Liquid are through to the cs_summit 2 lower bracket final after defeating Torqued on two maps (16-14 on Mirage, 16-9 on Train).
The first series of the day kicked off on Liquid's map pick, Mirage, with Russel "Twistzz" Van Dulken and Keith "NAF" Markovic clutching a 2v4 situation to secure their team's Terrorist pistol. The first gun round also went Liquid's way, but then Torqued responded really well in a force-buy.
That sparked an impressive run from Torqued, who won five straight rounds with a very tight defense. Then, Nick "nitr0" Cannella came up huge with crucial multi-kills in the next three rounds, paving the way for his team to bag a 7-5 lead.
Joshua "steel" Nissan's men picked up the subsequent round, but then a last-second kill from Jonathan "EliGE" Jablonowski denied Torqued from following it up, with Liquid closing out the half with a 9-6 lead.
In the second half, despite Torqued securing a chaotic CT pistol, Liquid immediately responded in the next round. Nevertheless, a great Deagle triple-kill from Kenneth "koosta" Suen in a post-plant situation put his team back in the game.
Braxton "swag" Pierce and co. began their map pick, Train, with a successful Terrorist pistol. Still, an exceptional Deagle ACE from Twistzz marked the beginning of a six-round streak from Liquid. The rest of the half was keenly-contested as rounds went back and forth, with Liquid securing a narrow 8-7 lead before switching to the Terrorist side.
Lucas "steel" Lopes opened things up in the second half with a stunning ace that included a 1v3 clutch, setting his team up for an 11-7 lead. Liquid carried their momentum in the gun rounds, only allowing the CTs to get two rounds on the board before sealing a 16-9 success.
K - D
Nick 'nitr0' Cannellanitr0
51 - 33
Jonathan 'EliGE' JablonowskiEliGE
47 - 39
Keith 'NAF' MarkovicNAF
38 - 36
Russel 'Twistzz' Van DulkenTwistzz
34 - 41
Lucas 'steel' Lopessteel
33 - 38