Team Liquid have won ESL One Cologne. The North American team hoisted the trophy and claimed the lion’s share of the $300,000 prize pool after a 3-1 victory in the best-of-five grand finals over Team Vitality.
Outside of a second map loss in overtime, Liquid looked dominant throughout the series and even managed to keep Mathieu ‘ZywOo’ Herbaut relatively quiet. The young French player was still the only player to net a positive kill-to-death ratio at the end of the series though with a +14.
Russel ‘Twistzz’ Van Dulken led the charge with a +32 of his own, but he had plenty of help as Jonathan ‘EliGE’ Jablonowski, Nick ‘nitr0’ Cannella, and Keith ‘NAF’ Markovic posted k/d’s of +21, +20, and +13 respectively.
In addition to the $125,000 first place prize, Liquid also earned the Intel Grand Slam and an additional $1 million dollars. The team already picked up wins at IEM Sydney, DreamHack Masters Dallas, and the ESL Pro League Season 9 Finals to put them one victory away from the Grand Slam. Liquid still had six opportunities to earn the extra $1 million even if they hadn’t won this event. They didn’t need more opportunities though and managed to pick it up in just 63 days.
Only Astralis has also picked up one event in the second iteration of the Intel Grand Slam and will need three more by the end of the year to win $1 million.
IEM Katowice 2019 – Astralis
IEM Sydney 2019 – States Liquid
DreamHack Masters Dallas 2019 – Liquid
ESL Pro League Season 9 Finals – Liquid
ESL One Cologne 2019 – Liquid