Team Liquid win iBP Fall Invitational

Team Liquid win the iBUYPOWER Fall Invitational, defeating Luminosity 2-1 (20-22 on de_inferno, 16-5 on de_cache, and 16-11 on de_mirage).

The third edition of the iBUYPOWER Invitational doled out an increased prize-pool of $15,000 for a weekend of online best-of-three bracket play featuring some of North America's strongest teams.

The biggest storyline leading up until the grand final was Conquest, the previous Sponsorless lineup, who nearly managed to unseat a struggling Luminosity lineup in a semifinal series where one map went into double overtime and the final map went into triple overtime.

nitr0 has been on point for Liquid recently

The third place match, which was played before the grand final, eventually saw Shahzeb "ShahZaM" Khan and his men of Conquest upset CLG and therefore guarantee themselves a payout of $2,000 for third place.  

In the best-of-three grand final, Spencer "Hiko" Martin & co. of Team Liquid clashed with iBP Summer Invitational champions Luminosity (who were then Keyd Stars), the latter team having recently been narrowly defeated by the former in a best-of-five duel for the PGL Season 1 finals.

The first map was de_inferno and both teams attempted to feel the other out as well as gain much needed momentum for the later maps, and as a result both outfits refused to let up with the match going into double overtime. In the end, Marcelo "coldzera" David's dominant scoreline and a grittier Luminosity defense gave the Brazilians the map, 22-20.

de_cache was a cakewalk for Team Liquid, who had previously proven to be strong on the map against Luminosity, a team with not much cache presence in the first place. Eric "adreN" Hoag and his men took the map with ease: 16-5.

The final map of de_mirage saw the American team notch up a strong CT-sided run with 11-4 the result at the half. However, Luminosity won the second pistol and began to mount a comeback, going as close as bringing the score to 11-10.

Team Liquid called a tactical pause, which gave the team clearer-heads, and with Jonathan "EliGE" Jablonowski leading the way in entries, Liquid pulled forward to win the third map 16-11.

14th September 2015

 Liquid K - D +/- ADR Rating 1.0
United States Jonathan 'EliGE' JablonowskiEliGE 76 - 67 +9 - 1.20
United States Eric 'adreN' HoagadreN 68 - 52 +16 - 1.12
United States Nick 'nitr0' Cannellanitr0 62 - 60 +2 - 1.02
United States Jacob 'FugLy' MedinaFugLy 54 - 53 +1 - 0.95
United States Spencer 'Hiko' MartinHiko 58 - 62 -4 - 0.93
 Luminosity K - D +/- ADR Rating 1.0
Brazil Gabriel 'FalleN' ToledoFalleN 70 - 62 +8 - 1.15
Brazil Marcelo 'coldzera' Davidcoldzera 69 - 65 +4 - 1.09
Brazil Fernando 'fer' Alvarengafer 58 - 64 -6 - 0.94
Brazil Ricardo 'boltz' Prassboltz 55 - 65 -10 - 0.93
Brazil Lucas 'steel' Lopessteel 42 - 62 -20 - 0.71

iBUYPOWER Fall Invitational final standings:

1. United States Liquid - $9,000
2. Brazil Luminosity - $4,000
3. United States Conquest - $2,000
4. United States CLG
5-8. Europe Mythic
5-8. United States Orgless
5-8. United States compLexity
5-8. United States 3sUP
9. Brazil Games Academy 

Brazil Marcelo 'coldzera' David
Marcelo 'coldzera' David
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United States Jonathan 'EliGE' Jablonowski
Jonathan 'EliGE' Jablonowski
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United States Shahzeb 'ShahZaM' Khan
Shahzeb 'ShahZaM' Khan
No team
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United States Spencer 'Hiko' Martin
Spencer 'Hiko' Martin
No team
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United States Eric 'adreN' Hoag
Eric 'adreN' Hoag
No team
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Maps played:
top kek
2015-09-14 07:28
Brazil NaScene 
top lel molecule
2015-09-14 17:11
2015-09-14 07:29
Germany P3tR 
I thought LG was better...
2015-09-14 07:29
United States L0MAA 
They are but liquid with hiko > all of na right now
2015-09-14 13:50
Pretty much this, Hiko is a game changer on clutch situations
2015-09-14 14:49
Vasco hehehehe
2015-09-14 07:29
Remember when Fallen said they were the best American team? Lol
2015-09-14 07:29
because losing an online tournament means everything. xDDD
2015-09-14 08:18
It doesn't, but look at their other performances recently.
2015-09-14 10:00
c9,liquid (maybe clg) > lg
2015-09-14 10:13
LG > C9 > Liquid > CLG
2015-09-14 10:52
Then why are LG having a hard time with tier 2 NA?
2015-09-14 10:54
Fer confirmed on stream they're saving strats. Odds are they aren't bringing their A game. Don't cry mericano, maybe one day you'll have a team in top 5. I guess I can't talk though.
2015-09-14 10:56
Lol I'm crying? I'm more than willing to accept them as being the best American team, but they haven't proven themselves yet.
2015-09-14 10:57
Luminosity aren't an American team, so they can't be the best american team... smh. NA org =/= NA team.
2015-09-14 10:59
Lol they are American. Brazil is in South America...
2015-09-14 11:00
Then they're south american. "American" means the USA. Do you call Mexicans Americans? Do you call Canadians Americans? No.
2015-09-14 11:03
American automatically means someone from the US according to who? I'm pretty sure most people will agree that people from American continents are American.
2015-09-14 11:05
I'm not sure if American means people from the continent "America" but the word America when you say it means referring to USA. That's why USA in short is "United States of America"
2015-09-14 11:17
Hmmm maybe you're right
2015-09-14 11:18
To everyone outside the US. An American is a citizen of the USA. Maybe you guys don't talk that way, which I doubt, but the rest of us do. Mexicans, Canadians, Brazilians, Americans, etc etc.
2015-09-14 11:26
Ah okay, well that's good to know.
2015-09-14 11:29
Some times we refer to Canadians as American, but usually because they are playing on a US team. When we are lumping you together, we call you North Americans (USA/Canada) or South Americans (Mexicans,Brazilians etc)
2015-09-14 11:34
No, its the other way around. Most north americans see US citizens as americans, its just a few european countries as as well as latin american countries which see other wise. Hes just one of the few open minded americans who can see things in another perspective
2015-09-14 13:55
United States GeT_ReiCh 
Obvious fake flag, anyone outside of NA calls NA and SA, America(n).
2015-09-14 22:44
hahahaha its NA=North America fktard Brasil is in NA.
2015-09-14 12:14
lol I honestly hope you're trolling... Or are you just genuinely that stupid?
2015-09-14 13:07
just trolling bro
2015-09-14 13:32
Thank god lol.
2015-09-14 13:34
Canada Turborat 
LG isnt better than C9 LOL! Even though they did better at Cologne doesnt mean shit. They won a ton of bo1 vs tier 2 eu teams.
2015-09-14 14:20
Brazil gZEROW 
Stop crying murican, online team liquid can be the best... lets see in lan. Maybe some day one american team can be a top5 world class.... maybe not.
2015-09-14 15:17
You mean like Lan results because those are the only ones that really matter and they made top 8 at a major again.
2015-09-14 16:53
Out does mean something...
2015-09-14 15:28
United States GeT_ReiCh 
Losing an online tournament bo5 with a 1 map advantage and then losing another online tournament bo3 in a row to the same team means something m8
2015-09-14 17:42
"online tournament" "another online tournament" LG on LAN in the past 3 months: Wins / draws / losses 12 / 0 / 8 Liquid on LAN in the past 3 months: Wins / draws / losses 5 / 0 / 13 Their best player can barely keep a 1.00 rating on LAN.
2015-09-14 20:16
United States GeT_ReiCh 
m8, LG beat 10 tier 5 teams to get 12/0/8 on LAN. Other than that they've beaten Kinguin and barely beat f3 on LAN. Without WinOut LAN LG would be 2/0/8 on LAN.
2015-09-14 22:40
Liquid has 0 wins against teams over tier3, 2/8 with matches in the major still better than 0/13, right ?!
2015-09-14 23:25
United States GeT_ReiCh 
Beating Fnatic and NaVi on one map each is better than beating Kinguin and f3 m9
2015-09-14 23:33
'past 3 months' but if you wanna talk about beating t1 teams in one map in the past, i guess the list of LG is quite better.
2015-09-15 00:25
LOL, are we talking about LG or Keyd? Man, LG is the only NA to get to fucking legend, show some respect, upset "murican". Learn how to be nice to people that are better than yours on your country.
2015-09-22 01:34
United States GeT_ReiCh 
m8 c9 has done it before. Next time make sure you're teams don't lose a bo5 with an one map advantage
2015-09-22 02:12
Brazil gZEROW 
dont cry murican, online muricans are Gods !!!! kappa
2015-09-14 15:15
Remember when we were the only NA team to become a legend in Cologne and Katowice? I do very well. On lan, they are the best. No NA fucker can deal with a International Lan besides Luminosity.
2015-09-14 22:29
Lol keep bringing up their only really good LAN performance and forgetting everything else. They're a very good team, but doing well on one LAN doesn't mean they're better than every NA team without a doubt.
2015-09-14 23:20
It doesn't make them the best, but it doesn't mean they aren't the best.
2015-09-22 01:31
2015-09-14 07:29
Article already written before the game even happened. Nice HLTV.
2015-09-14 07:29
we learners
2015-09-14 07:31
Stats coming up?
2015-09-14 07:32
depends on if the man in charge is still awake :) if not, they'll be added in a few hours
2015-09-14 07:35
thanks. what an entertaining tournament...
2015-09-14 07:42
Or the intro and bit about "the biggest storyline" we're written before the match and each map summary was written after each map. And 11-4 half by liquid on ct side would have prompted me to write liquid as the winner too.
2015-09-14 07:33
Sweden ald; 
eterno vice
2015-09-14 07:29
liquid cumback
2015-09-14 07:30
article posted with full info seconds the match ends CONSPIRACY
2015-09-14 07:30
They write the article while the game is going on. And then after the game is done they just finish up and post it.
2015-09-14 17:27
Ez 4 ya boys
2015-09-14 07:30
lol LG not even top3 NA
2015-09-14 07:30
kNgV- | 
Brazil vicTHOR 
luminosity da gama
2015-09-14 07:31
Team Liquid deserved this so much. In only a week, they're becoming one of the most dominating team in North America. Please schedule a match between C9.G2A v Team Liquid. That would be the match to decide whether or not Team Liquid is #1 in North America or not.
2015-09-14 07:31
Wow, steady now
2015-09-14 07:34
it's true though
2015-09-14 15:10
One match wouldn't decide it, check after this next ESL ESEA season.
2015-09-14 07:45
A BO3 or BO5
2015-09-14 07:48
Brazil Brazilian Wax 
Would it be online or lan? That's the key question.
2015-09-14 07:50
lan, 16x0 c9
2015-09-14 08:01
idk man... we just wont know until it officially happens... GodHiko!
2015-09-14 08:04 And that was with Flowsick.
2015-09-14 08:55
Look at Team Liquid now compared to 3 weeks ago... You can tell this is an entirely different team
2015-09-14 13:17
That's what I'm saying :) People say Liquid can't perform on LAN, but they performed even with Flowsick. I expect much more with Hiko now on the roster, although at least Flowsick didn't stat pad.
2015-09-14 22:44
Lol lets not get ahead of ourselves liquid has always played good in the states. They usually suck against eu teams which based on their current form they still will.
2015-09-14 09:59
Brazil gZEROW 
please, in lan not online... i think even fnatic cant beat liquid online... they are so smart all the time, they can feel the movimentation of anther team... kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk kappa.
2015-09-14 15:20
they are such legendds right, promises of the CSGO
2015-09-14 17:32
felps | 
Brazil Fr4m3 
C9 was good in just one great championship, that was esl esea, the last two apparitions were disappointing (major and now in Dubai). Esl esea, They defeated an envyus that was worn and loosing against any teams (and so they changed) and after defeated CLG(just common). So.. I really can't see why everyone see them as top1 NA. Now Liquid proved too strong, but in lan championship last week, they didn't click. And LG don't matter what championship they play in NA, don't matter who they play at finals, they are ever 2nd place, but are consistents in lan ensuring the last two majors. So the point is, today there is no top1 NA. C9, Liquid and LG are very alike and can beat each other, with CLG and some new NA teams very close.
2015-09-14 18:50
Elige online = 2ez
2015-09-14 07:32
liquid pro net, you will see at lan
2015-09-14 07:32
Argentina lbnn 
Liquid HACK ONLINE... Online Wins / draws / losses 65 / 0 / 31 LAN Wins / draws / losses 9 / 0 / 27
2015-09-14 07:35
Brazil XEMBAO 
Online = LIquid x LG, Liquid x Ace Lan = Liquid x Fnatic, Liquid x NaVi
2015-09-14 07:37
2015-09-14 07:47
Elite sensitivity is like 12
2015-09-14 07:55
United States GeT_ReiCh 
how much?
2015-09-14 17:50
2015-09-14 07:34
vac please
2015-09-14 07:35
gg Liquid! I want an adreN sticker!!!
2015-09-14 07:35
2015-09-14 09:13
Portugal dracø 
I guess Liquid finally sorted out their roles within the team. I want to see Elige on lan to see if he can step it up as he is doing online.
2015-09-14 07:35
If they repeat the performance in lan deserves spot in fnatic.. This guy is a legend, top 1 2015 ofc
2015-09-14 07:57
To bad they wont get the really easy groups LG has gotten at the past international lans you know. Love the BR salt. LG #4 NA
2015-09-14 08:11
kNgV- | 
Brazil vicTHOR 
nV and kinguin = easy group? C9 was eliminated by kinguin my friend and nV went to the final against fnatic. Therefore, your statement is proved invalid.
2015-09-14 16:09
Yeah just that your matches were kinguin and fucking f3 and not nv
2015-09-14 17:35
United States GeT_ReiCh 
Struggling against f3 = good? Kappa, plz no bannerino
2015-09-14 17:52
4000$ not bad, but lose to liquid? fallen pls
2015-09-14 07:35
United Kingdom peaks 
Some guy in Twitch chat right after that 1v2 to win the game: "F***ing kill yourselve Adren you walling piece of****" RIP skins xD
2015-09-14 07:37
liTTle | 
Macau napom 
oh cool, LG can nearly beat fnatic 14-16 on mirage but can't beat liquid because all of a sudden adreN is top 3 awper in the world, landing multiple shots throughout the game through smoke, sweet. i mean, they're just total shit on LAN but okay. nice way to waste money, on a broken game with easily obtainable cheats used by "PROFESSIONALS". cool way to make lots of money when you hold events and own teams, huh iBP and gameplan?
2015-09-14 07:38
United States tattiman789 
I'll drink your tears xD
2015-09-14 07:51
Don't bet if you can't handle a loss, moron.
2015-09-14 08:20
How much? Calm down Adren was like top 3 NA in source
2015-09-14 09:18
he was the best NA awper in source, just to let everyone here know
2015-09-14 14:18
good jokes bro
2015-09-14 15:04
liTTle | 
Macau napom 
If he can only prove that now, on LAN
2015-09-14 19:10
2015-09-14 23:56
get rekt
2015-09-14 12:31
lol retard detected
2015-09-14 15:12
liTTle | 
Macau napom 
Nice argument. Did Buddhism teach you that?
2015-09-14 19:09
im not ur buddy
2015-09-14 19:57
liTTle | 
Macau napom 
I know you're not. I don't have bitches in my circle.
2015-09-14 20:17
How much?
2015-09-14 17:29
Brazil XEMBAO 
Ez Liquid
2015-09-14 07:38
Brazil Nobuga 
2015-09-14 07:41
Brazil Brazilian Wax 
Expected. LG has to put their things together. Too many mistakes in the recent games and Fallen doesn't know how to do vetoes or how to knife someone.
2015-09-14 07:52
So funny how many people call them cheaters now :D
2015-09-14 08:06
Lg deserve it. Saddly, their crucial mistake was those sequencial 5 low buys as T side. It cost them the victory. They also had to primarily ban cache.
2015-09-14 08:16
Latvia Ke]R[4u 
liquid top8 world confirmed?
2015-09-14 08:39
2015-09-14 08:54
mimi | 
Australia coop2303 
Is that link supposed to convey how close to C9, Liquid is?
2015-09-14 09:08
I think it's trying to say they're not onliners/cheaters which the Brazilians keep saying
2015-09-14 11:01
Brazil anms 
2015-09-14 09:15
Argentina lbnn 
2015-09-14 09:32
Lol,go back to favela already
2015-09-14 15:02
=) You will think i'm retarded, but i'm sure they are cheating. No bets involved in my opinion, just german experience.
2015-09-14 09:34
2015-09-14 10:01
when Germans speak of Lord Vac people listen Kappa
2015-09-14 11:32
or maybe they got a new player, shifted some stuff around and are playing better.... I wonder which is more likely?
2015-09-14 11:32
Not saying they're cheating, but Hiko have been there for like what? Two weeks? And in this time, because of him nitro became the best entryfragger in NA, Elige gained Hiko's reaction, and Adren is laying like Skal? I don't think Hikos has a lot to do with Liquid recent sucess, i really think they've just had one hell of a lucky week.
2015-09-14 14:27
Elige and nitr0 both have been/are top 5 riflers NA online at least
2015-09-14 15:04
New player OK But we're talking about brand new hax here
2015-09-14 15:25
United States russx 
Agreed. Hiko is just an excuse. Yes he's good and all, but a team can't get so good instantly, plus have so many fking aimlocks by Fugly and Elige
2015-09-14 15:33
United States russx 
I'm pretty sure they cheated as well. At least fugly and elige aimbotted. There are multiple vods on overpass and mirage where they aim lock. I havn't bet a single skin on this game so go figure... If Liquid is smart then you'll see them suck on LAN or be good and eventually get VAC'ed. I don't believe a team can get that good right away and have so many suspicious moments in one game by same players Elige and Fugly. I just won't take this shit.
2015-09-14 15:30
C9? Hello? C9 were shit, then suddenly they turned up at a LAN and rocked it. It does happen, all the fucking time. A new player can change the dynamic of a team, send them on a hot streak, which is what has happened with Liquid.. All this aimlock shit is just noise like it was for Flusha, guess what.. No VAC for Flusha. I would be shocked if they were hacking if only because of which organisation they play for, also, it's not hard to become the 2nd best team in North America.... especially when that spot is currently held by a South American team lol
2015-09-14 23:30
Brazil AL1en 
2015-09-14 19:33
Denmark eoNs! 
All props to Mr Hoag for reading the opponents so well
2015-09-14 10:11
liTTle | 
Macau napom 
..Through smoke
2015-09-14 10:37
Jesus christ,can u stfu brazuca fakeflagerino?
2015-09-14 15:05
well done bois
2015-09-14 11:30
70% NA players are children polish emigrants what come to amerika in early 80s even i deep communism 70s
2015-09-14 13:28
bad LG !!
2015-09-14 13:41 wtfffffffffffffffffffffffff???????????????
2015-09-14 13:43
started watching this and turned it off within 3 minutes. 2 terrible shitcasters made it unwatchable. miss lead doesnt even know what he is saying most of the time, and about 75% of his casting was false. and someone needs to tell dust to take the cheeseburger out of his mouth when he is casting. cant understand a word he says.
2015-09-14 15:09
This is so typical brazilian BS. When our beloved team lose, the majority of brs hue, who doesn't accept losing, go out and call the opponent cheater. this same bs happened in the lol wildcard finals, intz vs besiktas... The br team lost and the fanboys came out of their caves bragging how besiktas cheated... pathetic
2015-09-14 15:11
Brazil gZEROW 
LOL, cammon shut up lol player... type cheats in a lol forum please. team liquid is cheating on net, or they become a new word class team to beat fnatic, tsm VP
2015-09-14 15:25
oh yea, because beating LG means that you are a tier 1 team in the world, LOL Wake up fanboy
2015-09-14 15:43
Brazil gZEROW 
The new pronets, i will only beliave in lan... they never click on lan and @net make so perfect games. Please, everybody knows that team is a forever tier 2, and came from nothing making this @net. I will only beliave when they click a lot in lan, like Cloud9 and LG and CLG. We know that muricans like to cheat in @net.
2015-09-14 15:10
United States russx 
Talk shit to BR all you want, but I call cheats here on Fugly and Elige. Not a single skin bet, so go figure
2015-09-14 15:37
Huge fan of Liquid! It feels good that they show some good results.
2015-09-14 15:37
Liquid onliner...
2015-09-14 15:54
kNgV- | 
Brazil vicTHOR 
Elige is somekind of god, he's probably the best online player. His gamesense and aim was godlike. He was always pre firing and targeting the right corner the player would come from. Fugly as well... that pre fire in inferno A bombsite was very good. Kappa Wanna see that on lan. haha
2015-09-14 16:15
Hahaha all the mad br fanboys calling them cheaters
2015-09-14 17:37
Brazil gZEROW 
Not only BR fanboys, anyone who knows a litle of the game is thinking they are cheating. Only becose any deutch team is good you do not need to cry german boy.
2015-09-14 18:28
do you even know what you are writing?
2015-09-14 19:01
Brazil gZEROW 
No, please clarify to me... kappa. A boy with a "love crisJ" in the nick giving a teach of writting in english. Please continue... to cry.
2015-09-14 20:43
you arent very good at b8ing
2015-09-14 20:45
Brazil gZEROW 
tks... i love you too.
2015-09-14 20:53
LOL, so basically all these mgs and silvers ?
2015-09-14 22:06
Liquid only pro net
2015-09-14 18:51
9. Games Academy
2015-09-14 18:58
adren and elige wallhack
2015-09-14 21:08
pls dude adren has been playing since source for when ever he's been in a team he's always been in a top 2 team in NA. elige is just a young upcoming talent do you always need to say someones hacking to justify a brazilian team losing.
2015-09-15 01:50
elige aimhack and fugly wall 1:39 round 27 - fugly turns his back to grenade that're flying behind the smoke 0:21 round 25 - elige out of the palace and sent a bullet in the head boltz in ct base 1:20 round 23 - elige hits a blind headshot round 23 closed bomb explosion - elige turns and a headshot in boltz a long way from beyond
2015-09-14 22:28
United States Cheesegoose 
You guys are saltier than NIP fanboys
2015-09-14 22:43
aimlock is a myth, gullible cheat-paranoid teenager
2015-09-15 03:25
2015-09-15 08:40
Liquid Online = hack.
2015-09-15 00:15
United States Hiktim 
LG is gonna come back for revenge the next major I know it
2015-09-15 01:20
Ya, their revenge for attending 1 real event every 6 months to come into ro8 and lose to any top 10 team in a bo3
2015-09-15 05:24
United States Hiktim 
Im saying semi finals they will get to, dont be salt, just understand that they are saving all strats for the next major :D
2015-09-15 16:13
GJ boyz
2015-09-15 03:24
steel -20
2015-09-15 03:51
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