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Eternal Fire wins CCT Global Finals 2024

On May 23, Eternal Fire defeated Team Liquid 3-1 to take first place in the CCT Global Finals and take home a $250,000 prize money. Continue reading this article for the best information on esports predictions!

 

Eternal Fire wins CCT Global Finals 2024
Eternal Fire member, MAJ3R, competing on stage

Since there weren’t many tier-one teams present, Liquid had a great opportunity to participate in the online tournament. Though the American-European project advanced to the grand finals by defeating OG, AMKAL, ENCE, and Astralis, the loss to Eternal Fire may not be kind to star in-game commander Casper “cadiaN” Møller, who may be kicked out following the end of IEM Dallas in early June.

What happened in the match

After Liquid defeated Astralis in the semifinals, CS2 fans were expecting Liquid to come back against the Turkish team led by İsmailcan “XANTARES” Dörtkardeş. However, Eternal Fire utterly destroyed Liquid.


Liquid had poor starts to almost every map in the series, which is not a formula for success in a BO5, but if Liquid did return, Eternal Fire would start to appear nervous, and they wasted a lot of series points on the final two maps. Twistzz and Keith “NAF” Markovic did their best to keep Liquid in the series as the Turkish team crushed Liquid on the international side’s choice of Inferno and registered a somewhat confident win on Anubis. However, after taking a 9-3 lead on Dust2, they began to lose ground.

They managed to keep Liquid alive, avoiding series points and eking out a victory in overtime. However, the squad started slowly in Nuke and let Eternal Fire to score six T rounds. With the pressure mounting, Eternal Fire started to collapse once more, wasting multiple man-advantage situations before allowing Liquid to get overtime by wasting another series point. But in overtime, the Turks steadied, and some forceful, quick rounds destroyed Liquid to give Eternal Fire the victory.

The two players that performed the best for Eternal Fire were XANTARES and Calyx, who fragged in each of the series’ four maps. Although it’s difficult to evaluate Liquid’s individual performances in a loss this lopsided, Mareks “YEKINDAR” Gaļinskis had a poor series this year as well. While Team Liquid took home a $100,000 prize, Eternal Fire was awarded $250,000 for this triumph.

Changes to come

This Grand Final performance won’t do anything to support cadiaN, who is the subject of persistent speculations that Liquid plans to remove him from the lineup. Even if it wasn’t his best day on the server, he will still be around for the CCT Global Finals in 2024. Liquid knows that their trip to IEM Dallas 2024 may be their last as a lineup, therefore they are taking a little break before playing. One final opportunity to maintain their roster positions.


Liquid had their best tournament since cadiaN, Felipe “skullz” Medeiros, and Russell “Twistzz” van Dunkel joined the organization for the 2024 season, but they were theoretical favorites against Eternal Fire, so the loss in the grand finals won’t likely relieve any pressure on cadiaN. Head coach Wilton “zews” Prado claimed that Liquid’s performance today wasn’t “anywhere close” to what it was over the remainder of the competition.

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