Liquid took down OpTic on Mirage (16-9) to move on to the playoffs of iBUYPOWER Masters 2017.
Group B of iBUYPOWER Masters saw OpTic edge out CLG in the opening match, while Liquid managed a huge comeback against Misfits to move on to the winner's match of the tournament in Santa Ana. Meanwhile, Misfits and CLG played for their tournament lives, with Sean "seang@res" Gares's side ending on top in the matchup.
OpTic lost the CT pistol at the beginning of Mirage, but managed to get the crucial first buy, retaking the site in a 4v5. Following up that round win with another one (3-2) saw Liquid forced on an eco, but OpTic fumbled against the pistols and that swung the momentum the way of the North Americans.
It was 8-2 before OpTic could afford a full buy again, they got the first three kills in the round, leveraging their double-AWP, but another blunder followed, as Russel "Twistzz" Van Dulken and Jonathan "EliGE" Jablonowski recovered the round from a 2v5 deficit. The 17-year-old Canadian continued plowing through the deflated OpTic defenses for the rest of the half, passing 20 kills on the T side that his team finished with a 12-3 lead.
Adam "friberg" Friberg and co. went for a B explosion on the pistol and it paid off, starting the European side's comeback. Nick "nitr0" Cannella's team opted for a conservative approach, not forcing buys, which allowed OpTic to reach nine rounds more easily (12-9). Committing to a stacked B site against Liquid's first force buy in the game ended up costing Óscar "mixwell" Cañellas and co., Liquid built on that and managed to close out the game straight out, with a 16-9 scoreline.
K - D
Aleksi 'allu' Jalliallu
19 - 18
Óscar 'mixwell' Cañellasmixwell
17 - 18
Kevin 'HS' TarnHS
16 - 20
Emil 'Magisk' ReifMagisk
11 - 18
Adam 'friberg' Fribergfriberg
12 - 21