Liquid to the major over HR

Liquid moved past HellRaisers as Spencer "Hiko" Martin starred in Columbus to end the second day and to qualify for the $1,000,000 major after the best-of-three series (16-4 on de_cache, 7-16 on de_overpass, 16-14 on de_dust2).

Liquid's road at the MLG Columbus 2016 Main Qualifier started with a double-overtime loss to HellRaisers on de_dust2. Spencer "Hiko" Martin and company went on to destroy YP to arrive at the decider match. HellRaisers, on the other hand, had a chance to qualify in an overtime match against mousesports but Nikola "NiKo" Kovač's team came up ahead.

The first map of the series was de_cache and Eric "adreN" Hoag defended the planted bomb in a 1v2 and got his T-sided team started. Liquid got on a roll with Hiko's strong performance and had a marvellous start (7-0). A 2v2 retake by HellRaisers on the B-site on the eight round marked their first round.


Hiko had a 1.99 rating on the first map

Losing the following round hurt the CIS-team's economy and Martin "STYKO" Styk had a 0-12 K/D and a 0.06 rating (11-2). The American team ended the half 11-4 ahead and started their CT campaign on a good note, winning the pistol round. adreN and Hiko's back-to-back 1-on-2 clutches put their team on a map point. A triple-kill by Nick "nitr0" Cannella was a full stop and the Americans got a convincing victory on the first map.

The second map (de_overpass) seemed to be a replay of the first one as Hiko, on defense, opened up with three kills, including a knife kill but STYKO bounced back from his lackluster performance and clutched in a 1v3 situation to get the quad-kill.

After dropping five rounds, Liquid got back in it with Aleksandr "s1mple" Kostyliev and adreN’s double-AWP setup (5-4). Tomáš "oskar" Šťastný and STYKO got four kills in consecutive rounds to extend their lead to 7-4. At halftime, the score was 9-6 in favor of Kirill "ANGE1" Karasiow and & company.


After a hard time on de_cache, STYKO picked up 32 kills on de_overpass

A 1-on-1 clutch by Hiko in the last seconds of the nineteenth round brought the score to 7-12 but HR answered immediately with one of their own. HellRaisers did not allow Liquid to execute their plan after a timeout and just rushed as CTs to stop the Terrorists on their tracks (14-7). They grabbed the map by getting the next two rounds and ensured a third map.

STYKO had another strong pistol round and HellRaisers secured the first three rounds of de_dust2. Liquid got on a hot streak and secured five rounds but couldn't get the sixth one in 2v1. The teams were exhanching rounds and the score was at 6-5 when oskar stepped up big time and had a 1v3 clutch.


oskar was commanding on the last map but it was not enough

HellRaisers could have gotten double-digits on their T-side but lost to nitr0 on a 1v1 (9-6). ANGE1 & co picked up their four consecutive pistol round and stretched the deficit to six just like in the second match (12-6). Despite coming on top of a 2v4 situation, Liquid lost in a 4v2 in the subsequent round and they called for a timeout.

The talk worked for the American squad who attained five rounds in a row with Jonathan "EliGE" Jablonowski's incredible 1v1 clutch. They tied it at 13-13, going down to the wire. After trading rounds once again, but Hiko's team got the last two rounds and secured a spot at the major.

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 Liquid K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
United States Spencer 'Hiko' MartinHiko 66 - 44 +22 94.0 1.41
United States Eric 'adreN' HoagadreN 48 - 45 +3 65.5 1.07
United States Nick 'nitr0' Cannellanitr0 49 - 57 -8 81.8 1.05
United States Jonathan 'EliGE' JablonowskiEliGE 41 - 52 -11 68.1 0.86
Ukraine Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostylievs1mple 41 - 62 -21 63.5 0.78
 HellRaisers K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Czech Republic Tomáš 'oskar' Šťastnýoskar 61 - 42 +19 81.5 1.37
Russia Emil 'kUcheR' AkhundovkUcheR 59 - 49 +10 83.3 1.15
Ukraine Kirill 'ANGE1' KarasiowANGE1 52 - 55 -3 90.0 1.13
Slovakia Martin 'STYKO' StykSTYKO 55 - 52 +3 75.1 0.98
Slovakia Patrik 'Zero' ŽúdelZero 32 - 48 -16 52.1 0.85

Major's updated team list is now following:

Sweden fnatic France Envy  Poland Virtus.pro  Brazil Luminosity
CIS Natus Vincere  Europe FaZe Sweden NiP Denmark Astralis
Germany mousesports France G2 United States Splyce Russia Gambit
United States Liquid Other TBD Other TBD Other TBD

With that, the second day at MLG Columbus 2016 qualifier is completed and we will have three best-of-three series tomorrow to decide which teams will claim the last spots.

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United States Jonathan 'EliGE' Jablonowski
Jonathan 'EliGE' Jablonowski
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1168
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.16
United States Nick 'nitr0' Cannella
Nick 'nitr0' Cannella
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
1196
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:
597
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.15
Ukraine Kirill 'ANGE1' Karasiow
Kirill 'ANGE1' Karasiow
Age:
30
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
1614
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.71
APR:
0.17
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
Slovakia Martin 'STYKO' Styk
Martin 'STYKO' Styk
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
1056
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.14
Bosnia and Herzegovina Nikola 'NiKo' Kovač
Nikola 'NiKo' Kovač
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.17
Maps played:
1108
KPR:
0.81
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.13
Czech Republic Tomáš 'oskar' Šťastný
Tomáš 'oskar' Šťastný
Age:
28
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.13
Maps played:
977
KPR:
0.77
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.11
Ukraine Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Age:
22
Rating 1.0:
1.23
Maps played:
1043
KPR:
0.85
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.10
I can't believe, what a comeback. Good Job Liquid AdreN ! He is top fragger so far
2016-02-28 02:20
he cant touch any player od d2 with awp trough the doors :D very bad reflex
2016-02-28 14:39
1st wasted.
2016-02-28 02:20
s1
2016-02-28 02:20
#5
Poland KiiK 
Ayy close match, GG both :D
2016-02-28 02:20
gg to liquid, see you in a month
2016-02-28 02:20
#9
Europe selbi 
nice
2016-02-28 02:20
WP hellraisers , gl liquid
2016-02-28 02:20
#11
 | 
Brunei br0ks 
gl
2016-02-28 02:20
fsd
2016-02-28 02:20
s
2016-02-28 02:20
gj
2016-02-28 02:20
nt
2016-02-28 02:20
#16
jkaem | 
Czech Republic majoris 
fuck u kucher
2016-02-28 02:20
#17
Edward | 
Macau ianzy 
gg
2016-02-28 02:20
r
2016-02-28 02:20
LETS FUCKING GOOO
2016-02-28 02:20
KUCHER
2016-02-28 02:20
#87
 | 
CIS vasqaaa 
yea kucher is so low in his team -_-
2016-02-28 02:21
#103
 | 
Czech Republic CerTas 
I guess it's safe to say he was the main reason why they lost it
2016-02-28 02:23
yes
2016-02-28 02:20
#22
 | 
Japan kitzune 
gg
2016-02-28 02:20
Really great game
2016-02-28 02:20
Hiko on one side. lol
2016-02-28 02:24
#182
EliGE | 
United States CiToX 
I guess you didn't watch the match :>
2016-02-28 03:21
yay
2016-02-28 02:20
ez
2016-02-28 02:20
#27
Mexico hu5h 
EZ
2016-02-28 02:20
#28
KRIMZ | 
Denmark slacking 
ayy
2016-02-28 02:20
usa
2016-02-28 02:20
last
2016-02-28 02:20
wp
2016-02-28 02:20
w00t
2016-02-28 02:20
what a comeback
2016-02-28 02:20
fuck liquid, undeserved
2016-02-28 02:20
#37
 | 
CIS sergioff 
that was fast
2016-02-28 02:20
LETS GOOO what a match, holy shit
2016-02-28 02:21
n1
2016-02-28 02:20
#40
 | 
United States Cheezyshooter 
What a match!
2016-02-28 02:20
bl liquid
2016-02-28 02:20
GG WP
2016-02-28 02:20
Congratz
2016-02-28 02:20
#45
 | 
United States cermis 
yay
2016-02-28 02:20
nice comeback tho
2016-02-28 02:20
#47
 | 
Switzerland pazzo0 
HellChokers
2016-02-28 02:20
GG liquid<3
2016-02-28 02:20
me too
2016-02-28 02:20
WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
2016-02-28 02:20
ayy rip hr! edit: some legit first comments 0.o not some n1 spam or shit
2016-02-28 02:21
#52
 | 
Germany FLaaVEn 
ez gl
2016-02-28 02:20
Blyat
2016-02-28 02:20
ripquid more like winquid
2016-02-28 02:20
How do they make these so fast?
2016-02-28 02:21
They write it as the game goes ;)
2016-02-28 02:46
WOO lets go
2016-02-28 02:20
WP
2016-02-28 02:20
#60
 | 
Norway SpicyJuice 
S1mple sticker hype! //
2016-02-28 02:20
this series was sick!!!
2016-02-28 02:20
TELL ME THAT WASNT THE MOST HYPE NA COMEBACK EVER NACS BOYS LETS GO
2016-02-28 02:20
typo
2016-02-28 02:20
EZ SKINS. STYKO HACKING ON PISTOL
2016-02-28 02:20
How do they write these so fast lol
2016-02-28 02:20
EZZZZ OH YESSS BBY :D :)
2016-02-28 02:20
S1MPLE STICKERS HYPE !
2016-02-28 02:21
THAT WAS FUCKING SICK FINALLY S1MPLE STICKERS MAN <3
2016-02-28 02:21
hr :(
2016-02-28 02:21
#74
 | 
Brazil qmatt 
ezzz
2016-02-28 02:21
All the failed #1s make me laugh :) GG and GL to TL.
2016-02-28 02:21
#78
 | 
Sweden Swedz 
That's not Oskar on the last picture, idiot HLTV
2016-02-28 02:21
ez cumback
2016-02-28 02:21
simple liquid worst player
2016-02-28 02:21
OSKAR BibleThump -s1mple +oskar BibleThump
2016-02-28 02:21
showing a picture of Zero and then captioning it with "oskar was commanding on the last map but it was not enough" wat
2016-02-28 02:21
NA newsmaker
2016-02-28 02:22
7-13 -> 16-14 No comments. Rip skins. Rip HR.
2016-02-28 02:21
gg, Hiko, EliGE, adreN, nitr0, the 4 of you earned it.
2016-02-28 02:21
Well played by TL, I feel for oskar though, he showed fantastic play all LAN.
2016-02-28 02:21
i feel sorry for oskar. The maybe best player of 2016 not going to the biggest event. He showed now he's not only the best in FPL but also an absolute beast when it matters the most.
2016-02-28 02:21
+1, kind of sucks, tbf HR teamplay is pretty horrible...
2016-02-28 02:32
A triple-kill by Ian "nitro" Mckay was a full stop and the Americans got a convincing victory on the first map.
2016-02-28 02:21
#90
 | 
Canada smoo 
great game
2016-02-28 02:22
underneath a picture of Zero "oskar was commanding on the last map but it was not enough"
2016-02-28 02:22
#92
fer | 
Argentina MyMatkhev 
I never say bullshit about AdreN, support them! Deserved play at major, fuck you s1mple! in your face, "more dm adren please" lol! AdreN carriying you for your best career achievement, fucking idiot.
2016-02-28 02:22
you know that "more dm adren please" tweet was fake right?
2016-02-28 02:50
#93
 | 
Canada pokerchip 
Congratulations to Team Liquid advancing to the major! I cannot wait to see what they have in store with s1mple.
2016-02-28 02:22
"HellRaisers could have gotten double-digits on their T-side but lost to Mckay on a 1v1 (9-6)" LMAO Mckay lolmao
2016-02-28 02:22
#96
Estonia 2026 
oskar was commanding on the last map but it was not enough Picture of zero, LMFAO.
2016-02-28 02:22
#109
 | 
Brazil tpSs 
plz fix HLTV xD
2016-02-28 02:24
#97
 | 
CIS vasqaaa 
KICK KUCHER!
2016-02-28 02:22
Ian "nitro" Mckay
2016-02-28 02:22
#100
 | 
Brazil tpSs 
"oskar was commanding on the last map but it was not enough" a ZERO CHOKE pic
2016-02-28 02:22
GG Liquid. Oskar forever alone...
2016-02-28 02:22
groups were unbalanced as fuck, both these teams deserve to go to the major
2016-02-28 02:23
+1
2016-02-28 02:43
+1
2016-02-28 12:13
#105
 | 
Brazil Teteu 
Oskar pic is wrong
2016-02-28 02:23
#106
suNny | 
Portugal alheiro 
is that oskar or zero on picture? i think its zero, but the looks like oskar by the legend
2016-02-28 02:23
group A : RIP TL haha
2016-02-28 02:23
#108
 | 
United States ViKaLiBuR 
What an amazing match. This match just shows how much TL wants to go to the major despite the odds they had in Map 3. Good job TL. Hopefully s1mple can perform well at the major!
2016-02-28 02:23
13-7, not 14-7
2016-02-28 02:24
oskar died 14 times in 30 rounds dem exit frags doee trigger pleass
2016-02-28 02:28
dat elige tap man
2016-02-28 02:25
I'm crying
2016-02-28 02:25
wrong nitro
2016-02-28 02:25
oskar carry hard not enough
2016-02-28 02:25
Congrats to liquid. I feel bad for Oskar. I've liked this guy for a while now and hopefully this performance will get him some attention. It's been a long time since I've an awper shut a map down like he did. Liquid won D2 because they just started avoiding Oskar, which was easy because HR didn't fix the issue and just left zero in B where he wasn't very effective.
2016-02-28 02:25
It's aight s1mple.. your teammates got you. Build from this!
2016-02-28 02:25
#119
 | 
Chile Cristoff 
GJ hiko and s1mple :D
2016-02-28 02:25
EPIC XD
2016-02-28 02:26
"I am so happy... because HellRaisers so bad" HAHAHAHAHAHAHAH
2016-02-28 02:26
lolol did he really say that!? that's hilarious!
2016-02-28 02:28
I think so HAHAHAHAHHA
2016-02-28 02:28
He said helll raisers are better APPARENTLY
2016-02-28 02:34
I keep listening, I doubt he said HellRaisers, but if he did wouldn't he mean that they were acting bad to him in the past?
2016-02-28 02:35
that korean asshole doesn`t understand any english at all. Especially, eastern european english as well. He said "hellraisers was better".
2016-02-28 11:01
Oskar was nutz! Any other group and Hellraisers would have qualified. Well maybe not group A.
2016-02-28 02:27
Agreed HR deserved and would have qualified in either group C or D
2016-02-28 02:41
#125
dupreeh | 
Georgia tvd 
ez for ian "nitro" mckay kappa
2016-02-28 02:27
2016-02-28 02:28
FeelsBadMan
2016-02-28 02:29
:D :D :D :D he is crying, still insulting other teams =D
2016-02-28 02:30
he said hr is better
2016-02-28 02:35
YES YES YES ! :D WP SANYA :D TY ADREN ASWELL !
2016-02-28 02:29
hiko just put liquid on his back and carried the shit out of them all the way through that series oskar was great, but hiko was even better
2016-02-28 02:30
Styko and Oskar was 80% of HR impact.
2016-02-28 02:43
s1mple can't handle his adderral :kappa
2016-02-28 02:30
oskar cant carry this noobs
2016-02-28 02:30
He actually got a lot of exit kills
2016-02-28 02:31
wohoo <3
2016-02-28 02:31
BibleThump " Hellraisers so bad." LOL
2016-02-28 02:33
#146
Estonia rYm 
nubas ipanyj
2016-02-28 02:36
give s1mple awp!!!
2016-02-28 02:36
#148
 | 
Brazil Mirekz 
the mid to B strat every round 2strong
2016-02-28 02:37
Kucher and Zero. Hard to watch at the end.
2016-02-28 02:39
#152
 | 
Ireland Intrilo 
S1mple <3
2016-02-28 02:39
As always with life experiences this was a great lesson for s1mple, it showed him you win as a team and there's no better example than that last map where he got carried by Hiko or even Adren. I really hope this was a humbling experience for him because not only he will improve as a person but also as a player. Key and beatiful moment in his career imo, gratz and sad for HR at the same time
2016-02-28 02:40
For someone who calls himself the "Genius of csgo" he had a pretty bad showing. Practically fell flat on his face.
2016-02-28 02:41
Did he have any injuries?
2016-02-28 03:33
Yes, didn't you see him crying?
2016-02-28 05:11
Sad
2016-02-28 05:54
That Dust2 game will go down as "Liquids Revenge" after they lost that dust 2 game against NaVi when they were up 14-7 or something, lost 3v1 to Edwards insane clutch and lost out 14-16.
2016-02-28 02:42
Respect to Simple. Great tournament from adren as well.
2016-02-28 02:43
#172
 | 
Brazil Mirekz 
lol s1mple had -21 that map
2016-02-28 02:51
Talking about his interview
2016-02-28 03:56
#163
 | 
United States velocityy 
dont worry s1mple, NA will carry you to major
2016-02-28 02:45
oskar deserve better team..
2016-02-28 02:46
the team is fine, those two ukrainian shits have to go.
2016-02-28 02:56
#167
rain | 
Norway LakSeey 
Nice to see hiko putting up big numbers
2016-02-28 02:49
Feels really bad ffor Adren srsly. Even if he won't perform this good consistenly he deserved another chance. I really hope they make him a good offer with good salary to stay as a coach.
2016-02-28 02:50
+1
2016-02-28 05:12
#171
 | 
Brazil mclomello 
Nice job from adreN. Well done.
2016-02-28 02:51
#FreeOskar
2016-02-28 02:54
Simple choking VS a tier 3 team lol. Glad adren was There to carry his sorry ass.
2016-02-28 03:04
oskar back to fpl
2016-02-28 03:04
#179
 | 
Bosnia and Herzegovina gothic_angel 
replace ange1yl
2016-02-28 03:05
<3 s1MPLE
2016-02-28 03:07
Whatdid thorin say about adrens performance?
2016-02-28 03:32
s1mple on lan ....
2016-02-28 03:32
-simple +adren x)
2016-02-28 04:04
HR at majors? i arent think that
2016-02-28 04:05
S1mple bottom frag lol Hiko top frag lol Kappa
2016-02-28 05:26
HLTV Please notice this: there is not a single player from CIS in Hellraisers!!! Ukraine left CIS like 3 years ago and Czech Republic and Slovakia have NEVER even joined it! so i dont rly understand why is it still "CIS" team and the flag is not EU but CIS!
2016-02-28 09:43
liquid top na i think so
2016-02-28 09:39
s1mple bottomfragger expected !!!!!! doesn`t deserve to be @ the major
2016-02-28 10:25
Expected?
2016-02-28 11:07
yeah, hes highly overrated
2016-02-28 12:05
Not really.
2016-02-28 19:44
Probably the most exciting match in some time, great game to watch! Godlike pistolplay from Styko kept it a lot closer than it might've been (4-0 pistols last two maps), combined with sick play from Oskar and an underwhelming performance from s1mple. Luckily for TL Hiko stepped up big and even adreN managed to be quite impactful. Say what you want about s1mple's attitude in the past, but the interview with him crying just shows how much pressure he puts on himself and the fact that he actally cares about his team-mates, since for once, he was the one really letting them down, which was probably the reason for his tears. It's an interesting side to see of him. I think this is the first time s1mple's had a ratio of < 1.0 on any LAN-event. Hopefully, this can be valuable experience for him as to not start tilting on team mates as well as on himself in the future. He is no doubt a solid T1 player skillwise who can change a game on his own as long as he can remain in his right element and not go off on negative spirals. It'll be quite exciting to see TL in the Major, I wouldn't be surprised if they can cause some upsets and maybe even make it out of the group stage if the NA players continue to deliver while s1mple steps up to the level that we're used to seeing him at. Dosia stickers will be pretty awesome too!
2016-02-28 11:24
+1. Good post.
2016-02-28 13:24
We love u s1mple!! Fuck The haters, they Can burn in hell!! I have so Much respekt for This guy! Liquid perfect team for him. We are all human Beings I wish u The Best !!
2016-02-28 11:27
Rip oskar stickers, the dream didnt come true
2016-02-28 11:29
#215
 | 
Czech Republic CerTas 
I really wanted oskar sticker to be honest haha I hope they'll make it to Cologne !
2016-02-28 13:23
When in 'murica, do as 'muricans do twitch.tv/mlg/v/51099024?t=10h44m35s
2016-02-28 11:52
s1mple "i gonna rekt fallen on lan" HAHAHA OK -21
2016-02-28 12:06
every player has bad and good match,say about Hiko ,favela idiot
2016-02-28 14:52
so what? every player can play bad in some game.
2016-02-28 16:53
Awesome! Good luck
2016-02-28 12:32
This will be s1mple for them kappa
2016-02-28 12:49
nice oskar lost
2016-02-28 12:57
NA hope get carried
2016-02-28 14:02
Hikos stepped up, finally. Looked like 2013-14 Hiko.
2016-02-28 19:21
i love georgraph
2016-02-29 08:08
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