Team Liquid’s CS:GO team continues to work towards an era of their own. This weekend, the reigning world No. 1 team took another title home, winning BLAST Pro Series Los Angeles without dropping a single game.
Liquid’s cruise through the group stage was very much unopposed. Not only did they go 5-0 in games, but also dropped only 8.6 rounds on average each match. MIBR and Renegades were the only sides that went to double digits against Liquid (11 rounds each), with no other opponent being able to stand toe to toe with the North Americans.
Team Liquid did eventually play a couple of close games, but still never went the full distance in the best-of-3 playoff matches. Cloud9 threatened overtime on Inferno with a powerful T-side, coming back from a 13-2 deficit in the first half, but Liquid snatched round 30 to win the series and send Cloud9 home. FaZe Clan also did their best and played 29 rounds on Nuke, but not even their star duo of Nikola “NiKo” Kovač and Ladislav “GuardiaN” Kovács could match the firepower coming from Keith “NAF” Markovic and jake “Stewie2K” Yip.
NAF also took the tournament’s MVP medal, averaging 1.40 rating over nine maps and peaking at 1.93 in the 16-4 win against FaZe Clan in the group stages.
This is Liquid’s fifth LAN championship in a row, not counting the $1M Intel Grand Slam, which the team won in record 63 days. Whether the NA side is already in an era of their own is still up for debate, but another championship at the upcoming IEM Chicago or, more importantly, the StarLadder Major later this year, would certainly put those discussions to rest.