Team Liquid earns top spot in ALGS Winter #3
Team Liquid closed out the final game of the ALGS Winter Circuit Online Tournament #3 with a 10-kill game — overtaking the red-hot damage machine, SolaFide, and claiming the $6,000 first prize and a spot in the Winter Playoffs.
The Team Liquid Apex roster of Thomas “Flanker” Cook, Brandon “ohNocturnal” Singer, and Mac “Albralelie” Kenzie Beckwith came off a fourth-place finish at ALGS Winter #2. They finished just outside the top three needed to qualify for the ALGS Winter Playoffs and Nocturnal took much of the responsibility on Twitter, shortly after the event ended.
Nocturnal’s rededication paid off and the team rallied in the final two rounds to overtake SolaFide. The team also toyed with a Legend change in ALGS Winter #3. Nocturnal won a coin flip against Albralelie for who would play Gibraltar. This put Albralelie on Wraith and Flanker on Caustic.
Team Liquid started the day with a twelfth-place finish with only three kills. They followed that up with ten kills and back-to-back fifth-place finishes. After finishing in 11th place in round four, Team Liquid had to rally.
Early in Game 5, Nocturnal died, leaving Flanker and Albralelie as a pair against the remaining squads. Team Liquid had only two kills heading into the final circles. As the kill feed ticked away, it was Team Liquid claiming most of the kills. They finished off the lobby with a win and put themselves in a position to challenge for the top spot.
The Team Liquid boys followed that up with a massive final game with ten kills on their way to a second-place finish in the lobby. That was enough to put them on top of SolaFide and earn the ALGS Winter Playoff spot they had been so close to in Winter Circuit #2.
Top Teams Struggling
With Mouse and Keyboard claiming third place and their spot in the ALGS Winter Playoffs, some of the bigger and more well-known orgs struggled. For instance, Team Solo Mid posted three zero-kill games and despite finding a win in Round 6 still finished in tied in 11th place with Sentinels with 28 points.
On the other hand, Complexity had two top-four finishes and, thanks to an 11-kill win, managed to hold the fifth place spot with 51 points. Elsewhere South State, the sixth place team was well behind with 39, but they have already earned their Winter Playoff spot from Winter Circuit #2. Complexity is still searching for a spot in the Playoffs, but their fifth place finish is well above the 18th place finish they posted in the Winter Circuit #2 so things are looking up.
The Next Event
The next Winter Circuit Online Tournament is March 7 and the teams who are still outside the Winter Playoff picture are running out of chances to qualify. Winter Circuit #4 is the final tournament before the Last-Chance Qualifier and the Playoffs begin March 27.