Liquid secure playoffs spot over BIG, G2 send INTZ packing

Liquid have joined Astralis in Group A's upper final after a convincing 2-0 victory over BIG (16-6 on both Inferno and Dust2), while G2 survived a close elimination series against INTZ (Overpass 16-6, Mirage 16-8, Dust2 22-18).

Group A's second upper bracket semi-final saw Liquid take control of their pick, Inferno, early on, as they were leading 7-1 on the Terrorist side on the back of key plays from Keith "⁠NAF⁠" Markovic and Jonathan "⁠EliGE⁠" Jablonowski.

BIG responded in the next round, but immediately got reset once NAF and Russel "⁠Twistzz⁠" Van Dulken combined for five kills in a 3v5 situation. Liquid extended their lead to 9-2 and clinched one more round before the half ended, with BIG stringing three together to give themselves a chance.

NAF and EliGE led the way to the convincing win

However, the North American side secured the second pistol and only lost the first gunround, in which they kept five SMGs, before going on a four-round streak to end the opening map 16-6.

On Dust2, it was a similar story, as Liquid once again got off to a flying start on the T side with an 8-1 lead early on as everyone pitched in with some key multikills while BIG struggled to defend either bombsite.

When it came to the latter part of the first half, the German side secured four out of the remaining six rounds thanks to Johannes "⁠tabseN⁠" Wodarz and Owen "⁠smooya⁠" Butterfield's double AWP, as well as a 1v3 clutch from Johannes "⁠nex⁠" Maget in an eco round. Nonetheless, once the sides switched, Liquid were back in the driving seat with a pistol round win, with Epitacio "⁠TACO⁠" de Melo and Nick "⁠nitr0⁠" Cannella combining to finish off the series at 16-6, 2-0.

Matchpage
2
0
4th December 2018
Germany
16
Inferno
6
16
Dust2
6
 Liquid K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
43 - 15 +28 97.6 1.71
45 - 31 +14 112.7 1.63
36 - 25 +11 82.0 1.32
29 - 27 +2 72.6 1.24
27 - 22 +5 58.2 1.12
 BIG K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
32 - 33 -1 79.2 1.03
30 - 35 -5 71.4 0.91
19 - 37 -18 64.3 0.61
21 - 40 -19 62.9 0.60
17 - 35 -18 47.1 0.56

In the second elimination match of the same group, INTZ took on G2 on Overpass at first. The two sides went back and forth early, with the Brazilian side finding a 3-2 lead on the defense, but the Frenchmen went on a huge streak to secure a dominant, 12-3 half. João "⁠felps⁠" Vasconcellos & co. clinched the second pistol round and closed the gap to six rounds, but they couldn't fend off their opponents in the gunrounds and G2 finished off the first map with ease at 16-6.

Mirage, INTZ's pick, went much differently. G2 once again got off to the better start with a 3-0 lead on the CT side, but things quickly turned sour after João "⁠horvy⁠" Horvath clutched a fantastic 1v5 with only a Deagle, which helped the Brazilian squad secure a 9-6 half on the offense.

G2 survived against INTZ after double overtime on map three

Richard "⁠shox⁠" Papillon's team added two to their name with a pistol round win, but INTZ took control of the gunrounds and equalized the series with another seven-round streak for a 16-8 victory.

The deciding map, Dust2, saw INTZ control the first part of the half with an 8-3 lead as Terrorists, but G2 came back into contention by winning the last four rounds. When the sides switched, the Brazilians extended their lead to 12-8, but it didn't take long for the French side to find their first lead on the map since the fifth round.

G2 clinched match point at 15-12 after stringing seven rounds together, but the map still went to overtime due to key plays from Vito "⁠kNgV-⁠" Giuseppe and Marcelo "⁠chelo⁠" Cespedes. After two sets of overtimes, G2 came out victorious 22-18 thanks to a flawless CT side in the second.

France
Matchpage
2
1
4th December 2018
16
Overpass
6
8
Mirage
16
22
Dust2
18
 G2 K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
61 - 54 +7 83.0 1.15
62 - 58 +4 80.9 1.15
56 - 54 +2 77.7 1.07
67 - 60 +7 78.8 1.07
49 - 61 -12 60.6 0.92
 INTZ K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
65 - 59 +6 83.0 1.15
62 - 58 +4 66.4 1.02
61 - 59 +2 78.9 1.02
56 - 62 -6 77.7 1.01
40 - 59 -19 65.4 0.87
Brazil Epitacio 'TACO' de Melo
Epitacio 'TACO' de Melo
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.95
Maps played:
825
KPR:
0.62
DPR:
0.64
Germany Johannes 'tabseN' Wodarz
Johannes 'tabseN' Wodarz
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
1131
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.71
United States Jonathan 'EliGE' Jablonowski
Jonathan 'EliGE' Jablonowski
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
976
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.69
Brazil João 'felps' Vasconcellos
João 'felps' Vasconcellos
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
628
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.71
Brazil João 'horvy' Horvath
João 'horvy' Horvath
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.96
Maps played:
151
KPR:
0.63
DPR:
0.65
Brazil Marcelo 'chelo' Cespedes
Marcelo 'chelo' Cespedes
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
389
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.67
United States Nick 'nitr0' Cannella
Nick 'nitr0' Cannella
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
1003
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.67
United Kingdom Owen 'smooya' Butterfield
Owen 'smooya' Butterfield
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.16
Maps played:
313
KPR:
0.80
DPR:
0.66
Brazil Vito 'kNgV-' Giuseppe
Vito 'kNgV-' Giuseppe
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.17
Maps played:
356
KPR:
0.80
DPR:
0.64
Canada Keith 'NAF' Markovic
Keith 'NAF' Markovic
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
938
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.64
France Richard 'shox' Papillon
Richard 'shox' Papillon
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
1349
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.66
Germany Johannes 'nex' Maget
Johannes 'nex' Maget
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
923
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.66
Canada Russel 'Twistzz' Van Dulken
Russel 'Twistzz' Van Dulken
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.14
Maps played:
723
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.63
#1
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Russia KS_areztiab
Go home KNG))) axaxaxaxa))
2018-12-04 22:21
5 replies
xaxaxa Prove it or...
2018-12-04 22:21
1 reply
xaxaxaxaxaxa i'll ...
2018-12-04 22:21
Too Ez for Liquid and sad for INTZ, this G2 lineup with SmithZz and Ex6TenZ is quit bad
2018-12-04 22:29
#49
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Poland Unluko
F5
2018-12-04 22:36
Ahaha Toxic russian
2018-12-05 06:58
Ez
2018-12-04 22:21
Lmao Liquid secure spot???????? Liquid destroy big as they secure a playoff spot. Typical liquid haters.
2018-12-04 22:23
2 replies
+1
2018-12-05 09:20
1 reply
"Astralis easy pass.." 16-5 lul
2018-12-05 09:20
#7
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Poland Snoozie1
Fkcing sad :'(
2018-12-04 22:21
#8
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Canada GRTman12
yay
2018-12-04 22:21
NAF-god
2018-12-04 22:21
how many times shox kill himself in this series ? LMAO
2018-12-04 22:21
1 reply
#18
Per0N | 
Venezuela 643
2
2018-12-04 22:23
Drop smooya ffs...
2018-12-04 22:21
#12
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Brazil P4uloVisk
What an ugly game, no one from the intz is playing well, the felps were only assisting but not killing anyone.
2018-12-04 22:22
1 reply
They dont have teamplay, they are lucky winning random rounds only in the bullet and they lose so many rounds cuz they play separated individually. INTZdeserved the loss
2018-12-04 22:26
yes g2
2018-12-04 22:22
#14
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Brazil Nickzim
INTZ please hire boltz, horvy should go back to brazil.
2018-12-04 22:22
5 replies
boltz already sign with Luminosity, he will be replacing yeL
2018-12-04 22:24
4 replies
OMFG really? Luminosity top 10
2018-12-04 22:29
3 replies
dekay said that on his twitter about 2h ago, he's almost never wrong
2018-12-04 22:30
2 replies
I hope so
2018-12-04 22:58
Lol, replaceing the best player on the team, gg...
2018-12-05 00:34
Rip Owen man
2018-12-04 22:22
#17
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France J0riS
Ex6TenZ top fragging axaxaxaxaxa
2018-12-04 22:22
2 replies
#23
shox | 
France Aresys
Top rating* Shox top fragger.
2018-12-04 22:23
1 reply
#43
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France J0riS
Yea but also highest adr
2018-12-04 22:30
#19
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Belgium bioZARRRD
And they kick ex6 LOL
2018-12-04 22:23
#20
Per0N | 
Venezuela 643
+BOLTZ
2018-12-04 22:23
Big so bad LUL
2018-12-04 22:23
#24
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Netherlands ZoMilan
while G2 survived a close elimination series against INTZ (Overpass 16-6, Mirage 16-8, Dust2 22-18). Impressive! Winning 3 maps in a BO3! Never seem such a performance by any team!
2018-12-04 22:24
1 reply
#30
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Hungary Joco413
They just wanted to play a 3rd map to practice.
2018-12-04 22:26
smooya bottom frag Ex6TenZ top frag and expected from g0dtr0 and kNgVAC
2018-12-04 22:25
Ex6TenZ is a good frager tbh
2018-12-04 22:26
Wp shox phewww
2018-12-04 22:26
Kng should play in a better team
2018-12-04 22:26
#37
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France kNRD^
kNgVAC lmao this is so fucking spotted.
2018-12-04 22:27
#38
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United Kingdom alcaz4r
ex6tenz top fragging again LOL -ex6tenze seems legit g0-2
2018-12-04 22:28
LOL watching the french stream is hilarous as fuck, theyre celebrating a shit win over a tier 3 team like its some major winning match, just shows how dead this scene is
2018-12-04 22:32
lol
2018-12-04 22:32
Smoooooooya
2018-12-04 22:45
#62
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Slovakia TatKo
UK cs WeirdChamp
2018-12-04 22:48
#65
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Brazil Kelmec
-horvy +exit
2018-12-04 22:54
HAAHHAHAHAHAHAH 2 games and 17 kills UK CS HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA
2018-12-04 23:17
Poor kng, he deserves better.
2018-12-04 23:23
#78
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Spain kakal0x
-horvy + KSCERATO
2018-12-04 23:37
#81
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Brazil AfKW
INTZ inst good people are delusional with low level brazilian home games.
2018-12-05 00:08
smooyas cheat expired or what?
2018-12-05 00:39
-horbot +silver 3
2018-12-05 00:47
horvy LUL
2018-12-05 01:02
Ok am I trippin or what I thought g2 signed lucky and jackz??
2018-12-05 02:58
3 replies
they can't play due to ex6 and smithzz played for them during ESL proleague. They submit their rosters then they arent able to switch in players unless they're listed as a sub.
2018-12-05 03:04
2 replies
Oh yeah I forgot about the roster lock shit thx brother
2018-12-05 03:55
1 reply
no problem brother
2018-12-06 03:47
#94
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African Union mikecool
G2 lucky lol
2018-12-05 03:34
Well played, TACO!
2018-12-05 04:01
XD
2018-12-05 06:33
There's a mistake in the subtitle, you listed 3 map wins for G2.
2018-12-05 09:26
Good job g2!
2018-12-05 11:43
I'm beginning to feel like a NAFGod, NAFGod.
2018-12-05 17:04
1 reply
I was going to go ez on you
2018-12-06 04:17
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