Team Liquid
Team Liquid logo.svg
Short nameLiquid, TL
DivisionsApex Legends
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
Clash Royale
Dota 2
Garena Free Fire
Heroes of the Storm
League of Legends
Rocket League
StarCraft II
Street Fighter
Super Smash Bros.
Tekken 7
Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege
Founded2000; 21 years ago (2000)
LocationUtrecht, Netherlands
United States (LoL team, CS:GO Team)
ManagerVictor Goossens (co-CEO)
Steve Arhancet (co-CEO)
Jersey Mike's Subs
Marvel Entertainment
Monster Energy
Parent groupaXiomatic
EarningsUS$35.3 million[1]

Team Liquid is a multi-regional professional esports organization based in the Netherlands that was founded in 2000. With the release of StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty, Team Liquid signed their first professional players.

In 2012, Team Liquid acquired a North American Dota 2 team, marking their first venture into multi-genre management.[2] In January 2015, Team Liquid officially merged with Team Curse under the Liquid banner, bringing on Steve Arhancet, his supporting staff, and former Curse League of Legends, Street Fighter, and Super Smash Bros. teams. Their European Dota 2 squad won The International 2017, which had one of the largest prize pool for any esports tournament in history.[3] Team Liquid's League of Legends team has won four LCS titles,[4] and their Counter-Strike Global Offensive team was awarded the Intel Grand Slam prize in 2019, a feat achieved in just four tournaments.[5]


The website was released on May 1, 2001 by Victor "Nazgul" Goossens and Joy "Meat" Hoogeveen under the domain teamliquid.cjb.net.[6] On September 22, 2002, the website was moved to the address of teamliquid.net. A day later the very first poll was posted as a vote for the website's name with the teamliquid.net name winning over other suggestions such as likwit.com. On April 5, 2019 it was announced that the website would be moving to the domain tl.net, with teamliquid.net becoming an alias for teamliquid.com in the future.[7]

Although Team Liquid was primarily known as a StarCraft news site, there are many sub sections on the forums dedicated to other games as well. It was announced on August 30, 2012 that Team Liquid would be expanding to covering Dota 2 news. On December 8, 2012, Liquid expanded their esports franchise into multiple games for the first time, with the recruitment of a North American Dota 2 team.[2]

On January 6, 2015, Steven "LiQuiD112" Arhancet joined Victor Goossens as co-owner of Team Liquid, officially commencing the merge between former Team Curse Gaming under the Team Liquid banner.[8]

On September 27, 2016, Team Liquid sold its controlling interest to aXiomatic Gaming, an investment group including Golden State Warriors co-owner Peter Guber, entrepreneur Ted Leonsis, motivational speaker Tony Robbins, basketball Hall of Famer Magic Johnson, and AOL co-founder Steve Case.[9]

On December 16, 2017, Team Liquid disbanded their Halo roster.[10]


IndustryEntertainment and sports
Key people
Bruce Stein (CEO)

aXiomatic is an entertainment and sports management company. Investors for the group include businesspeople Peter Guber, Tony Robbins, former NBA player Magic Johnson, Ted Leonsis, and technology Steve Case, Eric Lefkofsky.[11][12] The chief executive officer is Bruce Stein, the former chief executive officer and chief operating officer of Mattel Toys, Sony Interactive Entertainment and Kenner Products (Hasbro).[13] On September 27, 2016, aXiomatic announced that it had acquired controlling interest of esports organization Team Liquid.[14][15][16]

Other investors include Los Angeles Dodgers executives Lon Rosen and Tucker Kain, Golden State Warriors executives Rick Welts and Kirk Lacob, the Washington Nationals owners at Lerner Enterprises, Chicago Cubs president of business operations Crane Kenney, Donn Davis, co-founder of Revolution and managing partner of Revolution Growth, Zach Leonsis, VP and general manager of Monumental Sports Network, Mark Ein, chairman of Kastle Systems, CEO of Capitol Acquisition Corp, and founder and owner of the Washington Kastles,[17] and former NFL player Dhani Jones.[18]

It was announced that Victor Goossens and Steve Arhancet would continue their roles as co-CEOs of Team Liquid after the acquisition.[19]


Main websites[]

Tournaments and events[]

In addition to running a community site and team, Team Liquid also hosts a variety of tournaments and events.

Team Liquid Starleague[]

The two iterations of the TeamLiquid Starleague (or TSL for short) have been the largest StarCraft: Brood War tournaments outside of South Korea.[citation needed] 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. With the release of Starcraft II, Team Liquid announced a third installment, sponsored again by PokerStrategy.com with a prize pool of $34,700.[22] The tournament took place between March and May 2011. On April 25, 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 battle.net servers. The eight TL Open events that lead 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.[23]

Community events[]

Esports team[]


The gaming clan "Liquid" was founded by Victor "Nazgul" Goossens near the end of 2000, after he decided 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 were handpicked by Goossens based on both personality and talent.[citation needed]

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,[24] 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. The team got a dedicated news site separate from the more community oriented site at www.teamliquidpro.com, announced and released on May 10, 2011.[25]

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).[26][27][28] Of the three players entering the preliminaries, only one, Dario "TLO" Wünsch qualified for the first two GSL events. He was eliminated out in the Second and First rounds respectively.

The third GSL was the strongest showing of Team Liquid thus far. Three players, Hayder "Haypro" Hussein, Jos "Ret" de Kroon and Jonathan "Jinro" Walsh qualified for the main tournament. While Hussein lost first round and de Kroon in 2nd, Walsh made to the semi-finals, losing 0–4 to the 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.

In 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.[29][30] On September 28, 2015, Team Liquid announced that KoreanDJ resigned from the organization and retired from competitive Smash, citing persistent hand and wrist pains.[31]

On January 6, 2015, Liquid acquired the Team Curse's League of Legends roster, which consisted of Quas, IWillDominate, Voyboy, Cop, and Xpecial. The team finished the LCS Spring regular season in 6th place with a 10–9 record. On Week 5 and 6 of NA LCS Piglet was benched and replaced on the starting roster by KEITHMCBRIEF in an effort to try to improve their standings.[32] In the playoffs they beat Counter Logic Gaming 3–0, before losing to Cloud9 3–2 and finishing in 3rd.

One week after the Curse merger, it was announced that Team Liquid acquired a Counter Strike: Global Offensive team that previously played under the title "Denial eSports".[33]

On January 24, 2015, it was announced that HTC had become an official sponsor of Team Liquid.[34]

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.[35] 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.[36]

On October 9, 2015, it was announced that Liquid would once again be fielding a Dota team, after more of a years 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.[37]


Victor "Nazgul" Goossens is a founding member, now co-owner and chief executive officer of Team Liquid. Nazgul originally competed in Brood War prior to forming Team Liquid.[38]

Steve "LiQuiD112" Arhancet joined the Team Liquid staff when Team Curse merged with Team Liquid. Since the merge, Steve has taken the role of co-owner and chief executive officer and primarily manages the League of Legends team.[39]


Game Nat. Name IGN Role
Apex Legends United States Gage Meyer Cali Player
United States Thomas Cook Flanker Player
United States Brenden Marino Casper Player
Sweden Lucas Håkansson Mendokusaii Player
Canada Justin Kellar Kellar Player
United States Kevin Nguyen Wonderfuls Player
United States Brandon Singer Nocturnal Player
United States Mad_Ruski Coach
Artifact United States George Maganzini Hyped Player
Clash Royale Netherlands Frank Oskam Surgical Goblin Player
United States Michael Roper Razzer Player
Spain Cristian Herminio Sánchez Hernández KaNaRiOoo Player
Russia Egór Akhmetzyanov Egor Player
Venezuela Erick Benamu EB7 Coach
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive United States Jonathan Jablonowski EliGE Player
Canada Keith Markovic NAF Player
United States Jacky Yip Stewie2K Player
United States Michael Wince Grim Player
Brazil Gabriel Toledo de Alcântara Sguario FalleN Player
United States Jason O'Toole moses Coach
Dota 2 Sweden Michael Vu miCKe Player
Germany Maximilian Bröcker qojqva Player
Sweden Samuel Svahn Boxi Player
Norway Tommy Le Taiga Player
Sweden Aydin Sarkohi iNSaNiA Player
United States William Lee Blitz Coach
Garena Free Fire Brazil Lukas Tavares LukasTD Player
Brazil Pedro Landim Peuzada Player
Brazil Talisson BossW Player
Brazil Eric Filho Zenac Player
Brazil Gabriel Lima Martins Player
Brazil Matheus Souto Souto Coach
Fortnite[40] United States Thomas Mulligan 72hrs Player
United States Jake Brumleve POACH Player
United States Noah Wright Vivid Player
Canada Evan Barron Cented Player
United States River Handley Riversan Player
United States Alex Bonetello Fiber Player
United States Josef Stretch Player
Netherlands Dmitri Van de Vrie mitr0 Player
Hearthstone Finland Janne Mikkonen Savjz Player
France Bertrand Grospellier ElkY Player
United States Frank Zhang Fr0zen Player
Germany Raphael Peltzer BunnyHoppor Player
Canada Ryan Murphy-Root Purple Player
League of Legends United Kingdom Barney Morris Alphari Player
Denmark Lucas Tao Kilmer Larsen Santorin Player
Denmark Nicolaj Jensen Jensen Player
United States Edward Ra Tactical Player
South Korea Jo Yong-in CoreJJ Player
Canada Joshua Leesman Jatt Head coach
League of Legends (Academy) United States Thomas Tran Jenkins Player
Australia Shern Cherng Tai Shernfire Player
United States David Bloomquist Yusui Player
United States Samuel Oh Rikara Player
United States Johnson Cao Cao Player
PLAYERUNKNOWN'S BATTLEGROUNDS Norway Jim Gunnar Eliassen Jeemzz Player
Netherlands Jord van Geldere ibiza Player
Canada Thierry Kaltenback Kaymind Player
Finland Anssi Pekkonen mxey Player
United States Tanner Curtis 7Teen Coach
Quake Champions United States Shane Hendrixson rapha Player
United States Tim Fogarty DaHanG Player
Rocket League Denmark Emil Moselund fruity Player
Denmark Aldin Hodzic Ronaky Player
United Kingdom Jack Packwood-Clarke Speed Player
Netherlands Remco den Boer remkoe Coach
Poland Lukasz Zyromski Lukasz Manager
StarCraft II Germany Dario Wünsch TLO Player
Poland Grzegorz Komincz MaNA Player
Netherlands Marc Schlappi uThermal Player
South Korea Yun Young Seo TaeJa Player
France Clément Desplanches Clem Player
Netherlands Kevin de Koning Harstem Player
Street Fighter Japan Naoki Nemoto Nemo Player
Japan Ryota Takeuchi John Takeuchi Player
Japan Genki Kumisaka Gen Player
Super Smash Bros. Melee United States Ken Hoang Ken Player
United States Juan Debiedma Hungrybox Player
United States Kashan Khan Chillindude Player
United States Luis Rosias Crunch Player
United States Daniel Rodriguez ChuDat Player
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate United States Samuel Buzby Dabuz Player
Tekken Japan Genki Kumisaka Gen Player
Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege Brazil André De Jesus Oliveira neskgwa Player
Brazil Thiago Dos Reis Castro Silva xSexyCake Player
Brazil Paulo Augusto Arneiro Lourenço psk1 Player
Brazil Luccas Molina Paluh Player
Brazil João Deam Muringa Player
Brazil Adenauer Alvarenga Silence Head Coach
Brazil André Kaneyasu Sensi Coach
Brazil Rafael Loureiro Freitas Mav Coach
Valorant United Kingdom Adam Eccles Ec1s Player
United Kingdom Dom Sulcas Soulcas Player
United Kingdom James Affleck Kryptix Player
United Kingdom Connor Blomfield Sliggy Player
Belgium Adil Benriltom ScreaM Player

Alienware Training Facility[]

In 2017 Team Liquid finished constructing its Alienware Training Facility in Los Angeles, which is designed to act as the training grounds for Team Liquid's CS:GO and League of Legends teams, as well as their esports headquarters. The facility houses non-players such as owner Steve "LiQuiD112" Arhancet and 1UP Studios, Team Liquid's in-house production studio, so that all departments of Team Liquid could work together. Team Liquid's sponsor Alienware supplied all the PC's to the Alienware Training Facility.[42]


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