On Sunday, August 25, Team Liquid carved their names into LCS history after defeating Cloud9 in the finals 3-2. The victory marked Liquid’s fourth consecutive time hoisting the LCS trophy. The Liquid dynasty begins now.
Yiliang “Doublelift” Peng said in Riot’s finals teaser that he was hoping Cloud9 made it a fun series, and he got exactly what he wished for. Each game was packed with fighting and both teams were relentless, even when playing from behind.
Liquid set the pace of the series by demolishing Cloud9 in game one off the back of Doublelift’s Xayah. Despite Cloud9’s attempts at securing picks and controlling the game, Liquid bested them through superior rotations and slowly restricting Cloud9’s vision pockets.
Just when many people thought Cloud9 didn’t plan on showing up, they won games two and three back to back. Eric “Licorice” Ritchie and Yasin “Nisqy” Dinçer were absolute monsters throughout both games, and for the first time, it looked as though Team Liquid didn’t quite have an answer to Cloud9’s aggression.
Game four, the closest of the series, marked Team Liquid’s heroic comeback. Everything seemed to be going in favor of Cloud9 after a strong early and mid game, dictated by a few beautifully played skirmishes from Licorice’s Poppy, skyrocketed them into the lead. Just as things were beginning to look dire, Liquid won a fight around the Baron pit and ended the game in the blink of an eye.
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The stage was set for an epic game five, but Liquid had other plans. They rendered Cloud9 helpless for the entirety of the game, and didn’t miss a single opportunity to force their opponents to feel the pressure of their lead.
Jensen’s Akali and Doublelift’s Kai’sa stole the show and became so powerful that Cloud9 had no real way of contesting any objectives. The one time they tried to do so was while Team Liquid was burning down Baron, and they paid for it with their lives. Liquid grabbed the buff for themselves and ran it down into Cloud9's base.
When Liquid destroyed Cloud9’s Nexus for the third time that night, they became champions once again. Since franchising began in the LCS back in 2018, Team Liquid went from an unpopular team on the brink of relegation, to the most powerful NA team of all time. Now, their eyes are set on translating this dominance onto the international stage.
“I don’t think there’s another esports organization that even comes close to the level of success that we’ve been able to achieve.” Liquid owner Steve Arhancet said in a post-match press conference. “[A commitment to winning] just bleeds throughout the organization.”
Team liquid have secured the first seed for NA going into the 2019 World Championship, and since they performed well at this year’s Mid-Season Invitational, they’ll have a much better chance at landing a favorable draw in the Group Stage.