Recap of CS:GO tournament IEM Chicago 2019
Liquid the team from United States was the winner of the latest IEM Chicago 2019 inChicago, Jul 18, with a prize pool of a massive $250,000.
The final game between Liquid and ENCE (Finland) ended in a blowout victory to Liquid 3-0, and secured the first place prize of $125,000.
The tournament was located in Chicago and was represented locally by 2 teams and 6 players. Liquid had home court advantage through the whole tournament, and ended as 1st place.
What happened in IEM Chicago 2019
The IEM Chicago 2019 tournament was a four-day event that was to take place in the fantastic city of Chicago at the United Center.
IEM Chicago starts
Going into the tournament, everyone expected Liquid to take the trophy home. They had had a fantastic run, winning five tournaments in a row and dethroning Astralis from being the best team in the world. Additionally, their team was in shape, which was another advantage. On the other hand, Liquid expected teams such as Vitality and ENCE to challenge for the title this time around.
Group A consisted of Liquid, MIBR, G2, and Envy. Liquid emerged on top after winning their first 2 matches to qualify for the semifinals. MIBR came in at second after winning 2 matches, and losing 1 against G2, who was another strong team that came in at third place.
ENCE showed their dominance in Group B, as they won both of their opening matches. Vitality, who were the probable title challengers, ended up 2nd in the group after losing their opening match to Heroic.
The playoffs begin!
In the semifinals, Liquid faced Vitality. Vitality didn't seem to be in shape to come back from the rough beginning they had in the group stage, which resulted in their opponent's early lead on Dust 2. Liquid proceeded to the finals after a confident 2-0 win. In the other semifinal fixture, MIBR displayed their quality on the first map, by winning 9-16. However, ENCE won the final two maps to grab their grand final spot.
IEM Chicago 2019 Grand Final
The grand final was a BO5 match that was quite exciting. Liquid quickly took the trophy home by beating their tournament rivals in the first two maps, Overpass and Nuke. In the third map, ENCE did all they had to do to stop Liquid from an early win. However, they still lost 16-14, making Liquid the champions.
A winner is crowned
Liquid took home their sixth consecutive trophy and kept on securing their reign as the world's best team. Besides the IEM Chicago 2019 trophy, EliGE, from Liquid, won his third MVP title after scoring an average KD of 1.41 throughout the tournament.