Liquid to IEM Katowice semis over NiP
Liquid are through to the semi-finals at IEM Katowice after beating NiP 2-1 in the quarter-finals (16-13 on Overpass, 13-16 on Mirage, and 16-9 on Inferno).
The second quarter-final at IEM Katowice 2018 featured Liquid and NiP. The best-of-three series kicked off on Overpass which was the Swedish squad's pick and they started it on the T-side. Dennis "dennis" Edman picked up a triple kill in the pistol round to make it 1-0.
William "draken" Sundin and dennis clutched a 2vs5 and survived against the force buy of Liquid in the second round. NiP were leading 5-1 when they had a 4vs2 advantage but they crumbled as Liquid got their second round on the board (5-2).
Liquid trailed got within one round of NiP on two separate occasions but NiP took charge towards the end of the first half, winning four in a row to be 10-5 ahead at halftime. Russel "Twistzz" Van Dulken was the hero for Liquid in the second half pistol round as he got a triple kill to make it 10-6.
Following anti-eco wins, the North American team got to eight rounds but dennis & Patrik "f0rest" Lindberg combined for double kills in the first weapon round to stop Liquid's momentum (11-8). Later in the second half, Liquid were behind with a 13-11 scoreline but managed to go ahead by picking up three consecutive rounds (14-13).
Keith "NAF" Markovic clutched a 1vs3 in the 28th round of the match to give his team two map points. Despite a 3vs5 disadvantage in the following round NAF's double kill and Twistzz' triple was enough for Liquid to close it out 16-13.
NiP started Mirage on the CT-side and secured the first three rounds. Liquid grabbed the first weapon round but Fredrik "REZ" Sterner and draken stepped up in multiple rounds to make it 6-1. The Swedish dominance continued and they led 12-3 at halftime.
The North Americans woke up in the second half, winning the first nine of the half to tie it up at 12-12. NiP got their first round in the second half with REZ's 1vs1 clutch but Liquid hit back in the following round (13-13). NiP won the last three rounds to get a 16-13 map victory, taking the series to the third map.
On Inferno the T-sided Liquid picked up the pistol round but couldn't follow it up with anti-ecos as NiP got three rounds in a row (3-1). NAF's team won a 3vs5 and a 4vs5 in consecutive rounds to tie up the game (3-3).
Lucas "steel" Lopes & company started the second half with four round wins, extending their lead to 12-7. The defense stood strong for Liquid and they won the map 16-9. With a 2-1 series victory, Liquid advanced to the semi-finals where they will play fnatic.
|Liquid||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|Russel 'Twistzz' Van DulkenTwistzz||69 - 49||+20||86.2||1.28|
|Keith 'NAF' MarkovicNAF||69 - 56||+13||92.4||1.25|
|Jonathan 'EliGE' JablonowskiEliGE||63 - 57||+6||81.4||1.13|
|Nick 'nitr0' Cannellanitr0||48 - 53||-5||64.5||0.92|
|Lucas 'steel' Lopessteel||36 - 57||-21||54.6||0.82|