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No other team can quite boast the history and influence in esports that Team Liquid has — a name that is for many almost synonymous with the industry itself. The organization had its roots as a gaming clan back in 2000, then as a StarCraft community site that went live a year later.
While the organization and its website primarily focused on StarCraft, it eventually expanded to field a Dota 2 team and include the game as one of its main covered titles in 2012. However, Liquid’s then-mainly American Dota team mostly had mixed results, with their most notable achievement being a yop 8 finish at TI3. With that said, it was in SC2 and Super Smash Bros. that the organization started taking huge strides — thanks to signing some of the biggest names in their respective games like Song “HerO” Hyeon Deok and Yun “TaeJa” Young for SC2, as well as Juan “Hungrybox” DeBiedma and for Smash.
In LoL, Team Liquid was previously known mostly for the ‘fourth place curse’ it had in most tournaments it joined, but is now one of the top teams in the NA LCS — where the team won the Spring and Summer Splits. Moreover, Liquid also has one of the most skilled and famous LoL players in NA, Yiliang “Doublelift” Peng, under its banner.
However, it is in Dota 2 that Liquid has seen most of its recent success. Despite fielding teams in the game since 2013, it took Team Liquid another two years before it started seeing real success in it. The team acquired a roster headed by longtime Dota veteran Kuro “Kuroky” Takhesomi in late 2016, with which it finished second place in two Majors and in the top 8 of TI6.
Cloud9 (C9) is a North American organization that started back in 2013 when former Team SoloMid manager Jack Etienne bought the Quantic Gaming LoL team for $15,000. Six years later, C9 has grown to become one of the most valuable esports companies, worth over $150 million according to Forbes.
C9 grew as big as it did mostly thanks to its success across a wide variety of titles, especially in LoL where it got its start. C9 has been a mainstay of the NA LCS, winning the Summer finals in 2013, the Spring Finals in 2014, the Regional Finals — as well as the Rift Rivals — in 2017 and 2018. Due to the team’s success in its region, C9 has appeared in all the World Championships since its inception, reaching as far as the top 4 in 2018.
In CS:GO, C9 made history by becoming the first North American team to win a Major Championship in a legendary comeback victory over FaZe Clan at the ELEAGUE Major: Boston 2018.
Fnatic is an esports organization that was started in the United Kingdom back in 2004, but has since then grown to be a truly global brand in esports — with LoL, Dota 2, and CS:GO as their main competitive domains.
Fnatic made history by becoming the first-ever LoL world champions back in the game’s first season in 2011. While 2012 was a quiet year for the team as they failed to qualify for Worlds, they bounced back to become one of the top teams of the EU LCS — boasting victories in multiple season splits and top 4 finishes in Worlds 2013 and 2015. 2016 was another down year for the team as they failed to make it to Worlds again, but they inched themselves back to contention and managed to reach top 8 at Worlds 2017. Fnatic then made its resurgence in 2018, dominating the EU LCS Spring and Summer Splits, as well as Rift Rivals, but they fell short of repeating as world champions after losing to Invictus Gaming.
In Dota 2, the organization started out in 2012 by understandably picking up a European roster. But underwhelming results prompted Fnatic to make the bold decision to pick up a Southeast Asian roster in 2015. The move paid off when the team finished at fourth in TI6. Since then, the team has continued to be one of the top teams in its region and looking for its next TI break.
SK Telecom T1/T1 Entertainment & Sports
SK Telecom T1 (SKT T1) is arguably the most popular and iconic team in LoL, even if it has now rebranded to T1 Entertainment & Sports and branched out to battle royale games. SKT T1 has its franchise superstar and LoL G.O.A.T. Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok to thank for that.
Initially, SKT T1 had two teams; SKT T1 S, acquired in 2012; and SKT T1 K, which had Faker and was acquired a year later. While SKT T1 K was known as the organization’s secondary team, it outperformed the primary team by winning the Season 3 World Championship and becoming the only team to not lose a single game in Champions Winter 2013-2014. Both SKT T1 teams failed to make it to Worlds in 2014, however.
The next year, SKT reformed to only have one team, then went on to win the LoL Champions Korea (LCK) Spring and Summer Splits, as well as the 2015 World Championships. In 2016, SKTT1 won IEM Season X, the LCK Spring Split, the Mid-Season Invitational, and then became the first back-to-back LoL world champions. While the team won the LCK Spring Split and the Mid-Season Invitational again in 2017, their quest for a three-peat at Worlds was thwarted by Samsung Galaxy.
Evil Geniuses (EG) is one of the oldest North American professional gaming organisations, having been founded in 1999. EG is known to have fielded highly successful teams and players in every esports title it has featured, and is thus recognized among the world’s most premier esports organizations.
While the team had its start as a North American Quake clan, its first major esports entries were in Dota 1 in 2008, then StarCraft: Brood War the year after. The organization them ramped up its operations in 2010 by entering SC2 with the game’s release, as well as the fighting games scene — with the notable signing of fighting games legend Justin Wong.
While EG had been fielding Dota 2 teams since 2011, it took over 3 years for the organization started to make waves in the scene. In 2014, EG signed an up and coming North American lineup that was captained by Peter “ppd” Dager, going on to finish 3rd at TI4 — the best results an American team had at that point. Later that year, EG’s parent organisation, GoodGame Agency, was also acquired by Twitch.
The year after, the departure of two of its players forced EG to make bold decisions to have a roster fit to participate in TI5 — including the signing of then 15-year old Pakistani pubstar Syed “SumaiL” Hassan. Despite largely being written off that year, EG went on to win TI5 and a grand prize of over $6.6 million — the biggest of its time. Since then, EG continues to be the top team in North America and has even finished in the top 3 in TI6 and TI8.
After TI6, EG became one of the first player-owned esports organizations when the captain of its Dota 2 team, Peter Dager, retired from competitive play to become CEO. He would later step down from his position to return to a career as a professional player.
Aside from Dota, SC2, and fighting games, EG has also been active in titles such as Rocket League, Rainbow Six: Siege, Super Smash Bros., and CoD — where the team won the 2018 world championship.
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