Liquid best Misfits to claim Americas Minor title
Liquid bested Misfits 2-1 (Cobblestone 13-16, Train 16-4, Mirage 16-7) in the grand final at the Americas Minor, claiming the $30,000 grand prize.
The series started on Liquid's pick, Cobblestone, a map Misfits has had great success on throughout the tournament despite it being their least played map in recent times. Sean "seang@res" Gares's squad put together a great defense during the first half, starting off with a 4-0 lead early on. The B bombsite saw most of the action throughout the next four rounds, with each team getting away with two of them for a 5-3 scoreline.
Thanks to a stack on B in an eco, with Hunter "SicK" Mims clutching a 1v1, Misfits kept their lead and eventually grabbed their eighth round. The next three went the other way as Liquid only needed one to break the economy of their opponents, while Shahzeb "ShahZaM" Khan's triple in a tough situation on B finished off the half at 9-6.
A clean B take gave Misfits the second pistol, although a saved armor allowed stanislaw to buy a UMP-45 and grab two crucial kills in the following forcebuy, as Liquid climbed to nine rounds. An explosive strategy on B and David "devoduvek" Dobrosavljevic's quad-kill on the other site gave Misfits the edge again, reaching a 13-9 lead after an anti-eco. With a B defense working out thanks to Nick "nitr0" Cannella's double from broken wall in the 25th round, Liquid edged back into contention for the first map and just one round separated the two teams, but a smoke wall execute towards B in an eco gave Misfits the 16-13 win.
Train was a one-sided affair from the get-go, as Liquid went up 5-0 as Counter-Terrorists and continued to rack up their lead due to Misfits being unable to string rounds together. Individual heroics from SicK and ShahZaM were the only thing working out for them while Liquid grabbed a dominant 12-3 half. Winning the next pistol round, nitr0 & co. reached map point and turned it into the 16th two rounds afterward, with only devoduvek's quad-kill in a 2v5 standing in their way.
Mirage decided it all and it was Misfits getting away with the better start this time, going up 2-0 after they defused the bomb in a 2v2 situation. Early aggression in mind ended with Jonathan "EliGE" Jablonowski getting a quad-kill to get his team on the board and start taking over the half. It wasn't until 6-2 when Misfits finally broke the streak with a retake on B. Liquid conceded one more round due to an unsuccessful late-round attack on A, but the following three went their way after early pick-offs around the map. The half ended at 9-6 in their favor, as Misfits grabbed the remaining couple of rounds.
Securing the second pistol round and the first gunround without much trouble, Liquid were well on their way to the title. François "AmaNEk" Delaunay's quad-kill at 14-6 did little to stop stanislaw's team from securing the series, as Liquid did so at 16-7, 2-1.
K - D
François 'AmaNEk' DelaunayAmaNEk
47 - 54
Shahzeb 'ShahZaM' KhanShahZaM
41 - 55
David 'devoduvek' Dobrosavljevicdevoduvek
40 - 57
Hunter 'SicK' MimsSicK
36 - 56
Sean 'seang@res' Garesseang@res
34 - 58
Americas Minor final standings:
1. Liquid - ELEAGUE Major Offline Qualifier spot + $30,000 2. Misfits - ELEAGUE Major Offline Qualifier spot + $15,000 3. CLG - $5,000 4. Complexity 5-6. Luminosity 5-6. NRG 7-8. TeamOne 7-8. Rise Nation