FaZe defeat Liquid; to EPICENTER grand final
The second semi-final of the tournament kicked off on Mirage, FaZe's map pick, with Liquid securing a swift 2-0 lead after winning their CT pistol in convincing fashion. The European team responded with back-to-back B executions, breaking their opponents' economy before eventually going up 3-2.
The Americans found the equalizer before FaZe went on another three-round winning streak. Liquid got back on the board with a perfect defence, which they followed up with a great 3v4 retake to bring the deficit to a single round. With nothing but pistols and a saved AWP, however, FaZe picked up their seventh round, and then lost just one more to make it 9-6 by half-time.
In the second half, Liquid won their T-side pistol with doubles from Jonathan "EliGE" Jablonowski and Keith "NAF" Markovic in a 3v5 situation, and the subsequent anti-eco. Still, the Europeans kept a very tight defence after buying up, eventually closing out the map at 16-9.
Finn "karrigan" Andersen opened up the action on Inferno with a double-kill, but it was Liquid who got off to a great start. After winning their third pistol of the series, the Americans made it 3-0 with an anti-eco and the first gun round.
After that, FaZe went on a massive run, which included a heroic quad-kill from Ladislav "GuardiaN" Kovács in the process, losing a single round before picking up a 7-4 lead. Liquid remained calm and collected, however, and strung four rounds together to turn the score around by half-time.
FaZe responded with their first pistol of the series and the following two rounds to go up 10-8. Liquid then had money to work with and found an entry-kill, but it was thanks to EliGE that they won the round as the 21-year-old denied Nikola "NiKo" Kovač from pulling off an impressive ace. However, FaZe responded with their eleventh round to reset their opponents' economy.
Down 9-13, Liquid kept themselves in it after losing only one of the next four rounds, but that was not enough to stop FaZe, who won two rounds in a row to seal the deal, 16-12, and book their spot in the tournament's grand final.
|Liquid||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|35 - 38||-3||73.5||1.05|
|37 - 35||+2||79.2||1.04|
|33 - 39||-6||71.5||0.94|
|33 - 35||-2||64.9||0.93|
|22 - 41||-19||52.9||0.76|