ESL-Team Liquid

Humza KhalidE-Sports/Teams0 Comments


Another worth known team in e-sports is “Team Liquid”. TL, a video game website and a multiregional professional e-sports organization, has made its way through various divisions of e-sports and carried its name along with it in every battle. TL is an impressive team comprising of players with extra ordinary abilities, not to mention the team has the highest tournament wins of 692, greater than any other team in e-sports.


The original game website was formed and established back on May 1, 2001, by Victor “Nazgul” Goossens and Joy “Meat” Hoogeveen under the domain “”. later on September 22, 2002 the website was renamed to the current address of “”. The very next day the site’s first poll was posted as a vote for the website’s name with the current name winning over many other suggestions such as “”.

Primarily, the team and the site was established just to participate in “Star Craft” and to feature its news. The team functioned and progressed in the very particular field and led themselves to victory in various tournaments and contests. Later many sub sections on the forums dedicated to other games as well. It was later announced on August 30, 2012 that TL would be expanding to other divisions as well. Which included Dota 2 as one of their main coverage games. On December 8, 2012, TL expanded their e-sports franchise for the very first time, with the announcement of the North-American Dota 2 team.

Later in 2015, Steven Arhancet joined Victor as co-owner of TL and commenced the merging of the Former Team Curse under TL’s banner.

TL’s sponsors include some big companies such as HTC, HyperX, Alienware, Nissan and many more.0127_LCSNA2_0_pic3

Events and Divisions

Team Liquid currently plays for different divisions including “Counter Strike: Global Offensive, Dota 2, Halo, Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft, Heroes of the storm, League of Legends, League of Legends Challenger Series, Star Craft 2 and many others.


TL has currently following rosters for their divisions

Counter Strike: Global Offensive

  • Nick “nitr0” Cannella
  • Spencer “Hiko” Martin
  • Jonathan “EliGE” Jablonowski
  • Aleksandr “s1mple” Kostyliev (stand-in)
  • Josh “jdm64” Marzano
  • Jacob “Pimp” Winneche
  • Luis “peacemaker” Tadeu (coach)

Dota 2

  • Adrian “FATA-” Trinks
  • Jesse “JerAx” Vainikka
  • Kuro “KuroKy” Salehi Takhasomi
  • Lasse “MATUMBAMAN” Urpalainen
  • Ivan “MinD_ContRoL” Borislavov


  • Tyler “Spartan” Ganza
  • Kevin “Eco” Smith
  • Dan “Danoxide” Terlizzi
  • Braedon “StelluR” Boettcher

Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft

  • Janne “Savjz” Mikkonen
  • Eugene “Neirea” Shumilin
  • Jeffrey “SjoW” Brusi
  • David “Dog” Caero
  • Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier

Heroes of the Storm

  • Joaquim “Lowell” Fitas
  • Cristoph “Cris” Gowitzke
  • Raoul “GerdamHerd” Saurbier
  • Daniel “Shad” González
  • Arturs “bkbgrnrjefek” Hlibovs

League of Legends

  • Samson “Lourlo” Jackson
  • Joshua “Dardoch” Hartnett
  • Kim “FeniX” Jae-hun
  • Jovani “fabbbyyy” Guillen
  • Matt “Matt” Elento

League of Legends Challenger Series

  • Colin “Solo” Earnest
  • Galen “Moon” Holgate
  • Greyson “Goldenglue” Gilmer
  • Jovani “fabbbyyy” Guillen
  • William “Stunt” Chen

StarCraft II

  • Patrick “Bunny” Brix
  • Grzegorz “MaNa” Komincz
  • Jos “Ret” de Kroon
  • Jens “Snute” Aasgaard
  • Yun “TaeJa” Young Seo
  • Dario “TLO” Wünsch
  • Juan “VortiX” Moreno Durán

Super Mash Bros

  • Kashan “Chillin” Khan
  • Juan “Hungrybox” Debiedma
  • Ken “Ken” Hoang
  • Nairoby “Nairo” Quezada


Street Fighter

  • Du “NuckleDu” Dangcounter_strike_1720743


  • Keven “AZK” Lariviere
  • Tim “DaHanG” Fogarty
  • Tim “dummy” Olson
  • Cody “Frisco” Day
  • Adam “MESR” De La Torre
  • Jacob “Vee” Calderon

Team Liquid’s Websites

Tl currently runs two websites under its supervision. The main website provides Star-Craft, CS: GO, Super Smash Bros and Heroes of the Storm’s coverage and broadcast. Tl has grown into largest Star-Craft community over the internet with over 24 million total posts. The website employs 4 person full-time staff at their NY office to work on the site.

TeamLiquidPro site focuses on TL’S e-sports team coverage

Community websites include “LiquidDota, LiquidLegends, liquidHearth, Liquidpedia”.


TL not only features the coverage of gaming events but also hosts different tournaments as well.

Team Liquid Starleague

The two iterations of the TeamLiquid Starleague have been the biggest “foreign” (non-Korean) StarCraft: Brood War tournaments. 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.

  Team Secret

With the release of Starcraft II, Team Liquid announced a third installment, sponsored again by with a prize pool of $34,700. 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

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

Team Liquid Legacy Starleague

Announced on January 1, 2013, Team Liquid would be hosting a series of online tournaments for “foreign” players of StarCraft: Brood War.375px-Liquid_TI3

E-Sports Team

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. The team has a dedicated news site separate from the more community oriented site at, announced and released on May 10, 2011.

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, 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) 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.

  Team Evil Geniuses

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. On September 28, 2015, Team Liquid announced that KoreanDJ resigned from the organization and retired from competitive Smash, citing persistent hand and wrist pains.

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. 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.

On October 9, 2015, it was announced that Liquid would once again be fielding a Dota team, after more of a year’s 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 .

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