Liquid pull off comeback vs. LDLC; to IEM Chicago semi-finals

MIRAA
November 9th, 2018 23:31

Liquid came from behind to beat LDLC 2-1 and seal passage to the semi-finals at IEM Chicago.

IEM Chicago's Cinderella story is over as LDLC could not take down the third-seeded Liquid. The French team came out strongly with a convincing victory on Overpass and were close to winning Cache, but once the North Americans shifted into a higher gear there was little that Alex "ALEX" McMeekin's men could do. The 16-4 hammering on Mirage was not the farewell that LDLC would have hoped for, but the result does not take away the fact that the Frenchmen put themselves in a position to win the series and that they defied the odds in Chicago, finishing top six after being seeded 13th.

The first half of Overpass, LDLC's map choice, was keenly contested as just one round separated the two sides at half-time, but things could have taken a completely different turn had it not been for Jonathan "EliGE" Jablonowski. The 21-year-old rescued Liquid in two key moments when LDLC seemed to have the game under control, first with two kills in a 2v2 situation and then with a stunning ace in a 2v5 situation as the Frenchmen were about to increase their lead to 9-5.

The North American team carried their momentum into the second half and won four of the initial five rounds to get a two-round lead for the first time in the game. But all of a sudden they ran out of the steam, with LDLC setting up a water-tight defense to win seven rounds in a row and lock down the map at 16-11.

Twistzz led the comeback for Liquid

Cache had been LDLC's second-least played map over the last three months and the one with their second-worst winrate, just 43%, but the early stages of the game would have suggested otherwise. The French side came out with all guns blazing and stormed to a 6-0 lead as the Liquid defence could not hold the opposition back.

The game then entered a hectic period as rounds went back and forth, but any round won by Liquid was immediately traded back by LDLC, who had the economy control and kept winning all aim duels as they approached a site. The French side continued to pour forward and quickly hit double digits before Nick "nitr0" Cannella's men secured the final two rounds of the half to keep themselves in the game.

Down 4-11, Liquid began to make a climb back into the game by winning the pistol round. That was the start of a phenomenal run from the North American team, who denied LDLC the chance to string rounds together or build up an economy, completing the comeback in the 30th round thanks to an inspired performance from Russel "Twistzz" Van Dulken, who dropped a 30-bomb on the map.

LDLC close, but no cigar

Liquid hopped out to an early on Mirage, the decider map, after winning the pistol round and an anti-eco. LDLC responded after buying up in the third round and eventually found the equaliser, but then two great kills by nitr0 with the Desert Eagle put the North Americans back in the lead. The game became a one-way street after that as Liquid ran all over the LDLC defense to cruise to a 12-3 lead.

There was more misery to come for LDLC as the French side were placed against the ropes after losing a scrappy pistol round. Steeve "Ozstrik3r" Flavigni's troops still managed to get a round on the board, but Liquid immediately rallied back with a flawless round before EliGE hammered the final nail into LDLC's coffin with a trio of kills.

Matchpage
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9th November 2018
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Overpass
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Cache
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Mirage
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 LDLC K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
France François 'AmaNEk' DelaunayAmaNEk 49 - 53 -4 78.8 1.04
United Kingdom Alex 'ALEX' McMeekinALEX 55 - 59 -4 75.0 0.95
France David 'devoduvek' Dobrosavljevicdevoduvek 45 - 57 -12 73.0 0.90
Belgium Antoine 'to1nou' Pirardto1nou 49 - 50 -1 60.7 0.90
France Logan 'LOGAN' CortiLOGAN 32 - 54 -22 46.5 0.64
 Liquid K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Canada Russel 'Twistzz' Van DulkenTwistzz 58 - 41 +17 79.0 1.40
United States Jonathan 'EliGE' JablonowskiEliGE 62 - 46 +16 87.2 1.30
Canada Keith 'NAF' MarkovicNAF 53 - 48 +5 79.0 1.12
Brazil Epitacio 'TACO' de MeloTACO 54 - 49 +5 74.7 1.10
United States Nick 'nitr0' Cannellanitr0 46 - 46 0 62.8 1.02
France Steeve 'Ozstrik3r' Flavigni
Steeve 'Ozstrik3r' Flavigni
Age:
-
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.66
Maps played:
36
KPR:
0.45
DPR:
0.74
APR:
0.14
United States Jonathan 'EliGE' Jablonowski
Jonathan 'EliGE' Jablonowski
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
962
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.16
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
United Kingdom Alex 'ALEX' McMeekin
Alex 'ALEX' McMeekin
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
640
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.72
APR:
0.13
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
insane match gg wp Taco insane player, probably the best brazilian player to ever touch csgo.
2018-11-09 23:32
#6
rain | 
Germany xDudie 
You're fast
2018-11-09 23:32
You're faster
2018-11-09 23:32
expected from mibr_is_overrated6
2018-11-09 23:33
#48
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Brazil HueyNewton 
No doubts
2018-11-10 01:16
nt baitzera
2018-11-10 01:17
#21
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United States Howie2k 
faze gonna rekt them hard place liquid to semieess where they belong foreverrrrrr ! BUAHAHAHAHHAHAHHAHAHHAHA
2018-11-09 23:36
#24
valens | 
United Kingdom nddvr 
No u
2018-11-09 23:39
#35
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United States Howie2k 
shutup uk
2018-11-09 23:57
#65
valens | 
United Kingdom nddvr 
No u
2018-11-10 09:00
#75
rain | 
United States br1sK_ 
Expected from uk.... doesn’t have anything useful to say therefore has to throw up the “no u......” inb4 he hits us again with some bs lmao
2018-11-10 17:52
#77
valens | 
United Kingdom nddvr 
No u
2018-11-13 17:04
lmaooooooooo sixth iteration of this lad account. Gotta admire the persistence :D
2018-11-09 23:52
#54
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Bangladesh thug_doctor 
True. Gotta give it to him xD
2018-11-10 02:48
#40
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United Kingdom Jonty04l32 
"Taco insane player, probably the best brazilian player to ever touch csgo." I wouldn't go that far... Cogu or FalleN is my vote for all-time BR players, but Coldzera is still the best BR CS:GO player.
2018-11-10 00:07
#45
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Brazil PropsY 
This guy is just a no-life baiter that keeps saying nonsense. You can clearly notice that just by reading his nickname. However, if there is one thing I do agree with is that TACO is a very good Support/Entry player, one of the best in the world in his role. His impact is more than just frags or raw skill. The Core of LG/SK/Mibr have always been FalleN, Coldzera and TACO. Fer could be replaced by Stewie for example. Also, Mibr always had great results with several 5th players, such as fnx, felps and Boltz. The synergy between TACO and the other Mibr players, specially Coldzera, was insane! He got trashtalked by the community to a point where he wanted to leave the team. Now all the trashtalkers want him back. This is but a reflection of the world itself, where many people with surface-level information lecture others like they knew exactly what they were talking about, but in reality, they didn't know shit. TACO and Mibr are a great example of that, specially because TACO is playing really well and achieving great results with Team Liquid, while Mibr keeps struggling with any roster they try.
2018-11-10 00:30
#47
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Brazil g4laxI 
+1 But i believe mibr needs time to adapt, more time than usual.
2018-11-10 00:56
#68
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Georgia Satan_p 
MIBR is a failure bro. Stewie and Tarik were terrible players; Just because they fluked on a major doesn't mean they are anygood. They also destroyed the core of MIBR. Rather they look for people with same language/similar to join than T2T3 NA players. I mean come on man even NRG is picking up players from EU. Why would some one pick up players from NA? Finally they need a good support and a all rounder, prefebly Brasilian.
2018-11-10 09:27
Comms are so important in any shooter. They cannot be over looked. I mean look at the progress mibr has made with this roster. I only see them improving. They def coulda got someone better than Tarik but I think they wanted to help fallen igl. So they grabbed both C9 callers. Fer has struggled for quite some time now as well. I think they have all good pieces, could still upgrade Tarik ig or transition him to a dedicated entry support
2018-11-10 15:29
+1
2018-11-10 03:29
Was actually fallen and fer from the beginning
2018-11-10 03:31
#61
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United Kingdom Jonty04l32 
There is obviously some heartfelt truth here. :D I'll agree when it comes to raw support, TACO and Xyp9x nail those respective roles better than anybody. I was referring to overall skill, but this post perfectly accentuates the dynamism and adversity TACO has over most players in the world. :D Great post. :) +1 Have a good day.
2018-11-10 08:05
"This is but a reflection of the world itself, where many people with surface-level information lecture others like they knew exactly what they were talking about, but in reality, they didn't know shit." Well said.
2018-11-10 09:18
+1
2018-11-10 10:26
Nothing to do with skill but just noticed that he is probably gonna be the top brazilian earner in csgo sometime soon (3rd atm) (o_o)
2018-11-10 01:50
#62
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United Kingdom Jonty04l32 
TACO has always been very frugal when it comes to monetary obligations in that regard. :D
2018-11-10 08:06
#72
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Australia iPinK_Guy 
nickname checks out
2018-11-10 13:26
#2
rain | 
Germany xDudie 
Liquid will lose vs Astralis in finals
2018-11-09 23:32
#12
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Indonesia nangidyr 
vs faze
2018-11-09 23:33
Sorry, they wont reach finals. It will probably be astralis vs faze
2018-11-09 23:35
Expected
2018-11-09 23:32
#4
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Canada haroonscape 
huge oof
2018-11-09 23:32
LDLC - TOP 1 FRANCE LDLC >>>> G2
2018-11-09 23:32
#26
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Australia Shlapsham 
The sad thing is its true.......
2018-11-09 23:43
LDLC >>> Vitality >>> G2
2018-11-09 23:44
+1
2018-11-09 23:47
#69
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Other mikecool 
+1
2018-11-10 10:10
#29
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Belgium HLTVnewfag 
+1
2018-11-09 23:48
gg
2018-11-09 23:32
#9
nitr0 | 
United States McKillins 
Can't wait to watch them lose to Faze being a TL fan sucks
2018-11-09 23:33
You never know :) In my case I want FaZe to win and it looks like they definitely will but hey, things happen.
2018-11-09 23:34
Yea faze is getting better under Nikos leadership and liquid looks like they’re losing their form. You never know though they might be feeling it today. Being a liquid fan does suck though I feel ya
2018-11-10 15:31
#10
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United States jhon1307^ 
Props to LDLC
2018-11-09 23:33
#11
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Europe Palpatinnn 
gg wp LDLC
2018-11-09 23:33
GG WP Taco the best!
2018-11-09 23:34
#15
cyx | 
Russia Whatery 
Nice
2018-11-09 23:34
11-1>14-16 n1
2018-11-09 23:34
#19
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Europe CZADCS 
ggez
2018-11-09 23:34
#20
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Spain Dabit 
Noiceee
2018-11-09 23:35
#22
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Indonesia Alpha_Poland 
Vaco ez
2018-11-09 23:36
#23
shox | 
France Kabby 
Really nice showing by LDLC, the can be proud of themselves for getting this far !
2018-11-09 23:37
They could win, but they should not be dissapointed in what they did! I like this team.. nice to see some players growing.
2018-11-09 23:40
extremely heartbreaking loss for LDLC, but they still had an amazing run this tournament
2018-11-09 23:48
#31
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Sweden Trkmag 
Could and maybe should have been an semi for LDLC, but still an really good effort to get so far. Wonder if they can keep it up
2018-11-09 23:49
+1
2018-11-09 23:54
#32
NiKo | 
India BCaddict 
Liquid almost choked
2018-11-09 23:52
#36
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United States Trump2020KAG 
was never worried
2018-11-09 23:58
Stay humble Liquid
2018-11-10 08:37
#76
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United States Trump2020KAG 
liquid is a humble team...but im saying after the 50 liquid overrated threads that came out i wasn't worried about liquid losing....especially after liquid made it 4-11 ct side on cache 2-11 was a tiny bit but 4 on ct is 100% win-able
2018-11-10 19:22
Expected
2018-11-10 00:00
#38
cadiaN | 
Denmark megz 
Liquid should have won overpass. They were in control
2018-11-10 00:01
GG WP TY LIQUID FOR MONEY EZ 2,20 AFTER LOOSING 1-0
2018-11-10 00:04
Nice games by ldlc! No existens helped them...
2018-11-10 00:07
imagine ScreaM or kioShima in LDLC instead of logan
2018-11-10 00:11
No need of that They’re great all together, give them time
2018-11-10 00:16
#44
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France SpooceCooke 
Honestly? Logan’s been playing great This was an off match for him yes but he’s otherwise a very impactful player (have watched all the other Ldlc games hehe)
2018-11-10 00:19
Imo they maybe could toss either alex or tou1no. And maybe add kio or scream or both. But as pf right now this team has potential
2018-11-10 01:32
yeah just what they need is a Pub* like asScreaM
2018-11-10 01:34
ScreaM is playing great lately again if you didnt notice he only needs a good team
2018-11-10 07:05
I didn't notice, thanks for the update m8
2018-11-10 09:10
#59
fnx | 
Portugal lovessd 
kioshima lul
2018-11-10 05:28
#46
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United States (Fr0st) 
GGWP LDLC! France has a new powerhouse
2018-11-10 00:30
two-1-nou
2018-11-10 01:34
EZ final for Faze
2018-11-10 03:09
Being a TL Fan is a Strugglebus. I see us dropping the Faze Bo3 *sigh*. That being said Grats to LDLC, nice to see French CS not sucking.
2018-11-10 03:31
And All while this is going on - lets not forget M16BR won 1 match lul
2018-11-10 08:43
#70
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Other mikecool 
Ggz
2018-11-10 10:10
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