Liquid secure playoffs spot over BIG, G2 send INTZ packing

Striker
December 4th, 2018 22:20

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
Canada Keith 'NAF' MarkovicNAF 43 - 15 +28 97.6 1.71
United States Jonathan 'EliGE' JablonowskiEliGE 45 - 31 +14 112.7 1.63
Brazil Epitacio 'TACO' de MeloTACO 36 - 25 +11 82.0 1.32
Canada Russel 'Twistzz' Van DulkenTwistzz 29 - 27 +2 72.6 1.24
United States Nick 'nitr0' Cannellanitr0 27 - 22 +5 58.2 1.12
 BIG K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Germany Johannes 'nex' Magetnex 32 - 33 -1 79.2 1.03
Germany Johannes 'tabseN' WodarztabseN 30 - 35 -5 71.4 0.91
Germany Fatih 'gob b' Dayikgob b 19 - 37 -18 64.3 0.61
Germany Tizian 'tiziaN' FeldbuschtiziaN 21 - 40 -19 62.9 0.60
United Kingdom Owen 'smooya' Butterfieldsmooya 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
Belgium Kévin 'Ex6TenZ' DroolansEx6TenZ 61 - 54 +7 83.0 1.15
France Alexandre 'bodyy' Pianarobodyy 62 - 58 +4 80.9 1.15
France Kenny 'kennyS' SchrubkennyS 56 - 54 +2 77.7 1.07
France Richard 'shox' Papillonshox 67 - 60 +7 78.8 1.07
France Edouard 'SmithZz' DubourdeauxSmithZz 49 - 61 -12 60.6 0.92
 INTZ K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Brazil Vito 'kNgV-' GiuseppekNgV- 65 - 59 +6 83.0 1.15
Brazil Marcelo 'chelo' Cespedeschelo 62 - 58 +4 66.4 1.02
Brazil Alexandre 'xand' Zizixand 61 - 59 +2 78.9 1.02
Brazil João 'felps' Vasconcellosfelps 56 - 62 -6 77.7 1.01
Brazil João 'horvy' Horvathhorvy 40 - 59 -19 65.4 0.87
Brazil Epitacio 'TACO' de Melo
Epitacio 'TACO' de Melo
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.95
Maps played:
835
KPR:
0.62
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.12
Germany Johannes 'tabseN' Wodarz
Johannes 'tabseN' Wodarz
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
1134
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.71
APR:
0.16
United States Jonathan 'EliGE' Jablonowski
Jonathan 'EliGE' Jablonowski
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
986
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.16
Brazil João 'felps' Vasconcellos
João 'felps' Vasconcellos
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
633
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.71
APR:
0.16
Brazil João 'horvy' Horvath
João 'horvy' Horvath
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.95
Maps played:
156
KPR:
0.63
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.11
Brazil Marcelo 'chelo' Cespedes
Marcelo 'chelo' Cespedes
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
394
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.13
United States Nick 'nitr0' Cannella
Nick 'nitr0' Cannella
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
1013
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.15
United Kingdom Owen 'smooya' Butterfield
Owen 'smooya' Butterfield
Age:
19
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.16
Maps played:
316
KPR:
0.79
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.11
Brazil Vito 'kNgV-' Giuseppe
Vito 'kNgV-' Giuseppe
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.17
Maps played:
361
KPR:
0.80
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.11
Canada Keith 'NAF' Markovic
Keith 'NAF' Markovic
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
948
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.16
France Richard 'shox' Papillon
Richard 'shox' Papillon
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
1368
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.12
Germany Johannes 'nex' Maget
Johannes 'nex' Maget
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
926
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.15
Canada Russel 'Twistzz' Van Dulken
Russel 'Twistzz' Van Dulken
Age:
19
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.14
Maps played:
733
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.12
#1
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Russia KS_areztiab 
Go home KNG))) axaxaxaxa))
2018-12-04 22:21
xaxaxa Prove it or...
2018-12-04 22:21
xaxaxaxaxaxa i'll ...
2018-12-04 22:21
#6
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Brazil Mirekz 
INTZ actually played well if you take into consideration that they have horvy in their team and that it was their first international lan.
2018-12-04 22:22
That's not the point bro... Go home kng
2018-12-04 22:22
#28
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Brazil Mirekz 
kng keeps proving that he can put the numbers against EU teams, his place in the team is secured, they just need to get ride of horvy and get a good in game leader then intz can be a legit team.
2018-12-04 22:25
Haha you still didn't got it. Maybe you should take a look at kng's history and his behavior not at his adr. You won't ever support him again xd
2018-12-04 22:29
#46
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Brazil Mirekz 
i find it funny how most of hltv people will act like SJW's when it comes to KNG but the same people that act like SJW's are probably the ones using racist slurs making homophobic comments and being toxic in match making while playing csgo.
2018-12-04 22:33
#47
D0cC | 
Italy drkrios 
+1
2018-12-04 22:35
#59
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Brazil punkstarboy 
+9999
2018-12-04 22:45
That's just way to random... I just wanted to discuss about kng and you are calling me a homophobic racist just because he did some major mistakes and some people don't forget about it? Then these people instantly have to be worse??? Come on
2018-12-04 23:12
#73
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Brazil Mirekz 
lol i didn't call you racist or homophobic my point was that most people that judge him are hypocrites.
2018-12-04 23:22
Okay then. I just thought there was a little secret not even obvious connection to me
2018-12-04 23:24
Kng beste, brudi
2018-12-05 00:15
Are you sober?
2018-12-04 22:27
#21
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Belgium KevinGatesYo 
Ex6tenz carrying KennyAss OMEGALUL ggs though, last map felt like I was watching MM
2018-12-04 22:23
>played well >lost against g2 with smithzz
2018-12-04 22:24
#36
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Brazil Mirekz 
so what? INTZ had horvy that plays bad like smithzz but at least smithzz has experience while horvy has no experience and no skills either.
2018-12-04 22:27
#50
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Denmark Zorrondo 
like every BR player
2018-12-04 22:38
#54
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Brazil Mirekz 
yea BR players need some coaching from Astralis players, if they learn how to shot ppl through smokes maybe they can get the edge and make far into events maybe even win some of them.
2018-12-04 22:41
#55
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Denmark Zorrondo 
nt noscener
2018-12-04 22:41
#56
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Brazil Mirekz 
nt nvidia.exe
2018-12-04 22:43
#64
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Brazil Kelmec 
+1000
2018-12-04 22:51
Played well? Loosing to G2 which is shit and on top of that not even with their lineup but with their retired lineup. Horvy is their igl right? Dont blame him. Xand is the only interesting player in that lineup.
2018-12-04 22:36
#52
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Brazil Mirekz 
im not sure if horvy is their IGL but if he is, he is awful at calling and also awful at decision making and has no skill either, that round where he had an AWP at A and it was a 2v2, where Horvy knew that Shox was at cat, all he had to do was wait for shox to peek, because shox had no utility, but insted he decides to rush with the awp, dies to shox and shox gets the plant with one second left, that was a crucial round that horvy threw doing a play that every average player would know that was a bad play.
2018-12-04 22:39
#69
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Brazil Whillpull 
Felps is the IGL
2018-12-04 23:03
#76
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Brazil Mirekz 
then problem solved, they need to replace horvy with a good igl and the team will become legit, felps is supposed to be one of the star players he shouldn't igl, and the fact that horvy wasn't igling and was still playing like a bot makes him even worse than i thought
2018-12-04 23:24
#103
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Brazil Whillpull 
+1
2018-12-05 12:40
Just typical BR-logic. Always blameing ONE player in every team as the reason why they aren’t top1. In mibr it was taco, and when he left it was fer ... Same story for all the BR teams, just sick of it. Horvy had a bad game, so what, every player in that team has bad games ...
2018-12-05 00:30
#90
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Brazil Mirekz 
the problem is that horvy ONLY has bad games, the only good games that he has is against tier 3 brazilian teams see for youself hltv.org/stats/players/matches/11332/hor..
2018-12-05 01:03
That’s the case with EVERY player on the team.
2018-12-08 18:58
#41
FalleN | 
Portugal ViperXX 
Too Ez for Liquid and sad for INTZ, this G2 lineup with SmithZz and Ex6TenZ is quit bad
2018-12-04 22:29
#49
max | 
Sweden Unluko 
F5
2018-12-04 22:36
Ahaha Toxic russian
2018-12-05 06:58
Ez
2018-12-04 22:21
#5
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United States Trump2020KAG 
Lmao Liquid secure spot???????? Liquid destroy big as they secure a playoff spot. Typical liquid haters.
2018-12-04 22:23
#99
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Brazil cleytonton 
+1
2018-12-05 09:20
#100
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Brazil cleytonton 
"Astralis easy pass.." 16-5 lul
2018-12-05 09:20
#7
FalleN | 
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
#18
valde | 
Brazil 643 
2
2018-12-04 22:23
#11
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Bulgaria FrostNixon 
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
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
#13
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Europe gratifyy 
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
boltz already sign with Luminosity, he will be replacing yeL
2018-12-04 22:24
OMFG really? Luminosity top 10
2018-12-04 22:29
dekay said that on his twitter about 2h ago, he's almost never wrong
2018-12-04 22:30
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
#23
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France Aresys 
Top rating* Shox top fragger.
2018-12-04 22:23
#43
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France J0riS_ 
Yea but also highest adr
2018-12-04 22:30
And they kick ex6 LOL
2018-12-04 22:23
#20
valde | 
Brazil 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
#30
Dosia | 
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
#33
shox | 
India iejesus 
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
#86
Germany pmb  
smooyas cheat expired or what?
2018-12-05 00:39
-horbot +silver 3
2018-12-05 00:47
#89
kNgV- | 
Brazil vicTHOR 
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
#93
nitr0 | 
United States Tivexd 
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
Oh yeah I forgot about the roster lock shit thx brother
2018-12-05 03:55
#123
nitr0 | 
United States Tivexd 
no problem brother
2018-12-06 03:47
#94
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Other 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
I was going to go ez on you
2018-12-06 04:17
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