. ^ "IPL 3 Groups, Stream Info, LoL and much more!". IGN. Retrieved 26 November 2011. 
  9. ^ Team Liquid - Professional StarCraft 2 Team - TeamLiquidPro: Home Sweet Home
  10. ^ "Presenting TLAF-Liquid`!". Retrieved 2011-02-06. 
  11. ^ "Homecoming: Liquid` to Korea!". Retrieved 2011-02-06. 
  12. ^ Gaudioso, John (23 September 2011). "Pro Gamer Shawn "Sheth" Simon Talks MLG, StarCraft II and the Future of eSports". Retrieved 26 November 2011. 
  13. ^ "oGsLiquid House Tour". Giantbomb. Retrieved 26 November 2011. 
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  17. ^ Bumblebee (February 16, 2015). "LCS News: KEITH moved to starting roster for week 5 Author". 
  18. ^ "Introducing Counter-Strike: Global Offensive". 13 January 2015. Retrieved 8 April 2015. 
  19. ^ "HTC Sponsors Team Liquid". 24 January 2015. Retrieved 8 April 2015. 
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  21. ^ "TeamLiquidLoL on Instagram: “@Liquid_Piglet extended his contract with Team Liquid on September 21 2015 to November 20 2016 #ImBaaaaack #LCS #LeagueofLegends”". Instagram. Retrieved 2015-09-29. 
  22. ^ "Liquid Reincarnation". 9 October 2015. Retrieved 21 October 2015. 
  23. ^ "INTERVIEW: Team Liquid co-owner Steve Arhancet discusses the rise of eSports - and what's next for the sector". Mcvuk. 16 February 2015. Retrieved 9 April 2015. 
  24. ^ "Challenger Approaching: Nairo sponsored by Team Liquid". Team Liquid. Retrieved August 12, 2015. 
  25. ^ "All good things must come to an end: KDJ leaves Team Liquid". Team Liquid. Retrieved September 28, 2015. 

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