Gambit beat Liquid for a playoff spot in Marseille

Gambit took a 2-1 victory over Liquid (12-16 Overpass, 16-8 Mirage, 16-14 Train) to advance to the playoffs of DreamHack Masters Marseille.

Liquid started off on the right foot on Overpass, Gambit's map pick, as two quick entries set them up to win the pistol round. Gambit tried to bounce back quickly with two consecutive force buys, but fell short, allowing the North American side to build up a lead in rounds and economy.

In round five, Liquid's aggressive A play was punished with two kills and Gambit got on the board, but would end up reset as Russel "Twistzz" Van Dulken picked up two key mid-round kills in the follow up. A similar scenario happened just a couple of rounds later, with Liquid then riding the economy to a 9-2 lead. At that point, Denis "seized" Kostin's team finally afforded another buy, took the round and powered on to a 9-6 half.

Epitacio "TACO" de Melo's 1v2 clutch in the pistol round was followed up four more rounds won, with quite a few of them coming down to the wire. However, that was of little comfort to Gambit who were already 14-6 down at that point. Abay "Hobbit" Khasenov's 3K with the AWP in the next round gave them a fighting chance, and combined with a force buy win on Liquid's match point, allowed them to close the distance to 15-11. Dauren "AdreN" Kystaubayev then clawed his team out of a tough situation on B, but Liquid closed it out with just pistols soon, running over A to make it 16-12.

seized's team fought their way back into the series

Gambit got exactly what they needed in the series after losing their map pick by hitting the ground running on Mirage, grabbing a quick 6-0 lead. Four tight rounds followed then, with Liquid losing two closely and claiming the other two, which was enough to break Gambit's bank.

The American side got some momentum and carried it toward the end of the half, recovering from a 0-7 start to make it a 6-9 half. Nick "nitr0" Cannella's team was looking to further close the gap at the start of their CT half as the team's IGL and TACO pulled off a retake in a 2v4 in the pistol, but fluffed the anti-eco to allow Gambit to go 12-7 up.

Liquid's seemingly desperate triple-AWP setup yielded two kills in round 22, but seized sneaked into the backlines to allow for his teammates to take over B and plant the bomb. Off the back of that, Gambit won the map not much later, 16-8.

Mihail "Dosia" Stolyarov's three headshots marked the start of Train, the decider map. Gambit got the first round of the map, but their sloppy anti-force play was punished by Liquid who slowly picked them apart and finished on B. Liquid were 4-1 up soon, only to lose their momentum to AdreN's 3K with Gambit's only gun of the round in round 6.

The score was shortly tied at 4-4 and then again at 5-5 before Gambit broke away into the lead and finished their CT side 9-6 up. Hobbit lead his side to another pistol round win with a quad kill and Gambit were slowly getting a chokehold on Liquid, who lost the first gun round to contact-B play (13-6).

TACO did better on the B defense in the following round, despite only having a CZ-75, the Brazilian found two frags and grabbed an assist on the third, allowing Liquid to grab their first CT round. Liquid were able to get five in a row, closing the deficit to two round (13-11). It came down to the wire in the end, but at 15-14 AdreN and Hobbit turned a 2v4 situation on its head to win Train 16-14 and the series 2-1. 

Matchpage
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 Gambit K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Kazakhstan Dauren 'AdreN' KystaubayevAdreN 74 - 58 +16 99.0 1.36
Kazakhstan Rustem 'mou' Telepovmou 60 - 54 +6 72.5 1.11
Russia Mihail 'Dosia' StolyarovDosia 50 - 55 -5 75.6 1.01
Russia Denis 'seized' Kostinseized 53 - 60 -7 70.2 0.97
Kazakhstan Abay 'Hobbit' KhasenovHobbit 56 - 57 -1 70.7 0.96
 Liquid K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Canada Russel 'Twistzz' Van DulkenTwistzz 71 - 56 +15 83.5 1.23
Canada Keith 'NAF' MarkovicNAF 60 - 57 +3 73.3 1.05
Brazil Epitacio 'TACO' de MeloTACO 54 - 58 -4 76.2 1.04
United States Jonathan 'EliGE' JablonowskiEliGE 58 - 64 -6 82.8 1.02
United States Nick 'nitr0' Cannellanitr0 41 - 58 -17 67.0 0.86

Kazakhstan Abay 'Hobbit' Khasenov
Abay 'Hobbit' Khasenov
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
614
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
Brazil Epitacio 'TACO' de Melo
Epitacio 'TACO' de Melo
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.94
Maps played:
969
KPR:
0.62
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.12
Russia Denis 'seized' Kostin
Denis 'seized' Kostin
Age:
25
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
1224
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.15
United States Nick 'nitr0' Cannella
Nick 'nitr0' Cannella
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
1198
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.14
Canada Russel 'Twistzz' Van Dulken
Russel 'Twistzz' Van Dulken
Age:
19
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.14
Maps played:
917
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.12
Kazakhstan Dauren 'AdreN' Kystaubayev
Dauren 'AdreN' Kystaubayev
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
1408
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.16
Russia Mihail 'Dosia' Stolyarov
Mihail 'Dosia' Stolyarov
Age:
31
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
1396
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.15
#1
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United Kingdom iMarbot 
nooooooooooo :'(
2018-04-20 20:18
#19
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Paraguay imjustmau 
This confirms that C9 is better than Liquid
2018-04-20 20:19
#57
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United Kingdom iMarbot 
Not sure where your logic comes from...
2018-04-20 20:37
#58
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Paraguay imjustmau 
C9>FaZe>Any team>Gambot>Liquid
2018-04-20 20:39
#74
shaGuar | 
United States brieN 
Probably thinks fallen is a good awper too LOL
2018-04-20 22:04
#90
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Paraguay imjustmau 
SK sucks NTC real Brazilian superteam
2018-04-20 23:39
0/8 bait xd
2018-04-21 02:05
#94
pbf1 | 
Brazil Countrybr 
ska is good tho?? stfu
2018-04-21 03:09
Ska is better
2018-04-21 05:25
FalleN is a good awper. I'm not even an SK fan.
2018-04-21 05:24
Look at his nickname and you’ll get the answer xD
2018-04-20 22:32
#78
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United States Freakmode 
They’ve been better than liquid for a long time. Even with simple liquid never actually won a premier event.
2018-04-20 22:26
men :(((((((
2018-04-20 20:20
#33
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Ukraine EarthAintFlat 
Liquid players are just stupid. Who plays 4v2 with bomb dropped like that? They literally died 1 by 1, without even trying to refrag. nitrEtard missed all the awp shots and used one way smoke to fck up twistzz at ivy in a key round on train.
2018-04-20 20:21
it happens often like in 2 maps yesterday 1: Astalis 5v2 vs liquid on mirage at score (L)15-14(A) when its like 4v2/5v2 everybody thinks that its done and its overtimes/win in their mind , they lose their attention and just lose 2: fnatic vs navi on the overpass at score (Navi)15-14(fnc) fntc played t side and pushed b at last round, they planted the bomb and it was 5(fnatic)v4. it had to be 100% round for fntc cuz they had good positions but instead of playing for bomb they trying to kill 1v1 and just lost this. it happens often as i said
2018-04-20 20:30
#72
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Argentina borishdp 
who? Liquid
2018-04-20 21:52
#2
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Germany VeryNiceGuy 
GG, the last round :( Have a nice day! -VeryNiceGuy
2018-04-20 20:18
#17
blameF | 
Denmark megz 
What happend in the last round?
2018-04-20 20:19
#32
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Russia Drinkins 
VeryNIceClutch
2018-04-20 20:21
2x4
2018-04-20 20:21
#36
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Netherlands puddingkip 
Liquid was in a 4v2 and had bomb under control against a halfbuy and lost
2018-04-20 20:21
and adren was about 20hp)
2018-04-20 20:30
#42
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Germany VeryNiceGuy 
Gambit forcebuy. Liquid playing well. 4v2, Adren AK, Hobbit CZ. CTs have bomb control. NAF just peeks without a reason and dies. Nitro fucks up a smoke. Adren with 12 HP gets 2 kills cause of Nitros shit smoke. Somehow 1v1, Nitro vs. Hobbit. 12 sec left. Nitro misses AWP shot. GG. Have a nice day! -VeryNiceGuy
2018-04-20 20:24
almost this , but in the end seems like they both got m4a4 to fight with , and hobbit spray > nitr0 spray
2018-04-20 20:34
almost this, both had awps, both switched to m4a4s, Hobbit peeked wit cz first, faking as if he is still carrying awp, repicks with m4a4 and gets the kill
2018-04-20 20:59
#104
blameF | 
Denmark megz 
Thanks - that is quite sad. Sounds like nerves got the better of them.
2018-04-21 09:03
#3
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Brazil RIP_McSkrrrrrt 
Im more sad about liquid then i was for sk
2018-04-20 20:19
agreed....atleast it was mouz who beat sk to move forward but gambit?? wtf?
2018-04-20 20:20
#37
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Netherlands puddingkip 
That is major champions gambit you speak of
2018-04-20 20:22
#66
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Russia foggy54 
They are far away from their champoins shape and showed very poor perfomance last 2-3 months.
2018-04-20 21:02
Major champ that stuck on premier league
2018-04-21 03:15
major champions who have dropped to tier 2/3 ever since
2018-04-21 07:45
Thats true but atleast liquid x gambit wasnt a rape like mouz x sk, besides anyone can beat anyone in their right day
2018-04-20 20:22
+1 true.
2018-04-20 21:27
Fuck you
2018-04-21 00:02
#4
Russia 1tuz 
Dd
2018-04-20 20:18
#5
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CIS STAboss 
ADREN!!
2018-04-20 20:18
Gambit are waaay too good for Liquid to be able to handle, even with seized it seems like! :D :) cya! gg gl to both in the future...
2018-04-20 20:19
#7
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CIS LRtx 
EZ GODREN
2018-04-20 20:18
Ggs
2018-04-20 20:18
Niice
2018-04-20 20:18
#10
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Bangladesh N0SP4C3 
Ggwp
2018-04-20 20:18
fucking retarded
2018-04-20 20:18
LULQUID
2018-04-20 20:18
Cool
2018-04-20 20:19
Really nice match, kept me on the toes on who would take this one,
2018-04-20 20:19
ez
2018-04-20 20:19
Adren bot god bot god so inconsistent
2018-04-20 20:19
#21
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Saudi Arabia Dolandos 
GOD ADREN GOD SEIZED GOD HOBBIT GOD MOU GOD DOSIA
2018-04-20 20:19
navi - gambit quater finals HYPE
2018-04-20 20:19
#62
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Russia JazzyClubs 
It would've been better to see them in the final) unlucko
2018-04-20 20:48
It would be really nice to see Gambit back to the top again.
2018-04-20 21:26
nitro choked , sad to see expected much more from him
2018-04-20 20:19
#24
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Kazakhstan Ahamkara_NH 
sick perfomance from gambit. gl in play off !
2018-04-20 20:19
#25
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Finland EdiEz 
YES
2018-04-20 20:19
ADREN GOD
2018-04-20 20:20
when u lose vs gambit with bot seized.. time to disband
2018-04-20 20:20
#30
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Denmark Zorrondo 
NA CS LUL
2018-04-20 20:20
hot match against navi tomorrow
2018-04-20 20:21
that de_train was impressive, what a game by both teams
2018-04-20 20:21
nitr0 instead of hide, tried to take a 1v1 and get killed like 5 seconds before round ends.
2018-04-20 20:22
There was 12 seconds
2018-04-20 20:24
#48
ZELIN | 
Portugal Cyborgy 
he didnt want to let hobbit get he upper hand of the post plant ,there was nothing wrong with that play,never blame the 1on1..
2018-04-20 20:25
whoever gets gambit will be lucky
2018-04-20 20:22
GAMBIT MONSTER ODDS EZ MONEYS
2018-04-20 20:23
#43
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Germany Sept1c 
1v1 Bomb not planted ... I'm gonna push him :)
2018-04-20 20:24
cloud9 defend honor of NA :)
2018-04-20 20:24
gambit vs nip would suck
2018-04-20 20:25
n1 Nitro.
2018-04-20 20:25
choQuid
2018-04-20 20:25
Is this finally Gambit back?
2018-04-20 20:26
no, liquid sucks
2018-04-20 20:31
I think they just need more time with TACO. This lineup can be great. Dont worry my NA brother :)
2018-04-20 20:49
Is not even taco's fault, Elige and Nitro choked hard this entire tournament excluding their first game against gambit in cobble, and Naf also under performed from his usual dominating style of play.
2018-04-20 21:53
I think that this lineup has more potential than SK if taco plays for elige like he played for cold i’m pretty sure this team can be top 1
2018-04-20 22:36
#70
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Brazil Gunzel 
haha that 2v4 lose vs low hp Adren=D classic chokequid. ALGA GAMBIT!
2018-04-20 21:38
Dosia and adren so fresh. -VeryFreshGuy
2018-04-20 20:27
#53
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Spain akproxx 
Wtf liquid :(
2018-04-20 20:30
#59
Estonia rYm 
retards :D
2018-04-20 20:44
#60
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Greece knk74 
CIS > NA CIS > NA CIS > NA CIS > NA CIS > NA CIS > NA
2018-04-20 20:45
#61
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Portugal FalloutCrow 
I understand they had very little time to practice and adapt TACO to the team. That said I can't help but being disappointed. This team can and should have been MORE than good enough to pass this group fase. We end up giving ammunition to those who seek to keep us down.
2018-04-20 20:45
losing to seized team in 2k18 //
2018-04-20 20:50
Ez for X GOD! Gambit is back boiiiis.
2018-04-20 21:25
#71
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United States flipfone 
Liquid top 1 na btw
2018-04-20 21:39
XGod ez
2018-04-20 22:21
congrats gambit <3 deserved
2018-04-20 22:22
liquidbuhahahahhahubaahbuhahahahahaha
2018-04-20 22:26
NA CS LUL
2018-04-20 22:29
NA CS IS Back to being dogshit
2018-04-20 23:06
*Liquid Not NA CS Cloud9 is still a top team
2018-04-21 05:31
#84
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Germany Constikdw 
What happened to hobbit? The igl period destroyed him, just like snax.
2018-04-20 23:07
shut---------shut---------------------------------fag-got-kid-d shut-------shut----------------------------------fa-g---------ki-d shut-----shut-----------------------------------fa-g-----------ki-d shut-----shut-shut-------sh-utu-p---------fa-g-------------ki-d shut----shut---shut------sh-utu-p---------fa-g-------------ki-d shut----shut----shut--------------------------fa-g------------ki-d shut----shut---shut----------------------------fa-g---------ki-d shut-----shut-shut-------------------------------fag-got-kid-d
2018-04-20 23:09
just like snax, just like seized, just like shox, just like any other good fragger who became igl
2018-04-20 23:11
#88
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Germany Constikdw 
Hm flusha and Dennis survived it somehow
2018-04-20 23:18
#96
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Pakistan perth 
niko survived it
2018-04-21 05:13
nays
2018-04-20 23:10
not expected
2018-04-20 23:39
It was a long time coming for Gambit
2018-04-21 01:04
Gratz!
2018-04-21 07:17
#101
720 | 
Turkey RF4_Kolta 
Nitr0 what have you done :(
2018-04-21 07:23
AdrenGod
2018-04-21 08:00
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