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Team Liquid: its history and success in the esports scene, top earning players, and more!

December 21 2022

Team Liquid: its history and success in the esports scene, top earning players, and more!
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Team Liquid, with countless champion titles and tournament trophies under its belt, is the most renowned and successful gaming organization in the esports industry. Let’s talk about its rise and history, top earning players, Liquipedia, most important Tournaments, and more.

Team Liquid has become a brand in the esports industry with over 120 esports players representing it in 19 esports titles, including Dota 2, CS:GO, League of Legends, FIFA, VALORANT, Rocket League, PUBG, and Rainbow Six. Having been in business for more than 20 years, Liquid presently runs two training facilities in addition to numerous business divisions across North America, Europe, and Asia. 

Although the organization has experienced tremendous growth in popularity in recent years, fans are still unaware of how the organization, which began as an online Starcraft community in 2000, came to dominate the esports industry. Therefore, here you will find the answers to all your questions you might have about Team Liquid as a fan, including its history, significant victories, worth, revenues, and more. 

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How did Team Liquid rise to prominence in esports?

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Victor Goossens established Team Liquid in 2000 as an online gaming community for StarCraft enthusiasts. The first few years of Team Liquid's existence were spent as an online community devoted to StarCraft and the nascent video game tournaments that were emerging at the time. With the release of StarCraft II in 2010, Blizzard Entertainment sparked a rebirth of interest in gamers, influencing them to join the emerging esports scene. Gossens entered the esports market along with many other well-funded organizations with the goal of dominating the scene, which was monopolized by Korean players.

After finding some success in Blizzard's title, Liquid expanded a little further and joined Dota 2 of the Valve Corporation with the signing of its first player in 2012. In order to focus on games like League of Legends, Street Fighter, and Super Smash Bros, Team Liquid merged with the esports organization Team Curse in 2015. Team Curse founder Steve "LiQuiD112" Arhancet became the Co-CEO of the merged entity, while Goossens remained the CEO.

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The brand-new Team Liquid deployed rosters across a wide range of popular titles, including Starcraft 2, League of Legends, Super Smash Bros. Melee, Street Fighter V, CS:GO, and Dota 2. After winning many tournaments, Liquid's Dota 2 team quickly established itself as one of the greatest teams in the world, ushering in a period of dominance. 

The legacy of Liquid was further strengthened when NuckleDu won the Capcom Cup, one of the biggest tournaments in the fighting game community. Liquid became one of the most respected organizations not only in the North American region but around the world, as Juan "Hungrybox" Debiedma won eight first-place finishes in 2016 before winning EVO's grand finals against Armada.

Liquid’s connection with Liquipedia

In addition to their accomplishments in the esports world, Liquid is associated with, an online directory of all significant players and community members in the esports world. The website, which is a priceless resource for professionals in various fields, is methodically and quickly updated with roster changes and the addition of new organizations. In addition, the website records team’s achievements and finishes across various esports titles and events. Earlier this year, on October 10, Liquipedia released its first official mobile app. With features for all types of players, this app keeps you informed about tournament standings for esports games, including Rocket League, Dota 2, Counter-Strike, VALORANT, Rainbow Six, and League of Legends.

How much is Team Liquid worth?  

Team Liquid's recent appraisal gained it the status of the most successful esports organization in terms of its notable financial performance. To support its growth and expansion goal, Team Liquid and parent firm aXiomatic announced the closing of a $35 million fundraising round in May of this year. Based on a valuation supported by a successful investment round, Team Liquid is now valued at an estimated $415 million, making them the most valuable esports organization in the world.

Notable events won by Team Liquid

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So what are the most notable events won by Team Liquid over the years? In the table below you will find all the relevant information!

Heartbreaking Grand Final losses experienced by Liquid

There have been some tournaments were, even if arriving in the finals, Team Liquid did not manage to bring the title home. Let's see when.

Team Liquid's earnings through the prize pool?

Team Liquid has been a dominant force in Dota 2 for a long time, and its string of accomplishments at The Internationals has contributed significantly to its wealth. Dota 2 has brought in a total of $25 million for the organization, making up 58% of its overall prize money earnings from esports tournaments. At The International, Team Liquid has consistently finished in the top eight, earning over $500,000 from its performance in 2016. 

The team, however, received a hefty payout of over $10 million in 2017 after dominating the world stage and winning the championship. The squad maintained its impressive record the next year, earning $4.5 million after finishing second in The Internationals 2019 and $1 million in 2018 with a fourth-place finish. Nearly half of Team Liquid's total prize money during its entire history came from those four awards from Dota 2’s The International.

Team Liquid’s top three players in terms of earning

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Number 1 earning player of Team Liquid: MinD_ContRoL

With stunning earnings of $4,462,254, Ivan "MinD_ContRoL" Ivanov is Team Liquid's highest earner in Dota 2. Elige has won 28 tournaments in total as a member of Team Liquid and became the top esports earner in Bulgaria. However, he is no longer a part of team liquid and joined Nigma in 2019.

Number 2 earning player of Team Liquid: KuroKy

Kuro "KuroKy" Takhasomi is a well-known Dota 2 player who also happens to be the top esports earner in Germany with a massive earning of $4,457,754. Kuroky competed in 7 Internationals from 2013 through 2019, finally winning the International in 2017 with Team Liquid. 

Number 3 earning player of Team Liquid: GH

Maroun "GH" Merhej was also a member of the legendary 2017 squad that won the International title, alongside Kuroky and MindControl. In total, GH has won $4,082,604 in 34 different events. Gh also left Team Liquid with MindControl and joined Nigma in 2019.

Top 3 most popular players of Team Liquid

Jonathan “ELiGE” Jablonowski

Image Credit: ESL Gaming GmbH/Stephanie Lieske

After playing Starcraft II professionally for many years, ELiGE moved to Counter Strike: Global Offensive in 2014. He has consistently been on HLTV's top 10 CS:GO players list since 2019, making him one of the greatest players in the North American Counter Strike scene right now. He was a member of one of North America's most successful CS:GO teams, and their dominance in the scene set a standard that later teams were unable to match till now. After a difficult start, ELiGE and Liquid went on to win ESL One: Cologne, an ESL Pro League Finals, a Blast Pro Series, and the Intel Grand Slam title along with many other notable titles during the Liquid era.

Jo “CoreJJ” Yong-in

Image Credit: Riot Games

Since Liquid has been a cornerstone of the LCS for almost ten years, CoreJJ's skill at his position guarantees that the team maintains its status. The renowned support player moved to LCS after witnessing huge success in the LCK, winning the world championship with Samsung Galaxy in 2017. The star player signed with Liquid in 2019, and since then, he has established himself as a stalwart in the North American League of Legends scene. He was the LCS Spring 2019 MVP, LCS Summer 2020 MVP, and was selected four times to the LCS First All-Pro squad.

Juan “Hungrybox” Debiedma

Image Credit: Jeff Mahieu/flickr

Team Liquid’s Success in the Smash series has long been associated with its star player Hungrybox. He is regarded as one of the "Five Gods" of Smash Melee, a group of five players who have been perpetually dominating leaderboards and taking home championships for decades. Hungrybox is one of the best players to have ever used the Jigglypuff playstyle, despite the fact that it is controversial in the Melee community.

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Shubh D

Writer and esports journalist, I'm also the hero of a thousand stories, a vigilante, an assassin, and a soldier. I've slain thousands of dragons and traveled through several universes. I am a spartan of the 300, a commander, and a king. I've saved a thousand cities and countless more lives. A daydream dressed as a nightmare, I am a gamer.