Liquid demolish MIBR; to face Astralis in grand final
The second semi-final at the ESL Pro League Season 8 Finals kicked off on Cache where Liquid started on the CT-side. Epitacio "TACO" de Melo clutched a 1vs2 in the pistol round to put his team ahead. Keith "NAF" Markovic and Nick "nitr0" Cannella secured the fifth round by winning a 2vs3 during a post-plant situation.
Liquid's streak continued until the tenth round when Gabriel "FalleN" Toledo and Marcelo "coldzera" David won a 2vs3 to get on the scoreboard (9-1). However, the Brazilian team couldn't pick up another one until the end of the first half when Fernando "fer" Alvarenga got a triple kill (13-2).
Russel "Twistzz" Van Dulken & company had a similarly dominant start on Overpass, winning the pistol round as CTs and following it up by fending off MIBR comfortably in four consecutive rounds (5-0). Jake "Stewie2K" Yip found two opening kills with the Deagle in the sixth round but NAF's quad kill with an AUG and Twistzz' 1vs1 victory was enough to make it 6-0.
Tarik "tarik" Celik's quad kill in the eighth round gave MIBR their first round victory on Overpass (7-1). After FalleN's team got two more rounds, NAF clutched a 1vs4, massively diminishing MIBR's odds for a comeback. Liquid then picked up the final four rounds of the first half and led 12-3.
MIBR had their best run of the game to begin the second half, winning four in a row (12-7). However, NAF won two consecutive 1vs1 post-plants and then found two opening kills to make it 15-7. Liquid finished off the map 16-7, taking the series 2-0 and advancing to the grand final at the ESL Pro League Season 8 Finals.
|MIBR||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|Fernando 'fer' Alvarengafer||26 - 37||-11||71.4||0.90|
|Jake 'Stewie2K' YipStewie2K||27 - 36||-9||71.3||0.82|
|Marcelo 'coldzera' Davidcoldzera||26 - 34||-8||59.1||0.77|
|Gabriel 'FalleN' ToledoFalleN||20 - 34||-14||58.6||0.68|
|Tarik 'tarik' Celiktarik||17 - 37||-20||67.8||0.57|