Liquid advance to DH Austin semis
Liquid defeat Selfless in a flawless manner with a 2-0 score (16-3 on Dust2 and 16-10 on Train) and are the fourth and final team to make it to the DreamHack Open Austin playoffs.
Unlike the Group A decider match between Cloud9 and CLG however, the second decider match of the day kicked off with a one-sided sweep on the first map of Dust2 as Jonathan "EliGE" Jablonowski and Nick "nitr0" Cannella powered a 12-3 first half on Liquid's CT side.
Liquid, currently the best ranked North American team in the world at eleventh place, then picked up four clean T-side rounds to close out the first map 16-3 and leave Selfless looking as lost and confused as the young team had appeared at the CEVO Gfinity Season 9 finals the weekend before.
EliGE and nitr0 excelled against Selfless
Train was the second map of play and it was Liquid who started on the T-side and claimed a pistol round and the first gunround and thus continued to advance unopposed in the entire series.
Following a CT-side round picked up by Selfless to make the score 5-1 for Liquid, it was Spencer "Hiko" Martin and co. who continued to steam ahead (including Hiko winning a one-versus-two to make the score 8-1) in the first half and ultimately finished the first half with a 11-4 score.
With Hiko leading his team on Train, Liquid picked up the second pistolround and advanced as far as 15-4 before Selfless finally partially awoke and began grabbing rounds back, going all the way until 10-15 before a Hiko-powered Five Seven round saw Liquid finally grab the necessary last round and win Train 16-10.
K - D
Nick 'nitr0' Cannellanitr0
43 - 23
Jonathan 'EliGE' JablonowskiEliGE
40 - 25
Spencer 'Hiko' MartinHiko
40 - 21
Kenneth 'koosta' Suenkoosta
27 - 22
Eric 'adreN' HoagadreN
27 - 27
Tomorrow will be the final day of DreamHack Austin and it will be devoted to both semifinals and the grand final, all of which will be best-of-three games. Cloud9 will take on Tempo Storm at 17:00 whereas Liquid will duel with Luminosity at 19:30.
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