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.

The final game of the second day of DreamHack Austin was the Group B decider match as Selfless had survived the elimination match against NRG and stepped up to the plate versus Liquid.

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.

Matchpage
2
0
8th May 2016
16
Dust2
3
16
Train
10

 Liquid K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
United States Nick 'nitr0' Cannellanitr0 43 - 23 +20 88.8 1.57
United States Jonathan 'EliGE' JablonowskiEliGE 40 - 25 +15 109.4 1.57
United States Spencer 'Hiko' MartinHiko 40 - 21 +19 88.4 1.44
United States Kenneth 'koosta' Suenkoosta 27 - 22 +5 59.3 1.15
United States Eric 'adreN' HoagadreN 27 - 27 0 74.3 1.06
 Selfless K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
United States Mitch 'mitch' Semagomitch 25 - 37 -12 69.7 0.81
United States Noah 'Nifty' FrancisNifty 24 - 31 -7 58.8 0.81
United States Skyler 'Relyks' WeaverRelyks 29 - 36 -7 64.0 0.75
Canada Michael 'Uber' StapellsUber 23 - 36 -13 58.6 0.71
United States Michael 'MAiNLiNE' JaberMAiNLiNE 17 - 38 -21 53.9 0.55

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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United States Jonathan 'EliGE' Jablonowski
Jonathan 'EliGE' Jablonowski
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1182
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.16
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
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2016-05-08 16:05
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Canada TwistZzZz 
expected
2016-05-08 05:54
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2016-05-08 05:53
#6
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Australia sammyd2 
mom i got 6
2016-05-08 05:53
#7
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United States doopiedoo 
nicw
2016-05-08 05:53
lol
2016-05-08 05:53
ez for liquid
2016-05-08 05:53
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China Tomaten 
11
2016-05-08 05:53
Nice job liquid no choke this time :)
2016-05-08 05:53
yas
2016-05-08 05:53
#14
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Brazil lullaby1 
gg
2016-05-08 05:53
#15
Brazil d1v4 
EZ 4 LG
2016-05-08 05:53
#16
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Italy Rafaeltra 
go LG!!
2016-05-08 05:53
Who is Liquid IGL is it still HIKO ?
2016-05-08 06:15
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Sweden proffs 
Probs adren
2016-05-08 09:09
it is Hiko.
2016-05-08 11:00
THank you sire
2016-05-08 11:09
no it's adren. Hiko did an interview earlier in the tournament and said that Adren had picked back up IGL role.
2016-05-08 11:47
he did? well shit. Back to Botdren sadly. Why do they limit him with that, seriously?... We saw that he can be a good fragger now if he doesnt have to igl anymore, and hiko is okay with igl'ing, also adren could still give him advices and stuff...
2016-05-08 11:56
They are sacrificing flexibility for more fragging power. Freeing up Hiko from IGL allows their best fragger to become the anchor in the team. It makes more sense for them to handicap adreN instead of Hiko until the other players on the team can become more reliable fraggers.
2016-05-08 12:06
wtf with adren ?
2016-05-08 06:28
adreN is apparently IGL'ing now.
2016-05-08 06:33
they almost choked to selfless on train. twitch chat was as retarded as ever during the 6-0 run.
2016-05-08 08:44
They put AdreN back to support and IGL? Thats where he will excel for sure Kappa
2016-05-08 08:53
adreN is the IGL again. Hiko did not want to do it anymore, thus his K/D is suffering, but as long as he keeps it around even they will win matches for sure.
2016-05-08 09:37
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Finland Smoonah 
Not really much of a "win" but alrighty....
2016-05-08 10:36
Hiko has to put up S1mples numbers. It makes sense for Adren to IGL
2016-05-08 10:42
ye
2016-05-08 11:02
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World Vechnyp 
meanwhile s1mple advance to CIS lans with 30k$ prizepool
2016-05-08 15:56
liquid will lose to lg and take away 10k i guarantee they wont get more than 15 rounds in their bo3 against lg
2016-05-08 19:33
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