Liquid to playoffs over mousesports; HellRaisers eliminate Gambit

Liquid have booked their spot in the StarSeries i-League Season 4 playoffs after beating mousesports 2-1, while HellRaisers have eliminated Gambit from the event, also on three maps.

The series between Liquid and mousesports kicked off on the former's map pick, Train, with the North American side prevailing in a back-and-forth CT pistol. Still, mousesports immediately restored parity with five Deagle headshots from Miikka "suNny" Kemppi, who set his team up for a 3-1 lead.

The European mixture further added to their lead in the gun round with a B execution, but were caught off guard by a force-buy from Liquid in the next round. Two rounds was the best that they could string together, however, as mousesports kept piling the pressure on the defence and lost only one more round to switch sides with an 11-4 lead.

Just like in the first half, Liquid picked up the pistol but could not follow that up. This time around, however, the North American squad responded very well in a force-buy of their own, which marked the beginning of a great run as they equalised the score at 13-13.

Liquid were the first team to hit map-point, but mousesports would not let the map slip away from them, taking the game into overtime, in which they would come out victorious.

Liquid are through to the StarSeries playoffs

Starting out as Terrorists on their map pick, Mirage, mousesports looked set to secure their T-side pistol, but Liquid took control of the round thanks to a triple-kill from Keith "NAF" Markovic in a 2v3 situation.

Despite mousesports securing the first gun round with a nearly-flawless B execution, Liquid remained steady with a very tight defence to bag a 5-1 lead. Then, two triple-kills from suNny helped his team break their opponents' economy, with the Europeans bringing the deficit to a minimum. The rest of the half was a close affair, with the North Americans securing a 9-6 lead. 

As Terrorists, Liquid got off to a great start to the half, losing only the gun round before hitting 14 rounds. mousesports then found a lifeline as they picked up four rounds in a row, but Liquid eventually wrapped things up, taking the series to a third map.

NAF led the way for Liquid on Mirage

The decider map was Inferno, and Liquid got off to a great start as Terrorists. Jonathan "EliGE" Jablonowski and his teammates lost the first gun round, but they kept showing great composure and constantly broke through mousesports' defence, taking a crushing 12-3 lead into the second half.

Following Liquid's pistol round win in the second half, mousesports knew they had a mountain to climb to turn the game around. They started a great run in the next round, eventually bringing the deficit to 12-14, but then the North Americans strung two rounds together to take the map and secure a playoff spot.

Matchpage
2
1
20th February 2018
17
Train
19
16
Mirage
11
16
Inferno
12

 Liquid K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
United States Jonathan 'EliGE' JablonowskiEliGE 67 - 70 -3 84.7 1.20
United States Nick 'nitr0' Cannellanitr0 69 - 52 +17 70.6 1.18
Canada Russel 'Twistzz' Van DulkenTwistzz 67 - 58 +9 75.4 1.11
Canada Keith 'NAF' MarkovicNAF 57 - 67 -10 78.0 1.02
Brazil Lucas 'steel' Lopessteel 47 - 60 -13 62.2 0.89
 mousesports K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Czech Republic Tomáš 'oskar' Šťastnýoskar 76 - 57 +19 85.8 1.27
Finland Miikka 'suNny' KemppisuNny 70 - 61 +9 83.1 1.22
Estonia Robin 'ropz' Koolropz 63 - 58 +5 78.9 1.10
Netherlands Chris 'chrisJ' de JongchrisJ 61 - 61 0 75.2 1.05
Slovakia Martin 'STYKO' StykSTYKO 37 - 71 -34 52.6 0.72

The Gambit vs. HellRaisers clash began on Overpass, the Kazakhs' map pick, in a chaotic manner. Following their CT pistol win, Gambit could not succeed in the following anti-eco, but they would then be able to win the fourth round with nothing but pistols.

HellRaisers would not back down, and responded by winning six of the next seven rounds, securing an 8-3 lead. And even though Gambit then picked up two rounds in a row, Kirill "ANGE1" Karasiow's men prevailed in the final stages of the half to grab a five-round lead. 

In the second half, HellRaisers yet again countered Gambit's pistol round win to go up 12-6. The PGL Major Krakow champions still tried to get back in it, but HellRaisers would easily lock down the map, with Issa "ISSAA" Murad leading the charge for the team on 25 kills.

ISSAA and bondik played a key role on Overpass

Next up was Inferno, HellRaisers' map pick, where Gambit opened up the action with a quick 3-0 lead after grabbing their Terrorist pistol round. HellRaisers won the first gun round, and, although Rustem "mou" Telepov came up huge with a 1v3 clutch in the subsequent round, managed to follow that up with four rounds more.

Still, the CIS-based squad did not throw in the towel and picked up five rounds in a row, only to be stopped in the 15th round. Gambit carried that momentum into the second half and secured their CT pistol to grab their tenth round on the board.

Despite planting the bomb in the pistol, HellRaisers forced in the next round. That bore fruits for ANGE1 and co., who brought the deficit to a single round. Nevertheless, Gambit tightened up their defense and went on a run that saw them win the map without too much effort. 

ANGE1 and co. are now 2-2 in Kiev

Mirage, the decider map, quickly became a nightmare for Gambit, who won the pistol but then lost nine rounds in a row. The Kazakhstani's team then finally picked up the pace, winning four of the last five rounds to bring the deficit to five rounds.

HellRaisers began the second half with a successful CT pistol, but Gambit responded in quick fashion in a force-buy and followed that up with two more rounds. The game then entered a scrappy period as rounds went back and forth, but then HellRaisers kept the Terrorists at bay three rounds in a row to seal the deal.

Matchpage
1
2
20th February 2018
8
Overpass
16
16
Inferno
10
10
Mirage
16

 Gambit K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Kazakhstan Rustem 'mou' Telepovmou 59 - 53 +6 80.5 1.09
Russia Denis 'seized' Kostinseized 45 - 49 -4 73.8 1.00
Russia Mihail 'Dosia' StolyarovDosia 47 - 53 -6 67.2 0.89
Kazakhstan Abay 'Hobbit' KhasenovHobbit 43 - 54 -11 65.4 0.85
Kazakhstan Dauren 'AdreN' KystaubayevAdreN 41 - 52 -11 61.5 0.85
 HellRaisers K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Jordan Issa 'ISSAA' MuradISSAA 66 - 43 +23 86.5 1.37
Turkey Özgür 'woxic' Ekerwoxic 64 - 47 +17 86.8 1.28
Ukraine Vladyslav 'bondik' Nechyporchukbondik 53 - 40 +13 70.6 1.15
Ukraine Kirill 'ANGE1' KarasiowANGE1 43 - 52 -9 72.1 0.97
Hungary Bence 'DeadFox' BöröczDeadFox 35 - 53 -18 57.5 0.80

Here is how the Swiss stage currently looks:

Qualified 2-1
France G2  Brazil SK
Europe FaZe Denmark Astralis
North America Liquid Denmark Heroic

Ukraine Natus Vincere
2-2 Eliminated
Australia Renegades Sweden fnatic
United States Cloud9 Korea MVP PK
Europe mousesports China TYLOO
Europe HellRaisers Poland Virtus.pro  
  Kazakhstan Gambit
United States Jonathan 'EliGE' Jablonowski
Jonathan 'EliGE' Jablonowski
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1182
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.16
Kazakhstan Rustem 'mou' Telepov
Rustem 'mou' Telepov
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
990
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.11
Finland Miikka 'suNny' Kemppi
Miikka 'suNny' Kemppi
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
1041
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.15
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
Jordan Issa 'ISSAA' Murad
Issa 'ISSAA' Murad
Age:
22
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
524
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.12
Ukraine Kirill 'ANGE1' Karasiow
Kirill 'ANGE1' Karasiow
Age:
30
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
1641
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.71
APR:
0.17
No Zeus - no big wins for Gambit. P.S. -STYKO +friberg xD
2018-02-20 17:45
kick styko ffs
2018-02-20 17:45
SO EZ 4 LIQUID WITH STEEL
2018-02-20 17:48
yeah man
2018-02-20 17:49
#32
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Netherlands liQuidmoTion 
styko anchored mouz this match:-( american cs is back though!! woooo
2018-02-20 17:52
na era is back
2018-02-20 17:57
#88
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Canada Herodionus 
Assuming it ever was a thing
2018-02-21 09:47
#41
dexter | 
Kazakhstan Mus1kkk 
Xd steel ruining liquid 2
2018-02-20 17:54
#87
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Finland Smoonah 
Stickos haha
2018-02-21 03:58
-Styko +Bot so Oskar can carry
2018-02-20 17:47
#20
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Bangladesh N0SP4C3 
friberg to IGL?
2018-02-20 17:47
#30
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Norway anMu 
Friberg would be tbh great addition because he is used to play shittiest roles where his team needs him from nip. And he would be definitely better than styko skillwise
2018-02-20 17:50
WITHOUT S1MPLE NAVI AND ZEUS = TIER 10.
2018-02-20 18:02
without s1mple navi was top 1-2 of world))
2018-02-20 18:08
guardian
2018-02-20 18:10
i? oni tipo doljni s botami top 1 brat'??
2018-02-20 18:11
plus na MLG columbus guardian zaruinil iz za problem s rukoi
2018-02-20 18:13
on ne ruinil a problemy s rukoi
2018-02-20 18:20
ya tak i skazal, zeus lytshii capitan SNG eto fact
2018-02-20 18:21
#75
United Kingdom Jet_ 
English or go home
2018-02-20 20:32
The same mind set when your country got in to colonialism
2018-02-20 20:59
#83
United Kingdom Jet_ 
*into, and read the HLTV guidelines geniuse
2018-02-20 21:13
#89
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United States KylieJenner 
This is an international site, please write your comment in English. Comments in another language will be deleted.
2018-02-22 00:30
#3
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Europe b7ack0ut 
ez
2018-02-20 17:45
#4
Israel MyTa 
well played by Hellraisers!
2018-02-20 17:45
#5
f0rest | 
India shaqdc1 
Sk vs navi, then chelsea vs barca what a night ahead just hope.navi 2-0 sk so.na clash in viewing, same way hope chelsea 2-0 barca
2018-02-20 17:46
#76
United Kingdom Jet_ 
Gl to you
2018-02-20 20:32
#6
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Germany cartii 
Rip
2018-02-20 17:46
#7
ableJ | 
Bangladesh DisableJ 
told you
2018-02-20 17:46
#8
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United States Dr1ver_ 
NICE! WE HAWT!
2018-02-20 17:46
#9
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Brazil tacold 
Ez for liquid, steelega God ninja defuse
2018-02-20 17:47
FUCK YEA BROOO my maaan
2018-02-20 17:46
ez
2018-02-20 17:46
SICK
2018-02-20 17:46
expected
2018-02-20 17:47
#14
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Greece knk74 
I like liquids
2018-02-20 17:47
#15
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Ukraine w1nth 
Gambit domoi 4Head
2018-02-20 17:47
Team playing out of NA are 3-0 so far today. SK plays NaVi next. Hoping SK wins so I can say 4-0 on the day.
2018-02-20 17:47
Renegades, SK = NA ayyyy nt
2018-02-20 18:15
Is your English comprehension not good? I did NOT say they were NA teams. I said they were teams "playing out of NA"... as in; participating in NA leagues. I shouldn't have had to spend time explaining that my language was precise.
2018-02-20 18:33
-34 :D :D
2018-02-20 17:47
Woah! That's nuts. 71 deaths? yikes!
2018-02-20 17:48
loooooooooooooool
2018-02-20 17:48
#18
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Spain chanSw0w 
-Styko +Mixwell Tier 1 Solid
2018-02-20 17:47
Nah -sunny +s1mple
2018-02-20 21:01
#21
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United States jaeger_steam 
+19 +9 +5 +0 -34 ...ouch
2018-02-20 17:47
he has a lower negitave than all positives combined
2018-02-20 20:07
#84
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Brazil Vlatow 
Quick maths
2018-02-20 21:23
#22
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United States SladesterG 
C9 had bad start to major also just wait til play-offs we gonna roll-ol
2018-02-20 17:48
#26
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Norway anMu 
>STYKO >pro player Pick one I really feel bad for all free agent pros because literally everyone could play better than -34 bot. Have no idea what are mouz thinking
2018-02-20 17:49
I said this exact thing when they picked him up at first, should have gone for Zero At this point signing KRIMZ would be good though
2018-02-20 20:34
#28
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Cyprus Luohu 
Expected.
2018-02-20 17:49
#29
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Lithuania jegeris 
-styko -deadfox
2018-02-20 17:50
#31
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Other Phinks 
-styko +krimz/mixwell
2018-02-20 17:51
well krimz is definitely a monster, and i would like to see that
2018-02-20 17:56
styko -34 ok
2018-02-20 17:55
Do you know anything about KAST/ADR? If you knew anything, you would know that EliGE was slightly more consistent throughout the series, that he had the HIGHEST adr on the team, as well as the highest KAST. Frags don't mean everything.
2018-02-20 17:54
#34
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Turkey Thunderball 
- 34 wow Its really bad even for styko
2018-02-20 17:53
-steel +the real steel
2018-02-20 17:54
Lol Chokesport
2018-02-20 17:54
-styko when?
2018-02-20 17:54
Styko is the most consistent bottomfrager out of all Tier 1 teams
2018-02-20 17:54
how sk lose to mous? xd
2018-02-20 17:54
-34 holy moly
2018-02-20 17:55
-34 is solo q faceit ruski afk level
2018-02-20 17:55
inb4 MOUZ vs Cloud 9 LUL
2018-02-20 17:57
#47
XeqtR | 
Hong Kong wqnxy1 
-34 lol
2018-02-20 18:00
#49
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Denmark r0zen^_^ 
ISAA must be so happy! :D
2018-02-20 18:04
Pfhahahaha styko hahahahaha
2018-02-20 18:04
seized was the problem
2018-02-20 18:09
#56
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Bulgaria bUHALOVIC 
37 - 71 never forget
2018-02-20 18:13
#58
NiKo | 
India Sishir 
-Styko +Allu Ezzz top 3
2018-02-20 18:17
Gambot
2018-02-20 18:19
hopefully mouz will realize styko is dead weight after this event
2018-02-20 18:25
ropz was totally trash. lost the match because of him actually. SO MANY bad decisions that have costed them rounds and rounds and ecos and rounds
2018-02-20 18:43
Jordanian cs too stronk
2018-02-20 18:52
wp HR <3
2018-02-20 18:53
#68
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CIS chlenixon 
IF only HR had ISSAA from the beginning. They wouldve been 3-1 already. (NaVi too strong but they wouldve sat on Heroic)
2018-02-20 19:00
#69
AdreN | 
Kazakhstan Aiomie 
BadreN is back. Gl HR, at least Gambit lost to sympathetic team
2018-02-20 19:10
Steel. Liquid's taco. Always bottom fragging
2018-02-20 19:16
igl? hello
2018-02-20 19:22
Well, fallen just end his series against navi with 42-20 k/d.
2018-02-20 20:55
i would die to see issaa reach top 20 of this year , this guy really worked for it , from being in fpl c to fpl and to making it to tier 1 events really becoming a legend
2018-02-20 19:23
#85
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Sweden TomodachiOM 
+1
2018-02-20 23:59
deadfox = deadweight
2018-02-20 19:50
Liquid the better team.. Deserved. GL C9, Renegades and SK to join them.
2018-02-20 20:39
styko, nt LuL
2018-02-21 00:40
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