Liquid have guaranteed their place in the ESL Pro League Season 7 Finals playoffs with a 2-0 victory over Space Soldiers.
The series began with Space Soldiers taking control of proceedings on their map pick, Mirage, after a successful T-side pistol that they followed up with a sloppy anti-eco. But then Epitacio "TACO" de Melo came up huge with an MP9, finding three opponents to halt Space Soldiers.
Space Soldiers rarely found opening-kills from there, and Liquid kept shutting their strategies down. The North Americans simply did not let the Turks gain any momentum, winning 13 rounds in a row to bag an 11-round half-time lead.
Engin "MAJ3R" Küpeli's men did not want to back down from the fight, and winning the second pistol gave them some breathing room. When Liquid secured their 14th round, Ahmet "paz" Karahoca responded with a huge quad-kill with an AWP, inspiring his team to keep on trying to turn the game around. Still, Liquid eventually sealed the deal with nothing but CZs, 16-11.
Liquid's map pick, Inferno, kicked off with Space Soldiers winning yet another pistol round, this time as CTs. Nick "nitr0" Cannella and co. did not let their opponents capitalize on that and responded with two rounds of their own, but the Turkish team remained in charge.
Down 2-5, Liquid won two more rounds before Space Soldiers went on to hit 7 rounds. That was when Liquid pulled off their fifth round on a shoddy buy, however, which marked the beginning of a four-round streak that put them in the lead by half-time, 8-7.
Liquid carried that momentum into the second half, which was all about the North Americans, who strung eight rounds together to finish things off, 16-7, and secure a spot in playoffs.
K - D
Ismailcan 'XANTARES' DörtkardeşXANTARES
40 - 42
Engin 'ngiN' KorngiN
28 - 34
Çağatay 'DESPE' SedefDESPE
28 - 37
Ahmet 'paz' Karahocapaz
26 - 44
Engin 'MAJ3R' KüpeliMAJ3R
20 - 37