Team Liquid grabbed their fourth domestic title in a row Sunday night after beating Cloud9 in a five-game thriller. This makes them the second winningest team in North America and although they are still two titles short of tying Team SoloMid’s record of six, they are the first team to win four in a row — an achievement only G2 Esports and Flash Wolves have accomplished in the five major regions.
Despite winning game 1 on the back of a strong bot lane and a terrifying Aatrox from Jung “Impact” Eon-yeong, Team Liquid found themselves trailing by game 3. In the jungle battle, Dennis “Svenskeren” Johnsen’s Sejuani twice defeated Jake “Xmithie” Puchero’s signature Skarner, snowballing Cloud9’s carries in the mid game and putting his team on match point.
Game 4 didn’t start well for Team Liquid either as Eric “Licorice” Ritchie’s Poppy found two kills on Impact up top before the sixth minute mark, but by the time the mid game came around, both Yiliang “Doublelift” Peng and Nicolaj “Jensen” Jensen came online and turned the game around in their favor. With the teams tied at 2-2, Team Liquid returned for the final game invigorated and delivered a masterclass of League of Legends. Jensen’s Akali stole the show, finishing 11/0/5 and Team Liquid gave away only four kills to their 24, becoming LCS champions at the 31-minute mark, with 17K gold advantage to their name.
Both Team Liquid and Cloud9 were a lock for Worlds 2019 already, but the win at the finals is nevertheless significant for Liquid. Besides bringing them their fourth in a row, it’s Doublelift’s fifth consecutive title and the sixth overall in his career, cementing his position as LCS’s GOAT. This was also the second major grand final the team played that day, after Liquid’s Dota 2 team took second place at The International 9, barely missing on the chance to become the first two-time champions of the event.
The third and final LCS representative for Worlds will be decided September 6-8 through the Regional Gauntlet.