Right, hence the 87 in 87-0. I acknowledge they were mad good.. in a time when the top tournaments offered $6k, the idea of team tactics was feel and enemy out and hope to get the first pick, then rush that side. This was at the beginning of CS:GO when set pieces are basic, communication was generally "Okay, you go roam around B and make noise to pull rotation and we'll hold short of A, flash then enter". NiP were great; no doubt. But, they were great amidst a field of what amounted to puggers.
If this Liquid lineup could go back in time and play the NiP lineup of then, the advances in team tactics and synergistic communication would have meant they'd have beaten them soundly. You can say that of probably any of the top 5 or 6 teams, not just Liquid. The game has advanced. Comparing the greats of old with how the game has changed is not a fair comparison. Where the players of NiP have given up a bit of quickness they've gained in game knowledge and yet where is NiP now? Still a good team. Except for Fifflaren all of the same players still play. Their biggest competitors (VeryGames), all still play. They're all still quite good and have kept up with the modern game... members of both teams still on top-10 teams. The former VeryGames guys are closer to being competitive than NiP is now. NiP was great. Astralis of last year, , and Liquid of the last 9 months, and NaVi of last year are all better. Put them in a time machine and there wouldn't have been a 87-0. Different times. The game has improved. Team work has improved.