The third quarter-final at the FACEIT Major kicked off on Mirage with the T-sided Liquid picking up the pistol round thanks to Russel "Twistzz" Van Dulken's triple kill in a 3vs3. Double kills by Epitacio "TACO" de Melo and Nick "nitr0" Cannella in the first weapon round made it 4-0 and HellRaisers couldn't get on the scoreboard until the eighth round (7-1).
Jonathan "EliGE" Jablonowski and nitr0 clutched a 2vs4 to reset HellRaisers and Liquid went on a five round streak to lead 12-1. HellRaisers secured the final two rounds in the first half and trailed 12-3 at halftime. Özgür "woxic" Eker & co. started the second half by taking the first three rounds but Liquid earned eight match points by making it 15-7. The North Americans closed it out with a 16-10 final scoreline.
Dust2 started with HellRaisers getting the first four rounds. Liquid secured their first round with Deagles and a single AK-47, trailing 4-1. Keith "NAF" Markovic made it two in a row with a quad kill and his team went on to take the lead (6-4).
Liquid finished the half 9-6 ahead and reached double digits thanks to a 1vs3 clutch by NAF in the second half pistol. woxic returned the favor a round later, picking up a 1vs1 victory against TACO (10-7). That clutch initiated a ten round streak which gave HellRaisers the map victory (16-10).
nitr0 clutched a 1vs2 to open up Cache where Liquid were on the T-side in the first half. NAF managed to get two entries in the first weapon round which Liquid won (4-0). Their good start was spoiled in the fifth round when HellRaisers won an eco without losing a single player.
The North Americans didn't let their opponents tie the game at 4-4, grabbing six in a row (10-3). HellRaisers found two more rounds before halftime to trail 10-5.
NAF & co. secured the second pistol by defending the B-site and followed it up with four more to earn ten match points. Liquid won the map 16-8 with an eco victory and took the series 2-1 to advance to the semi-finals at the FACEIT Major New Champions Stage.
|Liquid||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|Keith 'NAF' MarkovicNAF||64 - 48||+16||94.1||1.39|
|Jonathan 'EliGE' JablonowskiEliGE||58 - 49||+9||84.5||1.17|
|Russel 'Twistzz' Van DulkenTwistzz||57 - 48||+9||72.1||1.16|
|Nick 'nitr0' Cannellanitr0||52 - 47||+5||69.5||1.09|
|Epitacio 'TACO' de MeloTACO||39 - 52||-13||62.4||0.95|