NRG send Liquid packing in Kiev

NRG came from behind to beat Liquid 2-1 and book a spot in the StarSeries i-League Season 5 semi-finals.

The playoffs in Kiev began with a North American showdown between two teams who had faced off in the first Swiss round, with Liquid running out 2-0 victors in convincing fashion. This time around, however, the match would have a very different outcome, despite the current No.6 side in the world winning the first map convincingly.

Liquid got off to a flying start on Inferno, the opening map of the series, and cruised to an 8-0 lead on the CT side after exerting great map control in the banana area. Vincent "⁠Brehze⁠" Cayonte then gave NRG a much-needed round after winning a 1v1 gundown with just 1 HP. Liquid still tried to regain control of the game, but any round won by them was immediately countered by NRG, who would manage to cut the deficit to five rounds by the end of the half.

NRG picked up the second pistol round of the game after recovering from a two-man deficit, but things quickly went awry for them as they got shut down by Russel "⁠Twistzz⁠" Van Dulken's Desert Eagle in the following round.

A massive blunder from Liquid in the 19th round, when they lost an anti-eco round after being caught off-guard in the banana area, put NRG right back in the game, but the cs_summit 2 champions would not take long to put the game to bed.

NRG beat Liquid in a three-map series

Next up was NRG's own map pick, Nuke. Liquid once again came out the brighter of the two sides, winning a near-flawless pistol round with a triple-kill from Jonathan "⁠EliGE⁠" Jablonowski before securing three more rounds. NRG then tightened up their defence and won eight rounds straight, with Nick "⁠nitr0⁠" Cannella's tactical pauses doing little to alter the course of the game.

A 1v2 clutch from Keith "⁠NAF⁠" Markovic in the 13th round put Liquid back in the game, but the team would only be able to get one more round on the board before the end of the half, which ended with a 9-6 scoreline in NRG's favour.

The second half was a complete one-way street. NRG shut down Liquid in the pistol round with p250s to further add to their lead. The CTs simply could not keep up with NRG's fast pace and were helpless to prevent their opponents from running away with the lead.

It all came down to Train, where Jacob "⁠FugLy⁠" Medina opened up the action with a quad-kill in a retake to put NRG in the lead. Liquid only managed to respond in the fifth round, thanks to three quick kills from EliGE, but, considering how expensive the previous rounds had been for NRG, they immediately reset the CTs' economy.

That was the start of a great run from Liquid, who won five rounds straight to take the lead. NRG would not let the game slip away from them, however, and set up a strong defence in the final stages of the half, winning five of the last six rounds to take a 9-6 lead.

The second half followed the same pattern from Nuke. A triple-kill from Tsvetelin "⁠CeRq⁠" Dimitrov and a double-kill from Brehze kicked NRG further into the lead, with that pistol round powering the team to a flawless run as Liquid had no response to the Terrorists' blistering pace.

Matchpage
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2
2nd June 2018
United States
16
Inferno
10
6
Nuke
16
6
Train
16
 Liquid K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Canada Russel 'Twistzz' Van DulkenTwistzz 48 - 47 +1 75.2 1.07
United States Jonathan 'EliGE' JablonowskiEliGE 50 - 48 +2 73.7 1.05
Canada Keith 'NAF' MarkovicNAF 44 - 48 -4 84.0 1.05
Brazil Epitacio 'TACO' de MeloTACO 41 - 51 -10 64.4 0.87
United States Nick 'nitr0' Cannellanitr0 29 - 48 -19 46.7 0.72
 NRG K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
United States Vincent 'Brehze' CayonteBrehze 55 - 43 +12 75.2 1.20
Bulgaria Tsvetelin 'CeRq' DimitrovCeRq 52 - 40 +12 76.4 1.19
Canada Damian 'daps' Steeledaps 51 - 41 +10 77.6 1.15
United States Ethan 'Ethan' ArnoldEthan 43 - 45 -2 73.7 1.09
United States Jacob 'FugLy' MedinaFugLy 41 - 43 -2 71.8 1.02
United States Vincent 'Brehze' Cayonte
Vincent 'Brehze' Cayonte
Age:
22
Rating 1.0:
1.12
Maps played:
997
KPR:
0.77
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.12
United States Jonathan 'EliGE' Jablonowski
Jonathan 'EliGE' Jablonowski
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1358
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.16
Bulgaria Tsvetelin 'CeRq' Dimitrov
Tsvetelin 'CeRq' Dimitrov
Age:
20
Rating 1.0:
1.13
Maps played:
1029
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.10
United States Nick 'nitr0' Cannella
Nick 'nitr0' Cannella
Age:
25
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
1323
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.14
Canada Keith 'NAF' Markovic
Keith 'NAF' Markovic
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1319
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.16
United States Jacob 'FugLy' Medina
Jacob 'FugLy' Medina
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
1074
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.13
Canada Russel 'Twistzz' Van Dulken
Russel 'Twistzz' Van Dulken
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.12
Maps played:
1105
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.11
#1
Aleksib | 
Denmark megz
Liquid looked pretty damn shaken. Well played NRG
2018-06-02 12:50
Expected
2018-06-02 12:50
Expected that I would post this comment? or what are you trying to say? :P
2018-06-02 12:52
Newfag? lul
2018-06-02 13:15
My account is almost 11 years old... so no.
2018-06-02 13:16
Well than I have no idea how you don’t understand shakeeh’s usual "expected" Hope you r not b8ing tho lol
2018-06-02 13:16
Of cause im baiting, but I honestly think expected is the worst meme on hltv :P
2018-06-02 13:17
Damn it, I fucked up once again :p Thought you srsly didn’t understand it xd "Expected" can’t be considered as a meme tho
2018-06-02 13:19
Call it a tradition then, but i don't like it :P
2018-06-02 13:19
Yeah +1
2018-06-02 13:20
#87
ISSAA | 
Japan LiLeX
Expected from Dane
2018-06-02 13:23
Shut up greenland
2018-06-02 15:44
+10000
2018-06-02 16:42
Liquid best.
2018-06-02 12:50
Unluko
2018-06-02 12:50
#12
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Brazil gbz1^
- nitr0 + FalleN - VACO +stewie2k
2018-06-02 12:50
#106
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Belgium jekke2440
Sounds good, doesn't work
2018-06-02 14:29
#30
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Sweden ThorinEk
goodness
2018-06-02 12:53
gj NRG
2018-06-02 12:50
"If I could give any advice to NRG, I'd say to stay humble"
2018-06-02 12:50
#stayhumble
2018-06-02 13:35
#98
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United States stotte
TACO "I didn't even have to call" de Melo
2018-06-02 14:02
#4
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Poland vzk
Ez
2018-06-02 12:50
Amk
2018-06-02 12:50
#6
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CIS LRtx
EZZZZZZZZ
2018-06-02 12:50
#7
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Germany Kaidixdeh
disappointed but gg
2018-06-02 12:50
4Head
2018-06-02 12:50
NTNT NEXTIME MORE LUCK GL ! Liquid
2018-06-02 12:50
#14
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Korea ropzGOD
LOOOOLL F
2018-06-02 12:50
#15
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Estonia VeTox
fbm
2018-06-02 12:51
LMAO
2018-06-02 12:51
#19
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Lithuania aisTISsS
LUL
2018-06-02 12:51
#20
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Bulgaria BlindBG11
ez 4 cerq
2018-06-02 12:51
#21
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Ukraine Lightwell
expected
2018-06-02 12:51
#23
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United Kingdom Fizzhaz
cerqqq
2018-06-02 12:51
#24
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CIS dank1ng
Cerq is a beast
2018-06-02 12:51
#25
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Portugal Joefilas
Not onliners anymore
2018-06-02 12:52
poor TACATA
2018-06-02 12:52
#28
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Denmark Alphamon
4-0 to 6-16 on nuke, 6-5 to 6-16 on train. Embarrassing. If I was Liquid I would actually never touch the game again.
2018-06-02 12:53
TACO LUL
2018-06-02 12:53
#31
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Bulgaria j9restt
CeRq show his talent , respect to this young lad , who leave his own country to follow his dreams on such young age... RESPECT !
2018-06-02 12:53
Bless up cerq
2018-06-02 16:45
#32
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Bulgaria nekzcs
Yes boys from 0-2 in groups to semi finals. NRG for u
2018-06-02 12:53
It’s the major all over again
2018-06-02 16:48
c9 win major from 0-2 so nothing is impossible
2018-06-02 17:35
#135
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Bulgaria nekzcs
I have the weird felling NRG is winning this tournament :D
2018-06-02 17:36
Lol C9 team at major was 15x better than this nrg, not sure the comparison flies
2018-06-02 21:30
EU player carrying NA LUL but jokes aside congrats to NRG, gj
2018-06-02 12:53
#99
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United States stotte
No jokes. NA can't do good without getting carried
2018-06-02 14:03
#34
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France 1Faren
STAY HUMBLE
2018-06-02 12:53
NRG Brehze past liquid
2018-06-02 12:54
#79
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Australia SUNSPY
Yep pun game on point
2018-06-02 13:17
Yeah what a twist right? Everyone thought it would be Liquid
2018-06-02 14:59
Nt
2018-06-02 15:00
#117
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Bangladesh N0SP4C3
+1
2018-06-02 15:16
#37
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Poland CedricPL
I think it's time to do some changes in Tier 1 teams - there are many teams who were training hard and deserve a place in Top 20 of the world now! :) GG NRG, now time for AGO win!!! :D
2018-06-02 12:56
C9 Brehze plz
2018-06-02 12:56
#42
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Bulgaria nekzcs
U need an igl lmao
2018-06-02 12:57
nope, tarik is gunna IGL again.
2018-06-02 13:04
#39
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France raiinnn
WTF WHAT THIS?
2018-06-02 12:56
#48
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Belgium HLTVnewfag
Ahaha karma is a bitch
2018-06-02 13:00
Lmao
2018-06-02 13:03
stay humble
2018-06-02 15:54
REEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE
2018-06-02 12:57
steelega died for this
2018-06-02 12:58
#46
mir | 
Russia M13F
NA trash>NA trash
2018-06-02 12:59
trump > putin
2018-06-02 16:48
if it wasn't steel's decision to leave then people in liquid are pretty stupid
2018-06-02 12:59
GG JasonRacism
2018-06-02 13:00
Wut
2018-06-02 13:01
holy fuck...respect NRG, respect. Salty after they beat RNG yesterday but now im just happy for them, deserved.
2018-06-02 13:02
Yup +1
2018-06-02 13:03
#76
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Australia SUNSPY
Yep they play some nice CS, Astralis would be proud
2018-06-02 13:16
#52
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United Kingdom SickaBoy
nrg>liquid>clown9
2018-06-02 13:02
>ANY UK TEAM LUL
2018-06-02 15:02
#54
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Norway felt
nitro so fuckin trash holy shit
2018-06-02 13:03
#75
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Australia SUNSPY
I think this game showed a lot, how the pressure can impact an IGL. The lack of respect in duels caused NRG to take control early on Train and the pressure starts to pile then. Not his fault entirely, but disappointing game from him for sure
2018-06-02 13:16
#56
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Poland EZFOREZ
CeRq is a beast right now gj NRG !
2018-06-02 13:04
#68
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Australia SUNSPY
Pretty bs kid, has been a revelation from day1 with this roster
2018-06-02 13:13
stay humble lol
2018-06-02 13:05
expected
2018-06-02 13:07
This Liquid's inconsistency is so disappointing.
2018-06-02 13:09
#66
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Australia SUNSPY
nitr0 has a couple of bad games and Liquid get rekt.. the stars did enough but you can't have a bad day at this level, wp NRG good fundamentals Just like AGO, underrated because people don't look at the big picture
2018-06-02 13:12
stay humble ;(
2018-06-02 13:13
LOL , surprise :) rip Liquid [*]
2018-06-02 13:13
#70
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Norway Phancy11
STILL ONLINERS xD
2018-06-02 13:14
#72
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United States G0LDEAR
Happens
2018-06-02 13:15
LUL quid NRG learned to stay humble, that's why they won
2018-06-02 13:16
LIQUID HAHAHAHAH LOST TO NRG ON LAN AHAH
2018-06-02 13:17
lost to nrg ON LAN ATOMICLUL
2018-06-02 15:54
xD
2018-06-02 15:55
#82
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United Kingdom Charlie___
Well Done NRG, really promising we might have another good NA team can't wait to watch them in London
2018-06-02 13:18
#100
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United States stotte
None of them are good outside of CeRq, who is oddly enough an EU player
2018-06-02 14:07
? Ethan and Brehze are the teams top 2 players and the most promising duo in NA...Ethan and Brehze to liquid or c9. There should be a large NA shuffle in the midst
2018-06-02 17:48
brehze is their best player. are you retarded?
2018-06-02 18:38
#86
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United States @Fridzu
GG NRG! -VeryPositiveGuy
2018-06-02 13:22
It's the other way around, Liquid is the one who should have stayed humble after making to the final last time. Too bad but respect, NRG. Well done.
2018-06-02 13:26
#89
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Spain 1996
nitr0 is just too bad for this team, he is the weak link and its showing
2018-06-02 13:27
NRG Brehze past Liquid. nitr0 full bot mode. 74CO as always.
2018-06-02 13:33
stay humble taco
2018-06-02 13:40
TACO: NRG should stay humble TACO: NRG should stay humble TACO: NRG should stay humble TACO: NRG should stay humble TACO: NRG should stay humble TACO: NRG should stay humble
2018-06-02 13:53
#96
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Brazil Dickzera
Disappointed and surprised O.O
2018-06-02 13:55
imo the best thing Liquid and TACO can do right now is stay humble 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂 VACOOOOOOO
2018-06-02 14:10
NRG “Came from Behind” 🤣
2018-06-02 14:14
LMAOOOO
2018-06-02 15:04
Unexpected
2018-06-02 14:18
Cooool competition is very strong!
2018-06-02 14:28
From 0-2 in groups to semifinals... LANRG confirmed. GGWP #StayHumble
2018-06-02 14:32
Thats really huge. I bet they thought: “fuck it we just play our game now, staying confident and giving headshots, if we lose we are out fuck it we are 0-2 anyways“ or smth like that :D fucking gj
2018-06-02 18:22
NRG beat a team which they lose a few days ago. But what is liquid doing?FROM NUKE AND TRAIN CT SIDE DOES NOT GET EVEN A WIN. HOW RIDICULOUS IT IS!
2018-06-02 14:41
#109
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Europe tweekzter
lel - the supposedly easy bracket and then direct KO
2018-06-02 14:49
#111
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France cedd
stay humble taco LUL
2018-06-02 15:00
#StayHumble #NRGCameFromBehindXD
2018-06-02 15:04
“Stay humble” OMEGALUL 74CO
2018-06-02 15:27
#stay humble kkkkkkk you're a JOKE, Taco... SK4LIFE. SKSKSKSKSK
2018-06-02 15:40
lemao
2018-06-02 15:42
#122
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Brazil AQueota
TACO IS THE BIGGEST JOKE IN CSGO SCENE EVER
2018-06-02 15:51
xd taco bm karma
2018-06-02 16:09
TACOBOT: “If I could give any advice to NRG, I'd say to stay humble" hahahahahahahahahahahahaaaaa!!
2018-06-02 16:30
#133
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CIS chlenixon
They are actually winning, L O L. Team of fat
2018-06-02 17:03
Botac0 stay humble
2018-06-02 17:40
Now that’s the taco we all know. 60 adr -10
2018-06-02 17:46
#142
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Denmark Xipingu
Liquid losing to NRG on LAN like this, 2x 16-6... Karma, all I can tell ye. TACO should have kept his mouth shut :)
2018-06-02 18:45
#143
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Bulgaria bUHALOVIC
LANRG
2018-06-02 18:47
Sit down TACO
2018-06-02 19:24
I'm sick of these boring ass teams..
2018-06-02 20:30
zews should just leave, dude tried but these people cannot be helped
2018-06-02 20:42
#149
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France cedd
nitr0 next to get the snip
2018-06-02 21:16
Uhhhhhhh
2018-06-02 21:04
#150
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Denmark lulgod
good luck packing
2018-06-02 21:17
Considering how awful liquid looked vs Avangar I'm not at all surprised to see NRG beat them. LAN is irrelevant if you play like idiots.
2018-06-02 22:07
Taco should have just shut the fkup. Karma was always gonna come for you. #stayhumble
2018-06-03 00:23
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