Dota 2 Team Bio: Team Liquid
Team Liquid is an esports organisation which was founded in 2000 in the Netherlands, and is now multi-national in scope and reach. The brand is also associated with esports websites, and has also hosted various tournaments. The organisation runs teams in a wide range of esports disciplines, and formed a Dota 2 team in late 2012. After a rocky and turbulent start to the team’s Dota 2 career, the team has progressed over the last two years or so into one of the most consistently successful teams on the Dota 2 circuit, having collected a heap of tournament wins since being re-launched in 2015.
Highlights / Strengths
Team Liquid was originally a North American Dota 2 team, which enjoyed mixed results in this first incarnation. The team was dissolved and re-launched as a Dota 2 team in October 2015. Since then, Team Liquid has collected a host of honours. In 2017, they won the StarLadder i-League StarSeries Season 3, a result which built on victories in DreamLeague Season 6 and the EPICENTER in 2016. Team Liquid also took second place in the standings at several tournaments in 2016, including at the Shanghai Major and the ESL One Manila. A real strength of this team is the overall organisational structure which supports it. As one of the most iconic brands in esports, they have a commercial reach which outmatches most of their rivals.
Branding / Sponsorship / Logo
The Team Liquid logo is a horse’s head in a shield, with the team colours being light blue, dark blue and white. The team’s jersey is blue and white, and fans can buy replica kit from the official website. The team logo’s graces several official posters, which can be purchased and used by fans to complement the wallpaper in their house. The team also has a number of partnership and sponsorship deals in place, notably with Twitch, the streaming service, and with mobile phone manufacturers HTC. Other sponsors include HyperX, and gaming equipment manufacturers Razer.
Team Roles / Expertise/Divisions
Team Liquid’s Dota 2 roster is currently managed by a German, Mohamed ‘almany-‘ Morad, and coached by a South Korean, Lee “Heen” Seung Gon. The players are led by team captain Kuro ‘KuroKy’ Salehi Takhasomi, a native of Berlin who began gaming due to health problems with his legs that he endured as a youngster. Filling other roles on the team are Polish/Jordanian Solo Middle Amer ‘Miracle-‘ Al-Barkawi, and Bulgarian Offlaner Ivan ‘MinD_ContRoL’ Borislavov. The line-up has an all-round depth and strength which few rivals can match.
Roster & Achievements
Completing the roster of players is Lebanese player Maroun “GH” Merhej, who first played for Team Liquid as a replacement for Sam ‘BuLba’ Sosale at DreamLeague Season Six, and ended up winning the tournament. The team as a whole has now collected over $2.25 million in prize money, a formidable total. Reddit discussions about whether the team can continue with their current run of success are sure to spring up over the coming months.