Liquid finalise iBUYPOWER Masters team list

Liquid have secured the final invite to IBUYPOWER Masters 2019, the event's organisers have revealed.

The North American giants bring the team count to eight, joining three other sides currently in the top 10, Astralis (No.1), FaZe (No.6) and fnatic (No.9).

The event will mark the debut of Liquid's new roster, featuring Jake "Stewie2K" Yip as the new fifth player and Eric "adreN" Hoag as coach following the departures of Brazilian duo Epitacio "TACO" de Melo and Wilton "zews" Prado to MIBR.

Stewie2k will play his first event for Liquid this month

iBUYPOWER Masters 2019 will take place on January 19-20 at Avalon Theater Hollywood, in Los Angeles, with $200,000 on the line. The tournament will begin with a best-of-one double-elimination group stage, followed by a single-elimination, best-of-three playoff bracket.

The final team list for the event is the following:

Brazil Epitacio 'TACO' de Melo
Epitacio 'TACO' de Melo
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.94
Maps played:
992
KPR:
0.62
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.12
United States Eric 'adreN' Hoag
Eric 'adreN' Hoag
Age:
29
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
600
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.15
Brazil Wilton 'zews' Prado
Wilton 'zews' Prado
Age:
32
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.80
Maps played:
142
KPR:
0.53
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.13
United States Jake 'Stewie2K' Yip
Jake 'Stewie2K' Yip
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
1108
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.14
#2
jdm64 | 
United States Murr 
WOW
2019-01-04 22:00
oh crap
2019-01-04 22:01
#17
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Sweden Unluko 
Expected
2019-01-04 22:02
#90
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Europe UhddiS 
Now its competitive
2019-01-04 22:47
#4
Brazil edg 
A good test for the new firepower.
2019-01-04 22:01
#6
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Poland FTSinho 
1st
2019-01-04 22:00
#7
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Korea clarityyyy 
nice
2019-01-04 22:01
#8
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Poland LiquidWater 
fuk u
2019-01-04 22:01
Aye Have a less depressing day! -VeryDepressingGuy
2019-01-04 22:01
#10
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Poland FTSinho 
Nicee
2019-01-04 22:01
#12
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United States inflict 
ez then eleague after this
2019-01-04 22:01
Lol why invite luminosity and not mibr?
2019-01-04 22:01
MIBR forfeited the invite.
2019-01-04 22:03
y tho
2019-01-04 22:30
Why
2019-01-05 08:21
Because they know they cant win t1 tournaments
2019-01-05 13:16
Nt
2019-01-05 13:24
Because LG > mibr
2019-01-04 22:18
nt
2019-01-04 22:19
Mibr doesn't even have a 5th
2019-01-04 22:21
And still can be better than Luminosity with 5
2019-01-04 22:23
True
2019-01-05 12:18
#71
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Brazil Cold_beast 
Nt fakeflagger
2019-01-04 22:27
No u
2019-01-04 22:39
nt
2019-01-05 13:24
#128
shrek | 
New Zealand is_love 
Luminosity 1 major mibr 0 majors
2019-01-05 03:31
True
2019-01-05 05:20
MiBR top 5 Luminosity top 30
2019-01-05 13:21
na tier 8 team lul
2019-01-04 22:01
#78
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Italy Gio_bose 
Nice bait
2019-01-04 22:30
#15
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Poland sitarskee 
15th
2019-01-04 22:02
1st
2019-01-04 22:26
#86
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Australia CaZeR01 
Congrats man
2019-01-04 22:46
#16
NiKo | 
Poland Kocykeee 
expected
2019-01-04 22:02
#18
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France StickyRice 
EZ StewieSK
2019-01-04 22:02
#19
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Switzerland BottomFragger 
t1 tournament suddenly lol
2019-01-04 22:02
Only missing NAVI
2019-01-04 22:04
navi t1 lul
2019-01-04 22:28
navi t3
2019-01-05 09:01
true dat, would've loved to see them there as well
2019-01-04 23:59
#151
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Norway PeteZz 
Yeah. Astralis, navi, liq and faze will be only relevant t1 teams of 2019 (at least until summer)
2019-01-05 13:17
#20
kennyS | 
Hungary ERiKb09 
glhf
2019-01-04 22:02
6 na orgs lmao
2019-01-04 22:02
5. Liquid org is from Netherlands
2019-01-04 22:28
#79
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Italy Gio_bose 
Is luminosity a na org?
2019-01-04 22:31
pretty sure luminosity is NA
2019-01-04 22:34
#120
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Italy Gio_bose 
No I was just checking didn't know
2019-01-05 02:31
really, didn't know
2019-01-04 23:50
I mean its supposed to not be a high tier event. Its supposed tp habe some tier 2 teams from NA only but of course they saw that they could invite other teams since there is no event going on so yeah.
2019-01-07 19:13
#23
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United States Jrfaster 
Sorry... but faze are going to win this event. They always win one right after a roster change. Then the go back to being shit
2019-01-04 22:02
If the 5th is S1mple, then they’ll win. But if it was Adren, we’re not even gonna see them in the playoffs.
2019-01-04 22:05
#42
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United States Jrfaster 
Thats what ppl said with cromen
2019-01-04 22:09
#194
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Canada Surzz 
That was with karrigan calling.
2019-01-06 11:38
at least the best brazilian team was invited
2019-01-04 22:02
Yeah. But they forfeited to attend. I don’t know why, though.
2019-01-04 22:06
You don’t know that, you’re some random guy from Brazil. Why would you have inside info? MIBR most overrated team ever can’t do shot against real teams
2019-01-05 03:11
There’s a interview from Fer here on HLTV, lad, he said their coach manager (dead) was analyzing the possibility of MIBR to attend the event.
2019-01-05 15:40
Yeah. In the last 5 months, they were the team that almost were able to defeat Astralis on the grand final of two big events. They were not rekted as Liquid and Navi are used to.
2019-01-05 15:42
Now confirm to us who did Faze sign in
2019-01-04 22:03
#26
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Turkey tastemycobra 
ez fix
2019-01-04 22:03
#28
s1mple | 
Brazil afxsaw1 
Oof imagine all NA teams fall on groupstage LUL
2019-01-04 22:03
kkkkkkkkkkkk
2019-01-05 03:12
#31
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Poland pimaZo 
1. Australia 2. Liquid 3. FaZe 4. fnatic 5. C9 Screen it
2019-01-04 22:04
fnatic>faze!!!! who is faze 5th??
2019-01-04 22:25
#77
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Poland pimaZo 
Prop NaToSaphix, mb nex or Frozen. They have got do many options after last changes
2019-01-04 22:30
#145
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Germany WYU 
its AdreN
2019-01-05 11:28
#92
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Australia CaZeR01 
This tournament is in 2019 not 18
2019-01-04 22:48
#34
nylon | 
Portugal Jesu5 
ok
2019-01-04 22:05
Gang shit
2019-01-04 22:05
#38
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North America lawt0n^B 
Nitr0 said on stream last night before it was even announced lmao
2019-01-04 22:06
Again a tournament where liquid are invited to lose to astralis on the final
2019-01-04 22:08
#49
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United States Trump2020KAG 
New look liquid my friend. Good test to see how well they are clicking rn.
2019-01-04 22:16
I know. Imo they are better in paper but it is the team name that makes them lose or something like that
2019-01-04 22:18
#104
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United States Trump2020KAG 
It does seeem liquid is cursed as a cs org but I think when they start clicking they are going to be insane. Even better then the old simple lineup.
2019-01-04 23:20
If they beat astralis in this tournament, they'll have so much confidence going into the major...
2019-01-04 22:20
#102
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United States Trump2020KAG 
I think they will need more time still. As a new core to beat Astralis but once they click I think they will do big things.
2019-01-04 23:18
#111
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Germany naeqode 
m8 they havent even started practise lmao
2019-01-05 00:14
#112
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United States Trump2020KAG 
i know...thats y i said im not expecting another 2nd place by liquid..still need time to mold and click....
2019-01-05 00:49
#41
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Croatia mds818 
Looking forward for this event, I just hope that faze, fnatic etc get proper preparation to win the event
2019-01-04 22:09
if some lollipop asks mes to prediction this tournament of teams ill go with tis 8teams
2019-01-04 22:11
#44
Twistzz | 
Ireland IX! 
oh christ, even as a Liquid fan, why? We're just gonna get it up the ass from Astralis again anyway :(
2019-01-04 22:12
#47
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United States Trump2020KAG 
LETS FUCKING GO NEW LOOK LIQUID
2019-01-04 22:14
#50
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United States Raptorial 
PogChamp
2019-01-04 22:17
Expected. Finally jeez
2019-01-04 22:17
#53
Twistzz | 
United States LEMQN 
Excited
2019-01-04 22:18
Expected.
2019-01-04 22:19
Nice. Another defeat for Liquid against Astralis in final.
2019-01-04 22:19
#61
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Pakistan d1ckweed 
Gonna be a good event. Time for teams to put their strats to work and to get a sense of where they stand in terms of skill after a long break. Tournaments of this type excite me more than premier tournaments at time (because of the break, especially). #ToTheStars
2019-01-04 22:21
#63
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United Kingdom _xC4ctus 
Time to shine T.L stew...
2019-01-04 22:21
#64
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Denmark NaitQQ 
WHY DONT FUCKING INVITE NAVI WHYY WHY THEY DONT DESERVE?
2019-01-04 22:21
after this event kickuid>crapusdeficere !!!
2019-01-04 22:23
Let’s go
2019-01-04 22:23
#69
Xyp9x | 
Portugal CRMN1 
Is this considered a big event? I remember back in 2017 they didn't consider IEM Sydney a big event because the prize pool was 200k instead of at least 250, even with teams just as good as in this one, or am I wrong?
2019-01-04 22:26
#75
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Germany k_den 
events are considering big if enough top10 teams are in attendance which should be the case here
2019-01-04 22:29
#105
Xyp9x | 
Portugal CRMN1 
hltv.org/events/2713/iem-sydney-2017 This event had 3 clearly left out of the group of tier 1 teams but SK, FaZe, Astralis and OpTic/North were all inside the top 6 if not mistaken at that time. And apparently wasn't considered tier 1, or was it?
2019-01-04 23:24
it's actually the other way around. any 250k event is considered big by default, unless there's not enough top 10 teams. the only case where that happened was, to my knowledge, zotac cup. i've never seen an announcement that an event with less than 250k was bumped into the top category.
2019-01-05 15:50
#96
flusha | 
Czech Republic screwy1 
Good teams ? I see only 3
2019-01-04 22:52
#103
Xyp9x | 
Portugal CRMN1 
4 out of 8 teams are top 10 including #1 and #3 in the world. That's enough in my eyes.
2019-01-04 23:19
Still no mouz and NAVI.. so not interested in this tournament
2019-01-04 23:46
#117
Xyp9x | 
Portugal CRMN1 
You're biased, but this should be a pretty good tournament on paper and definitely tier 1.
2019-01-05 01:20
Its just unlucky that mouz have to play on minor while we have this tournament
2019-01-05 03:38
Tier 1 event tbh
2019-01-04 22:29
#80
rain | 
Mexico Brayam7u7 
Dis goink to be gud
2019-01-04 22:34
#82
Xyp9x | 
Brazil Jeanzera 
Ez4Astralis No time for other teams practice.
2019-01-04 22:35
Its time 4 Liquid
2019-01-04 22:36
hope snake2k lose to c9, that would be fuckin fantastic.
2019-01-04 22:43
Curious who faze will bring along for its 5th... hmmm
2019-01-04 22:46
#89
flusha | 
Czech Republic screwy1 
No mouz not interested
2019-01-04 22:47
#91
Pogba | 
France uria64 
astralis wins that check hltv
2019-01-04 22:48
no mouz, no Navi, no BiG, no NiP but some random T3 NA teams.
2019-01-04 22:49
"No BUG" Like it actually is a big deal KKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKK
2019-01-04 22:51
titles?
2019-01-05 00:06
#98
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Europe m0rf3us 
MIBR and NaVi fans rn FAK
2019-01-04 22:55
#110
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Netherlands Gosharu1 
Liquid wished*
2019-01-05 00:13
Finally
2019-01-05 00:53
#114
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Europe Vallon2 
Lol, everyone thought this would be just a chill t2 tourney before the major and suddenly it's a stacked t1.
2019-01-05 00:58
Saying it now Astralis - Liquid final
2019-01-05 01:00
#118
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New Zealand Keah_Mow 
-Nitr0 + Autimatic = NA FaZe lul
2019-01-05 01:58
Liquid and Fnatic final, Fnatic will beat Astralis in Semis, and Liquid will beat Complexity in semis to make it. watch
2019-01-05 02:15
+1 Would love to see that happen
2019-01-05 19:56
-luminosity +Na'Vi
2019-01-05 02:35
Told Ya
2019-01-05 03:10
wtf is that list? 7 decent teams....and.....Luminosity?
2019-01-05 03:18
NA TOURNAMENT
2019-01-05 03:27
ibp in 2019 lol
2019-01-05 03:32
Awesome. Lets f#@cking go!!!
2019-01-05 03:40
Poor LG...
2019-01-05 03:52
So is tarik playing at this event?
2019-01-05 07:35
Probably yes, MiBR hasn't announced roster change yet.
2019-01-05 11:35
#143
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Philippines kretsim 
Liquid looking strong ! ! !
2019-01-05 09:21
#149
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Belarus SnG.Striker! 
Astralis
2019-01-05 12:54
Expected
2019-01-05 14:13
fnatic easy win
2019-01-05 14:46
Where is S1mplus electronere?
2019-01-05 15:06
#190
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United Kingdom _xC4ctus 
crying over the loss of zeus :(
2019-01-05 16:31
#191
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Germany DiesesMars 
that means BIG plays Eleague
2019-01-05 19:51
#193
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Croatia Jack Russell 
Tier 1.5 event
2019-01-05 22:52
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