Liquid pick apart OpTic, advance to playoffs

With a dominant 16-5 victory over OpTic on Cobblestone, Liquid secured a spot in ESL One Cologne quarter-finals following a 3-0 record in the group stage.

The first two rounds saw 1v2 clutches going each team's way, as William "RUSH" Wierzba picked one up on the A bombsite in the pistol round and Peter "stanislaw" Jarguz replied in the following forcebuy.

Liquid went up 5-1 with Jonathan "EliGE" Jablonowski clutching a 1v1 on the way before OpTic strung three rounds together with RUSH adding another pivotal play to his name, a triple including a 1v1.

Liquid go 3-0 to secure a spot in the quarter-finals

However, from there on the half was firmly in the hands of Josh "jdm64" Marzano and company, who only conceded one more round before claiming 10 in total on their defense.

Liquid grabbed the following pistol to start off the second half and survived the next anti-ecos for a 13-5 lead. stanislaw then opened up the A site thanks to sneaky play, resulting in OpTic saving three weapons. Oscar "mixwell" Cañellas's side were unable to put those weapons to use, though, and Liquid soon picked up a dominant victory at 16-5.

Matchpage
16
5
5th July 2017

News tags:
 Liquid K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Canada Peter 'stanislaw' Jarguzstanislaw 23 - 12 +11 118.7 1.84
Canada Russel 'Twistzz' Van DulkenTwistzz 20 - 10 +10 99.6 1.60
United States Nick 'nitr0' Cannellanitr0 20 - 12 +8 101.0 1.33
United States Jonathan 'EliGE' JablonowskiEliGE 15 - 9 +6 68.0 1.29
United States Josh 'jdm64' Marzanojdm64 10 - 11 -1 62.7 1.05
 OpTic K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Canada Keith 'NAF' MarkovicNAF 13 - 16 -3 73.5 0.90
United States James 'hazed' Cobbhazed 11 - 19 -8 58.0 0.86
United States William 'RUSH' WierzbaRUSH 10 - 15 -5 51.7 0.79
United States Tarik 'tarik' Celiktarik 11 - 19 -8 58.9 0.69
Spain Oscar 'mixwell' Cañellasmixwell 9 - 19 -10 53.3 0.60

Matchpage
16
5
5th July 2017

 Liquid K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Canada Peter 'stanislaw' Jarguzstanislaw 23 - 12 +11 118.7 1.84
Canada Russel 'Twistzz' Van DulkenTwistzz 20 - 10 +10 99.6 1.60
United States Nick 'nitr0' Cannellanitr0 20 - 12 +8 101.0 1.33
United States Jonathan 'EliGE' JablonowskiEliGE 15 - 9 +6 68.0 1.29
United States Josh 'jdm64' Marzanojdm64 10 - 11 -1 62.7 1.05
 OpTic K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Canada Keith 'NAF' MarkovicNAF 13 - 16 -3 73.5 0.90
United States James 'hazed' Cobbhazed 11 - 19 -8 58.0 0.86
United States William 'RUSH' WierzbaRUSH 10 - 15 -5 51.7 0.79
United States Tarik 'tarik' Celiktarik 11 - 19 -8 58.9 0.69
Spain Oscar 'mixwell' Cañellasmixwell 9 - 19 -10 53.3 0.60

With three rounds behind us, here is what the Swiss group stage's standings are:

Qualified for playoffs
Sweden NiP United States Liquid
2-1
CIS Natus Vincere Brazil SK
France G2 Europe FaZe
Europe mousesports United States OpTic
1-2
Denmark Heroic United States Cloud9
Turkey Space Soldiers Denmark North
Brazil Immortals Sweden fnatic
Eliminated
Poland Virtus.pro China TYLOO
United States Jonathan 'EliGE' Jablonowski
Jonathan 'EliGE' Jablonowski
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
1163
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.16
Spain Oscar 'mixwell' Cañellas
Oscar 'mixwell' Cañellas
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
821
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.13
United States Josh 'jdm64' Marzano
Josh 'jdm64' Marzano
Age:
29
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
823
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.10
Canada Peter 'stanislaw' Jarguz
Peter 'stanislaw' Jarguz
Age:
25
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
972
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.14
United States William 'RUSH' Wierzba
William 'RUSH' Wierzba
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
985
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.15
#1
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Czech Republic thek!ng 
1 By the way. Predicted almost everything correct, just IMT failed. Great games today, so excited for tomorrow
2017-07-05 21:15
this is what freedom looks like
2017-07-05 21:13
nice liquid
2017-07-05 21:13
#7
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Sweden WhisperingEye 
gg
2017-07-05 21:13
ez for na
2017-07-05 21:13
ez for Stan
2017-07-05 21:13
#13
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Sweden 133665 
Just don't ask them to qualify for a major LUL
2017-07-05 21:15
Optic might just go from 2-0 to 2-3 easily. Many good teams left
2017-07-05 21:16
#18
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Malaysia phyzell 
Made them feel really good staying at the top. Sweetdreams... hehehe
2017-07-05 21:18
SK mouz Na`Vi G2 FaZe OpTic Heroic SS North Cloud9 Immortals fnatic
2017-07-05 21:18
#22
kaas | 
Netherlands ImKuru 
Let's hope on that
2017-07-05 21:24
#20
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Greece her-1g 
From godwell to badwell?
2017-07-05 21:21
stan is a maniac liquid is hitting their groove and its a shame they arent in the major
2017-07-05 21:22
#23
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Brazil digozamaral 
Ez for liquid
2017-07-05 21:29
Hope Optic qualifies at least to the playoffs since they aren't playing the Major Believe in Godwell.
2017-07-05 22:28
Lul
2017-07-06 08:41
#27
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United States y0rk 
Let's pray Liquid can be the NA hope
2017-07-06 06:19
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