nitr0 shines as Liquid edge past Renegades in Atlanta

Liquid have gone 2-1 at the ELEAGUE Major Boston Main Qualifier following a close 16-14 win against Renegades on Cobblestone.

The match began with Renegades taking the pistol round following a successful B execute, but they could not build on that round win as Liquid rallied back in an eco round thanks to a B stack.

That was the start of a great run from the North Americans, who kept their defence very tight and never let their opponents build up an economy. A 1v3 clutch from Noah "Nifty" Francis in the 12th round dented Liquid's economy, but the home side fought back immediately on a shoddy buy, setting themselves up for a 10-5 halftime lead.

nitr0 racked up 36 frags against Renegades

The second half followed the same pattern as the first as Renegades won the pistol round with ease, only to get caught off-guard in the following anti-eco. Liquid remained in control of proceedings, quickly reaching match point.

Many believed that the match was about to come to an end, but then Renegades finally found some life. With Keith "NAF" Markovic leading the charge, the Australians strung several rounds together to take the game to the 30th round, in which they made a massive blunder as they wasted a 5v3 situation with the bomb dropped on B.

 Renegades K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Canada Keith 'NAF' MarkovicNAF 29 - 21 +8 95.4 1.34
Australia Justin 'jks' Savagejks 22 - 21 +1 72.6 1.09
United States Noah 'Nifty' FrancisNifty 21 - 22 -1 70.0 1.02
Australia Aaron 'AZR' WardAZR 18 - 24 -6 73.1 0.91
Australia Karlo 'USTILO' PivacUSTILO 10 - 23 -13 60.0 0.70
 Liquid K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
United States Nick 'nitr0' Cannellanitr0 36 - 21 +15 120.3 1.69
Canada Russel 'Twistzz' Van DulkenTwistzz 27 - 20 +7 91.0 1.30
Brazil Wilton 'zews' Pradozews 12 - 20 -8 54.6 0.91
United States Jonathan 'EliGE' JablonowskiEliGE 18 - 17 +1 58.5 0.91
United States Josh 'jdm64' Marzanojdm64 17 - 22 -5 69.7 0.91

3-0 (qualified)
France G2
2-0
Europe mousesports United States Cloud9
2-1 1-2
Europe FaZe United States Misfits
Turkey Space Soldiers
France Envy
Ukraine Natus Vincere Russia Quantum Bellator Fire
Russia Vega Squadron Germany Sprout
United States Liquid Australia Renegades
0-2
Russia FlipSid3 Kazakhstan AVANGAR
0-3 (eliminated)
China Flash 
Canada Keith 'NAF' Markovic
Keith 'NAF' Markovic
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1143
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.16
United States Noah 'Nifty' Francis
Noah 'Nifty' Francis
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
789
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.09
#1
gas | 
Austria Phil_1337 
Team Liquid almost with the choke which remembered me of MLG Columbus 2016! Nitr0 had also an amazing performance against Renegades with over 120 ADR!
2018-01-14 23:21
Well, one mistake and 16-14, 1-2 for RNG. BlessRNG for Renegades!
2018-01-14 23:23
#8
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Austria SPatrick_ 
b
2018-01-14 23:22
c
2018-01-14 23:22
#21
CMX | 
United States LuWi 
d
2018-01-14 23:23
#24
smooya | 
Austria shaakeh 
AMAZE
2018-01-14 23:23
#23
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Portugal ImSousa04 
c
2018-01-14 23:23
D
2018-01-14 23:56
we’ll qualify dw dw
2018-01-14 23:49
#62
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African Union mikecool 
im really hoping so ;( !!!!
2018-01-15 06:59
;((((( it will happen
2018-01-15 08:46
GG indeed!
2018-01-14 23:22
We're not in the semifinals yet, don't worry :)
2018-01-15 00:32
#2
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Austria SPatrick_ 
GOD NITR0
2018-01-14 23:21
#3
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Hungary StraYzie 
GODnitr0, GODNifty, What a game! GORENEGADES! GOLIQUID!
2018-01-14 23:21
Go renegades
2018-01-14 23:49
GODNifty more like BOTNifty
2018-01-15 12:04
#69
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Hungary StraYzie 
Did you see the game? He hit some awesome shots, pulled off amazing clutches
2018-01-15 15:20
Gg
2018-01-14 23:22
#6
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Sweden Rexz 
gg
2018-01-14 23:22
7th
2018-01-14 23:22
YESSSSSS
2018-01-14 23:22
NA CS LUL
2018-01-14 23:22
UK cs lul
2018-01-14 23:23
i remeber nitr0 going ham vs fnatic on cache long time ago. Like he always beasting fnatic before
2018-01-14 23:22
#34
ZELIN | 
Portugal Cyborgy 
ye i remember that game,40+ kills and they lost 16-14
2018-01-14 23:29
yeah i think ur right :) he was awesome
2018-01-15 00:24
#14
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World dammo 
NITRO MY BOI <3
2018-01-14 23:22
Liquid just drawn out the game for more dragon lore chances
2018-01-14 23:22
+1
2018-01-14 23:34
xD true
2018-01-15 01:31
#16
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Paraguay imjustmau 
Double choke
2018-01-14 23:22
#17
CMX | 
United States LuWi 
ez for sexiest csgo pro jdm
2018-01-14 23:23
jdm sucks
2018-01-15 01:18
yep what a bot
2018-01-15 07:45
BR ELIGE BEST ELIGE
2018-01-14 23:23
#20
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United States SaberVizion 
Atlanta? BOI
2018-01-14 23:23
#22
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Portugal PortugueseFan 
36 kills in a Major wp Nitro :)
2018-01-14 23:23
major qualifier*
2018-01-15 07:45
#25
byali | 
Poland BYALl 
THAT LAST ROUND WAS THE WORST ROUND IN MAJOR I SAW IN MY LIFE
2018-01-14 23:23
+1
2018-01-14 23:27
+1 liquid nice enough to give renegades the bomb and renegades still found a way to lose that
2018-01-14 23:33
Honestly zews has been playing pretty well
2018-01-14 23:24
For a coach yeah
2018-01-15 00:25
#27
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Portugal DrahLAN 
unbelievable last round azr and naf played that extremely poorly. Other than that good comeback by renegades, nifty especially with a great game having a lot of impact, but jks especially needs to setup up for renegades to make it through
2018-01-14 23:24
#56
Australia DubL 
both jks and azr have to. they've both been pretty underwhelming during this major so far.
2018-01-15 00:39
N1tro shines lmao last round he f up and his team save his ass
2018-01-14 23:25
i thought so too but i think it might have been a teammate who threw him the bomb as he pushed not 100% sure though id have to rewatch
2018-01-14 23:34
#29
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Brazil Brazilian Wax 
Nitr0 going beast mode. Long time since i saw this.
2018-01-14 23:25
#30
f0rest | 
Serbia dankooo 
I knew instantly that they would lose that one last round.
2018-01-14 23:25
I knew it nitro is the star player of liquid people were saying him bot back old days now when steel is igl he will definately shine :) GL nitro
2018-01-14 23:26
Is steel igl? I thought it's nitr0
2018-01-15 00:34
#61
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United States Skellington 
Well that's the question that pops up. If Nitro keeps beasting like this and he's not igling should you just give the role to Steel who was already igling for Immortals,personally I say yes
2018-01-15 04:24
#33
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Spain JasonRacism 
Make Steel IGL
2018-01-14 23:28
#35
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Lithuania KoksSkirtumas 
most obviously throw in 2k18.
2018-01-14 23:30
#39
NiKo | 
Europe trey_ 
what nitr0 playing good early christmas or what?
2018-01-14 23:47
#41
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Poland CZADzz 
Ez 4 Liquid. 3-1 incoming Cry is Free
2018-01-14 23:49
#43
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United States ViKaLiBuR 
If Nitr0 doesn’t make the 2018 top 20, then HLTV needs to hire new rankers
2018-01-14 23:51
this could be the most retarded thing i have read
2018-01-15 00:17
#55
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United States ViKaLiBuR 
Lol HLTV already has to fix their HLTV ranking anyways... TACO ISN’T ON IT!
2018-01-15 00:34
taco is #2
2018-01-15 07:46
#70
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United States ViKaLiBuR 
... lmfao
2018-01-15 20:24
Where's steel?
2018-01-14 23:52
cant play cuz retarded rules, he played last major for imt
2018-01-15 07:47
#46
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Asia ElemeNt4ffff 
Lol i thoght liquid won when they got 15 ...misse 10 rounds...
2018-01-14 23:57
Choke...
2018-01-15 00:02
200 iq bait by nitro on last round
2018-01-15 00:21
#52
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Brazil hugoooo 
Stellar performance by nitr0. And I'm very happy to see zews not playing incredibly bad... he's playing like he did on that lan with Immortals, where they beat c9 on the finals.
2018-01-15 00:30
God nitr0 bacc he bouta be the best na player again just like he was for one singular month in late 2k15
2018-01-15 00:49
It's one tournament, but nitr0 is putting up ELEAGUE Major 2017 EliGE numbers here.
2018-01-15 01:09
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