Liquid edge past Renegades; Virtus.pro survive marathon vs. MVP PK

Liquid and Virtus.pro are now 1-1 at the StarSeries i-League Season 4 event after defeating Renegades and MVP PK, respectively, by 2-1 scorelines.

The clash between the two teams competing in North America kicked off on Train, where a team ace from Liquid in the pistol round set themselves up for a 3-0 lead. The first gun round appeared to be swinging in the North Americans' favour, but Karlo "USTILO" Pivac rescued his team by clutching a 1v3.

That was the start of a great run from Renegades, who eventually overcame the deficit, but Liquid picked up the pace and laboured to a 9-6 lead after losing just one of the last seven rounds of the half.

Liquid further added to their lead after taking the pistol round with a quick B execution. The North Americans continuously ran all over the Renegades defence, with a quad-kill from Keith "NAF" Markovic putting the team on map point.

It looked like the game was about to come to an end, but Renegades fought valiantly until the 28th round, when Nick "nitr0" Cannella pulled off a quad-kill to leave Liquid breathing a sigh of relief.

Liquid had to work hard to beat Renegades

Cache, the second map in the series, saw a livelier Renegades side get out to a massive seven-round lead before Liquid could get their first on the board. It was a much-needed round for the North Americans, but they struggled to get a hold of the game, with the half ending with an 11-4 advantage for Renegades.

The Australian team picked up where they had left off, winning the second half pistol, but then they were caught off-guard by Liquid's force-buy. The North Americans tried their best to mount a comeback by stringing three rounds together, but Renegades kept their composure and locked down the map to take the series to Mirage.

Carrying their momentum into the final map, Renegades got out to a 3-0 lead on the Terrorist side following a quad-kill from Aaron "AZR" Ward in the pistol round. But the rest of the half was all about Liquid's near-impenetrable defence as they kept things very tight to secure a massive 12-3 lead.

The second half followed the same pattern as the first, with Renegades winning the pistol round and the subsequent anti-ecos. But a comeback was not on the cards as the Australians continued to struggle in gun rounds, with a quad-kill from nitr0 setting Liquid up for a great run that only ended when they reached 16 rounds.

Matchpage
1
2
18th February 2018
12
Train
16
16
Cache
7
6
Mirage
16

 Renegades K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Australia Karlo 'USTILO' PivacUSTILO 55 - 57 -2 79.7 1.15
Australia Justin 'jks' Savagejks 49 - 46 +3 76.4 1.04
Australia Aaron 'AZR' WardAZR 49 - 52 -3 70.0 0.94
Norway Joakim 'jkaem' Myrbostadjkaem 42 - 54 -12 67.7 0.83
United States Noah 'Nifty' FrancisNifty 31 - 51 -20 41.8 0.70
 Liquid K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Canada Keith 'NAF' MarkovicNAF 57 - 46 +11 95.9 1.33
Canada Russel 'Twistzz' Van DulkenTwistzz 63 - 44 +19 77.2 1.23
United States Jonathan 'EliGE' JablonowskiEliGE 53 - 49 +4 81.2 1.17
United States Nick 'nitr0' Cannellanitr0 42 - 43 -1 70.7 1.13
Brazil Lucas 'steel' Lopessteel 44 - 44 0 61.6 0.97

Meanwhile, Virtus.pro and MVP PK played out a nail-biting match that saw the last two maps go to overtime. The first map of the series, Train, began with the Poles getting out to a quick 5-0 lead on the CT side. The Koreans then finally got a round on the board, following an outer bombsite rush, but they struggled to get to grips with Virtus.pro, with their other round wins of the half coming off of individual plays from Hae-Sung "HSK" Kim and Keun-Chul "solo" Kang.

MVP PK kept themselves in it by taking the pistol round and one anti-eco, but then a third-round buy put Virtus.pro in control once again, with the Poles going on to win three more rounds to seal an easy win.

Next up was Inferno, where Virtus.pro got out to a 4-2 lead after responding to a pistol round loss. But then they completely lost control of the game as MVP PK won seven straight rounds to take a 9-4 lead before the final two rounds went the Poles' way.

Virtus.pro pick up first win with MICHU

The second half pistol and the first gun round would go to MVP PK, leaving Virtus.pro in a very difficult situation. Still, VP gathered their composure and attacked with intent, shutting down any chances of the Koreans building up an economy. With a great B hold, MVP managed to hit map point at 15-14, but a last-gasp effort from Virtus.pro took the game to overtime - in which they would be out-classed as their sole round win came on the back of a 1v2 clutch from Janusz "Snax" Pogorzelski.

It all came down to Nuke, where Virtus.pro got off to a flying start, winning 11 of the first 13 rounds to set up a healthy lead. MVP PK won the final two rounds of the half to keep their comeback dreams alive, and they kept that momentum going into the second half as they took seven rounds without response to restore parity at 11-11.

Virtus.pro then finally managed to break that streak, thanks to two early kills from Snax, unsurprisingly their main instigator throughout the series, but the Koreans hit back immediately, leaving the Europeans strapped for cash.

MVP quickly hit the 15-round mark, but then they let the pressure get to them, wasting several match points and throwing a 4v2 advantage in the 30th round out the window to let VP force overtime once again.

The first overtime did not determine a winner as both teams won all three rounds on the CT side. VP continued that trend in the second overtime, this time also picking up a round as Terrorists to seal a hard-fought win.

Matchpage
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1
18th February 2018
16
Train
5
16
Inferno
19
22
Nuke
19

 Virtus.pro K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Poland Janusz 'Snax' PogorzelskiSnax 99 - 60 +39 101.7 1.48
Poland Jarosław 'pashaBiceps' JarząbkowskipashaBiceps 72 - 58 +14 74.8 1.12
Poland Filip 'NEO' KubskiNEO 64 - 60 +4 76.4 1.08
Poland Paweł 'byali' Bielińskibyali 64 - 60 +4 76.9 1.05
Poland Michał 'MICHU' MüllerMICHU 62 - 64 -2 68.6 1.01
 MVP PK K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Korea Min-Seok 'zeff' Parkzeff 70 - 75 -5 78.3 1.06
Korea Keun-Chul 'solo' Kangsolo 69 - 75 -6 78.1 0.98
Korea Min-Soo 'glow' Kimglow 56 - 68 -12 57.6 0.85
Korea Hyun-Pyo 'XigN' LeeXigN 57 - 73 -16 65.8 0.85
Korea Hae-Sung 'HSK' KimHSK 49 - 72 -23 57.9 0.79

Here is how the Swiss stage current looks after these matches:

1-0
Europe FaZe France G2
Denmark Astralis United States Cloud9
Brazil SK Ukraine Natus Vincere
Europe mousesports  Kazakhstan Gambit
1-1
China TYLOO Denmark Heroic
Poland Virtus.pro North America Liquid
0-2
Sweden fnatic Europe HellRaisers
Korea MVP PK Australia Renegades
Australia Karlo 'USTILO' Pivac
Karlo 'USTILO' Pivac
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
714
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.70
APR:
0.15
United States Nick 'nitr0' Cannella
Nick 'nitr0' Cannella
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
1207
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.14
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
Korea Keun-Chul 'solo' Kang
Keun-Chul 'solo' Kang
Age:
31
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
369
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.12
Australia Aaron 'AZR' Ward
Aaron 'AZR' Ward
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
851
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.14
Korea Hae-Sung 'HSK' Kim
Hae-Sung 'HSK' Kim
Age:
25
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
540
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.14
Poland Janusz 'Snax' Pogorzelski
Janusz 'Snax' Pogorzelski
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
1597
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.13
Glad that pasza stepped up! GG Also whats up with MICHUBiceps? Why he flexin???
2018-02-18 16:21
#23
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India Ad1_KaM 
Trying to trigger papa to make him play better xD
2018-02-18 16:24
Omg RIP VP? They went through 2 overtimes to beat MVP PK
2018-02-18 17:10
I mean this is their first tournament with michu and mvp pk did play really well here solo wants to climb back to 1.6 level it seems
2018-02-18 17:23
Yeah, you are right Let's give them some time to practice before making any judgment Have a good week!
2018-02-18 21:40
Wow what a reasonable brazilian
2018-02-19 02:57
The old eSTRO-WeMadeFox days, where they suprised everyone by beating GuX, GeT_RiGhT, f0rest, cArn and dsn fnatic! The scene back there in South Korea wasn't strong so one of the guys switched to league of legends. Glad solo and glow stayed on.
2018-02-18 18:35
#24
smooya | 
Austria shaakeh 
Virtus Plow -> Virtus Throw -> Virtus Plow
2018-02-18 16:24
Gg
2018-02-18 16:21
#3
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Netherlands Dabomb050 
gg
2018-02-18 16:22
#4
kennyS | 
Hungary HunGeriX 
Ffs so late
2018-02-18 16:22
#6
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Brazil Joinhasgames 
First
2018-02-18 16:22
#7
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Brazil PazFanBoy 
NAF top1
2018-02-18 16:22
Asian CS has been really impressive recently Very considerate of kuben to not mention how they feel after removing Taz. It really shows how difficult it was for the team
2018-02-18 16:23
"A" stfu
2018-02-18 16:23
#38
NEO | 
Italy Vincenz0 
why tho? TaZ has been fucking part of these guys for 10 years or so? tell everyone how much you respect him and how difficult it was to remove him.. you should be able to say such things about friends after such a long time, else i wonder if you really were friends at all
2018-02-18 16:34
#39
NEO | 
Italy Vincenz0 
correction: not has been but was in this case lol =]
2018-02-18 16:34
Nah. VP just played like shit. MVP did not show anything powerful. So was fnatic.
2018-02-18 17:40
this team blows on my pee pee
2018-02-18 16:22
#10
Dosia | 
Poland WrzodX 
Snax 1 frag away from 100 bomb FeelsBadMan
2018-02-18 16:23
#48
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Brazil Kova69 
hahaha FeelsVeryBadMan
2018-02-18 16:53
snax with the haaaaaaaaaaaard carry
2018-02-18 21:07
#11
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Norway Phancy11 
Snax did show promising performance, keep it up pls
2018-02-18 16:22
god snax
2018-02-18 16:23
difficult for australianism
2018-02-18 16:22
#14
f0rest | 
Albania SayS 
Snax.. What a legend
2018-02-18 16:22
#15
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Turkey Shanon 
VERY NICE BROTHERS :-))))))
2018-02-18 16:22
#16
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Denmark Xipingu 
Nevermind what I've said in the past, Nifty is clearly trash ;) Also, GZ VP!
2018-02-18 16:23
#17
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Canada Fraziah 
i smell like hotdog water
2018-02-18 16:23
2-1 to mvp who are ranked #46 lul mvp performed well but it was really bad for vp that they tried hard to beat team like mvp
2018-02-18 16:23
tbh i was surprised by the mvp guys. Of course VP is bad now, but man, mvp looks so good! Hope they will win some.
2018-02-18 16:26
#35
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Norway anMu 
>Mvp >Korean >Win something in cs Pick one lul
2018-02-18 16:30
#46
 | 
Korea ecsta_s1 
kim jong un
2018-02-18 16:39
they actually won wem at 2k10
2018-02-18 16:59
#20
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Poland FilipHERE 
SNAX +39 <3
2018-02-18 16:23
Snax 100 bomb :(
2018-02-18 16:23
Snax almost 100
2018-02-18 16:23
Koben
2018-02-18 16:24
#26
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Dominican Republic WhyUBullyDocc 
God snax
2018-02-18 16:24
#28
World B-eZ 
Snax finally performe well
2018-02-18 16:24
#29
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Brazil hegium 
Snax is a beast. Jesus GG
2018-02-18 16:24
Im still waiting for good performance by MICHU 62 - 64 is not what i expected
2018-02-18 16:25
#44
 | 
Germany Aquintus 
He did really well against mouz
2018-02-18 16:37
#32
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Norway anMu 
Liquid crush renegades 16:6 on 3rd map = HLTV: EDGE PAST LUL
2018-02-18 16:28
#33
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Denmark FeNoM_XD 
nt k-pop
2018-02-18 16:29
papito and snax delievered but snax only plays against low tiers that good lul. Pasha made again so many dumb stuff, but recovered really well and especially from his game vs Mouz. hopefully snax and pasha will perform vs better teams
2018-02-18 16:29
#36
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Lebanon RobloxPorn 
-michu +taz
2018-02-18 16:33
#37
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Norway insy 
vp undeserved
2018-02-18 16:34
#40
NiKo | 
India Sishir 
Snax 99 lol
2018-02-18 16:35
Vp vs mvp was pretty good game Getting more developed
2018-02-18 16:35
Twistzz is so talented, i love that guy. Handsome, young and humble
2018-02-18 16:35
JKAM not play well like Major 2015
2018-02-18 16:35
#45
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Korea ferizy 
upset didnt happen but still mvp played well
2018-02-18 16:39
99frags snax GG
2018-02-18 16:50
#50
GuardiaN | 
Other Darge 
I guess after this tournament people will stop asking +Nifty on every fuckin NA team. He just can't deliver under pressure.
2018-02-18 17:00
#52
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Malaysia byaIi 
-ska +nifty
2018-02-18 17:13
#53
GuardiaN | 
Other Darge 
+1 huge upgrade
2018-02-18 17:15
vp are struggling against some guys from south korea.. imagine bo3/bo5 against teams like sk,faze or even cloud9 holymoly .. pure rape xD
2018-02-18 17:24
#58
Algeria W0r 
those guys where beasts in 1.6
2018-02-18 17:59
1.6 was 1.6 m8 , this is cs go
2018-02-18 18:02
#60
Algeria W0r 
Back in time watching solo and co play was amazing, they can do weird things specific to asian CS. I think with more practice they can do more damage (They are still struggling of course)
2018-02-18 18:05
#56
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Spain Silber_ 
XigN on LAN OMEGALUL
2018-02-18 17:39
#62
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Poland CZADzz 
Liquid make it 3-1 !
2018-02-18 18:39
#66
roman | 
Palestine ndr[o] 
neo vs solo... is this 2010 again?
2018-02-18 21:41
Solo best Asian player back in 1.6, glad to see him on the big stages again
2018-02-18 23:30
#68
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Finland Smoonah 
how is it considered a marathon
2018-02-19 00:14
#69
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Europe KappaKaako 
Was against bad team but most important snaximus fragged
2018-02-19 00:46
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