First of all: Thanx for a fairly decent discussion! You may not find too many in here ... I have participated in some ... shall we say ... less intelligent debates ... without going too far! ;O)
There seem to be quite a few "parameters in the equation" trying to "calculate" if an era is occuring or not.
I think first of all, that we are discussing it may show it is not.
You may find the hltv algorithm "inaccurate" and claim "the era should start" when the back-to-back winnings by Liquid began.
The problem with that assumption is, that the question immediately arises: What happens if the top#1 team loses a game?
As mentioned in the comment below, the Astralis Era apparently began (achieving top#1 spot on hltv) the 23rd of April 2018 after winning Dreamhack Marseille.
They lost A LOT of finals after that and during their entire reigning period.
To determine if there's an Era for Liquid right now we may not have the correct - or all - parameters in the equation, if we only look at wins/losses or top#1 or not.
That you find it appropriate to count the "Liquid Era" when they were still top#2 according to the hltv ranking list is slightly amusing to me ... but we are ALL entitled to think and claim, what we want!
That I find it appropriate to assign an era to a certain team following hltv's ranking list, seems to be "outrageous" or whatever to you!
That's all fine. Disagreement may not be the same as being enemies!
According to the definitions of an "era" we need the period in time to be "long".
Even IF ... we count half a year for Liquid, it is still not "long" in my opinion. 406 days is another thing!
Yet again: Disagreement. No problem. Two random users in a chatroom may not change the CS GO history by going at each other! (Again: In a fairly decent manner! Thank you!)
The other (crucial) term in the definitions of an era is "distinctive".
The "Five Fastest Guns In The West" (literally!) on the Liquid team are wonderfully skilled, winning a lot of peaks, extreeeeme pace ... absolutely astonishing, but compared to Astralis' level of teamplay, coordination, ability to adjust to any team on the fly, use of utility ... they practically re-invented the game with +100 ADR by use of utility ALONE for MONTHS ... And now we even have utility usage NAMED after Astralis on a few maps.
Compared to that ... well, yes ... you mentioned flashbangs ...
Of course the "eternal number 2 in the world" last year (they were JUST AS DOMINATING on the top#2 spot!) knows a thing or two about this, and having lost 7 of 8 finals against Astralis they learned their lesson!
FOR SURE the combined firepower of Liquid after adding Stewie is no less than ASTONISHING!
But I STILL need that "little extra som'din'" that makes Liquid UNIQUE!
We have seen quite a few "fast guns" like S1mple, NiKo, ChrisJ, ZyWoo, Cerg, Rain, f0rest ... And I probably forgot another 50 superheroes.
We may never agree, but once again: A PLEASURE to take part in a debate with someone able to THINK!
If Liquid keeps on performing like this for another half a year, I will tip my hat! 406 days on top#1 with all the accomplishments by Astralis was THE most significant "era" there ever was. They CHANGED the game.
The "Liquidhasanera!Liquidhasanera!Liquidhasanera! Liquidhasanera!" argumentation may not be necessary or sufficient in my case: Time will show if they will achieve this QUITE INSIGNIFICANT denotation of their period of being the strongest team in the world.
In other words: I guess the players neither on Astralis nor Liquid give a DAMN about what is an era.
But you and I had a great time during this discussion!
Take care, my friend!