NAF: "If we're ever going to take down Astralis, now is the time"

Liquid are the first team to clinch a spot in the grand final at ECS London after beating NRG. We caught up with their top player at the event, Keith "NAF" Markovic, to talk about their form going into the big match.

It was a sweet revenge to take as Liquid 2-0'd the new stars on the North American scene, NRG, after being eliminated by Damian "daps" Steele and his men last week at StarSeries i-League Season 5.

Now they face a much larger task of taking on either FaZe or Astralis in the grand final.

NAF believes Liquid are at their all-time best

NAF has been a major factor of Liquid's succes at ECS with a 1.33 rating thus far, managing a solid 47 kills over two maps in the semi final. We sat down with the 20-year-old Canadian rifler after the match:

First of all, congratulations on that win and your spot in the final. This was a rematch against NRG after they eliminated your at StarSeries. What's it like?

It feels great. I hang out with those guys a lot, I've known daps, FugLy and ImAPet for a very long time, so it obviously feels very good to get revenge over them.

nitr0 told me yesterday that you underestimated them in Kiev. Do you agree with that?

Yeah, for sure. We beat them in the group stage and were thinking: 'yeah, these guys are just the online team, so we shouldn't have any troubles'. But unfortunately, in the next matchup against them, they got Train and Nuke. Those were two of our weakest maps for sure, so the had a good veto there. But yeah, we underestimated them going into the playoffs, at least I personally really underestimated them.

So, one of those two maps, Nuke, we saw you dominate on just now against them, especially in the second half where you only lost one round. What's changed?

We just wanted to come up with different strategies to better ourselves on it, we abused going down secret to lower a lot more. Last time, we tried to go upper, where they tended to stack, so that was our mistake in Kiev, but now we usually abuse secret and use more fakes. Nuke is a really heavy rotational map where you need to have smart rotates, so faking them out more really improved our game on Nuke.

It seems you know have that map pretty well integrated into your pool now. But do you think having one more map down is gonna be enough for the final, where you'll be meeting either Astralis or FaZe, who obviously both have very deep pools?

I guess it's a bo3, so it would definitely help, but I know Astralis have a very strong Nuke as well, so I'm not entirely sure. All I know if it's just going to be a really huge uphill battle for us if we play them. We'd have to win all the clutches, all the pistols. If it's FaZe in the final, I think we can beat them as they're playing with a stand in.

In our interview with nitr0 yesterday, we talked about a lack of an 'it-factor', for lack of a better word, on your team. He translated that into playing freely, hitting everything, being on your A game individually. Against NRG, you were obviously fragging a lot, EliGE too, and TACO had some beautiful flanks. Do you think you have it figured now?

Yeah, those are definitely good signs. Especially myself, I'm hitting a lot of headshots, where I haven't before, so that's good. Everyone was hitting their shots and the vibes in the team were really good, so honestly, I think right now we're at our best. So if we're ever going to take down Astralis, now is the time.

Canada Keith 'NAF' Markovic
Keith 'NAF' Markovic
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1161
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
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Denmark danishwarrior 
Gl !
2018-06-10 16:05
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Estonia HDTanel 
lol ok
2018-06-10 16:06
No
2018-06-10 16:06
expected
2018-06-10 16:06
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United States Scvboy1 
I guess it's never then
2018-06-10 16:06
Yeah
2018-06-10 16:06
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Indonesia nangidyr 
nt
2018-06-10 16:06
xD
2018-06-10 16:06
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Ukraine w1nth 
AHHAHAAHHAHAHA LULquid thinking they can take down Astralis after winning vs. fnatic twice and NRG OMEGALUL NAF stay humble XDDDDDDDD
2018-06-10 16:06
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Sweden Unluko 
mad cus navi couldnt qualify for the online season?
2018-06-10 16:07
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Ukraine w1nth 
ECS format OMEGALUL
2018-06-10 16:07
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Ukraine w1nth 
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2018-06-10 16:08
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Peru AgentLF 
Where is Navi btw? Oh yeah 2-0 against Liquid
2018-06-10 18:37
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Ukraine w1nth 
HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA YEAH, WHERE IS NAVI? OH, THERE THEY ARE, POLISHING THEIR STARSERIES TROPHY :DDDDD WHERE IS LIQUID BTW? OH YEAH, PRELIMINARY MAJOR STAGE OMEGALUL
2018-06-10 18:58
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Israel Netanyahu 
ok
2018-06-10 16:06
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Greece Poor_Noob 
KAPPAAAAAAAAAA
2018-06-10 16:06
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Sweden Unluko 
LETS GHO
2018-06-10 16:06
ya ebal
2018-06-10 16:06
#16
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United Kingdom SickaBoy 
gl
2018-06-10 16:06
u can suc ma dik mr.NAF
2018-06-10 16:07
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Denmark fm100 
Well Astralis has to win first lol
2018-06-10 16:07
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Turkey CHAMPTZ 
I like how Liquid "knows" their opponents. They have a chance, as an Astralis fan, glhf both.
2018-06-10 16:07
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United Arab Emirates p1peb0mb 
but u ain't going to do that because faze gonna fuck u up
2018-06-10 16:07
no lmao
2018-06-10 16:07
Whoever will take down Astralis, it will not be a shit NA team carried by Brazilians thats for sure
2018-06-10 16:07
0/8 every1 knows TACO bottom fragged every match in ECS Finals
2018-06-10 17:16
Liquid are nothing without TACO and zews. Carried by BR
2018-06-10 17:17
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Sri Lanka kvezee 
ROFLYANDIA SCOTLANDIA
2018-06-10 16:08
Wtf NAF
2018-06-10 16:10
OMEGALUL
2018-06-10 16:10
Funny when its going to be Faze vs Liquid
2018-06-10 16:14
HAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHH
2018-06-10 16:14
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Slovakia SRNKO 
dear NAF ... you cnat get down astralis if faze beat them .. :D
2018-06-10 16:15
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United Kingdom dezmondo 
faze > liquid astr > liquid no hope.
2018-06-10 16:16
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Sweden moxxy 
Nah you will lose against Faze instead
2018-06-10 16:24
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Argentina Fa7e07 
rip faze
2018-06-10 16:50
Liquid > FaZe Liquid #1 NA Team and #2 Worldwide. It is NA Era
2018-06-10 17:17
0/8
2018-06-10 17:53
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Peru AgentLF 
Agreed :)
2018-06-10 18:39
Funny
2018-06-10 17:43
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Hungary Joco413 
To answer the title: You won't.
2018-06-10 18:56
LUL
2018-06-10 22:07
Close but no cigar
2018-06-10 22:10
#57
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Indonesia urutosiar 
N O P E
2018-06-11 04:29
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Brazil Charizaldo 
eeeeeeeeeh no
2018-06-11 15:46
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