Liquid, Renegades qualify for IEM Katowice

Liquid and Renegades have both secured spots at IEM Katowice after finishing top two in the North American closed qualifier.

The first round of the single-elimination qualifier featured just two matches as NRG and Luminosity were handed walkover victories over 100 Thieves and Misfits - both of whom withdrew from the tournament due to roster issues.

With Lucas "steel" Lopes back on the roster, Liquid overturned a 1-0 map deficit against the Pujan "FNS" Mehta-led Complexity, with Jonathan "EliGE" Jablonowski putting in a 1.45 rating and a 100 ADR in the series. On the other side of the bracket, Renegades were also made to work hard to beat the new Splyce roster, running out 2-1 victors thanks to strong individual showings from Justin "jks" Savage and Keith "NAF" Markovic.

Liquid book spot at IEM Katowice

The opening semi-final, pitting Liquid against NRG, saw steel's men draw first blood by the narrowest of margins following two extremely close halves. Tsvetelin "CeRq" Dimitrov then inspired his team to level the series (1.84 Rating, +16KDD), but Josh "jdm64" Marzano made Train his playground as he led the charge for his team, who cruised to a 16-8 victory.

 NRG K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Bulgaria Tsvetelin 'CeRq' DimitrovCeRq 69 - 51 +18 88.4 1.30
United States Jacob 'FugLy' MedinaFugLy 54 - 45 +9 83.3 1.25
United States Ethan 'Ethan' ArnoldEthan 56 - 54 +2 82.2 1.10
United States Vincent 'Brehze' CayonteBrehze 48 - 48 0 65.8 0.94
Canada Damian 'daps' Steeledaps 38 - 51 -13 54.5 0.80
 Liquid K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
United States Josh 'jdm64' Marzanojdm64 59 - 53 +6 81.0 1.24
United States Nick 'nitr0' Cannellanitr0 62 - 54 +8 83.9 1.17
Canada Russel 'Twistzz' Van DulkenTwistzz 45 - 51 -6 63.1 0.92
United States Jonathan 'EliGE' JablonowskiEliGE 45 - 56 -11 69.9 0.89
Brazil Lucas 'steel' Lopessteel 38 - 51 -13 59.7 0.84

The other match was more straightforward, with Renegades requiring just two maps to beat Luminosity. With an in-form NAF, the Australian team ran out 16-11 winners on Cache after a dominant CT half in which they picked up ten rounds. The next map, Train, was a one-sided affair, as Renegades strolled to a 16-6 victory after another dominant defensive display.

 Luminosity K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Brazil Gustavo 'SHOOWTiME' GonçalvesSHOOWTiME 39 - 35 +4 86.5 1.16
Brazil Vinicios 'PKL' CoelhoPKL 34 - 36 -2 79.3 1.02
Brazil Marcelo 'chelo' Cespedeschelo 35 - 37 -2 67.2 1.00
Brazil Gustavo 'yel' Knittelyel 21 - 37 -16 54.8 0.70
Brazil Gabriel 'NEKIZ' SchenatoNEKIZ 20 - 41 -21 58.9 0.64
 Renegades K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Canada Keith 'NAF' MarkovicNAF 49 - 26 +23 106.6 1.58
Australia Aaron 'AZR' WardAZR 37 - 34 +3 91.6 1.22
United States Noah 'Nifty' FrancisNifty 37 - 30 +7 71.8 1.17
Australia Karlo 'USTILO' PivacUSTILO 36 - 28 +8 81.1 1.13
Australia Justin 'jks' Savagejks 26 - 31 -5 58.0 0.90

The team list for IEM Katowice currently looks as follows:

Brazil SK Denmark Astralis
Poland Virtus.pro Europe FaZe
United States Cloud9 Sweden NiP
France G2 China TYLOO
Australia ORDER United States Liquid
Australia Renegades  

IEM Katowice will span six days and culminate with the playoffs at the Spodek Arena, in Katowice, from March 2-4. A total of $500,000 will be on offer in this 16-team tournament, which will be played under the new format recently announced by ESL, with two double-elimination groups of eight teams leading to the playoffs.

United States Jonathan 'EliGE' Jablonowski
Jonathan 'EliGE' Jablonowski
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1170
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.16
Australia Justin 'jks' Savage
Justin 'jks' Savage
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
822
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.13
Canada Keith 'NAF' Markovic
Keith 'NAF' Markovic
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1131
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.16
Bulgaria Tsvetelin 'CeRq' Dimitrov
Tsvetelin 'CeRq' Dimitrov
Age:
19
Rating 1.0:
1.15
Maps played:
829
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.10
Canada Pujan 'FNS' Mehta
Pujan 'FNS' Mehta
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.90
Maps played:
832
KPR:
0.61
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.14
Brazil Lucas 'steel' Lopes
Lucas 'steel' Lopes
Age:
25
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
913
KPR:
0.66
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
#1
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Poland cGev 
Ez for g2
2018-01-31 10:11
steel sucks LUL
2018-01-31 10:18
#22
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Mongolia justice11 
who care steel ? he said ez for g2
2018-01-31 10:33
steel sucks LUL
2018-01-31 10:40
+1
2018-01-31 11:44
doo da doo da
2018-01-31 11:54
#2
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China TylootoMajor 
Nice
2018-01-31 10:11
#3
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Malaysia byaIi 
gg
2018-01-31 10:12
#4
Dosia | 
Poland WrzodX 
Sad that Liquid has to play with a stand-in steel instead of their star player zews.
2018-01-31 10:13
#16
nukkye | 
Czech Republic kczr 
+1
2018-01-31 10:17
#20
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Australia JingleBells 
In all seriousness, steel really has been disappointing ever since joining Liquid
2018-01-31 10:25
#30
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Europe themissionary 
Hes the igl what do u expect
2018-01-31 10:41
#32
Zeus | 
Russia Klugervl 
Playing like Tarik, not less
2018-01-31 10:47
#38
kNgV- | 
Brazil Sp4rkes 
IGL is nitro
2018-01-31 11:15
#46
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Brazil BaciaAmarela 
fallen = igl taco = low rating...
2018-01-31 12:20
#44
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Asia senkage333 
at least he is slightly better than zews Kappa
2018-01-31 11:54
#31
s1mple | 
Turkey solfex 
LOL
2018-01-31 10:41
#35
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Switzerland Ebokers 
+1000
2018-01-31 10:59
Yeah Rip
2018-01-31 14:48
THE BOYS
2018-01-31 10:12
#10
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Australia weedloll 
THE MALES
2018-01-31 10:13
THE ALPHA MALES
2018-01-31 10:33
The kangaroos
2018-01-31 10:53
#53
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Greece knk74 
THE TOILET CLEANERS
2018-01-31 13:05
KURWAA
2018-01-31 13:09
#6
f0rest | 
Slovakia Zworx 
nice!
2018-01-31 10:12
No lg
2018-01-31 10:12
Naf, the saviour of 'Straya.
2018-01-31 10:12
nifty*
2018-01-31 10:12
#11
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Australia JonoMate 
Nafty
2018-01-31 10:16
Fuckin beat me by a second
2018-01-31 10:17
#17
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Australia JonoMate 
Unlucky mate
2018-01-31 10:18
nafty*
2018-01-31 10:16
Naf has been doing far better than Nifty.
2018-01-31 11:30
I felt the need to chip in here.
2018-01-31 12:29
#62
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Spain JasonRacism 
Jks carried hard in the match VS Splyce
2018-01-31 16:46
Why is daps still on that team...
2018-01-31 10:17
He's the tactical mastermind
2018-01-31 10:34
Thanks for sharing this news.
2018-01-31 10:17
#19
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Australia JingleBells 
WOO THE BOYS
2018-01-31 10:22
YEAH THE BOYS GJ
2018-01-31 10:28
ez Renegades vs ORDER
2018-01-31 10:33
Renegades vs tainted minds would be more exciting.
2018-01-31 10:35
nah lyas vs juzzo. hottest beasts in au go h2h.
2018-01-31 10:37
CeRq 1 vs 9
2018-01-31 10:40
strong performance from jks, 26-31 alongside 58 ADR LUL
2018-01-31 10:58
#58
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New Zealand Glyphiss 
63-40, 92 ADR vs Splyce
2018-01-31 13:29
Nice
2018-01-31 11:02
Zews > Steel
2018-01-31 11:04
#39
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Qatar nobrac 
Faze will choke.. they had there opportunity at the major..
2018-01-31 11:17
jdm positive stats, looks like he got some hacks
2018-01-31 11:35
#42
blameF | 
Denmark megz 
Cerq was clearly the best player on the server :) Looking forward to him getting some experience.
2018-01-31 11:38
AZR + Ustilo both in the green is a good sign.
2018-01-31 12:31
renegades should play in AUS qualifier
2018-01-31 12:48
#50
Australia DubL 
That would be too easy for them they would literally shit on the competition they cruised pretty well through their maches in this qual anyways
2018-01-31 13:01
so what? now we have some order team that nobody know...
2018-01-31 13:04
#54
Australia DubL 
if only a certain group of teams played at every tournament the scene would never grow look at the bigger picture mate, this is how you give players experience and develop certain scenes throughout the world having another AU team will potentially draw more viewers from the oceanic/ Asian region.
2018-01-31 13:08
#64
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Spain JasonRacism 
+ Renegades get to see how good Liazz actually is, Because if Liazz can continue to put up the same numbers he does online at lan against the worlds best then Ustilo has gotta start sweating ...
2018-01-31 16:50
ustilo is their aggressive/entry guy. He will never have the best stats. They already have jks/naf as their passive lurk players so id say unless liazz is an aggressive rifler (dont watch them so not sure) ustilo should be safe.
2018-01-31 22:21
#68
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Spain JasonRacism 
Liazz is very passive similar to Jks and Naf, Yeah i know Ustilo does the taco role for Renegades
2018-01-31 22:33
#69
Australia DubL 
its weird because individually ustilo isn't actually that bad of a player and I would go as far to say that he would still be one of the better fraggers within the NA scene (obv nowhere near as good as the top players in NA) unlike a lot of other players in the scene who play a similar role to him, he actually does have games where he plays extremely well and even takes over the entire match saying that though, his decision making is just as poor as azr's and when he plays bad, he plays really really bad... I haven't seen liazz play in a long time but whenever I check the premier results he seems to always be at the top on the scoreboard
2018-02-01 02:20
#70
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Spain JasonRacism 
Yeah Ustilo is just very inconsistent, I suppose it's not all his fault when he is the entry fragger and half the time he just runs into an AWPer but still, It's amazing how good he can be and how bad he can be, Liazz is dominating the Australian scene right now so it would be nice to see him against international competition to see if he is even up to the Renegades level, He did well against Muffin Lightning (Now Swole Patrol) So NA premier level he carried, LDLC he was just average but the whole team was below average, Also Sico is fucking insane but Nifty ain't going anywhere
2018-02-01 08:48
#71
Australia DubL 
i wonder why some orgs haven't bothered to move their teams to NA for at least 1 year to see how their team competes in that competition level. I would like to see Tainted Minds and ORDER move to NA to play at least 1 season of MDL. I don't think they would be insane but I feel like they would be right up in the top half for sure.
2018-02-01 09:24
#72
Australia DubL 
I understand that its a huge investment that does not guarantee profit but these AU teams are wasting their time. It seems as though their a so few chances for these teams to play at an international level. theres a few oceanic qualifiers here and there, the minor qualifier which they seem to not do to well in, and that's about it.
2018-02-01 09:27
#73
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Spain JasonRacism 
I would mainly like to see ORDER play, Winterfox was average the first season and total dog shit the next and TM is basically Winterfox, I can promise you that if ORDER played in NA Sico and Liazz would be able to stay and compete, Even if it's for a shitty EPL team like Complexity
2018-02-01 10:10
#74
n2g | 
United States n2g 
I know for a fact Zewsy got an offer to play with Xp3 over at Denial and some other NA MDL teams but he didn't accept, Not sure about EPL offers
2018-02-01 10:13
#76
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Spain JasonRacism 
Interesting
2018-02-01 16:07
yeah except its almost guaranteed he wont put up same numbers against the worlds best
2018-02-01 12:27
#63
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Spain JasonRacism 
Realistically they could but it's like SK traveling back to Brazil for a qualifier they could do in NA + I'm sure Renegades want more Australian teams to get international experience, Especially ORDER They wanna see if Liazz is the real deal and can put good numbers up against international competition
2018-01-31 16:49
del
2018-01-31 13:04
Jesus cerq is so good No fooling, he might be one of the best awpers in NA right now, behind skadoodle and maybe nifty or Shazam
2018-01-31 13:15
#57
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Turkey evdedevar3 
jdm only plays outside of major lul
2018-01-31 13:16
#59
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Poland Hell2k 
Ez for Naf
2018-01-31 14:06
god cerq
2018-01-31 16:03
Cerq is EU. Makes sense why he dominated.
2018-01-31 16:52
#66
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Asia HikaruS 
Ez for major champion
2018-01-31 20:35
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