Lucas Lopes is known by his gaming alias, steel or steelega, who is a Brazilian esports player competing for Team Liquid. With the gaming experience under his belt, steel takes on the responsible role of a lurker for the CS:GO squad.
Outside of gaming, Lopes loves to hang out with his teammates celebrating their wins over dinner and drinks. Being from Brazil, Lucas is bilingual, with the ability to speak Brazilian Portuguese and English and translates whenever possible at interviews.
Where it all began:
Lucas started out his gaming interest with Counter-Strike Source. While his friends would be dreaming about football and going pro, steel would dream of CS and today he is fulfilling his dream of being a professional player.
Lucas pursued his professional gaming career in 2009, competing in Counter-Strike Source with CNB Esports Club and has also played for ProGaming.TD. When Counter-Strike: Global Offensive was released, Lopes made the switch and continued competing in esports matches developing his fighting skills. He has played for top teams in the past before IMT such as Kabum.TD, Keyd Stars, Luminosity Gaming, g3nerationX.
Team Liquid is a Dutch professional gaming company that was established in 2000. It started out with a team competing in Brood War that eventually switched to Starcraft 2 in 2010. The gaming company supports units that play League of Legends, Hearthstone, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Dota 2, Smash, FIFA and PUBG.
Team Liquid created their CS: GO team in January 2015. The current CS lineup consists of nitr0, EliGe, jdm64, Twistzz and latest addition from Immortals is Steel.
The most recent CS:GO tournaments that Liquid Steel has participated include the Esports Championship Series Season 4 Finals and Intel Extreme Masters Oakland.
Together with Immortals, Lucas competed at StarLadder i-League StarSeries Season 3 and the qualifier stages of DreamHack Masters Las Vegas 2017, offline qualifier of the ELEAGUE Major 2017 and the iBUYPOWER Masters 2016.
In Steel’s gaming career he has had the competitive experience playing against the top CSGO teams like Cloud 9, Team One, Misfits, Fnatic, Gambit, Hellraisers and SK Gaming.
The highest earnings achieved by steel was when he competed for Immortals at the premier tournament, PGL Major Krakow 2017. IMT lost to Gambit in the finals to finish in second place to claim their reward of $150K.
Steel’s second great win was at the premier event, Esports Championship Series Season 2 final tournament. SK Gaming proved to be a little stronger and more prepared, resulting in the score of 0-2, scooping a prize of $35K.
Another accomplishment of Lopes competing for IMT was his participation at the CS: GO tournament, Intel Extreme Masters Xi – World Championship. On their way to the Semi-finals IMT beat top teams like North and Astralis but then lost to Faze Clan to finish in third place. Holding their heads high, Immortals players proudly claimed their winnings of $24K.
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