8 teams met in Los Angeles on January 19-20 to clutch for $200,000. Let’s see who took the most with them.
Group A at the iBUYPOWER Masters IV featured the best team in the world, Astralis, Fnatic, seeking some results before the Major Championship, Cloud9, testing their new lineup before the biggest event of the season and compLexity Gaming, who will be present in Katowice, Poland, later this winter as well.
Astralis trounced compLexity Gaming on de_dust2, 16-3, before moving to the winners match, where Danish squad had little trouble against Cloud9, taking de_mirage, 16-9, advancing to the semifinals. Fnatic made a comeback on de_train after trailing to compLexity Gaming at the half time, taking the map, 16-14, before facing off against C9, who took them down in the opener on de_overpass, 16-7. This time, however, on de_mirage it was the Swedish team’s turn, as they won 16-14 on de_mirage, progressing into the semifinals of the North American event.
Group B in Los Angeles featured Team Liquid, trying out their new lineup in an attempt of breaking into the top spot, FaZe Clan, playing the first event with the updated roster, Ghost Gaming, doing the same and Luminosity Gaming rounding out the list of participants at the North American tournament.
Team Liquid started out strong on de_mirage, taking down Luminosity Gaming, 16-11, as they moved into the winners match against Ghost Gaming, who won against FaZe Clan on de_train, 16-14. TL had little trouble closing the things out, however, as 16-8 on de_inferno was more than enough to advance to the semifinals in California. FaZe Clan eliminated Luminosity Gaming on de_overpass with a 16-8 win, but de_train went the way of Ghost Gaming for the second time in a row, this time 16-13, giving North America their second team in the final four.
Astralis started out the semifinals strong, as their de_train was more than enough to nearly sweeping Ghost Gaming, 16-2. North American squad put up a much closer fight on de_inferno, as they were leading 10-5 at the break, but Danes, once again, came back in their famous fashion, taking the map win 16-14 and moved into the grand finals after winning the series overall. Team Liquid opened with a great performance on de_cache, getting a 16-6 win for themselves on the board, but Fnatic kept the series alive on de_mirage, as the 19-17 overtime victory equalized the scoreline. However, de_dust2 went the way of North American team, as TL secured a 16-9 victory, advancing to the first grand final of the year.
Astralis opened the series with a 16-4 win on de_inferno, but Team Liquid turned the things around on de_dust2, winning both halves to score a 16-11 win. Trailing at the half time on de_overpass, TL did not tap out and made a run for the championship, as North American team picked up a 16-11 map win, took the series and won their first title with the new lineup in 2019.