OpTic knock Liquid out in LB semis
OpTic and Liquid faced off in the lower bracket semifinal, with the former coming out on top in three maps, Nuke (16-10), Train (10-16), and Mirage (16-10), thus eliminating Liquid from the competition.
The match started with OpTic on the CT side of the first map, Nuke, Liquid’s pick, and quickly started running away with the half as all of OpTic’s players did their part for a 9-1 lead after ten rounds.
Liquid were then able to get a couple more rounds on the board. Particularly impressive was Peter "stanislaw" Jarguz clutching a 2vs1 after plant on the B site with 12 hp, playing the bomb timer low enough as to not allow Jason "jasonR" Ruchelski to defuse.
OpTic went into the half with a large lead, 12-3, and were then able to win the pistol round, all but closing out the map. With 15-3 on the scoreboard Liquid put together a last ditch five UMP buy, and were able to keep the map going.
Liquid then started to win rounds with renewed confidence, shutting OpTic out round after round, and were able to bring it all the way to double digits. It was finally OpTic who were able to close out the map with Oscar "mixwell" Cañellas getting the opening frag on Josh "jdm64" Marzano outside, and winning the final 1vs1 against Russel "Twistzz" Van Dulken after planting on A.
mixwell’s AWPing kept OpTic on path to the victory
The second map, Train, started with OpTic exploding onto B from halls, taking the site and planting the bomb. A retake by Liquid, though, gave stanislaw and co. the first round of the map.
After two plants, OpTic were able to afford a full buy on the third round, and took it in part thanks to two opening frags by mixwell. Just like OpTic did on Nuke, though,0 Liquid started to chain rounds together for a 6-1 lead.
Not wanting to let the game slip away, OpTic won two rounds in a row, ruining Liquid’s economy, but were unable to capitalize on it further, not being able to win another round in the half and going down 11-4.
The second side of the map started well for Liquid as they got themselves on a 3vs2 after plant situation, but Keith "NAF" Markovic was able to stick a defuse in the smoke to give OpTic a chance at getting back in the game.
With 11-7 on the scoreboard, NAF was able to win a 1vs4, with three frags after the bomb had already been planted, to keep OpTic’s comeback alive. Liquid, not wanting to let the match slip away, won two rounds to widen their lead to 13-9, and pushed OpTic into an eco.
Liquid got to match point on the 24th round, 15-9, and were then able to close it two rounds later after successfully planting on A and denying OpTic the retake, pushing the match into a third map.
Stanislaw had 116.5 ADR on Liquid’s win on Train
The third map, Mirage, started with Liquid getting a head start by winning the first pistol round on CT side.OpTic were unable to make too much damage on the ecos, but after a set play on B and planting on a 3vs3, were able to safely bomb the site and get on the board.
Liquid were able to get to six rounds after resetting OpTic, but then mixwell and co. were able to do the same to their rival’s economy and keep the match close, 6-4, after ten rounds. At the switch, Liquid lead 8-7.
Four kills by Tarik "tarik" Celik, including winning a 1vs2 after plant, gave OpTic the second pistol round to tie the game up, 8-8.
On the defending side, OpTic were able to set up a solid wall and quickly started winning rounds, increasing their lead all the way to match point giving up a single round, 15-9. After giving up the tenth round to Liquid, OpTic stopped an A push to win the game and stay alive in the competition.
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