Liquid and Astralis squared off in the second semi-final at the FACEIT Major. Astralis started Nuke on the T-side and grabbed the pistol victory on the A-site. Liquid responded with a force buy but Astralis returned the favor in the third round to lead 2-1.
Jonathan "EliGE" Jablonowski got a quad kill in a 2vs4 to win the first full weapon round of the game as Liquid got their second round (4-2). Astralis reset Liquid's economy by taking the lower bombsite in the following round, making it 5-2.
Russel "Twistzz" Van Dulken incredibly clutched a 1vs3 with a CZ75, getting the last kill when he had one bullet left and making it 5-3. Andreas "Xyp9x" Højsleth hit back with a 1vs2 but Keith "NAF" Markovic & Epitacio "TACO" de Melo's 2vs5 clutch in the following round kept the back-and-forth going but Astralis went on to finish the first half 9-6 ahead.
Lukas "gla1ve" Rossander got the first kill in the second pistol but Liquid picked up the round (9-7). Xyp9x got a triple kill near the ramp in the following round and Liquid ran out of time and lost the round. Even though the Danes extended their lead to 12-7 with anti-eco victories, Nick "nitr0" Cannella didn't let them get away, winning a 1vs2 (12-8). gla1ve & co. then managed to shut down the game with four rounds in a row to take map one 16-8.
Liquid were close to making it two in a row with a possible 3vs2 post plant but Nicolai "device" Reedtz denied the bomb plant with an AWP shot through the smoke and Astralis took the round to lead 6-1. Xyp9x bravely defused the bomb in a 1vs1 and won the round as TACO didn't peek (10-1). The Danish squad won the half 12-3.
Liquid won the second pistol with EliGE's chaotic 1vs3 smoke defuse as device knifed him a second too late. With the bomb plant and the knife kill in the pistol round, Astralis bought three AKs in the following one and won it thanks to Peter "dupreeh" Rasmussen's double kill (13-4). Astralis finished off the map 16-7 and won the series 2-0 to advance to the grand final at the FACEIT Major.
|Liquid||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|Jonathan 'EliGE' JablonowskiEliGE||33 - 39||-6||82.7||0.95|
|Russel 'Twistzz' Van DulkenTwistzz||31 - 33||-2||63.3||0.92|
|Nick 'nitr0' Cannellanitr0||26 - 33||-7||62.0||0.84|
|Keith 'NAF' MarkovicNAF||23 - 37||-14||66.4||0.72|
|Epitacio 'TACO' de MeloTACO||17 - 39||-22||44.1||0.52|