Liquid move step closer to Intel Grand Slam S2 prize with EPL victory
Liquid are just one tournament victory away from claiming the $1 million Intel Grand Slam (IGS) Season 2 prize after lifting the ESL Pro League Season 9 trophy.
The North American giants won their third IGS-eligible tournament of the season - after IEM Sydney and DreamHack Masters Dallas - after beating G2 in four maps in the title decider of the EPL Finals, held in Montpellier.
Liquid now have seven $200,000+ ESL and DreamHack events to win their fourth title of the season and claim the $1 million cheque. Their first attempt to scoop the big prize will come in less than two weeks, at ESL One Cologne - which is widely regarded as the most stacked tournament of the year outside of the Majors.
If Nick "nitr0" Cannella's side come out victorious in Cologne, they will have required just four months to win the prize. The first season ran for nearly 18 months, ending in December 2018 with Astralis' victory at the ESL Pro League Season 8 Finals.
Liquid are also confirmed for the following two IGS-eligible tournaments, both of which taking place in the United States: IEM Chicago (July 18-21) and ESL One New York (September 26-29).
ESL has not yet announced whether the Intel Grand Slam will return for a third edition. The current season began with the IEM Katowice Major, just two months after the end of season one.
Below you can find the list the events that currently comprise the Intel Grand Slam Season 2:
IEM Katowice 2019 - Astralis
IEM Sydney 2019 - Liquid
DreamHack Masters Dallas - Liquid
ESL Pro League Season 9 Finals - Liquid
ESL One Cologne (July 2-7)
IEM Chicago (July 18-21)
ESL One New York (September 26-29)
DreamHack Masters Malmö 2019 (October 1-6)
IEM Beijing (November 2019, dates TBD)
ESL Pro League Season 10 Finals (December 3-8)