Liquid secure São Paulo grand final placement following draw against ENCE

Liquid drew 15-15 against ENCE on Overpass, now set to face Astralis in the grand final of BLAST Pro Series São Paulo 2019.

ENCE commenced on the CT side of Overpass, where the initial loss of Aleksi "allu" Jalli was made up by a 3k Toilets hold from Jere "sergej" Salo, securing the Finns the first pistol of the map. Momentum proceeded to develop in favour of the defenders, as Liquid's offense was consistently struggling to breach, let alone secure bomb plants, with difficulties persisting through to a 0-7 deficit.

Round 8 proved to be a pivotal point for the struggling squad, marking Liquid's first round victory on the offense. With the wind in their sails, the Ts went on to land a further three consecutive rounds, subsequently leading to a full economic reset for ENCE, a first for the Finnish defence. The setback proved to be temporary, as Aleksi "Aleksib" Virolainen and his squad restabilised post-upset, trading three-for-two with their adversaries, concluding the initial half 10-5 in ENCE's favour.

EliGE once more demonstrated a stunning performance at 1.28 rating

Without hesitation Liquid commenced equalising efforts after switching to the CT side. A fruitful pistol round was succeeded by an anti-eco MP9 ace from Jonathan "EliGE" Jablonowski, an effort that bridged the round disparity to three rounds. Early momentum was extended for a short while longer by the aqueous quintet, after which a brawl for dominance ensued. Despite conceding a string of rounds, the Finns were able to reset their adversaries, preventing an equaliser from taking place at 12-10.

Maintaining composure, Liquid eventually managed to level the playing field at 12-12, largely thanks to a stunning AUG 4k from EliGE in round 24. The round victory was a blow to the Finnish economy, leaving room for one last buy on the T's part. Fortunately for the offense, it proved fruitful, in turn dealing damage to Liquid's economy. Financial drought was prevented by Liquid via a victory, causing a back-and-forth to ensue between the teams. Neither side was able to overcome the other, leading to a 15-15 draw come conclusion of Overpass.

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 ENCE K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Finland Aleksi 'Aleksib' VirolainenAleksib 20 - 20 0 79.5 1.09
Finland Jere 'sergej' Salosergej 22 - 22 0 67.7 1.06
Finland Sami 'xseveN' LaasanenxseveN 17 - 18 -1 70.6 0.99
Finland Jani 'Aerial' JussilaAerial 16 - 21 -5 66.3 0.96
Finland Aleksi 'allu' Jalliallu 18 - 24 -6 63.4 0.90
 Liquid K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
United States Jonathan 'EliGE' JablonowskiEliGE 25 - 21 +4 87.4 1.28
United States Nick 'nitr0' Cannellanitr0 24 - 19 +5 84.8 1.20
Canada Russel 'Twistzz' Van DulkenTwistzz 18 - 16 +2 68.0 1.16
United States Jake 'Stewie2K' YipStewie2K 22 - 18 +4 65.3 1.06
Canada Keith 'NAF' MarkovicNAF 15 - 19 -4 61.2 0.95

Liquid will advance to the grand final over ENCE due to securing a better round difference over the course of the tournament at +32 in comparison to ENCE's +21.

United States Jonathan 'EliGE' Jablonowski
Jonathan 'EliGE' Jablonowski
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1182
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.16
Finland Aleksi 'allu' Jalli
Aleksi 'allu' Jalli
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
1391
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.11
Finland Aleksi 'Aleksib' Virolainen
Aleksi 'Aleksib' Virolainen
Age:
22
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
588
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.18
Finland Jere 'sergej' Salo
Jere 'sergej' Salo
Age:
17
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.13
Maps played:
529
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.15
#1
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United States Comethazine 
Nice choke ENCE noobs so bad At least we have a good final now without ENCE bots
2019-03-23 21:02
#2
s1mple | 
United States blinK_ 
ENCE starting to show consistency across LANs. Online though.....
2019-03-23 21:03
#8
Twistzz | 
Estonia dev2ce 
NICE ROUND DIFFERENCE FORMAT LUL
2019-03-23 21:03
#12
k0nfig | 
Liechtenstein mary69 
good final liquid vs astralis impossible to pick both😕
2019-03-23 21:04
#21
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Europe RJM 
+1, 16-5 16-10 to Astralis
2019-03-23 21:06
#34
k0nfig | 
Liechtenstein mary69 
easy
2019-03-23 21:19
#54
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United States LookitsJrd 
Nice predictions lul
2019-03-23 23:45
#58
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Europe RJM 
Nice scene lul
2019-03-23 23:48
#59
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United States LookitsJrd 
Says the one too scared to show your actual flag
2019-03-23 23:49
#60
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Europe RJM 
Europe is my city
2019-03-23 23:50
#62
allu | 
Canada Lokomo 
+1 my nomadic friend
2019-03-24 00:19
#55
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United States LookitsJrd 
Ence would have gotten demolished
2019-03-23 23:45
#22
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Denmark MeToxi 
Well, the first tiebreaker would be head-to-head results but they tied against eachother soooo
2019-03-23 21:07
#31
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United States gtmaniacmda 
makes the scheduling more consistent, at least I think it's fine for a 2-day tournament like this
2019-03-23 21:13
I think it is fine especially when the tournament is a bit less serious at least for the viewers. And I think having different formats is nice even though it isn’t the optimal thing for competitors.
2019-03-23 22:53
True. Its not like there was time for a tiebraker ot.
2019-03-24 16:11
#70
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United States gtmaniacmda 
I didn't say they didn't have time, I said it kept them on schedule
2019-03-24 19:20
+1
2019-03-23 21:21
#42
NiKo | 
United States Perexity 
Heroic fan lmao
2019-03-23 21:51
#43
Aleksib | 
United Kingdom broco 
fan of heroic but ence are the team who chokes LUL
2019-03-23 21:54
>Heroic fan
2019-03-23 21:59
#71
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Australia kaos0002 
Fake flag
2019-03-25 07:57
Finally my boys didn't choke. They got this final!
2019-03-23 21:03
Liquid so luckkyy
2019-03-23 21:03
#10
k0nfig | 
Liechtenstein mary69 
+1
2019-03-23 21:03
I mean it was not lucky by any means. There were many close rounds but ence made some crucial mistakes too.
2019-03-23 22:54
Twistzz lucky spray in the last round saved them
2019-03-23 23:29
#67
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Finland Puskaaa 
+1
2019-03-24 14:40
#5
KRIMZ | 
United States KevinUSA 
oof
2019-03-23 21:02
#6
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Finland Smoonah 
2EZ4ENCE
2019-03-23 21:02
w/e astralis gonna win anyway
2019-03-23 21:02
#9
nitr0 | 
Russia RailenMay 
gj TL
2019-03-23 21:03
#11
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Finland gouca 
Nice match all the same, congratulations Liquid
2019-03-23 21:04
#13
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Brazil Nickzim 
Thank god we will not see a shity final like in Katowice.
2019-03-23 21:04
#29
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Argentina xsmigorx 
Wtf bro ence play very well un katowice
2019-03-23 21:11
Yeah no MiBR, thank god
2019-03-23 21:40
#40
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Czech Republic wonderhead 
Mibr 0-10
2019-03-23 21:42
shit format
2019-03-23 21:04
bs.
2019-03-23 21:04
#17
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Algeria NinjaGiaden 
no why
2019-03-23 21:05
I waited for like 10 mins for OT! What is this format LUL!
2019-03-23 21:05
FUCKING AMAZING MATCH, shame the format is shitty tho Both teams deserve a spot in the final
2019-03-23 21:05
astralis: ok, they both deserve a spot in final. let us fly back home.
2019-03-23 21:18
Dogshit format just do OT for fucks sake
2019-03-23 21:06
#65
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Finland Smoonah 
yeah especially if they are bo1s wtf
2019-03-24 01:29
#23
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Qatar KMB_Syr 
They have the same points why did they choose TL?
2019-03-23 21:08
Dogvomit format never do this again
2019-03-23 21:09
Shame no OT when same points..
2019-03-23 21:09
#26
rain | 
Romania Jupanu 
Frankie Kreygasm
2019-03-23 21:09
#27
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Finland Kuiva_Simo 
LIQUID_NEVER_WON_AGAINST_ENCE
2019-03-23 21:10
expecting to see the match of Liquid duel with Astrails
2019-03-23 21:11
#30
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Lithuania KingOfPing 
dont cry ence fans on format coz that format is always in blast pro series :D :D
2019-03-23 21:13
but it's the first that 2nd and 3rd team havs same score
2019-03-23 21:42
#46
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Lithuania KingOfPing 
yeah, but liquid have more + rounds. In a lot of sports if tied watching other aspects in standings.
2019-03-23 22:04
#68
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Ethiopia thiccboiww 
AND Cs has different halves, If you start CT you will have a significant advantage to get more rounds. Mibr clearly throwed xd.
2019-03-24 15:47
#61
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Ukraine ksay 
no c9 and na'vi once had the same scores and na'vi came to final because of rounds that mibr threw against them mibr did the same here 16-2 vs liquid
2019-03-24 00:09
#32
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Switzerland MRKNUSPER 
complete garbage format
2019-03-23 21:16
#64
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Finland Smoonah 
+1 tournament was boring to watch.
2019-03-24 01:28
I guess we have to say goodbye to mibr for our favs.. rip...tgese gys are getting worse and worse like vp (the old linup)... Hard to say but .. they are not performing as tgey were expected..
2019-03-23 21:33
#41
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Finland orgrinrt 
I think the no-OT format is allright for a 2-day event like this. They both crushed their other opponents, except Astralis, Liquid just happened to crush more, so it makes sense that they make it through. Ence had a chance there on the last round, had they just won that round they would have well deserved their spot in the final. Even now, both teams deserved the spot, they both outplayed their opponents with a great score diff (+21 to ence, +32 to liquid), Liquid just deserved it more in this context. No reason to cry about it. Anyway, it was fun watching Ence in the standoff map lol.
2019-03-23 21:45
The RD would make sense if all matches were played on the same maps. Now they are not.
2019-03-23 22:02
#47
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Australia Slippin_Jimmy 
Liquid vs Astralis finals i sleep
2019-03-23 22:26
gg wp Liquid unlucky 4 ence
2019-03-23 22:32
#66
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Finland Kuiva_Simo 
God testo. Ez #1 - 2k19.
2019-03-24 13:50
wow more rounds in completely different maps? why don't you count who got more headshots to decide the winner next time? terrible format
2019-03-23 22:34
yeah, they should have had some kind of rematch, tiebreaker or sth
2019-03-23 23:38
ezpz
2019-03-23 23:47
#63
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Finland Smoonah 
tied but they go to grand finale ok
2019-03-24 01:28
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