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