Liquid beat CLG; qualify for San Jose

The winner of the first semifinal is Team Liquid, who advance to the grand finals of the iBUYPOWER Cup and qualify for IEM San Jose after defeating CLG 2-0 (16-7 on de_overpass and 16-12 on de_cbble).

The first semifinal of the iBUYPOWER 2015 Cup was in some way the more important one as both teams were also competing to be the final contestant of the $100,000 Intel Extreme Masters tournament in San Jose in a week's time.

And in another sense, this semifinal was a showdown of two of North America's most consistent teams, both in their own way vying to take over the mantle from Cloud9 following that team's strong run in the summer of this year.


Liquid make the grand finals of the iBP Cup 

Team Liquid seemed hungry to take the crown on the first map, kicking off an aggressive, frag-based T-side that ultimately saw them go up 12-3 on the half. Despite winning the second pistol, CLG seemed overall dispirited and unable to mount a comeback, thus Liquid won 16-7 on de_overpass.

de_cbble once again began with a dominant Liquid T-side, driven by the dynamo that was Nick "nitr0" Cannella. Liquid were able to pull away to a 8-2 lead before CLG began to swing back, and narrow the half down to a 9-6 score in favour of Liquid.

Liquid had the wherewithal to take map point, but CLG then began to mount a comeback which forced a tactical timeout from Eric "adreN" Hoag and his men. A close round with the score at 15-12 ultimately went Liquid's way with Spencer "Hiko" Martin getting a double kill and gave Liquid the series with a 2-0 score.

Team Liquid have now officially qualified for IEM San Jose and will take on EnVyUs in the quarter-finals.

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 Liquid K - D +/- ADR Rating 1.0
United States Nick 'nitr0' Cannellanitr0 55 - 32 +23 - 1.52
United States Spencer 'Hiko' MartinHiko 43 - 31 +12 - 1.20
United States Jonathan 'EliGE' JablonowskiEliGE 38 - 35 +3 - 1.05
United States Jacob 'FugLy' MedinaFugLy 34 - 31 +3 - 1.04
United States Eric 'adreN' HoagadreN 28 - 25 +3 - 1.02
 CLG K - D +/- ADR Rating 1.0
United States James 'hazed' Cobbhazed 32 - 34 -2 - 0.97
Canada Pujan 'FNS' MehtaFNS 35 - 42 -7 - 0.88
United States Josh 'jdm64' Marzanojdm64 31 - 40 -9 - 0.82
United States Stephen 'reltuC' CutlerreltuC 32 - 41 -9 - 0.75
United States Tarik 'tarik' Celiktarik 23 - 41 -18 - 0.65

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United States Spencer 'Hiko' Martin
Spencer 'Hiko' Martin
Age:
29
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
917
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.14
United States Nick 'nitr0' Cannella
Nick 'nitr0' Cannella
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
1207
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.14
United States Eric 'adreN' Hoag
Eric 'adreN' Hoag
Age:
29
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
600
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.15
Nice
2015-11-15 21:05
so lucky stupid onliners
2015-11-15 21:05
NIP ? Fnatic ? sure ...thats what they are known for
2015-11-15 21:06
calling fnatic online is pure stupid lol
2015-11-15 21:26
Dude hes obviously trolling...
2015-11-17 14:25
LOL
2015-11-15 21:31
#63
GuardiaN | 
Sweden kvNr 
you calling major winners onliners?
2015-11-16 06:23
LOL
2015-11-15 21:14
#4
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Germany uRaguuu 
Gz
2015-11-15 21:05
#5
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Latvia Ke]R[4u 
clg clg,..i'm dissapoint
2015-11-15 21:06
#15
EliGE | 
United States mehrfth 
Hey dissapoint, I'm dad
2015-11-15 21:08
rekt
2015-11-15 21:20
liquid kappa team ))
2015-11-15 21:06
Very nice gl HIKO ARE YOU KIDDING ME
2015-11-15 21:06
Hi
2015-11-15 21:06
#13
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Guatemala KlassiKer 
xpected
2015-11-15 21:07
CLG honestly the worst and most boring team i've ever seen. Please ban them from all events.
2015-11-15 21:07
how much?
2015-11-15 21:10
lolololol
2015-11-15 21:36
why would i bet on a team i hate
2015-11-15 22:16
#16
method | 
United States f0xes` 
vs. NV? Rip.
2015-11-15 21:08
onliners
2015-11-15 21:08
So Liquid did show that they can play on LAN.
2015-11-15 21:12
but why, wont the team who wins ibp qualifies for san jose
2015-11-15 21:12
both c9 and lum have already been invited, so technically this semifinal was the qualifier match for san jose
2015-11-15 21:12
stich you are so hot man like really ;o #fullhomo
2015-11-15 21:15
you're doing an amazing job stich. Love it when you get to full-cover these events. Reminds me the gold times with Nix0n's interviews. Keep it up boy
2015-11-15 21:28
+1
2015-11-15 21:57
Thx love ya
2015-11-15 22:16
#22
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Latvia Ke]R[4u 
Tarik NA star
2015-11-15 21:13
Tarik he is the north american player but CLG he is the bottom-fragging stars
2015-11-15 21:14
tarik best NA player they said
2015-11-15 21:16
GET REKT FNS FUCKING scrub thats what u get bcz of it youtube.com/watch?v=dHHc4PkN_v4
2015-11-15 21:16
what does this have to do with anything
2015-11-15 21:20
cutler and tarik shaked his hand tho
2015-11-15 21:27
you have no clue of what happened
2015-11-15 21:33
Tarik with the -18...hope of NA lol
2015-11-15 21:16
yes, one more great match for him :)
2015-11-15 21:30
from him*
2015-11-15 22:04
haha
2015-11-15 23:17
:P
2015-11-15 23:17
#32
Sweden JKLY 
rip liquid
2015-11-15 21:24
nitr0 such underrated player
2015-11-15 21:26
expected more from CLG they can do alot better than this. gz Liquid well played
2015-11-15 21:37
nitr0 so gooood
2015-11-15 21:38
Take on NV.... Good luck
2015-11-15 21:41
CLG looked like they just woke up at the start yesterday, and today.
2015-11-15 21:56
nitr0 <3
2015-11-15 22:05
RIP TARIK. go to school bud get some education.
2015-11-15 22:11
oh yeah
2015-11-16 00:23
#54
nitr0 | 
Netherlands TTHump 
nitr0 the g0d
2015-11-15 22:23
Report these brutes! Beating innocent people is wrong!
2015-11-15 22:37
I think that clg is shit and liquid deserves this reply if you agree
2015-11-15 23:15
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