Liquid edge past NRG to reach semi-finals in Malta

Liquid came from behind to beat NRG 2-1 and seal passage to the semi-finals at the SuperNova CS:GO Malta.

The first day in St. Julian's came to an end with a mouth-watering North American derby between Liquid and NRG, the highest-ranked teams in attendance, sitting at third and eighth, respectively. It was also a rematch of the recent ECS group elimination match, which NRG won in convincing fashion, sending Nick "nitr0" Cannella's men packing early in the tournament.

A trio of kills by Tsvetelin "CeRq" Dimitrov in the first pistol round on Overpass shut down Liquid's B execution and set NRG up for an early lead. Liquid, who had been thrashed 16-8 in Arlington on this map, took control of proceedings once they had money in the bag, winning six rounds in a row, but then they ran out of gas, with NRG closing out the half with a one-round lead.

NRG picked up where they left off and further added to their lead by taking the opening two rounds of the half. Russel "Twistzz" Van Dulken then breathed new life into Liquid's recovery push with a sensational Famas quad-kill, but it came to naught. NRG bounced back immediately, resetting Liquid's players, and put together another string of rounds to lock down the map at 16-8.

Liquid through to the playoffs in Malta

Inferno, the second map of the series, began in the same manner as Overpass, with Liquid battling back after losing the opening two rounds of the game. This time around, however, NRG quickly regained control of proceedings, setting up a tight defense to counter Liquid's executions.

With the game threatening to spiral out of control, Keith "NAF" Markovic came to Liquid's rescue with a triple kill on the A site. nitr0's men woke up after that and picked up the pace, bringing the deficit to a solitary round by the end of the half.

The second half began with Liquid catching NRG's players off-guard with an overly-aggressive approach. That was the start of a dominant run from Liquid, who lost just one of the opening seven rounds of the half.

Damian "daps" Steele & co. were unwilling to let things get out of hand, though, and won three rounds together to cut the gap to one round, but their efforts were in vain as Liquid tightened up their defense to close out the map, 16-12, and take the series to Mirage.

The final map was the most lopsided of the three. Liquid came out of the gate with all guns blazing and cruised to an 11-2 lead after shutting down any chances of their opponents stringing rounds together.

NRG then bagged the final two rounds as CTs to keep themselves in it, but their hopes were extinguished in the second half as Liquid quickly wrapped things up to book passage to the playoffs.

United States
Matchpage
1
2
29th November 2018
16
Overpass
8
12
Inferno
16
5
Mirage
16
 NRG K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
United States Ethan 'Ethan' ArnoldEthan 58 - 48 +10 88.7 1.19
Bulgaria Tsvetelin 'CeRq' DimitrovCeRq 50 - 47 +3 76.2 1.13
United States Vincent 'Brehze' CayonteBrehze 49 - 51 -2 77.3 1.07
Canada Damian 'daps' Steeledaps 41 - 52 -11 57.9 0.87
United States Jacob 'FugLy' MedinaFugLy 27 - 46 -19 54.9 0.75
 Liquid K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Canada Russel 'Twistzz' Van DulkenTwistzz 59 - 44 +15 85.0 1.27
Canada Keith 'NAF' MarkovicNAF 56 - 43 +13 84.8 1.23
United States Jonathan 'EliGE' JablonowskiEliGE 45 - 47 -2 70.5 1.05
United States Nick 'nitr0' Cannellanitr0 40 - 44 -4 61.2 0.99
Brazil Epitacio 'TACO' de MeloTACO 43 - 48 -5 66.2 0.95
Bulgaria Tsvetelin 'CeRq' Dimitrov
Tsvetelin 'CeRq' Dimitrov
Age:
19
Rating 1.0:
1.14
Maps played:
855
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.10
United States Nick 'nitr0' Cannella
Nick 'nitr0' Cannella
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
1207
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.14
Canada Keith 'NAF' Markovic
Keith 'NAF' Markovic
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1143
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.16
Canada Damian 'daps' Steele
Damian 'daps' Steele
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.87
Maps played:
906
KPR:
0.58
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.15
Canada Russel 'Twistzz' Van Dulken
Russel 'Twistzz' Van Dulken
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.14
Maps played:
929
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.12
#1
 | 
Russia KS_areztiab 
NA CS CARRIED BY BRA71LIAN LUL AXAXAXAXAXAXAXAXA
2018-11-29 23:39
#4
 | 
United Kingdom iMarbot 
ez for TL
2018-11-29 23:40
#5
 | 
Russia KS_areztiab 
WHO?)))))))))
2018-11-29 23:40
#10
smooya | 
Austria shaakeh 
Expected
2018-11-29 23:41
xaxaxa
2018-11-29 23:41
-5 xa
2018-11-30 02:24
#6
 | 
Canada Shadoww_ 
AXAXAXAXAXAXAXAX ik good thing they didnt pick up cold LMFAO
2018-11-29 23:40
#21
 | 
Canada herocoolzzz 
LULULULULULULUL +1
2018-11-29 23:52
XAXAXAXAXA LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL +6ix9ine
2018-11-30 14:16
#56
 | 
Canada Shadoww_ 
master baiter OMEGALUL
2018-12-01 17:06
#40
 | 
Sweden Unluko 
Ok
2018-11-30 08:17
#2
s1mple | 
United States blinK_ 
What tournament is this?
2018-11-29 23:41
wondering the same
2018-11-29 23:41
#3
 | 
Canada HansROZE 
Cerq the EU beast carrying NA lul, disband pls, creq to faze over guardian
2018-11-29 23:40
#19
 | 
United States Trump2020KAG 
Cerq maybe the best awper in NA but he’s not even best player on NRG Ethan is has been and always will be the best. If he gets a shot on c9 or liquid he will become the best player in NA
2018-11-29 23:46
+1
2018-11-30 00:00
-elige +Nahte liquid top 1 NA
2018-11-30 14:33
#46
 | 
United States Trump2020KAG 
That’s just a rifle for a rifle. Liquid need more. Double awp on ct is almost a must any more. Liquid need a awp.
2018-11-30 18:29
#7
 | 
Australia CaZeR01 
GGs
2018-11-29 23:40
#8
 | 
Czech Republic maybe_banned 
unexpected
2018-11-29 23:41
expected
2018-11-29 23:41
Expected af
2018-11-30 00:05
#9
 | 
Panama Cyain10 
expected
2018-11-29 23:41
#14
shox | 
France KR1MEZ 
XD
2018-11-29 23:41
EZ for Twistzz and NAF
2018-11-29 23:42
#16
 | 
United States Trump2020KAG 
Let’s go liquid.
2018-11-29 23:43
#17
 | 
United States OREOBK10 
EZ 4 LIQUID
2018-11-29 23:44
Nice
2018-11-29 23:46
expected from 9999 alts baitzera
2018-11-29 23:48
#22
 | 
France Aresys 
EZ 4 TWISTY
2018-11-29 23:53
#23
 | 
Poland Hell2k 
for me nrg still top 1 na
2018-11-29 23:58
#25
 | 
United States Raptorial 
Ez TL
2018-11-30 00:03
Taco does better when he has just a deagle just have him drop weapons every round.
2018-11-30 00:24
FugLy 27 kills in 3 maps. No comments.
2018-11-30 00:47
#30
 | 
United States Nohj_10years 
ZEUS 2.0 SPOTTED
2018-11-30 01:45
atleast zeus in games lead
2018-11-30 02:08
#32
 | 
United States Nohj_10years 
yea
2018-11-30 02:08
Dont listen to that idiot this is fuglys off game hes been insanely good on the team for the past few months he just had one bad game.
2018-11-30 02:25
They should leave him in Malta for that, doing worse than daps xD
2018-11-30 02:50
Mirage 16-5 "edge past"
2018-11-30 01:07
+1 makes no sense... they called Liquid vs Faze at Iem Chicago a walkover when in this match Liquid still rekt, just not as hard and they said they "edged by"
2018-11-30 02:26
#37
shox | 
India iejesus 
edge past ? 16-5 xD hltv braindead xaxaxaxaxaxaxa
2018-11-30 04:25
#38
 | 
United States Raptorial 
+1
2018-11-30 04:27
ez
2018-11-30 06:47
NRG OMEGALUL
2018-11-30 08:22
#42
fer | 
Brazil lukedmc 
twistzz doing as expected =)
2018-11-30 10:36
ez twistzz
2018-11-30 17:25
Login or register to add your comment to the discussion.