Liquid to ESG Tour Mykonos playoffs over BIG
Team Liquid are through to the playoffs at ESG Tour Mykonos after defeating BIG 2-0 in Group B's decider match.
The series kicked off on Train, BIG's map pick, but the first half would have suggested otherwise as the German side could never get a foothold in the game. Liquid took control of proceedings from the get-go and never gave their opponents any room to manoeuvre.
Down 13-2, BIG gave themselves a fighting chance by winning the pistol round as CT. However, a miraculous comeback would not happen as triple kill from Nick "nitr0" Cannella in a third-round buy left the Germans' economy in shambles and powered Liquid to win the last two rounds they needed to seal a convincing 16-4 success.
Carrying their momentum into Mirage, Liquid got out to a quick 4-0 lead on the Terrorist side. After getting their economy back in order, BIG kept their defense very tight, winning seven of the next eight rounds. A 1v3 clutch from Josh "jdm64" Marzano then brought that streak to an end, with the North Americans following it up with another round to keep the deficit to a minimum by the end of the half.
Now playing on the Terrorist side, BIG further added to their lead by taking the pistol round and the subsequent anti-ecos. But when Liquid finally got money in the bank, the landscape of the game changed dramatically. BIG's rounds were few and far between, which severely hurt their economy. With Liquid 14-13 up, Jonathan "EliGE" Jablonowski came up huge, picking up back-to-back triple kills to give his team a hard-fought win on the map and a 2-0 success in the series.
|Liquid||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|Peter 'stanislaw' Jarguzstanislaw||49 - 30||+19||116.3||1.56|
|Jonathan 'EliGE' JablonowskiEliGE||42 - 28||+14||83.5||1.30|
|Russel 'Twistzz' Van DulkenTwistzz||35 - 28||+7||88.8||1.19|
|Josh 'jdm64' Marzanojdm64||37 - 28||+9||68.0||1.15|
|Nick 'nitr0' Cannellanitr0||27 - 31||-4||56.2||0.81|