Liquid secure first grand final spot at iBUYPOWER Masters

Liquid have secured a spot in the iBUYPOWER Masters 2019 grand final after moving past fnatic 2-1.

The series started off on Cache, where brisk Mid aggression from fnatic ripped through Liquid's defence, yielding them the first pistol round. The Swedes proceeded to cop the following round, immediately followed by retaliation from Liquid. The first rifle buy for the CTs was fruitful, as well as the fourth round, in which Jonathan "EliGE" Jablonowski secured a 4k in a post-plant situation, equalising the score at 2-2 and resetting the Swedish offense's economy. Off the back of early success, the CTs kept the ball rolling, meeting fnatic's interchanging round approach with consistent reads and solid site holds. This dynamic produced a dominant 12-3 lead for Liquid going into the second half.

The home crowd favourites used fnatic's own strategy against them, drilling through middle and splitting the A site with great success to land the second pistol. After the following round went the North Americans' way, Richard "Xizt" Landström's men were able to find success, as a B hit was repelled, securing the defence their fourth round of the game. Ludvig "Brollan" Brolin doubled his kills from four to eight in the following two rounds, the first of which saw the youngster convert a 1v2 situation into a victory for his team. Liquid kept their opponents' success short-lived, as the two finals rounds required were secured, concluding Cache 16-6 in their favour.

EliGE donned a monstrous 2.07 rating come conclusion of Cache

The second map of the best-of-3 was Mirage, which kicked off to a solid B hit via apartments by fnatic. Liquid allowed the bomb plant to go through, opting to play a 5v4 retake, successfully securing the first pistol of the map. The offense was able to upset Liquid's momentum, as a second round buy allowed the Swedes to assume the driver's seat, zooming all the way to a 6-2 lead on the T side. The seven remaining rounds were skewed in Liquid's favour, as they were able to lessen the blow by clawing in a few rounds at a 6-9 deficit.

Liquid took the second half pistol and the subsequent anti-ecos, but then fnatic claimed the first gun round as Xizt closed out a 3v2 post-plant. The teams went blow for blow for the remainder of the half, with the scored tied at 15-15 at the end of regulation.

The first round of overtime saw the duo of Keith "NAF" Markovic and Nick "nitr0" Cannella convert a 2v4 post-plant into an early lead, with the in-game leader of Liquid dispatching all remaining CTs. The Swedes refused to allow their opponents to snowball, copping the remaining two rounds to make it 17-16. The Swedish team were able to recreate the result from the initial half of overtime on the T side, leading to a close 19-17 victory.

twist topped the charts for fnatic on Mirage

The final map, Dust2, witnessed two 3ks at the beginning as Freddy "KRIMZ" Johansson and Jake "Stewie2K" Yip simultaneously popped off, trying their best to advance their respective teams further. The Swede proved to be the undoing of Liquid, however, as he scored the first pistol for fnatic's CT side. Despite an initial outstanding performance, the Swedes dropped the ball in the coming rounds, as the offense was able to run away with seven consecutive rounds, shifting the momentum in their favour. With very little room for error, fnatic still managed to grab a few more rounds, but they knew they had a mountain to climb to overturn a 4-11 deficit.

Liquid proceeded in dominant fashion, landing the second pistol of the map. The home crowd favourites went on to extend the lead to a 13-4 scoreline, after which fnatic scored their first round of the half upon affording a full buy. Occasional victories on the Swedes' part mean that the team was gradually able to improve their round count, with a spectacular contribution from Jesper "JW" Wecksell, who took down three members of Liquid in a post-plant, resetting the NA mix's economy and scoring his team their seventh round.

A crucial eco round victory from the home team consolidated their economy and put them on series point at 15-8, giving the struggling defence some breathing room. Liquid subsequently closed out the series as EliGE landed a 3k, booking a spot in the grand final, in which they will meet the winner of the match between Astralis and Ghost.

Matchpage
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1
20th January 2019
16
Cache
6
17
Mirage
19
16
Dust2
9
 Liquid K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
United States Jonathan 'EliGE' JablonowskiEliGE 79 - 51 +28 100.3 1.48
Canada Keith 'NAF' MarkovicNAF 69 - 47 +22 92.3 1.36
Canada Russel 'Twistzz' Van DulkenTwistzz 55 - 47 +8 75.9 1.15
United States Nick 'nitr0' Cannellanitr0 57 - 50 +7 71.3 1.12
United States Jake 'Stewie2K' YipStewie2K 46 - 53 -7 62.4 0.89
 fnatic K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Sweden Freddy 'KRIMZ' JohanssonKRIMZ 58 - 58 0 77.7 1.04
Sweden Simon 'twist' Eliassontwist 53 - 61 -8 65.5 0.94
Sweden Ludvig 'Brollan' BrolinBrollan 49 - 63 -14 67.5 0.89
Sweden Jesper 'JW' WecksellJW 45 - 63 -18 63.7 0.79
Sweden Richard 'Xizt' LandströmXizt 43 - 61 -18 60.2 0.74
Sweden Ludvig 'Brollan' Brolin
Ludvig 'Brollan' Brolin
Age:
17
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
538
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.13
United States Jonathan 'EliGE' Jablonowski
Jonathan 'EliGE' Jablonowski
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1164
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.16
Sweden Richard 'Xizt' Landström
Richard 'Xizt' Landström
Age:
28
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
1549
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.17
United States Nick 'nitr0' Cannella
Nick 'nitr0' Cannella
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
1192
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.14
Sweden Freddy 'KRIMZ' Johansson
Freddy 'KRIMZ' Johansson
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
1345
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.15
Canada Keith 'NAF' Markovic
Keith 'NAF' Markovic
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1125
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.16
Sweden Jesper 'JW' Wecksell
Jesper 'JW' Wecksell
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
1565
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.14
United States Jake 'Stewie2K' Yip
Jake 'Stewie2K' Yip
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
1090
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.14
Another free tournament win for astralis! EZ for the GOAT nation
2019-01-21 01:54
#2
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Turkey tastemycobra 
Yes
2019-01-21 01:54
#11
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Belgium KevinGatesYo 
Liquid never gets tired of being sodomized by Astralis 😂
2019-01-21 01:59
#27
HUNDEN | 
United States DervGuy 
It's not their fault no other team can make it to the finals. Though I also agree with your point. :(
2019-01-21 02:43
Wrong GOAT=s1mple confirmed by HLTV So goat nation is Russia
2019-01-21 01:55
#10
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Canada Matomoto 
Ukraine*
2019-01-21 01:56
Not for long. Putin is coming
2019-01-21 01:59
#13
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Canada Matomoto 
D:
2019-01-21 01:59
Ukraine is part of mother Russia.
2019-01-21 02:00
#18
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Canada Matomoto 
D:
2019-01-21 02:01
#35
hippien | 
Poland TGPL 
XDDDDD
2019-01-21 08:12
yes
2019-01-21 12:41
Ez another final loss to Astralis 0-2 nt
2019-01-21 01:55
New year Same old story
2019-01-21 01:55
Would Fnatic be any harder tho?
2019-01-21 01:56
Would be new though
2019-01-21 02:00
#36
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Europe WutZeFak 
lmao
2019-01-21 09:10
Look who won xD
2019-01-21 11:58
#4
TACO | 
Portugal MSANTOS 
Ez for Stewie! 1st tournament with Liquid 1st win
2019-01-21 01:56
flair not check out
2019-01-21 03:00
#7
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United States Raptorial 
Nice
2019-01-21 01:56
#9
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Mongolia FoxOutOfGlocks 
TL first finalist of this great event, grats :)
2019-01-21 01:56
#26
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Brazil zLux1 
BIG EVENT?????????? WHAT?!
2019-01-21 02:41
He says ‘great’. Not ‘big’
2019-01-21 07:52
#16
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Indonesia MeX0NNNN 
ez win with elige using COD gun
2019-01-21 02:01
Liquid might take this one
2019-01-21 02:01
#19
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United States Trump2020KAG 
elige holy shit my dude.....AMAZING
2019-01-21 02:01
#20
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India astaelian 
Hopefully not just another grand final they get owned in by Astralis.
2019-01-21 02:02
#21
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India astaelian 
Lol, stewie basically got same stats as TACO.
2019-01-21 02:05
#22
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Denmark BoeRGeFaR 
So just a sweep against Ghost waiting, and Astralis securing the final with an easy vicorty against Liquid! #tothestars
2019-01-21 02:09
Worst tournament 2019...
2019-01-21 02:21
ggs
2019-01-21 02:30
as expected
2019-01-21 02:30
#28
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United States hellboy^ 
EZ
2019-01-21 02:55
#30
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United States PH4RMA 
I told you Astralis fans "see you in the finals" before the break. I must be a prophet. Also wtf happened to FaZe
2019-01-21 03:17
We will never know lul
2019-01-21 07:32
#31
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Brazil Nickzim 
First second place of the year!
2019-01-21 03:30
#32
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Norway just_sAvage 
they did? i didnt saw that maybe its fake maybe they threw? wheres the stream? :D omega lul
2019-01-21 03:50
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