Liquid secure semi-final spot over NiP; mousesports dismantle BIG

Liquid booked a spot in the last-four stage of IEM Sydney 2019 after taking down NiP in Group A's upper bracket final, while mousesports came through the lower bracket at the expense of BIG.

The battle for the first semi-final spot in Sydney began on NiP's map pick, Nuke, with the Swedes taking the pistol round off the back of three quick kills by Jonas "Lekr0" Olofsson in the ramps. Liquid responded immediately on a force buy, though, and rode that momentum to secure a 5-1 lead.

NiP then finally woke up and went on a five-round streak of their own before Liquid dominated proceedings in the final stages of the half, bringing the scoreline to 9-6.

The second half followed the same pattern as the first, with the CT team immediately hitting back after losing the pistol round. But Liquid did not break their stride, and put together a string of rounds to build a 14-8 lead, eventually locking down the map in the 27th round after a brief comeback attempt by the Swedes, with Russel "Twistzz" Van Dulken ending the game with a 30-bomb.

Liquid move on to the semi-finals

Next up was Overpass, where a solid start from Liquid saw them take a 4-2 lead on the Terrorist side after losing the pistol. The rest of the half was all about NiP's compact defense, though, as the Swedes lost just one of the last nine rounds to secure a 10-5 lead.

Now playing on the CT side, Liquid won a much-needed pistol round in a 3v5 retake situation. That was the start of a phenomenal run from the North Americans, who shut down any chances of NiP stringing rounds together, hitting match point at 15-12.

With no room for error, the Swedes dug deep in an attempt to force overtime and almost pulled it off but shockingly squandered a 4v2 post-plant situation in final round of regulation.

Matchpage
2
0
2nd May 2019
Sweden
16
Nuke
11
16
Overpass
14
 Liquid K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Canada Keith 'NAF' MarkovicNAF 47 - 35 +12 85.4 1.33
Canada Russel 'Twistzz' Van DulkenTwistzz 50 - 36 +14 87.5 1.26
United States Nick 'nitr0' Cannellanitr0 34 - 39 -5 71.5 1.03
United States Jake 'Stewie2K' YipStewie2K 36 - 36 0 67.1 1.03
United States Jonathan 'EliGE' JablonowskiEliGE 41 - 38 +3 73.6 1.02
 NiP K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Sweden Jonas 'Lekr0' OlofssonLekr0 40 - 44 -4 80.8 1.07
Sweden Dennis 'dennis' Edmandennis 41 - 44 -3 76.2 1.05
Sweden Christopher 'GeT_RiGhT' AlesundGeT_RiGhT 37 - 38 -1 66.6 1.00
Sweden Patrik 'f0rest' Lindbergf0rest 35 - 38 -3 68.9 0.94
Sweden Fredrik 'REZ' SternerREZ 31 - 44 -13 62.4 0.86

Meanwhile in the lower bracket, mousesports and BIG faced off in a rematch of the opening round game between the two, which the German side had won 16-14. Finn "karrigan" Andersen's side entered this all-deciding series looking for revenge and made light work for their opponents on the opening map, Mirage, with Robin "ropz" Kool topping the scoreboard with an impressive performance (2.15 rating) that saw him clutch a 1v4 pistol in the second half.

frozen was mousesports' top performer against BIG

The match continued to be a lopsided affair dominated by mousesports on Inferno, this time with David "frozen" Čerňanský leading the charge for the European mixture, who will face the loser of the match between NRG and MIBR in the quarter-finals, against an uninspired BIG side who simply could not put up a fight in the series.

Matchpage
2
0
2nd May 2019
Germany
16
Mirage
2
16
Inferno
4
 mousesports K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Slovakia David 'frozen' Čerňanskýfrozen 41 - 13 +28 112.2 1.88
Denmark Finn 'karrigan' Andersenkarrigan 36 - 25 +11 110.7 1.68
Estonia Robin 'ropz' Koolropz 40 - 15 +25 101.0 1.65
Turkey Özgür 'woxic' Ekerwoxic 28 - 20 +8 74.2 1.33
Netherlands Chris 'chrisJ' de JongchrisJ 23 - 17 +6 60.7 1.17
 BIG K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Germany Johannes 'tabseN' WodarztabseN 33 - 33 0 88.6 1.01
Germany Fatih 'gob b' Dayikgob b 17 - 32 -15 62.2 0.69
Germany Johannes 'nex' Magetnex 21 - 35 -14 58.8 0.67
Germany Tizian 'tiziaN' FeldbuschtiziaN 11 - 35 -24 49.4 0.40
Germany Nikola 'LEGIJA' NinićLEGIJA 7 - 33 -26 29.9 0.29
Slovakia David 'frozen' Čerňanský
David 'frozen' Čerňanský
Age:
17
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.16
Maps played:
727
KPR:
0.79
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.14
Estonia Robin 'ropz' Kool
Robin 'ropz' Kool
Age:
19
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
648
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.11
Canada Russel 'Twistzz' Van Dulken
Russel 'Twistzz' Van Dulken
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.14
Maps played:
929
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.12
Denmark Finn 'karrigan' Andersen
Finn 'karrigan' Andersen
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.93
Maps played:
1538
KPR:
0.64
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.13
Sweden Jonas 'Lekr0' Olofsson
Jonas 'Lekr0' Olofsson
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
867
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
Let's win this tournament!!! #Vamouz
2019-05-02 09:45
Big will win this tournament. KAPPA
2019-05-02 09:47
#17
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Palestine MrZoldiK 
Ez for mouz <3 #Vamouz
2019-05-02 09:54
#20
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Japan Pingu_MOUZ 
#Vamouz now let's go boys <3 <3
2019-05-02 10:00
#33
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Sweden Unluko 
F5
2019-05-02 10:19
Switches to mouz flair after big bomb outs nice big fan men 😎😎😂😂👌👌
2019-05-02 13:06
#76
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Canada suzi 
+1
2019-05-02 18:01
mouz looking promising
2019-05-02 09:45
gonn be top5 end of 2019 watch
2019-05-02 09:57
other 4 teams?
2019-05-02 10:19
#35
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Austria ElGerda 
Astralis 2, NaVi 3, Liquid 4 and EZ4ENCE Top 1 for the rest of CSGO.
2019-05-02 10:21
#52
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Europe tweekzter 
this long break could actually kill ENCEs momentum.
2019-05-02 11:24
#71
jhd | 
Finland JHdash77 
Honestly yea
2019-05-02 14:15
Astralis until they lose a major will be top 1. 2nd will be liquid forever. mouz, navi?, fifth depends on next major which team shows up
2019-05-02 12:51
ez4mouz
2019-05-02 09:45
BIG FANS HERE?
2019-05-02 09:47
Gg
2019-05-02 09:46
#8
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Finland NoPointsgg 
frozen pog
2019-05-02 09:46
#11
HEN1 | 
Palestine S1rEz10 
go liquid
2019-05-02 09:48
7 kills, hardstyle would be proud
2019-05-02 09:48
#18
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Palestine MrZoldiK 
XD , +1
2019-05-02 09:55
#60
paz | 
Turkey Fireflood 
Lol
2019-05-02 12:58
#13
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Kazakhstan bjornzz 
Nice upset from Liquid, unexpected 😯
2019-05-02 09:48
Lmao
2019-05-02 11:33
#14
shox | 
Slovakia TreeMan 
Community will now love this douche Frozen. Just like P1mle. Kids root for whoever is on top. Not based on if they want to see that kind of personality succeed. Shallow fans.
2019-05-02 09:50
what did he do to you
2019-05-02 10:07
#54
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Europe tweekzter 
earning money with CS is enough probably :D
2019-05-02 11:26
#27
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Singapore Nephalith 
Why in the world are you hating on your fellow countryman? Shouldn't you be happy for him? I mean, everyone's gotta start somewhere you know. At least Frozen is living up to the hype, just like Zywoo :)
2019-05-02 10:07
#43
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Slovakia TatKo 
So he should be happy just cuz hes from the same country ? lol Anyways dont you think there may be some kind of reason why he doesnt like him ?
2019-05-02 10:44
#25
2019-05-02 11:14
#56
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Slovakia TatKo 
nvm im blind lmao
2019-05-02 11:38
#57
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Slovakia TatKo 
Havent done anything to me nor do i have some kind of negative view of him. Couple of me friends told hes doing some drugs and that hes an asshole but i personally dont care bout dat. But that guy could have some reason why he doesnt like him.
2019-05-02 11:45
"Couple of me friends told hes doing some drugs and that hes an asshole but i personally dont care bout dat." - good for you to not care about it since, people who gossip other people are usually the ones who's having some personal problems in the first place. In order to feel better they do this kind of stuff. "But that guy could have some reason why he doesnt like him." - ofc, that's why there's #25, yet there's no answer to that question. Jealousy won't bring you much of a joy in life.
2019-05-02 13:16
#74
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Slovakia TatKo 
Yeah you are absolutely right about the first point.
2019-05-02 16:15
Keep crying. World needs water
2019-05-02 10:27
#15
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Pakistan LoOuU2 
So is NiP out now or what ?
2019-05-02 09:52
No they are in quarters, liquid in semis. That was the advantage of winning this series
2019-05-02 09:53
#24
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Pakistan LoOuU2 
ah nice nice . Any word on their potential opponent in the quaters ? Apologies but i am not aware about their group standings
2019-05-02 10:06
Probably another swedish Derby
2019-05-02 10:26
Look up on hltv "csgo tournaments hltv" click on iem sydney and then u see the brackets
2019-05-02 10:28
#45
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Pakistan LoOuU2 
Gracias , senor
2019-05-02 11:00
#21
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Pakistan LoOuU2 
ah nice nice . Any word on their potential opponent in the quaters ? Apologies but i am not aware about their group standings
2019-05-02 10:01
#31
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Pakistan LoOuU2 
wait how do you delete comments on the forums here , this was supposed to be a reply to above comment
2019-05-02 10:11
that's a can't do from me dawg
2019-05-02 11:16
#22
ScreaM | 
Turkey tanseel 
Legia has -49 kills in this tournament
2019-05-02 10:03
well, he is a coach...
2019-05-02 10:08
#36
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Austria ElGerda 
Well, he was a player for a long time...
2019-05-02 10:22
#40
shox | 
France KR1MEZ 
2 years ago wasnt that long
2019-05-02 10:32
yeah and he was shit so he changed to coach
2019-05-02 10:41
#23
shox | 
India iejesus 
7 kills across two maps holy shit
2019-05-02 10:05
#29
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United States Nellie^ 
so ez 4 liquid
2019-05-02 10:09
#30
NBK- | 
Macau s0APKing 
ez 4 liquid
2019-05-02 10:10
I mean, 30 rounds versus liquid on their map pick is not bad at all, but it should have been overtime at least if dennis did not push into that position and get killed without trading..
2019-05-02 10:15
#44
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United States v1ctuh 
How the hell do you total 7 kills in 2 games?
2019-05-02 10:51
after all he is a coach..
2019-05-02 13:16
#49
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Europe tweekzter 
Judging how hyped frozen was after that 1vs4 clutch from ropz, I think this team certainly got better chemistry than before. Was not sure about the roster changes, but it seems that actually the mentality was their biggest issue.
2019-05-02 11:21
ez4stew
2019-05-02 11:25
Bug clan disband pls
2019-05-02 12:09
rrrofl big
2019-05-02 13:10
#65
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Lebanon ryBBah 
That's a good announcement, I hope BIG parts ways with the team sooner or later , or just let Nex in the team since he's the only good player in the team.
2019-05-02 13:16
Dennis might have got his aim back, but his brain is still somewhere flying...That push in the last round is SO STUPID
2019-05-02 13:22
#69
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United States @FyreCS 
Mouz look so good right now holy...
2019-05-02 13:50
#70
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Denmark Xipingu 
Legija 7 kills in 2 maps. Not even an Open level player lmao
2019-05-02 14:03
If mouz win tournament i will be really shoked
2019-05-02 14:39
Tabsen save your career plz
2019-05-02 16:09
#75
Canada ssau 
F0rest top frag = nip wins F0rest not top frag = nip loses
2019-05-02 17:15
#vamouz
2019-05-03 02:57
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