Liquid sweep NRG to move on to ECS final

Liquid have swept NRG 2-0 (Inferno 16-6, Nuke 16-8) to move on to the ECS Season 5 Finals grand final.

The first semi-final began on Inferno, which was picked by Liquid, who quickly proved it was their playground with an early 6-0 lead, with Nick "nitr0" Cannella and Epitacio "TACO" de Melo putting in most of the work.

Although NRG had issues in full buys, the CZ-75 buys worked out for them twice over the next three rounds, which helped them recover in the first half, racking up five rounds after all on the back of 1v1 clutches from Ethan "Ethan" Arnold and Tsvetelin "CeRq" Dimitrov.

Liquid take their revenge on NRG

Despite winning the pistol round with another 1v1 clutch, that time by Jacob "FugLy" Medina, going their way, NRG couldn't bring the first map in their favor. Liquid gave their local opponents a taste of their own medicine with a CZ-75 win on B, while Jonathan "EliGE" Jablonowski stepped up with a 1v2 clutch, inspiring Liquid to finish off the first map at 16-6.

Nuke followed, and that time it was NRG who got off to a good start, leading 5-0 as CT after the first pistol round and two gunrounds. Losing the anti-forcebuy to Russel "Twistzz" Van Dulken's triple, Damian "daps" Steele's team saw their sizable lead diminish as quickly as they had gotten it, as Liquid ended the half with eight rounds to their name.

EliGE wreaked havoc in the second half, racking up a triple and an ace in the first two rounds before adding a quad-kill to it up against a forcebuy later on. NRG only won one round while Liquid reached match point at 15-8. A 1v1 clutch from Keith "NAF" Markovic later, his team emerged victorious at 16-8, 2-0, to take their revenge for the loss in the StarSeries quarter-final.

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 NRG K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
United States Vincent 'Brehze' CayonteBrehze 26 - 37 -11 75.8 0.91
United States Ethan 'Ethan' ArnoldEthan 29 - 35 -6 76.9 0.84
Bulgaria Tsvetelin 'CeRq' DimitrovCeRq 27 - 36 -9 64.3 0.78
United States Jacob 'FugLy' MedinaFugLy 27 - 38 -11 59.4 0.72
Canada Damian 'daps' Steeledaps 22 - 37 -15 56.8 0.61
 Liquid K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Canada Keith 'NAF' MarkovicNAF 47 - 23 +24 111.0 1.75
United States Jonathan 'EliGE' JablonowskiEliGE 43 - 24 +19 92.4 1.54
United States Nick 'nitr0' Cannellanitr0 31 - 28 +3 75.1 1.26
Canada Russel 'Twistzz' Van DulkenTwistzz 37 - 28 +9 72.4 1.19
Brazil Epitacio 'TACO' de MeloTACO 24 - 28 -4 57.5 0.96
Brazil Epitacio 'TACO' de Melo
Epitacio 'TACO' de Melo
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.94
Maps played:
992
KPR:
0.62
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.12
United States Jonathan 'EliGE' Jablonowski
Jonathan 'EliGE' Jablonowski
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1182
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.16
Bulgaria Tsvetelin 'CeRq' Dimitrov
Tsvetelin 'CeRq' Dimitrov
Age:
19
Rating 1.0:
1.14
Maps played:
855
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.10
United States Nick 'nitr0' Cannella
Nick 'nitr0' Cannella
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
1207
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.14
Canada Keith 'NAF' Markovic
Keith 'NAF' Markovic
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1143
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.16
Canada Damian 'daps' Steele
Damian 'daps' Steele
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.87
Maps played:
906
KPR:
0.58
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.15
Canada Russel 'Twistzz' Van Dulken
Russel 'Twistzz' Van Dulken
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.14
Maps played:
929
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.12
United States Jacob 'FugLy' Medina
Jacob 'FugLy' Medina
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
1043
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.13
United States Ethan 'Ethan' Arnold
Ethan 'Ethan' Arnold
Age:
19
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
774
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.15
#2
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United Kingdom iMarbot 
ez for TL :>
2018-06-10 15:10
#21
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Brazil Mirekz 
stay humble
2018-06-10 15:11
#27
smooya | 
Austria shaakeh 
stay expected
2018-06-10 15:12
Expected from tgw
2018-06-10 15:28
ez prediction, top3 before the lan start are the last 3 remaining teams
2018-06-10 15:11
#3
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Portugal ron4r 
My boy naf
2018-06-10 15:10
#52
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Australia CaZeR01 
+1
2018-06-10 15:45
#4
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United Kingdom Mumbles! 
Go on liquid
2018-06-10 15:10
#5
NEO | 
Poland kola5410 
Damn
2018-06-10 15:10
#6
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Poland Klenny 
RIP NRG but gl Liquid in finals :)
2018-06-10 15:10
#7
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Slovakia Sirk1 
Expected
2018-06-10 15:10
#8
ZywOo | 
Brazil rsouzadk 
GGWP for Liquid.
2018-06-10 15:10
#9
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France t3r4byt3 
stay humble
2018-06-10 15:10
so onesided :(
2018-06-10 15:10
Omg naf
2018-06-10 15:10
expected
2018-06-10 15:10
no way TL loses to a t3 team again lol
2018-06-10 15:11
>beats faze in bo3 >T3 Pick one
2018-06-10 15:12
faze t2
2018-06-10 15:12
Delusional confirmed Give NRG the respect they deserve, not taking anything away from liquid.
2018-06-10 15:13
and atralis t2 as well right?
2018-06-10 15:13
yes
2018-06-10 16:37
When did they beat faze in a bo3?
2018-06-10 15:20
Oh wait fuck my bad I thought it was a bo3 for semis :/
2018-06-10 15:22
#14
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Greece rusty1 
Nice
2018-06-10 15:11
#15
Aleksib | 
Denmark megz 
really disappointed in NRG. I actually thought they would put up a fight.
2018-06-10 15:11
expected
2018-06-10 15:11
ez
2018-06-10 15:11
#18
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Denmark DanishDelight 
ez semifinal win for Liquid
2018-06-10 15:11
#19
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Indonesia nangidyr 
its all liquid vs astralis again. Boring shit astralis won this tournament
2018-06-10 15:11
Screenshotted
2018-06-10 15:14
#43
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United States jaeger_steam 
This is how it was going to be from the beginning. How else would you have liked it to play out that would have been better? Thats the problem with an 8 team tourny with only online qualification. A lot of good teams can easily miss out.
2018-06-10 15:29
#44
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North America noahB_ 
so what, you think NRG would have a better shot at beating Astralis. From what it seems liquid are one of the only teams that can take a map off of astralis.
2018-06-10 15:32
#46
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Indonesia nangidyr 
would be fun tho
2018-06-10 15:33
#47
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North America noahB_ 
not really would just be Astralis stomping NRG, would be even more "boring" than liquid vs astralis. At least with liquid they can maybe take the series to 3 maps, or possibly even win. We will see.
2018-06-10 15:34
Last time it was incredibly close with liquid almost beating astralis. Like every map was 16-14 or really close
2018-06-10 16:39
#62
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North America noahB_ 
exactly liquid were only team to take a map off of astralis in dreamhack marseille and in epl,
2018-06-10 16:51
#20
kNgV- | 
Cyprus TANERTT 
NAF to FaZe -olof +NAF
2018-06-10 15:11
#54
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Australia CaZeR01 
Dont ruin naf like that plz
2018-06-10 15:48
#22
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Brazil vass28 
gg wp liquid, what a rape
2018-06-10 15:11
Daps...
2018-06-10 15:11
Daps being daps
2018-06-10 15:13
Stay humble
2018-06-10 15:12
TACO is still so fuckin awful though, like playing 4vs5 every game
2018-06-10 15:15
0/8 he does everything for TL
2018-06-10 15:52
#58
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Australia SUNSPY 
TACO played great you absolute retards lol, if the perfect TEAM was all star players FaZe would win everything 16-0 surely ? he did his job well and they de_stroyed NRG
2018-06-10 16:05
Wtf man I am agreeing with you
2018-06-10 19:02
#66
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Australia SUNSPY 
I am agreeing with you too, just this topic and site is always full on idiots shitting on him, sorry my bad could have been more clear.. You absolute retards (not SyrianChildren) just the clueless fuckers ! Enjoy what could be EL CLASSICO 2018 ! was hoping for it and its happening boys :D ITS HAPPENING
2018-06-10 19:15
#35
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Indonesia Exodd 
Stay humble -TACO
2018-06-10 15:17
#36
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Bulgaria nrgtop1 
Unluko
2018-06-10 15:17
#37
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Brazil Collee 
stay humble
2018-06-10 15:19
#40
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Indonesia youdelusional 
NRG will win the tournament they said. NRG will go to the final they said. NRG will win 2 - 1 they said. Hahahahaha
2018-06-10 15:24
No-one said that...
2018-06-10 15:53
#64
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Indonesia youdelusional 
Read more
2018-06-10 18:37
#41
BnTeT | 
Indonesia BabyREKT 
Expected for another 2nd place
2018-06-10 15:27
#45
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Belgium HLTVnewfag 
Lol
2018-06-10 15:32
#48
dupreeh | 
Indonesia Ugha 
NRG = Not Really Good
2018-06-10 15:36
Lol TACO carried as always bot
2018-06-10 15:39
Daps so idiot player i have ever seen before
2018-06-10 15:41
TACO negative as always.
2018-06-10 15:42
#53
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Europe andyy_ 
They will be fucked by astralis in the grandfinal
2018-06-10 15:46
#55
fer | 
Brazil _Awper 
Botaco
2018-06-10 15:48
#59
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Australia _Lurkin_ 
TACO IS MY VIRGIN FATHER
2018-06-10 16:27
#63
NiKo | 
Europe trey_ 
XD
2018-06-10 17:00
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