fnatic beat Liquid 2-1 for a semi-final spot at IEM Chicago

Professeur
November 9th, 2018 03:48

In the last game of the group stage at IEM Chicago, fnatic managed to upset Liquid 2-1 (16-12 Mirage, 12-16 Inferno, 16-7 Overpass), securing a spot in the semi-final.

The match to decide a semi-finalist started on Mirage, the pick of fnatic. The Swedish team was off to a good start, 5-1, with the only round Liquid took coming off the back of Keith "NAF" Markovic resolving a 2v2 retake. After a poor start, Liquid came alive in round seven, tieing two rounds together with Nick "nitr0" Cannella finding five kills in the span.

The second part of the first half was a back-and-forth brawl, but Liquid was the one forced to eco first. However, it didn't hinder them that much, as Russel "Twistzz" Van Dulken got a beautiful Deagle ace to swing things back in their favor. After retaking a 4v4 in the last round, Liquid finished the half 8-7 up.

At the beginning of the second half, Richard "Xizt" Landström and co. retook the A bombsite to win the pistol, but the North Americans were quick to win three with rifles and looked good to continue their stride as they found themselves in a 4v2. However, Jesper "JW" Wecksell and Simon "twist" Eliasson stood up strong with the AWPs and picked off their opponents to get back on the horse. After the score was tied at 11-11, Liquid won a round, but couldn't follow up on it and fnatic plowed on from there to win Mirage 16-12.

Brollan was outstanding on the last map of the series

Liquid's B split worked out on the pistol on Inferno and the North American side built on that quickly, dominating their opponents as they took a 6-0 lead. fnatic didn't put up much of the fight until that point, having two players sitting on zero kills, but they finally got on the board as twist came alive with the AWP on Long, securing a hat-trick.

The Swedes were reset in the followup as they ran out of time on a 3v3 retake, but still won the next round with just pistols as they read the B push and stacked the site. After a short period in which fnatic looked competitive, Liquid got control of the game again and finished the half 12-3.

After the North American side won the pistol, it seemed like Inferno was done and dusted, but they lost the following round to an almost full eco and things started complicated for them. With a fearless, aggressive style of play, fnatic started coming back on the Terrorist side. In the end, Liquid managed to close it out and force the decider by winning a force-buy and a mixed buy late in the game, but only after fnatic reached double digits, 16-12.

fnatic stunned Liquid on Overpass

Following a fumble in the CT pistol round, fnatic bounced back with the rifles and started locking down rounds, with Ludvig "Brollan" Brolin's play helping the Swedes to a 5-2 lead. After Liquid won their first full buy, they followed it up as Epitacio "TACO" de Melo and nitr0 found three fast kills on the B site entry.

fnatic's youngster Brollan shone once again as he won a round for his team with a single saved AK-47, a round that allowed his team to run up a big CT side lead, ending the first half 11-4. Liquid locked down B as their opponents tried to rush it on the pistol and went up 3-0 on the CT side after winning the first buy, however, with a mixed-bag of a buy and Freddy "KRIMZ" Johansson going big, the Swedes got back to winning ways shortly. With Liquid's money in shambles, JW and co. ran over them and closed out the game, 16-7.

Matchpage
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9th November 2018
16
Mirage
12
12
Inferno
16
16
Overpass
7
 fnatic K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Sweden Ludvig 'Brollan' BrolinBrollan 61 - 46 +15 73.6 1.18
Sweden Freddy 'KRIMZ' JohanssonKRIMZ 53 - 52 +1 88.9 1.15
Sweden Jesper 'JW' WecksellJW 53 - 48 +5 79.5 1.12
Sweden Simon 'twist' Eliassontwist 52 - 50 +2 69.5 1.04
Sweden Richard 'Xizt' LandströmXizt 43 - 52 -9 63.8 0.93
 Liquid K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Brazil Epitacio 'TACO' de MeloTACO 51 - 51 0 78.1 1.06
Canada Russel 'Twistzz' Van DulkenTwistzz 53 - 52 +1 69.9 1.05
Canada Keith 'NAF' MarkovicNAF 50 - 51 -1 77.4 1.04
United States Jonathan 'EliGE' JablonowskiEliGE 51 - 55 -4 66.4 0.97
United States Nick 'nitr0' Cannellanitr0 42 - 53 -11 62.0 0.90
Brazil Epitacio 'TACO' de Melo
Epitacio 'TACO' de Melo
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.95
Maps played:
811
KPR:
0.62
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.12
Sweden Ludvig 'Brollan' Brolin
Ludvig 'Brollan' Brolin
Age:
16
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
391
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.13
Sweden Simon 'twist' Eliasson
Simon 'twist' Eliasson
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1066
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.14
Sweden Richard 'Xizt' Landström
Richard 'Xizt' Landström
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
1425
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.17
United States Nick 'nitr0' Cannella
Nick 'nitr0' Cannella
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
988
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.15
Sweden Freddy 'KRIMZ' Johansson
Freddy 'KRIMZ' Johansson
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
1198
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.15
Canada Keith 'NAF' Markovic
Keith 'NAF' Markovic
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
924
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.16
Sweden Jesper 'JW' Wecksell
Jesper 'JW' Wecksell
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
1418
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.14
Canada Russel 'Twistzz' Van Dulken
Russel 'Twistzz' Van Dulken
Age:
19
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.14
Maps played:
708
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.12
#1
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Europe MBT_yt 
No flusha, No problem TACO tried to carry bots
2018-11-09 03:49
#5
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North America LedwigCS 
ez4brollan
2018-11-09 03:48
#39
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Belgium KevinGatesYo 
Brollan the solution
2018-11-09 04:09
#65
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Canada Timings 
Seems like it :D
2018-11-09 08:11
#82
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Denmark red_sheep 
Brollan is going places
2018-11-09 09:52
Ez br0
2018-11-09 12:13
#112
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Denmark red_sheep 
Brollan in top 10 in 2019 if he stays disciplined
2018-11-09 13:18
#118
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Russia Ou7bReaK 
he was playing like shit in online all last time, im really surprised here
2018-11-09 14:14
#119
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Belgium KevinGatesYo 
That’s why he’s BrolLAN
2018-11-09 14:18
#123
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Russia Ou7bReaK 
very strange thing, coz he young player and must feel distorb
2018-11-09 15:09
Or he can feel more hyped, everyone reacts differently to attention
2018-11-10 02:21
#132
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Russia Ou7bReaK 
true true
2018-11-10 14:30
Twist > twistzz
2018-11-09 03:49
Twistzz 0.01 rating higher than Twist Kappa
2018-11-09 03:54
Top kek.
2018-11-09 05:23
#86
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Mongolia k0ng0 
U should already have known that!
2018-11-09 10:35
#102
ZELIN | 
Portugal cautela 
in your dreams
2018-11-09 12:12
NA lol
2018-11-09 03:48
#8
Monkey | 
African Union ramrod 
When Taco is on top of the leaderboard AHAHAHAHAHA
2018-11-09 03:49
Yeah. :D
2018-11-09 05:23
+1
2018-11-09 08:33
#124
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Brazil candymau 
+1 when a full support is on top of leaderboard u know its not a good sign lol
2018-11-09 15:42
new fnatic looking good
2018-11-09 03:48
#6
 | 
North America LedwigCS 
Agreed
2018-11-09 03:48
#20
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Argentina [Darkaren] 
They look better on LAN than Online, they're usually doing the right opposite.
2018-11-09 03:55
when you consider that they didnt have any practice before playing most of their LAN matches and used it as a training + with a playstyle that doesnt fit online CS because it seems more structured, then its pretty logical
2018-11-09 12:19
#120
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Argentina [Darkaren] 
Yeah but they usually do great online and then suck dick on LAN.
2018-11-09 14:33
expected honestly. When have liquid ever won anything?
2018-11-09 03:50
#21
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Argentina [Darkaren] 
They usually wait til finals to choke tho
2018-11-09 03:56
#57
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Denmark Twick9x 
They don't choke, they just give the victory to the other team to be polite and show respect
2018-11-09 07:08
#61
k0nfig | 
Germany Trax_ 
should usually be more of a british thing, but... UK CS LMAO
2018-11-09 07:16
#63
Sadokist | 
Myanmar xdcc 
Didn't England try to score against Croatia while they were celebrating? Right after ridiculing another country and then being suddenly all quiet and not reporting. Nothing polite about them.
2018-11-09 08:00
#64
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Sweden EckeCS 
+1
2018-11-09 08:09
+1
2018-11-09 09:03
when ur judgement of a country is based on 10 ppl
2018-11-09 11:25
#96
Sadokist | 
Myanmar xdcc 
and all of their media and people that judged others but not themselves.
2018-11-09 11:41
#106
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Hungary Drae 
+1
2018-11-09 12:24
idkwhat to say but ez4brollan heismyfavouritenow!!
2018-11-09 03:49
let's go brollan
2018-11-09 03:49
#11
 | 
Sweden flippig 
godBROLLAN ez for fnatic, f'**k u haters who said easy 2-0 liquid and fnatic trash
2018-11-09 03:50
#13
NAF | 
African Union dAnk7 
fnatic still trash
2018-11-09 03:50
#28
cArn | 
India sujay95 
flair checks out
2018-11-09 03:57
#34
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Malta TravisSSG08 
how much ?
2018-11-09 04:02
#32
zAAz | 
Sweden Jnordz 
Yeah imo Fnatic still thrash. Fluke is real tho.
2018-11-09 04:00
#38
JW | 
Sweden Yupp17 
>bo3 and 16-7 >Fluke
2018-11-09 04:09
#53
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Lithuania andy_ 
Fnatic will be trash as long as xizt is in their roster /closed
2018-11-09 06:32
#68
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Slovakia NyKnight 
pronax better?
2018-11-09 08:23
#69
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Lithuania andy_ 
No, but lekro/golden would be definitely better
2018-11-09 08:25
#73
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Slovakia NyKnight 
lekro looks better on Nip golden too
2018-11-09 08:37
#95
 | 
Sweden ThorinEk 
Golden not on NIP? What you smoke
2018-11-09 11:40
#109
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Slovakia NyKnight 
*golden look better on C9 too
2018-11-09 13:06
With golden this team wouldve been much much much better
2018-11-09 12:02
#107
 | 
Lithuania andy_ 
Truee
2018-11-09 12:39
#12
s1mple | 
United Kingdom 7JUAN7 
chokequid strikes again XDDDDD
2018-11-09 03:50
#27
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Brazil vChuck1 
It was not a choke they just played really bad on overpass
2018-11-09 03:57
FNC hokiedi hokiedi chopa chopa reweea gogo FNC ayay haha rawraw smite smite ayyyY!
2018-11-09 03:51
Are u alright sir???
2018-11-09 09:43
FNC hokiedi hokiedi chopa chopa reweea gogo FNC ayay haha rawraw smite smite ayyyY!
2018-11-09 12:02
Naf: "I want to play against brollan" Brollan: ok Fnatic 2-1 liquid
2018-11-09 03:52
lel
2018-11-09 04:27
#66
Brollan | 
World mbata 
Njah nja njaaaah!!!
2018-11-09 08:12
EZ PZY
2018-11-09 03:53
entry fragger leading the team LIQUID OMEGALUL
2018-11-09 03:55
#19
cArn | 
India sujay95 
Liquid got bullied by a 16-year old.
2018-11-09 03:55
#22
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Israel geturlolon 
2018-11-09 03:56
Lmao
2018-11-09 04:00
lel
2018-11-09 05:08
lol
2018-11-09 11:33
brolLAN
2018-11-09 03:56
#24
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Brazil SecondKS 
I wonder if lekro was still on this team and with these acquisitions coming from RR and with krimz and jw playing at the high level (it's not hard mainly for krimz, to be so stable in the year) how far this fnatic could go .. I would say could take the hegemony of the astralis for at least 6 months
2018-11-09 03:57
imagine KRIMZ JW twist Brollan Lekr0 IGL
2018-11-09 07:07
No olof?
2018-11-09 07:15
#93
 | 
Sweden Trkmag 
Tbh I think you are overrating Lekr0 IGLing
2018-11-09 11:35
#97
 | 
Sweden ThorinEk 
Cant overrate Lekr0
2018-11-09 11:41
+1
2018-11-09 12:03
#130
 | 
Brazil SecondKS 
or KRIMZ, LEKRO, BROLLAN, JW/TWIST, XZIST/GOLDEN
2018-11-10 03:02
#25
JW | 
Sweden XperienZeD 
EZ4GODBROLLAN
2018-11-09 03:57
Unexpected
2018-11-09 03:57
#29
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Sweden laffminoduve 
expected
2018-11-09 03:58
#31
cArn | 
India sujay95 
EliGE trying so hard to be chrisJ.
2018-11-09 04:00
#33
zAAz | 
Sweden Jnordz 
You mean NoobJ trying to be as good as EliGE?
2018-11-09 04:02
#37
cArn | 
India sujay95 
No. I was referring to EliGE's AUG/SG buys and failing to use them properly. He's no chrisJ when it comes to those guns.
2018-11-09 04:07
#42
 | 
Taiwan SCVready 
ChrisJ with the SG553 PogU
2018-11-09 04:12
#83
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Finland Lassius 
*cough* New York *cough*
2018-11-09 10:24
NRG and TL needs to merge
2018-11-09 04:04
NAF: "I'M EXCITED TO PLAY AGAINST BROLLAN [...] I'M HAPPY FNATIC GAVE HIM A SHOT"
2018-11-09 04:04
#40
 | 
Guatemala unb11 
Chokequid xD 0 tittles twistzz rip career with 0 throphies in this garbage
2018-11-09 04:09
wp fnatic
2018-11-09 04:09
Good!
2018-11-09 04:13
#44
Twistzz | 
United States Lem0nn 
Expected. Liquid is garbage. GGWP fnatic.
2018-11-09 04:22
#46
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Canada Lizzie 
lost on purpose to not get Astralis in semis kappa
2018-11-09 04:31
Too bad faze won against astralis
2018-11-09 07:09
#62
k0nfig | 
Germany Trax_ 
now they have to play against #1 in france, would want that!
2018-11-09 07:19
Expected. Fnatic top5 soon
2018-11-09 05:22
gj fnatic
2018-11-09 05:50
You cannot win a match if TACO is your top fragger.
2018-11-09 06:29
#54
 | 
Sweden plikz 
ez
2018-11-09 06:33
#55
 | 
Korea DadaDahyun 
Liquid is a giga joke
2018-11-09 07:06
Feel semi-final will be hot
2018-11-09 07:14
#70
 | 
Morocco de_cpl_mill 
Wp fnc
2018-11-09 08:27
Brollen new Legend
2018-11-09 08:48
Floosh pilease cum beck :(
2018-11-09 08:57
he is only 16 years old, holy shit ; o
2018-11-09 09:12
Ez4Brollan the new Olof
2018-11-09 09:21
#79
 | 
Brazil Collee 
wtf these guys will never stop choking on these moments
2018-11-09 09:31
Liquid threw so they didn't have to face astralis in the semis
2018-11-09 09:34
#58
2018-11-09 13:13
Lol i tought fnatic were already eliminated
2018-11-09 10:29
Finally krimz have some firepower with him, deadly trio krimz twist brollan! GL Fnatic
2018-11-09 10:31
#87
KRIMZ | 
India EosTheMG 
+1
2018-11-09 10:37
#88
f0rest | 
Russia 1.6 FTW 
Expected, csgo is random game
2018-11-09 11:07
TACO played pretty good, the overpass entries were hardcore
2018-11-09 11:27
He is hardcore
2018-11-09 11:34
#94
 | 
Sweden Trkmag 
fnatic gang fnatic gang fnatic gang Nice to see Brollan and KRiMZ destroying people
2018-11-09 11:36
Faze was rekted on the train On the overpass my friend And on the inferno lelelel Flusha most valuable player Krimz was raging he felt pain Olofmeister was so sad
2018-11-09 12:06
#116
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Sweden Trkmag 
how this was possible mate fnatic wonned chicago no one give them a chance but they did that my friend
2018-11-09 13:56
flusha dropped 1 hundred and 37 frags fnatic fnatic back to the top
2018-11-09 14:11
#127
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Sweden Trkmag 
oczosinko GOAT
2018-11-09 20:06
+1 brather
2018-11-09 22:52
Knew brollan was the perfect pick up especially since he is really mature in the way he sees the game and works on it but I didnt expect him to be so good so soon, if fnatic keep working well and keep on being serious about the game theyve a really bright future
2018-11-09 12:17
#108
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Norway PeteZz 
Liquid lost on purpose, so they could avoid Astralis in semis.
2018-11-09 13:00
0/8 they wont even make semis and if they somehow make it they will get rekt by faze
2018-11-09 13:21
losing to fnatic lmao
2018-11-09 13:12
bIG bAd wOlF
2018-11-09 13:30
16 yrs old fire
2018-11-09 13:52
-twist +hampus
2018-11-09 14:37
#122
KRIMZ | 
Ukraine TITANAS 
gj
2018-11-09 14:46
Typical hltv. When Taco bottom frags people call him a noob. When he top frags people call the whole team noob. Wtf is this shit
2018-11-09 16:45
lold hard realizing this is the reality though
2018-11-09 19:09
gg
2018-11-10 10:51
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