Liquid crush AVANGAR; to EPICENTER semi-finals
The clash began on Mirage, AVANGAR's map pick, with the North Americans easily securing a 4-0 lead as CTs before Nick "nitr0" Cannella pulled another round for his team with a 1v2 post-plant clutch. That was when the Kazakhstani side was able to win their first round, but Liquid were in charge and strung three more rounds together for a 8-1 lead.
The same pattern followed as Alexey "qikert" Golubev picked up AVANGAR's second round with a 1v2 clutch, but Liquid responded immediately with a three-round winning streak. Before switching sides, AVANGAR managed to win the final two rounds to reduce the deficit to 4-11.
Liquid further added to their lead in the second half, winning their Terrorist pistol and the subsequent anti-eco. Even though AVANGAR still responded with doubles from Timur "buster" Tulepov and Dzhami "Jame" Ali to win the first gun round, their opponents quickly finished off the map at 16-5.
Liquid carried that momentum onto their map pick, Inferno, and it all started with the Americans winning their T-side pistol after prevailing against AVANGAR's four-man stack in B. Up 4-0, Keith "NAF" Markovic and co. nearly lost a round as their opponents picked up two AWPs, but they turned a 3v5 situation around to remain in the driving seat.
AVANGAR were helpless to stop Liquid despite changing their CT setups in the process. In the ninth round, Jame's troops finally hit their first round on the board, but Liquid were simply too hot to handle and lost just one more to go up 13-2 by half-time.
AVANGAR found a lifeline in the second half, winning four rounds in a row in convincing fashion before Liquid picked up their first as CTs. AVANGAR still won two more, but it was in vain as the North Americans went on to seal the deal, 16-8.
|AVANGAR||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|Dzhami 'Jame' AliJame||23 - 31||-8||67.4||0.91|
|Timur 'buster' Tulepovbuster||26 - 34||-8||67.7||0.85|
|Bektiyar 'fitch' Bahytovfitch||25 - 37||-12||58.5||0.76|
|Aidyn 'KrizzeN' TurlybekovKrizzeN||17 - 32||-15||44.3||0.67|
|Alexey 'qikert' Golubevqikert||9 - 30||-21||39.4||0.48|