Liquid to semis over mousesports
Liquid took the series in two maps, winning Mirage 22-20 and their own pick, Dust2, 16-4, to book a ticket to the semi-finals.
The quarter-final series started on Mirage, mousesports’ pick, with the European winning the pistol round very convincingly on the attacking side. Having won the two anti-ecos, mousesports then played a slow round, controlling mid, but were unable to close the round out as Liquid won the trade battles around connector to get on the board. The following round also went the way of the North American team, as they stopped a late B push from Chris "chrisJ" de Jong & co.
The European team then won three rounds in a row to take a 6-3 lead, but Liquid quickly countered by tightening up their defense to take the lead into the half, 9-6. The second pistol round also went the way of mousesports, as Martin "STYKO" Styk was able to stick a defuse in smoke on A to bag the round. Having won the anti-ecos, mousesports followed it up winning the first gun round on B, bringing it back to 9-9 and forcing Liquid to once again have to play with pistols.
The second gun round went better for the North American team, as they took the A site and planted before Keith "NAF" Markovic closed the round out with three kills. mousesports then brought it back to 10-11, but a four-kill round by NAF with the CZ75 and an AK kept it tied up heading into the last stretch of the map. Liquid couldn’t capitalize the following round, though, as mousesports won the follow-up making it a back-and-forth match. With NAF on fire burning Liquid won four rounds in a row to get on match point, but mousesports played a heroic last few rounds to take it to overtime after chrisJ cleared the way in the last round with three AWP kills.
The first overtime started with both teams trading rounds, but Liquid then went on a streak to get on match point. That’s when chrisJ appeared once again, getting a bit quad-kill on A to keep his team in it. mousesports then played once again towards the A site, managing to take it to a second overtime. Now on the CT side, Liquid managed to snatch the first round with a solid A defense. Once again the teams traded rounds although it was Liquid taking the lead in the half. The North American team then won it out, 22-20, as mousesports were unable to defuse in time in the last round of the half.
The second map, Dust2, started with a huge round pistol round by Russel "Twistzz" Van Dulken who put his team ahead with four kills on the attacking side. The North American team then relentlessly abused the B site, completely dominating the site and winning round after round. Down 1-8, chrisJ sniped down three to try and kickstart a comeback, but Liquid kept on unrelentless, winning the last round of the half with three kills by Jonathan "EliGE" Jablonowski for an 11-4 half.
After the switch, Liquid started slowly shutting the possibilities of mousesports coming back, winning the pistol round, against a forcebuy, and an anti-eco before getting on match point after winning the first proper gun round. They then closed it out , 16-4, moving on to the semi-finals where they will face Natus Vincere.
K - D
Miikka 'suNny' KemppisuNny
48 - 46
Chris 'chrisJ' de JongchrisJ
44 - 49
Tomáš 'oskar' Šťastnýoskar
35 - 41
Robin 'ropz' Koolropz
27 - 43
Martin 'STYKO' StykSTYKO
26 - 42