Liquid walk over Gambit, secure grand final spot at ESL One New York
After securing two wins over Na`Vi earlier on during in the tournament on Nuke, Gambit decided to pick the map again versus Liquid. The North American side began on the CT side and got off to a good start after clinching the pistol round and breaking their opponents' economy in the fifth round, as Jonathan "EliGE" Jablonowski clutched a 1v2.
However, Gambit's decision to forcebuy in the next round paid off, which led to a four-round streak going their way before the tide turned again. With just a half-buy, mostly CZ-75s and some armor, Liquid equalized the scoreline and Nick "nitr0" Cannella added a 1v2 clutch on top of that, inspiring his team to finish off the half with a 10-5 lead.
Soon it was 13-5 when an upper strategy in the second pistol round gave Liquid another great start into the half. After conceding the first gunround, they broke their opponents again, which allowed them to close out the map in quick fashion at 16-6.
Then it was time for Liquid's pick, Inferno, where nitr0 & co. once again got off to a flying start, leading 7-1 on the Terrorist side after racking up great economy in the first five rounds while Gambit struggled to defend either bombsite.
Dauren "AdreN" Kystaubayev's side were looking to find some footing after converting a full eco round, but that was almost all they could do in the first half in the end, as Liquid secured 12 rounds on the offense. When they also added the second pistol round — their fourth in the series — to the board, it was only a matter of time before the crowd favorites finished off the series at 16-3, 2-0.
|Liquid||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|Russel 'Twistzz' Van DulkenTwistzz||41 - 18||+23||110.6||1.88|
|Nick 'nitr0' Cannellanitr0||40 - 18||+22||87.0||1.60|
|Epitacio 'TACO' de MeloTACO||30 - 21||+9||87.4||1.42|
|Jonathan 'EliGE' JablonowskiEliGE||32 - 21||+11||74.3||1.31|
|Keith 'NAF' MarkovicNAF||30 - 16||+14||78.0||1.29|