Yeah, Ancient is an odd one. Shox, Naf, Elige and Nitro hadn't played an official before and Osee is pretty average on this map. They are taking risks, it is a good sign. Same with Inferno, on blast, they tried like 3 times, even if shox is still trying to adapt. They want to improve their map pool. They act like a underdog. Before, they were resting too much on the laurels.
On papers, Liquid should be at least a top10, specially with naf, elige and ~Osee.
They have to convert those second rounds. Even if IEM was pretty bad overall, they converted 1 of 6 round against force buys. They were on the back foot the whole IEM.