NRG sweeps Liquid to win iBP Spring Invitational

martiicsgo
March 19th, 2018 09:55

NRG have won the iBUYPOWER 2018 Spring Invitational after sweeping Liquid 2-0 (16-9 Overpass and 16-11 Nuke) in the grand finals.

The series started on Liquid’s map pick, Overpass, where Tsvetelin "CeRq" Dimitrov single-handedly secured the 3-0 lead for NRG with a pair of triples and a quad kill. Liquid finally got a round on the board in first gun round as Lucas "steel" Lopes’ double entry on the B-bombsite allowed for a much-needed plant, forcing the CTs to save.

NRG's save paid off in the following round as Liquid were quickly dismantled on the B bombsite following Ethan "nahtE" Arnold’s triple kill. NRG went on to pick up two more to extend their lead to five rounds, until Liquid ended the streak to pick up their second of the half. Jonathan "EliGE" Jablonowski came close to giving Liquid their third win as he planted the bomb with 8hp in a 1v1, but Damian "daps" Steele was one step ahead and secured the defuse.

Liquid’s half buy proved to be effective as Keith "NAF" Markovic picked up a double and forced the CTs to save once again. This triggered a series of rounds favoring Liquid, who brought the deficit to 6-9. 

CeRq led NRG with a 1.33 rating

Liquid got back into the thick of things after NAF opened up the second half with an ace to secure the pistol. Liquid tied the game 9-9 after securing both anti-ecos, but a triple from Jacob "FugLy" Medina in the following round turned the tides. With no money in the bank, Liquid were unable to hold off NRG, who secured six straight to take the lead in the series.

The series shifted to NRG’s map pick, Nuke, where Nick "nitr0" Cannella and co. shut down several outside attempts to pick up the 3-0 lead. NRG were able to get on the board in the following round, but nitr0 outplayed daps in a 1v1 in return, which set Liquid up for a 7-1 lead.

Vincent "Brehze" Cayonte was able to reduce the deficit by three with his back-to-back doubles and a save round by Liquid. That was the start of a great run from NRG, who only lost one of the last seven rounds of the half to bring the deficit to a minimum. 

Liquid came out red-hot in the second half to win the pistol and following anti-ecos for a 10-7 lead. That's when a great deal of damage from Brehze’s USP-S early in the round crippled Liquid, allowing the team to secure the retake and the defuse.

With a shattered economy, Liquid could not hold back the likes of Brehze and CeRq, who continued to hound on their opponents' T-side to help pick up six straight rounds. After NRG reached match, Russel "Twistzz" Van Dulken tried to keep his team in the game with a near Deagle ace but was stopped short by NRG, who claimed the $10,000 prize and the iBUYPOWER 2018 Spring Invitational title. 

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Overpass
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Nuke
11
 NRG K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Bulgaria Tsvetelin 'CeRq' DimitrovCeRq 49 - 32 +17 88.9 1.33
United States Ethan 'nahtE' ArnoldnahtE 40 - 34 +6 89.0 1.28
United States Vincent 'Brehze' CayonteBrehze 40 - 33 +7 81.5 1.13
Canada Damian 'daps' Steeledaps 33 - 30 +3 68.0 1.10
United States Jacob 'FugLy' MedinaFugLy 26 - 31 -5 61.8 0.95
 Liquid K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Canada Keith 'NAF' MarkovicNAF 32 - 37 -5 77.1 1.02
United States Nick 'nitr0' Cannellanitr0 33 - 35 -2 75.8 0.96
United States Jonathan 'EliGE' JablonowskiEliGE 33 - 42 -9 70.7 0.89
Canada Russel 'Twistzz' Van DulkenTwistzz 31 - 39 -8 61.0 0.86
Brazil Lucas 'steel' Lopessteel 30 - 35 -5 56.8 0.83

iBUYPOWER 2018 Spring Invitational final standings:

1. United States NRG - $10,000
2. North America Liquid - $4,000
3-4. United States Rogue - $1,000
3-4. United States Torqued - $1,000
5-8. Brazil Luminosity
5-8. North America compLexity
5-8. North America Splyce
5-8. United States Dignitas

United States Jonathan 'EliGE' Jablonowski
Jonathan 'EliGE' Jablonowski
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
869
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.16
United States Nick 'nitr0' Cannella
Nick 'nitr0' Cannella
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
895
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.15
Canada Keith 'NAF' Markovic
Keith 'NAF' Markovic
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
831
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.16
Canada Damian 'daps' Steele
Damian 'daps' Steele
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.89
Maps played:
649
KPR:
0.59
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.16
United States Jacob 'FugLy' Medina
Jacob 'FugLy' Medina
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
795
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.13
United States Ethan 'nahtE' Arnold
Ethan 'nahtE' Arnold
Age:
18
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
455
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.15
United States Vincent 'Brehze' Cayonte
Vincent 'Brehze' Cayonte
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
509
KPR:
0.77
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.13
Bulgaria Tsvetelin 'CeRq' Dimitrov
Tsvetelin 'CeRq' Dimitrov
Age:
18
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.17
Maps played:
537
KPR:
0.79
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.10
Brazil Lucas 'steel' Lopes
Lucas 'steel' Lopes
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
718
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.13
Canada Russel 'Twistzz' Van Dulken
Russel 'Twistzz' Van Dulken
Age:
18
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.14
Maps played:
621
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.12
Wtf
2018-03-19 09:55
#4
BigDog | 
Japan LiLeX 
gg
2018-03-19 09:56
Congrats
2018-03-19 09:56
#6
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Canada DiiSCO 
late much
2018-03-19 09:56
#7
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Egypt Tywin 
n1
2018-03-19 09:56
#8
SpawN | 
Bulgaria Sickzz_ 
God cerq
2018-03-19 09:56
#9
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United States bo0dle 
top1 NRG 2018
2018-03-19 09:57
#10
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Turkey DebbSoray 
Europe carries NA again. Tell me something new.
2018-03-19 09:57
#63
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United States Baitor 
+1, eu also > sa
2018-03-19 12:34
#67
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Sweden Trkmag 
+1
2018-03-19 12:58
#91
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Brazil vinnyzeraNTC 
+1 LUL
2018-03-19 15:27
CeRq stop smurfing
2018-03-19 09:57
Liquid needs an awper.
2018-03-19 09:57
Why ? They have good hybrid players like naf ör nitro
2018-03-19 10:11
#43
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Sweden Zaser5 
Well they need an Awper
2018-03-19 11:05
Well they need an Awper
2018-03-19 11:59
they can stay. Just kick steel.
2018-03-19 12:16
#94
Nifty | 
United States Proverb 
-steel +nifty
2018-03-19 15:50
Nifty's an honourary Australian now. It's going to take a lot for us to give him up.
2018-03-20 01:46
#136
Nifty | 
United States Proverb 
He has to leave renegades to actually get somewhere in his career.
2018-03-20 02:29
Renegades are almost at the stage where they can compete with any NA team. They still need more experience at playoffs and late into the group stages before they can start actively competing against international lineups though.
2018-03-20 02:39
#138
Nifty | 
United States Proverb 
-ustilo +liaz -azr +sico
2018-03-20 03:26
Maybe not Ustilo, he's improved a lot since Nifty was added to the roster. As much as I love AZR though, I agree with you there.
2018-03-20 03:30
Ez for cerq beast
2018-03-19 09:57
-daps +top player and NRG is world top5
2018-03-19 09:57
daps igl
2018-03-19 10:09
#71
steel | 
Canada CEMx 
Your point?
2018-03-19 13:22
Even FaZe that has 4 insane players hasn’t kicked their IGL because they need a fcking IGL FFS
2018-03-19 22:20
#141
steel | 
Canada CEMx 
Then nrg can get one.
2018-03-20 07:28
#103
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United States MoneyGoo 
-daps +seangares
2018-03-19 16:21
Sean to OpTic instead of Stan would've been much better
2018-03-19 18:38
good to hear CerQ lea
2018-03-19 09:58
#17
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Finland Juzaa 
Wow n1
2018-03-19 10:01
#18
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United States Cherryyy 
-steel +s1mple
2018-03-19 10:05
I would love this so much. Liquid would be insane with s1mple. Liquid would probably have some internal issues but the would be nuts. S1mple makes any team so much better. I want this roster change so much.
2018-03-19 10:47
Simple fucking hates living in US
2018-03-19 13:12
I know. It would never work or happen again but I can dream. Maybe they will all move to Ukraine. Stop crushing my fantasies.
2018-03-19 17:09
Liquid also hates s1mple
2018-03-19 19:52
#129
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United States Cherryyy 
Fan of steel im fucking dead hahahahaha
2018-03-19 22:09
What’s wrong with liking steel. I’m a liquid fan so when he joined Liquid I became fan of steel. Best Brazilian player playing on an NA team.
2018-03-20 13:51
#130
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Finland STICKOShaha 
well it’s not going to happen so start fantasizing about something else.
2018-03-19 22:15
I know
2018-03-20 13:51
Luminosity from major champions to 5-8th in tier 3 na tournament
2018-03-19 10:05
#31
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Europe pl9netary 
Name checks out.
2018-03-19 10:43
Completely different roster but yea
2018-03-19 19:52
#20
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Poland mylifeisgreat 
Liquid top 5 xaxaxaxaxaxa
2018-03-19 10:09
#76
NAF | 
Slovakia t4gg3d 
VP not even top 20 xaxaxaxa
2018-03-19 14:10
#93
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Poland mylifeisgreat 
what does it have to do with anything?
2018-03-19 15:49
#101
NAF | 
Slovakia t4gg3d 
> VP flair > laughing at Liquid losing an online match (NRG onliners) & them being top5 pick1
2018-03-19 16:16
top5 team shouldn't lose finals to some online tier3 team, right? You're an idiot.
2018-03-19 16:20
#105
NAF | 
Slovakia t4gg3d 
Top10 Team shouldn’t lose to a top50 team at the major, right? You’re a total idiot. (Ever heard of throwing? 1. 10k$; 2. 4k$; easy opportunity)
2018-03-19 16:30
Wtf first you are talking about vp and now about NIP!?
2018-03-19 18:52
#120
NAF | 
Slovakia t4gg3d 
Well apparently NiP didn’t lose to QBF 16:3, but maybe, just maybe VP did... prove me wrong ;)
2018-03-19 18:53
that because NiP lost to Pride, and cant ever qualify for qualifications bro, and at least NiP and VP have some history ^^
2018-03-19 18:57
#122
NAF | 
Slovakia t4gg3d 
You just literally said both NiP & VP have a history, I get it, but we are in 2018 and not 2014, VP are gonna slowly degrade to qualifying to a minor O N L I N E, so gl in the next 20 years
2018-03-19 18:59
#95
Nifty | 
United States Proverb 
Online tournament lul
2018-03-19 15:52
NRG actually way better than i expected
2018-03-19 10:13
#96
Nifty | 
United States Proverb 
Yeah... online.
2018-03-19 15:52
iBP Invitational huh :thinking:
2018-03-19 10:17
Choke
2018-03-19 10:23
#26
seized | 
Sweden Kurmi2k 
nafly era is over
2018-03-19 10:23
#27
Jame | 
Israel altandi 
wtf lol
2018-03-19 10:25
Led*
2018-03-19 10:30
I would much rather se Zews as Fifth player then steel
2018-03-19 10:37
#77
NAF | 
Slovakia t4gg3d 
+1, but the best option would be -steel +nifty & they would be top3 imo
2018-03-19 14:10
#110
trk | 
Brazil 643 
Nifty is overrated
2018-03-19 17:30
#112
NAF | 
Slovakia t4gg3d 
Nah, he is insane imo, and liquid need an awper, he would be the perfect pickup
2018-03-19 17:34
the randomness of NA CS is mindboggling..
2018-03-19 10:42
NRG are very underrated. They have a huge amount of skill in the lineup, they just need experience together and on big stages and to refine tactics a bit. Still pretty impressive beating an in-form Liquid on 2 maps...
2018-03-19 10:45
#54
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Lithuania DieNastyA 
Nothing impressive, NRG are just onliners.
2018-03-19 11:45
Haven’t played LAN with Ethan yet. Let’s wait just a little more.
2018-03-19 22:31
#68
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Sweden Trkmag 
Just Cerq and Brehze carrying hard
2018-03-19 13:01
#142
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Italy 1257Legend 
Stop making them out to be better than they are. This was just another day in Onlineville, NA, tomorrow they could be 2-0'ed by Swole Patrol.
2018-03-20 09:15
#33
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Other mikecool 
NRG are looking good? NA cs at its finest here.
2018-03-19 10:46
#98
Nifty | 
United States Proverb 
Yeah, online.
2018-03-19 15:56
eZz CeRq
2018-03-19 10:47
#36
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China 70x1c 
that's unexpected
2018-03-19 10:48
Its online Nothing wrong
2018-03-19 10:48
#38
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Luxembourg alex24 
liquid top5 team lol :)
2018-03-19 10:53
#39
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Brunei FeelsHoodMan 
CeRq lea NRG with a 1.33 rating
2018-03-19 10:53
NRG in March 16-1 in maps
2018-03-19 10:59
#55
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Lithuania DieNastyA 
OnLiNe
2018-03-19 11:45
Cerq~da~king
2018-03-19 10:59
#42
jks | 
Other gLa 
Cerq is the most online player ever.
2018-03-19 11:04
#47
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Bulgaria bUHALOVIC 
he proved himself on lan even before nrg
2018-03-19 11:14
#53
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Canada Elazul 
For sure. Guy is a beast. Only reason this team has any chance really.
2018-03-19 11:38
#44
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Israel MopSiLENCE 
Damn
2018-03-19 11:06
#46
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Turkey TurkishCarpet 
Top 5 team OMEGALUL
2018-03-19 11:11
CeRq styling on NA CSGO, reminds of the s1mple days
2018-03-19 11:22
#99
Nifty | 
United States Proverb 
Yeah, online.
2018-03-19 15:57
#49
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Sweden TDK Em1L 
-Steel +cerq Ez Fix
2018-03-19 11:27
#50
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Europe Conq 
ez na match fix 1. 10k$ 2. 4k$ ? yea ez throw ez skin liquid earned more than 6k ofc
2018-03-19 11:28
Inviwho wonnered what
2018-03-19 11:32
NRG #1 NA TEAM
2018-03-19 11:34
#100
Nifty | 
United States Proverb 
#1 ONLINE NA team
2018-03-19 15:58
#143
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Italy 1257Legend 
Are you just gonna be butthurt because NRG won? Well done wasting your precious time positing the same comment 3-4 times.
2018-03-20 09:17
#147
Nifty | 
United States Proverb 
Well done wasting your time typing a paragraph
2018-03-20 14:45
#148
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Italy 1257Legend 
Do you even know what a paragraph is?
2018-03-21 09:02
#149
Nifty | 
United States Proverb 
2 days later and he's still here. Get a life.
2018-03-21 15:02
#57
CeRq | 
Bulgaria CeRqTOP1 
EZ CERQ NRGTOP1!
2018-03-19 11:58
#59
Tony | 
Iceland SproNNi 
NRG era bois RiP SK
2018-03-19 12:01
Hella late with this article lol Good for NRG With Ethan and cerq they have real firepower
2018-03-19 12:16
3rd top tier NA team soon #NAera
2018-03-19 12:44
#65
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Russia RoneEZ 
NRG>Liquid>Cloud9 NRG=tier3 team Sorry, but i have baf news for NA fans...
2018-03-19 12:54
#66
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Russia RoneEZ 
NRG>Liquid>Cloud9 NRG=tier3 team Sorry, but i have bad news for NA fans...
2018-03-19 12:55
#79
NAF | 
Slovakia t4gg3d 
There is a button called "Edit", you don’t need to write it down twice, it was online + a possible throw, Liquid >>>>>>>>> NRG >>> C9
2018-03-19 14:12
sorry but navi its a tier 4 team
2018-03-19 18:19
#70
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Brazil BuddyINSANE 
Finally they won something! Congratz boys! Good luck next time Liquid! We smart, we loyal, we friendly, we are from BRAZIL! Kreygasm
2018-03-19 13:16
#75
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Estonia RaimanS2k 
Smart lol, fix that please
2018-03-19 14:06
next ibp ?
2018-03-19 13:27
#73
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CIS jkncsgo 
NRG ERA
2018-03-19 13:34
#74
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Germany Sabba1 
Now i get why its called ibp invitational
2018-03-19 13:36
#80
NAF | 
Slovakia t4gg3d 
+1 LUL made my day
2018-03-19 14:14
#78
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France Deadfish 
good work NRG
2018-03-19 14:11
#81
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Europe trey_ 
lul
2018-03-19 14:41
#82
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Korea ysmple 
nobody cares t102 tournament
2018-03-19 14:44
#83
liTTle | 
CIS Dowa) 
nrg only online?
2018-03-19 14:45
#84
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Czech Republic jETFly 
NRG on fire
2018-03-19 14:51
Cerq lea OMEGALUL
2018-03-19 14:52
monkas
2018-03-19 15:03
#87
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Indonesia Polandballer 
tier 5 tournament
2018-03-19 15:03
#88
United Kingdom m0o 
steel, negative rating every tournament since joining liquid? if not every, then majority. needs to step it up
2018-03-19 15:05
#92
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North America DoinDaMath 
+ROCA
2018-03-19 15:36
#89
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United Kingdom suge 
NRG on a roll
2018-03-19 15:14
#89
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United Kingdom suge 
NRG on a roll
2018-03-19 15:14
easy for EU smurfing Carry
2018-03-19 15:53
#104
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Mexico 6ix9ine 
Yeahh boiiii
2018-03-19 16:28
#107
??? | 
China Netori 
biggest onliners in NA atm for sure
2018-03-19 16:45
#108
f0rest | 
Turkey kadirb 
LuL
2018-03-19 17:07
#111
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Argentina Cushiion 
Loooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooool
2018-03-19 17:31
#113
Stewie2K | 
United States sxg 
Not gonna lie Cerq has some of the craziest stats iv seen inawhile from NA region. hltv.org/stats/players/matches/11219/CeR.. .. Why hasn't c9 or liquid picked him up? hes clearly better than skadoodle no offense.
2018-03-19 17:43
This cerq guy is really promising
2018-03-19 18:13
#118
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United States soggydollars 
NRG has the money to keep guys like Cerq and Nanhte. Look out everyone NRG is for real and here to stay!
2018-03-19 18:48
-steel +freakzoid = Liquid top3
2018-03-19 19:43
#124
nitr0 | 
Canada Surzz 
people going crazy over a couple of online matches lol
2018-03-19 19:45
CS is so impredictable
2018-03-19 23:24
- skadoodle + Cerq
2018-03-20 01:32
- steelega + koosta or some decent awper.
2018-03-20 04:04
#144
bodyy | 
Czech Republic cortan 
hahahhahahahhaaa
2018-03-20 13:36
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