Liquid edge past Astralis in overtime to book playoff spot

Liquid are through to the New Champions Stage at the FACEIT Major after defeating Astralis 19-15 on Inferno.

The stand-out match of the 2-0 pool, featuring two of the current top three teams in the world, began with a dominant start from Liquid, who cruised to a 3-0 lead after a well-executed B execute in the pistol round.

The North American side remained in control when the game hit the gun rounds, catching Astralis' players off-guard multiple times. Liquid kept dictating the tempo, with the Danes finally getting on the board in the 10th round, courtesy of a 1v2 clutch by Andreas "Xyp9x" Højsleth, after a third timeout by Lukas "gla1ve" Rossander had been called.

Astralis followed that up with another round after playing aggressively across the map, but then their streak came to an end as Nick "nitr0" Cannella picked up a triple-kill in a B execution. The North Americans were in control for the remainder of the half, taking an impressive 13 rounds into the break.

Liquid had to work hard for the victory after enjoying a 13-2 lead

gla1ve's troops were now on the Terrorist side and it was their time to shine. Liquid appeared to have run out of gas as they were simply unable to handle Astralis' pace, bringing the deficit to a solitary round after a flawless start to the half.

It looked like Liquid would finally get something going in the next round, but gla1ve pulled off a massive 1v3 clutch to restore parity at 13-13. Still, the North Americans refused to throw in the towel and finally found some stability, winning two rounds in a row to hit match point. With no room for mistake, Astralis responded with a successful archside push towards CT spawn before overcoming a 2v4 deficit in the final round to force overtime.

The momentum was now clearly in Astralis' favour, but Liquid were unwilling to let the game slip away: nitr0's side battled to a 3-0 half as CTs and followed that up with a round as Terrorists to seal a hard-fought victory that puts them through to the playoffs.

Matchpage
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14th September 2018
15
Inferno
19
 Astralis K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Denmark Peter 'dupreeh' Rasmussendupreeh 26 - 24 +2 75.0 1.13
Denmark Andreas 'Xyp9x' HøjslethXyp9x 21 - 24 -3 75.5 0.98
Denmark Emil 'Magisk' ReifMagisk 18 - 26 -8 71.6 0.95
Denmark Lukas 'gla1ve' Rossandergla1ve 18 - 24 -6 61.4 0.91
Denmark Nicolai 'device' Reedtzdevice 17 - 21 -4 48.8 0.90
 Liquid K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Canada Keith 'NAF' MarkovicNAF 28 - 20 +8 86.4 1.31
United States Nick 'nitr0' Cannellanitr0 25 - 18 +7 76.5 1.27
United States Jonathan 'EliGE' JablonowskiEliGE 23 - 23 0 91.0 1.20
Canada Russel 'Twistzz' Van DulkenTwistzz 22 - 18 +4 66.6 1.06
Brazil Epitacio 'TACO' de MeloTACO 19 - 21 -2 64.9 0.91

The standings in the New Legends Stage are as follows:

The New Legends stage
3W - 0L
0W - 2L
0W - 3L
Denmark Lukas 'gla1ve' Rossander
Lukas 'gla1ve' Rossander
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
1246
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.17
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
Denmark Andreas 'Xyp9x' Højsleth
Andreas 'Xyp9x' Højsleth
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
1580
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.61
APR:
0.17
#1
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Poland sthEn 
TACO was the problem. Easy for sloth an anime_hair.
2018-09-14 21:30
his hair line is a problem
2018-09-14 21:28
#80
smooya | 
Austria shaakeh 
Expected B)
2018-09-14 21:32
#149
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Denmark Twick_ 
Nooooooo :/
2018-09-14 21:55
#172
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Peru vaniIIa 
only NA teams through right now. What a world.
2018-09-14 22:44
astraLUL
2018-09-14 21:28
#28
FalleN | 
Brazil ex1is 
rip pickem
2018-09-14 21:29
#173
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India SupratimO8 
haha
2018-09-14 22:53
#32
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Sweden Unluko 
Lets go liquid
2018-09-14 21:29
+1
2018-09-15 00:47
Nope
2018-09-14 21:29
VACO WAS NEVER A PROBLEM.
2018-09-14 21:33
#104
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Brazil P4uloVisk 
+1, ggwp thanks taco !! tacogod 4k monster
2018-09-14 21:37
#132
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United States Prattatat 
+1 Taco got shafted by SK in favor of firepower. Glad hes on a better team
2018-09-14 21:46
literally made me spit out my drink lol
2018-09-14 21:39
#155
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Poland sthEn 
What exactly?
2018-09-14 21:58
Easy for sloth an anime_hair. that did, was funny
2018-09-15 00:59
Unexpected
2018-09-14 22:17
#2
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Russia notBaitzera_SK 
EZ FOR LULQUID XAXAXAXAXAXAXAXA
2018-09-14 21:28
#33
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Sweden Unluko 
Ok
2018-09-14 21:29
Yes very easy lose 999 clutches to shit players like glaive
2018-09-14 21:29
gla1ve is the best igl Right now and one of the best players
2018-09-14 21:31
#3
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Hungary StraYzie 
The two absolute greatest teams in CS just playing beutifully. Amazing game from my two most beloved teams! #GOLIQUID #ToTheStars
2018-09-14 21:28
#41
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Sweden Unluko 
Yep
2018-09-14 21:29
#134
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United States Prattatat 
+1 It may have looked awful for both their CT sides in regulation but it looked more like stellar T sided play than bad CT sided play. Just the two best teams in the world fighting it out, great game to watch
2018-09-14 21:47
great game, go Team Liquid!
2018-09-14 21:28
#40
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Sweden Unluko 
+1
2018-09-14 21:29
#110
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Brazil P4uloVisk 
+1
2018-09-14 21:38
#5
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Slovakia Rhanus 
gg
2018-09-14 21:28
Beautiful game, blunderous mistakes by both the teams but beautiful counter strike overall
2018-09-14 21:37
#7
s1mple | 
India S1ayR 
ez
2018-09-14 21:28
Chokequid is back... oh wait
2018-09-14 21:28
#43
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India Narendra_modi 
Wait till the finals
2018-09-14 21:29
#53
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Sweden Unluko 
Ok
2018-09-14 21:30
#10
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Brazil alxcoutinho 
goooo BR
2018-09-14 21:28
#11
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Pakistan MeMeMeisteR2 
First
2018-09-14 21:28
gj
2018-09-14 21:29
#98
s1mple | 
India S1ayR 
terrorist spotted alla hu akbar
2018-09-14 21:36
#12
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Europe traqqi 
ggs deserved
2018-09-14 21:28
Shit :///
2018-09-14 21:28
ez
2018-09-14 21:28
#16
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Lithuania KoksSkirtumas 
DESERVED.
2018-09-14 21:28
#17
shox | 
India iejesus 
Ezzzz for Liquid! Lets Fucking Win this Major Boyss <3
2018-09-14 21:28
#18
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Europe b7ack0ut 
n1ce
2018-09-14 21:28
Ez for liquid
2018-09-14 21:28
#22
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Israel mojna37 
EZ PICKEM
2018-09-14 21:28
Australis overrated
2018-09-14 21:28
#58
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Sweden Unluko 
-1
2018-09-14 21:30
-1
2018-09-14 21:32
#24
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Poland @Fridzu 
ok
2018-09-14 21:28
#25
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United Kingdom SickaBoy 
liquid will win major
2018-09-14 21:28
#26
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Turkey darknight53 
Finally curse is gone
2018-09-14 21:29
Expected, but gratz Astralis for that suck T side as well, great cs all around.
2018-09-14 21:29
Ez
2018-09-14 21:29
Good game, also device sucks
2018-09-14 21:29
These chokes man on both sides
2018-09-14 21:29
#66
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Sweden Unluko 
+1 but FaZe choke > Liquid & Astralis
2018-09-14 21:31
:( ah well its ok I've mostly given up on Faze. Just as long as my man olof is doing ok. So glad liquid won got my 3-0 pickem
2018-09-14 21:35
#129
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Sweden Unluko 
+1
2018-09-14 21:43
Only liquid choked in that game
2018-09-14 22:29
Nitro the best IGL
2018-09-14 21:29
+1
2018-09-14 21:30
#75
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Slovakia NikolasMe 
+1
2018-09-14 21:32
ez
2018-09-14 21:29
That was an insane match. The best CS possible. Well done, both teams.
2018-09-14 21:29
#39
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Lithuania kypsa 
what a motherfucking TriHards
2018-09-14 21:29
Thanks for saving my pick em
2018-09-14 21:29
Luck
2018-09-14 21:29
#48
kNgV- | 
Brazil vicTHOR 
"Devve is my mvp for this match" thorin
2018-09-14 21:29
+1
2018-09-14 21:40
#50
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Ukraine w1nth 
WHAT A MATCH, GG!
2018-09-14 21:30
#51
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Malaysia byaIi 
TACOgod <3
2018-09-14 21:30
NA>DENMARK
2018-09-14 21:30
TURKEY
2018-09-14 22:36
Cry is free
2018-09-14 22:53
Technically it's not free mr. kebab. Maybe you live outside and drink rain?
2018-09-14 22:58
10-20 > 19-21 TACO stepped up his game in OT
2018-09-14 21:30
Liquid vs. Mibr in the grand final. Just sayin.
2018-09-14 21:30
Ez liq
2018-09-14 21:30
gg
2018-09-14 21:30
2 NA teams 3-0 GIGALUL
2018-09-14 21:31
#70
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Portugal dracø 
Liquid were toying with their food. Took the lead to practice their ct side lul
2018-09-14 21:31
What a great game of Counter-Strike. Two of the best teams ever.
2018-09-14 21:31
#76
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Sweden Lagge15 
Best game I've seen so far. So many close rounds. So much game plan, so many nice kills, multiple nice strats, individual and team play at top world class. It was also filled with mistakes and humorous moments
2018-09-14 21:32
thank you Liqiud for saving my pickem
2018-09-14 21:32
#78
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United States SilveryoHD 
SUPERSAIYAN AND SERIOUSSLOTH WENT OFF. NA CS POGGERS NA CS POGGERS NA CS POGGERS
2018-09-14 21:32
+1
2018-09-14 21:47
#79
juul | 
United States LeFronk 
this is the best EU team LUL
2018-09-14 21:32
Watch that cockiness brother. You have won 1 BO1 against Astralis in a long time. Good game to you. But Astralis will be more prepared next time
2018-09-14 21:51
With a nickname like that I bet you're the cocky one, maybe that's why you don't have many friends?
2018-09-14 22:34
Lol name is just for meme
2018-09-14 23:26
#191
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Denmark Ableskewer 
You call him out and says he doesnt have any friends. xD the immaturity is real.
2018-09-15 08:59
#176
juul | 
United States LeFronk 
Man I’m just trying to enjoy it
2018-09-14 23:15
Liquid beat Astralis for the first time in ages and immediately NA cockiness lyl
2018-09-14 22:30
#177
juul | 
United States LeFronk 
This is a new liquid though I’m just happy liquid finally beat Astralis
2018-09-14 23:16
Happiness can be expressed without being cocky, right?
2018-09-14 23:17
#183
juul | 
United States LeFronk 
no
2018-09-14 23:32
Sad for u
2018-09-15 00:11
Device top1 lul
2018-09-14 21:33
I'm not sure I'm ready for a close game with mouz-FaZe after this one
2018-09-14 21:33
It won't be a close game
2018-09-14 21:36
mouz will destroy faze
2018-09-14 21:42
#91
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Malta HeadRipper 
13-2 to losing 19-15 is not bad. Liquid should have closed out very early. Bo3 will be interesting tho cheers!
2018-09-14 21:34
#157
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Italy Gio_bose 
Yeah it was mostly Liquids horrible economy control and a few chokes in clutch situations
2018-09-14 22:02
#94
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Brazil P4uloVisk 
ggwp thanks taco tacogod
2018-09-14 21:35
#99
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United States SWiFTzZzZz 
Ez for the boys. Good thing we had a sub in 6th period lol
2018-09-14 21:36
I think this match is early final
2018-09-14 21:37
NA CS best CS 2018
2018-09-14 21:37
Someone needs to gif dupreeh punching his monitor
2018-09-14 21:38
#116
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Czech Republic Prdola15 
Naiz game boys. GGWP TEAM LIQUID
2018-09-14 21:39
GG Liquid. Astralis showed some mental fortitude to do the remontada while device was nowhere to be found.. It will probably be another story if they meet again in BO3 and he is "on"
2018-09-14 21:39
#121
.PhP | 
Czech Republic wellbi 
GG! Liquid play some great CS.
2018-09-14 21:40
oiiii
2018-09-14 21:42
#130
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Brazil P4uloVisk 
thanks taco , ggwp !!
2018-09-14 21:45
gg
2018-09-14 21:45
gg wp what a game
2018-09-14 21:49
#143
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Other Phinks 
I couldnt watch.. but how did liquid throw a 13-2 lead???
2018-09-14 21:51
both teams made alot of mistakes on their ct side and playing really well on their t side. glaive won a 1v3 on T that shouldn't have happened and there was some round where dupreeh on T where he opened up a round with a 3k that should never have happened, check out the vod m8 :)
2018-09-14 21:55
#180
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Other Phinks 
I will thanks. So basically liquid should have closed it earlier. Still respect for astralis. Against them it’s never over till you actually reach 16 rounds(or win ot obviously).
2018-09-14 23:24
I couldn't watch, kept checking the score during the 2nd half and cringing so hard I had to step away from the computer. GJ to liquid for eventually closing it out and getting themselves on the opposite side of the bracket from this major's true favourite, Complexity
2018-09-14 21:54
#181
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Other Phinks 
I hope for a final between navi and liquid. Would be really great to see liquid succeed aswell.
2018-09-14 23:24
Very entertaining game. Device and Magisk can play better!
2018-09-14 22:30
That comeback from Astralis is one of the most impressive in recent memory, too bad they ran out of steam
2018-09-14 22:32
#187
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United States LyNcHiE 
no, classic Liquid choke session. sad boy hours
2018-09-15 00:52
Probably a bit of both..
2018-09-15 00:53
nice, almost choked u cunts
2018-09-14 22:33
ez mibr
2018-09-14 22:42
k
2018-09-14 23:21
#184
device | 
Yugoslavia mrmojo 
Astralis will only get better troughout this tournament, but Liquid also look impressive. Both will end up in top4 imo.
2018-09-14 23:50
#190
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Korea Kinopio 
NA CS IS BEST(not c9)
2018-09-15 01:47
#192
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France Aresys 
Twistzz: ADR 66.6, so good 8D
2018-09-15 12:20
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