Liquid beat fnatic to win IEM Sydney and break Big Event curse

Liquid won the 2019 edition of IEM Sydney after beating fnatic in a keenly-contested best-of-five series that went the full distance.

As the teams took the stage at the Qudos Bank Arena for one final match, fans all over the world asked the same question: 'Will Liquid finally do it?' That has been a question haunting the team for over a year now. After losing ten finals, some of which in the most gut-wrenching fashion, would the North Americans finally eradicate their demons and begin to live up to their potential?

At one point, it looked like destiny would once again be cruel for Liquid as they wasted a 2-1 advantage after being humbled on Dust2. Yet unlike in some of their previous finals, they kept their composure and pulled through in the end, even if that second half on Inferno got a little bit too close for comfort.

A lively start from fnatic as CT on their map pick of Cache forced Liquid to call their first timeout just five rounds into the series. The North Americans continued to be outclassed by fnatic's high-pressing defence, with the scoreline blooming to a 9-0 advantage in the Swedes' favour.

Liquid required a moment of inspiration to finally get something in the game, and it came in the form of a 1v2 clutch by Jake "Stewie2K" Yip inside B. That was a wake-up call for Liquid and the start of a near-flawless run from the North American team, one that was just briefly interrupted by a spectacular quad kill by Jesper "JW" Wecksell with the AWP.

Liquid win their first Big Event title in a hard-fought series

Down 5-10, Liquid kept themselves in the game by taking the pistol round and the subsequent anti-eco. But once fnatic had money to work with, the entire dynamic of the game changed, with the Swedes winning five rounds in a row to reach map point. Liquid still attempted a response, but their comeback was short-lived as Ludvig "Brollan" Brolin put the game to bed in the 26th round with a quad kill.

The 16-year-old Swede picked up where he left off and secured a trio of kills in the pistol round to help fnatic to take the lead on Overpass, a map on which Liquid were on a six-game winning streak on LAN. The North American team responded immediately and went on a dominant run, but fnatic came fighting back towards the end of the half and brought the deficit to just three rounds.

Nick "nitr0" Cannella came up huge in the second half pistol with a 1v3 clutch, kicking Liquid further into the lead. But once the game hit the gun stages, the North Americans' defense was not up to the task, with fnatic eventually taking the lead at 13-12 after a dominant period.

A massive comeback seemed to be in the making, but just when Liquid doubters were starting to poke fun at the team with the universal choking sign, Jonathan "EliGE" Jablonowski rescued his squad with a triple kill, halting the Swedes' momentum. The rest of the game went down to the wire, with Liquid claiming the victory in the 30th round off the back of a triple kill by nitr0 - a fitting ending to a game in which the North American in-game leader had played centre stage.

Liquid got off to a slow start on Mirage, losing four of the initial five rounds of the game, but set up a really tight defence afterwards. The North Americans kept the Terrorists at bay for the rest of the half, taking a 9-6 lead after keeping their opponents from stringing rounds together.

Now playing on the Terrorist side, Liquid continued their dominance over fnatic with a successful pistol round in which Keith "NAF" Markovic got three kills to his name. The Swedish team still tried to respond, but any round that they won was immediately countered by Liquid, who quickly wrapped up this one-sided game to get within touching distance of the trophy.

fnatic fought valiantly but had to settle for second place

Russel "Twistzz" Van Dulken opened up the action on Dust2 with a stunning pistol ace, but Liquid had little time to celebrate as fnatic rallied back once they had money in the bank. The Swedish team repeatedly penetrated through the Liquid defense, bringing the scoreline to 5-2, and held off a late comeback from their opponents to take a three-round lead into the break.

The second half turned out to be a complete blowout. Liquid were simply inconsequential as the fnatic defense was clicking on all levels, with the Swedish team winning seven rounds straight en route to a dominant 16-6 finish.

It all came down to Inferno, a fitting decider for this nail-biting series. Liquid came out firing on all cylinders and raced to a 10-2 lead on the CT side of the map, putting a considerable amount of pressure on fnatic's players. The Swedish team then finally managed to string rounds together, but they were still left frustrated in the final round as a quad kill by Twistzz with a UMP put his team on 11 rounds.

The Canadian player followed that up with another quad kill in the next pistol, setting Liquid up for a 14-4 lead. fnatic refused to go down without a fight, though, and put together a string of rounds, giving Liquid's fans painful flashbacks of the ESL One New York defeat to mousesports.

In the end, the North Americans managed to hit championship point on a shoddy buy, of all rounds, and followed it up with a successful B hit, ending a hard-fought series and a long wait for a Big Event trophy.

Matchpage
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Inferno
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 Liquid K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
United States Jonathan 'EliGE' JablonowskiEliGE 98 - 89 +9 87.0 1.12
Canada Keith 'NAF' MarkovicNAF 87 - 79 +8 76.5 1.11
United States Nick 'nitr0' Cannellanitr0 90 - 87 +3 79.5 1.11
Canada Russel 'Twistzz' Van DulkenTwistzz 92 - 75 +17 68.6 1.09
United States Jake 'Stewie2K' YipStewie2K 63 - 84 -21 58.4 0.85
 fnatic K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Sweden Jesper 'JW' WecksellJW 95 - 89 +6 87.1 1.21
Sweden Freddy 'KRIMZ' JohanssonKRIMZ 96 - 74 +22 70.8 1.17
Sweden Richard 'Xizt' LandströmXizt 80 - 85 -5 73.9 0.95
Sweden Ludvig 'Brollan' BrolinBrollan 76 - 94 -18 67.5 0.93
Sweden Simon 'twist' Eliassontwist 66 - 88 -22 58.5 0.80

IEM Sydney final standings:

1. United States Liquid - $100,000
2. Sweden fnatic - $40,000
3-4. United States NRG - $20,000
3-4. Brazil MIBR - $20,000
5-6. Sweden NiP - $10,000
5-6. Europe mousesports - $10,000
7-8. Germany BIG - $8,000
7-8. Australia Grayhound - $8,000
9-12. Korea MVP PK - $5,000
9-12. Australia Chiefs - $5,000
9-12. Europe FaZe - $5,000
9-12. Australia Renegades - $5,000
13-16. United States eUnited - $4,000
13-16. Denmark Heroic - $4,000
13-16. Singapore BOOT-d[S] - $4,000
13-16. China ViCi - $4,000

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
Sweden Ludvig 'Brollan' Brolin
Ludvig 'Brollan' Brolin
Age:
17
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
579
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.13
United States Nick 'nitr0' Cannella
Nick 'nitr0' Cannella
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
1207
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.14
Canada Keith 'NAF' Markovic
Keith 'NAF' Markovic
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1143
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.16
Sweden Jesper 'JW' Wecksell
Jesper 'JW' Wecksell
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
1606
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.14
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
United States Jake 'Stewie2K' Yip
Jake 'Stewie2K' Yip
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
1108
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.14
#1
kr4sylya | 
United Kingdom Wazerz 
GG EZ FOR LIQUID THE BEST TEAM IN THE WORLD UNLUCKY FOR FNATIC COULDN'T UPSET
2019-05-05 13:04
#19
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Germany DrachenRainer 
meep meep 3kliksphilip Top1 though
2019-05-05 13:05
CHOKEQUID FINALLY WIN KKKKKKKKK
2019-05-05 13:07
#34
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Indonesia Astranesia 
rip f5 -21 BTW LUL STEWIE-21K
2019-05-05 13:07
#46
NEO | 
Poland camarpl 
topfragging Janusz Jablonowski, easy win for polish representative in NA
2019-05-05 13:06
FUNNIEST part was that EU fans thought their team had chance hahahahahaha 3/4 of SEMI teams are from America. American ERA is BACK BOYS =)
2019-05-05 13:40
#213
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Asia streamer388 
U mean with astralis,navi & real faze in the same event? *cough*
2019-05-05 13:49
Faze need to do more to be in that conversation. Winning 1 tournament does nothing
2019-05-06 17:57
#251
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Denmark eoNs! 
Australian CS was the funniest part of the tournament 😂😂😂?
2019-05-05 15:11
Must sucks to be behind American CS In australia we think American as our scene because Renegades plays there, so we are > EU too :)
2019-05-05 20:08
Renegays XD, biggest joke this event
2019-05-05 15:28
Can’t expect much when America has to deny grat from entering and bring na cs down.
2019-05-05 17:12
ok ahmed born in 2005 go back to fortnite, you fucking fake flagger
2019-05-05 22:32
No disrespect, Liquid are still bad
2019-05-05 13:05
flair checks out
2019-05-05 13:06
#197
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Iceland Arag0rn 
twist > twistzz
2019-05-05 13:36
You mean: ocassionally awp clutches > constantly delivered headshots like a mechine, my bro.
2019-05-05 13:55
-8/8
2019-05-05 14:10
Imagine being twist fan in 2019 lul
2019-05-05 13:16
prolly twist himself
2019-05-05 13:20
#200
XeqtR | 
Hong Kong wqnxy1 
Ouch :D
2019-05-05 13:38
Also, what is the definition of a good team?
2019-05-05 13:30
Astralis ofc
2019-05-05 22:15
Only Astralis is a good team?
2019-05-06 01:27
Right now, yes
2019-05-06 05:38
cry is free, NA TWISTZZ better then trash twist OMEGALUL
2019-05-05 14:02
+1111
2019-05-05 19:11
so fast
2019-05-05 13:05
Wtf was that
2019-05-05 13:06
Maan ur so fast as usual
2019-05-05 13:05
So close to the choke
2019-05-05 13:05
WP for both teams
2019-05-05 13:06
#198
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Iceland Arag0rn 
Lucky liquid gg
2019-05-05 13:37
Lucky?? Liquid didnt lost a game in this tornament
2019-05-05 13:48
#51
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Denmark devnr1 
F5
2019-05-05 13:06
#67
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France Estraz 
Now Liquid will all win, after astralis Liquid will write thé history 🤞
2019-05-05 13:07
#76
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Denmark JEBO 
Best team in the world ROFL NT NT!
2019-05-05 13:07
ik i just write some random stuff lol
2019-05-05 13:08
LOL
2019-05-05 13:23
#282
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Denmark JEBO 
rofl
2019-05-05 17:04
#104
JW | 
Sweden LuscH 
it obviosuly wasn't easy mate
2019-05-05 13:10
#157
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United States Samsquanch_ 
God KRIMZ
2019-05-05 13:21
yaay
2019-05-05 13:27
#249
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United States @FyreCS 
Cry is free boys, I predicted this yesterday! EZ4LIQUID
2019-05-05 15:04
grats a well deserved win
2019-05-05 13:06
"Break big event Curse".... Really?!!! More like "Break big event curse without big teams"
2019-05-05 13:24
ENCE and Astralis not being there doesn’t make it tier 2, there were still a fair amount of top 10 teams
2019-05-05 15:02
2 top five teams and one of them playing without their best player, tier 3 event.
2019-05-05 15:28
top 10 = tier 1
2019-05-05 16:05
#295
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Latvia BurgerFan 
You think all the major event finals that Liquid have lost were against Astralis or better teams? Winning big event finals against not so good teams was always hard for them, making the so called curse.
2019-05-05 19:11
EZ 4 TWISTZZZ
2019-05-05 13:05
#36
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Poland JPKson 
Finally he win something xD
2019-05-05 13:05
So happy for him, he is a beast and seems to be a very kind / cool dude
2019-05-05 13:08
#112
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Poland JPKson 
Yeah His reaction after win last round it's like Kjaerbye reaction after win last round in the final in Eleague Major versus Virtus Pro
2019-05-05 13:11
+1
2019-05-05 13:07
EZ CLAP
2019-05-05 13:05
#9
EliGE | 
India astaelian 
woo
2019-05-05 13:05
Sad for fnatic
2019-05-05 13:05
#193
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Iceland Arag0rn 
+1
2019-05-05 13:35
Back to back second place finishes :(
2019-05-05 14:59
PogU
2019-05-05 13:05
KICK TWIST
2019-05-05 13:05
#194
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Iceland Arag0rn 
-1
2019-05-05 13:35
sry m8
2019-05-05 14:20
Astralis can easily wipe this Liquid out
2019-05-05 13:08
Not if they keep skipping events
2019-05-05 18:28
LIQUID ERA START NOW
2019-05-05 13:05
Astralis joins the chat
2019-05-05 13:06
#87
jhd | 
Finland JHdash77 
Astralis joins BLAST Pro Series*
2019-05-05 13:08
+1 that made my day
2019-05-05 13:13
Lmao +1
2019-05-05 13:17
Haha😂
2019-05-05 13:38
Don't lie to yourself, Astralis still better.
2019-05-05 17:15
#16
XeqtR | 
Hong Kong wqnxy1 
xizt da professional ground sprayer haHAA
2019-05-05 13:05
Ez win
2019-05-05 13:05
Almost choked. Ggwp though.
2019-05-05 13:05
Gg
2019-05-05 13:05
#21
Indonesia Elce 
Ez for liquid
2019-05-05 13:05
#22
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Denmark Jonasnhj 
Would have lost if Astralis was there
2019-05-05 13:05
U don't know that. What's more unexpected? Losing 16-2 to mibr or losing a final against team liquid? I'd say losing 16-2 to mibr. So u never know
2019-05-05 13:07
Let astralis play blast xaxa 😎
2019-05-05 13:10
Lol
2019-05-05 13:18
#131
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Norway CheNaLii 
That 16-2 doesnt matter as much as a final. Sure maybe MIBR could take a map off astralis (In a very dominant way, so grats to them), but in a BO5 i dont think anyone can beat Astralis
2019-05-05 13:13
U have a point. Astralis do have a deep and strong map pool. +1
2019-05-05 13:18
#167
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United States Samsquanch_ 
Astralis is starting to fade. I think they will show serious signs of struggle in their next bo5. Their tactics aren’t working anymore, but they’re still not changing the way they play...the same dumb move every “era” team has made.
2019-05-05 13:24
#286
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Indonesia Astranesia 
wtf lose some match and "Astralis is starting to fade" smh
2019-05-05 17:12
Even if you disreguard BLAST miami, they are getting older, and its only a matter of time. I have a hard time believing they will still be #1 by the end of they year. (Though, I guess you never know)
2019-05-05 18:31
#240
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Denmark Jonasnhj 
BO1 in Blast (Blast is not important to them at all) Seing that they dont even "Tryhard" their matches with any of their thoughtout strats, they just do rushes like any other team. But they are being forced to play Blast atm.
2019-05-05 14:32
#255
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Denmark eoNs! 
What are talking about, they only attend blast events and majors.
2019-05-05 15:18
#290
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Denmark Jonasnhj 
Thats what i just said dumbass.... Learn to read
2019-05-05 17:38
#272
allu | 
China zyzyzy 
Ast is good. But Blast Pro is really important to them, if you look at their schedule.
2019-05-05 16:34
No shit sherlock
2019-05-05 13:12
#23
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Singapore repu1se 
finally no choke
2019-05-05 13:05
#28
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India Tritium 
Ez
2019-05-05 13:05
ok
2019-05-05 13:05
big event without Astralis, Na'Vi, FaZe and ENCE lel
2019-05-05 13:05
#62
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India spiderCAKE 
ENCE LUL
2019-05-05 13:06
ence is way stronger then fnatic, if they played agaist liquid in finals they would ez rekt them, just like starladder the real final was navi - ence that navi barely win, while ez rape fnatic 3-0
2019-05-05 13:20
ENCE LUL
2019-05-05 13:08
#105
Xyp9x | 
Denmark Khronov 
ENCE LUL
2019-05-05 13:10
#204
XeqtR | 
Hong Kong wqnxy1 
Doesnt faze got out in group lol?
2019-05-05 13:42
#218
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United Kingdom levymonsta 
They did, although with their coach instead of their best player.
2019-05-05 13:52
#212
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Australia lordHeli1X 
FaZe was there, just bombed outta grouls.
2019-05-05 13:49
playing with 3 players first and with 4 rest of the games, surely counts as faze at 100% of their power
2019-05-05 21:04
Ence OMEGALUL
2019-05-05 14:23
#38
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Pakistan LoOuU2 
Congratulations to Chokequid for winning a premier event title where 3 out of top 5 teams didn`t participate and the fourth one had to play with stand-ins . GG
2019-05-05 13:05
#49
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Sweden Trkmag 
+1
2019-05-05 13:06
nt Pakistan
2019-05-05 13:11
#129
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Sweden Trkmag 
Liquid fans still mad draken 1 tier 1 event Liquid 0 tier 1 event
2019-05-05 13:13
Well a win is a win.
2019-05-05 13:09
+1
2019-05-05 13:12
#297
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United States LookitsJrd 
There were 6 top ten teams there plus NRG. Stop getting so butthurt that Liquid finally won a big event.
2019-05-05 19:29
Triggered burger brain mad because of truth
2019-05-05 21:06
#39
shox | 
France KR1MEZ 
Finally!
2019-05-05 13:05
ez
2019-05-05 13:05
#44
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Sweden Trkmag 
Not tier 1 event so irrelevant
2019-05-05 13:06
fucking bot twist
2019-05-05 13:06
#192
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Iceland Arag0rn 
-1
2019-05-05 13:35
#50
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Norway Alexed 
Finally
2019-05-05 13:06
Big event without Astralis , NaVi , ENCE , FaZe ?
2019-05-05 13:06
#75
KRIMZ | 
Romania moetxxx 
Faze out in groups
2019-05-05 13:07
FaZe didnt have their IGL AND STAR PLAYER so can you consider that FaZe?
2019-05-05 13:08
#205
XeqtR | 
Hong Kong wqnxy1 
They would lose even with him, but at least they got an excuse now
2019-05-05 13:43
+1
2019-05-05 17:04
#98
fl0m | 
Denmark GARD91 
+1 But you can only win over the teams that attend. Tier 2 event definitely, though
2019-05-05 13:09
Tier 2 yeah but this is not a Tier 1 event
2019-05-05 13:11
#299
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United States LookitsJrd 
6-7 top ten teams is definitely a tier 1 event. You hltv trolls don't understand tiers do you
2019-05-05 19:32
#298
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United States LookitsJrd 
Navi and Ence don't deserve top 5 lmao. Replace Navi and just put S1mple
2019-05-05 19:32
Choke finally ended lol
2019-05-05 13:06
2ez!!!
2019-05-05 13:06
#57
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Finland EdiEz 
GG
2019-05-05 13:06
I LOVE YOU NITR0
2019-05-05 13:06
Finally jeez. Wp from Fnatic they are a real strong team, definitely stronger than people give them credit
2019-05-05 13:06
Hoping they keep on grinding back to the top
2019-05-05 13:11
Despite stewie having negative rating, he had so much impact frags in the series
2019-05-05 13:07
+1
2019-05-05 13:11
#207
XeqtR | 
Hong Kong wqnxy1 
+1
2019-05-05 13:44
#66
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Europe b7ack0ut 
gg
2019-05-05 13:07
nice
2019-05-05 13:07
#71
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Australia amarines 
Fnatic played a great final, that can't be discounted. Well done Liquid!
2019-05-05 13:07
#91
KRIMZ | 
Romania moetxxx 
Yeah but they are still making a lot of mistakes. I hope they will fix them
2019-05-05 13:09
#74
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Romania cyber8 
Ez4Liquid
2019-05-05 13:07
#191
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Iceland Arag0rn 
lucky win
2019-05-05 13:34
#78
TACO | 
Portugal R0cketOG 
Mad game. Great final, wp to both teams and congratz to Liquid
2019-05-05 13:07
Tier 1 my ass...no NaVi, no ENCE, no Astralis and a FaZe with stand-ins
2019-05-05 13:07
#91
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Indonesia Astranesia 
+1 no astralis not tier 1
2019-05-05 13:09
+1 but left NAVI along as Navi hasn't been a win against TL at all since last year somehow
2019-05-05 13:10
#190
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Iceland Arag0rn 
ENCE ? 0/8
2019-05-05 13:33
#5 team in the world, thank you very much
2019-05-05 15:55
remember katowice?they are top 5 my man
2019-05-05 16:51
#301
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United States LookitsJrd 
Fluke
2019-05-05 19:35
Just like Cloud9 in Boston and Liquid in Cologne Mr. Burger
2019-05-05 21:09
Simon 'twist' Eliasson performed so bad, missed a lot of chances Ludvig 'Brollan' Brolin still young but has a lot of potential
2019-05-05 13:08
#81
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Moldova OptimusBlyad 
GG!Deserved for Liquid
2019-05-05 13:08
#187
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Iceland Arag0rn 
gg both teams
2019-05-05 13:33
#210
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Moldova OptimusBlyad 
True!
2019-05-05 13:47
#83
Stewie2K | 
Australia Taqo 
ez
2019-05-05 13:08
tbh fnatic gifted the title to liquid with the amount of stupid rounds they lost espically against pistols when they are fully geared, they just seem to play like bots against pistols but win gun rounds convincingly -,-
2019-05-05 13:08
agree
2019-05-05 13:09
#114
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Pakistan ^NewB 
Krimz was playing outstandingly on inferno tho
2019-05-05 13:11
they were all playing well just that when against pistol or when they have man advantage they started playing like bots throwing all those rounds but they were outaiming and winning all the gun rounds convincingly
2019-05-05 13:12
#150
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India spiderCAKE 
Agreed. Those 2 eco wins by Liquid on inferno in the 1st half destroyed fnatic. Had fnatic won those, it would've been a different game. Could've been another choke for Liquid.
2019-05-05 13:20
#89
NBK- | 
Macau s0APKing 
NITRO GOD
2019-05-05 13:08
#185
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Iceland Arag0rn 
he is overrated
2019-05-05 13:32
#202
NBK- | 
Macau s0APKing 
he is underrated noob
2019-05-05 13:40
#93
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France Aresys 
Finally, after 2 years, i cry !
2019-05-05 13:09
#94
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United Kingdom _xC4ctus 
nice liquid, hope stew will deliver more!
2019-05-05 13:09
Stew had a lot of impact frags so it's all good
2019-05-05 13:14
#137
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United Kingdom _xC4ctus 
yess, its cool, loveu stew
2019-05-05 13:15
GG
2019-05-05 13:09
Only 5 top 10 team, tier 2 event so far
2019-05-05 13:10
Yeah no Astolis, NaVi or ENCE so I don't think Liquid themselves see this as "breaking the curse". But they are a great team so maybe this breaks some ice in playing in the finals.
2019-05-05 13:12
#302
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United States LookitsJrd 
Actually 7 top 10 teams. Vitality will be out of the top 10 tomorrow as NRG will replace them. You people don't understand tiers.
2019-05-05 19:37
Be honest lol, no top 5 team, only faze with stand in
2019-05-05 21:03
A great event, great matches and a pretty great final too. Production was on point, no technical issues or delays, the crowd was fun as hell. Sydney definitely deserves a major.
2019-05-05 13:10
First smart comment on this thread. +11111111
2019-05-05 13:13
under those circumstances it does especially the pros you have counted, but the timezone will hinder that anyway. Less Viewers, less TO for Valve and etc.
2019-05-05 13:13
#139
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Pakistan ^NewB 
Dude its a ESL event, they're always the best. And yes, the crowd was fantastic. During NiP vs fnatic on dust2 and overpass, i was getting more goosebumps than i ever did.
2019-05-05 13:17
Hah yeah
2019-05-05 13:20
:D Would be so good. But with timezones and complainers it won't happen :(
2019-05-06 07:11
Yeah that's a little tricky but then again, oft a time US tournaments play close to the same hours this event did. I myself am 100% a morning person, I get up between 4 and 5 am every morning and the Sydney schedule was just perfect for me :)
2019-05-06 07:14
gg NA stronk or fluke
2019-05-05 13:10
#106
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Pakistan ^NewB 
First tier 1 victory for liquid damn
2019-05-05 13:11
Tier 1? The only top5 team was liquid
2019-05-05 13:13
nice final ! ggwp to both teams
2019-05-05 13:11
#184
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Iceland Arag0rn 
+1
2019-05-05 13:32
-twist -twist -twist -twist
2019-05-05 13:11
#156
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India spiderCAKE 
JW already said there will be no more roster changes.
2019-05-05 13:21
then I hope JW is content with never winning another tourney
2019-05-05 13:23
#217
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India spiderCAKE 
Funny how until a few days ago everyone wanted Xizt out but now it's twist. You're forgetting he's awping mostly now but makes a lot of Impact kills. Give it time, xizt will figure it out.
2019-05-05 13:51
I've wanted twist out since he joined. Say what you will about Xizt but there's not many options for IGLs in the Swedish scene. Xizt is not really known for wrestling out good performances from struggling players though. It's up to twist to turn it around but I'll doubt it. Btw JW made more impact AWP kills this tournament anyway, if they want an AWPer they could just as well pick up draken. At least he's good occasionally
2019-05-05 13:56
#235
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India spiderCAKE 
Ugh no. Not draken. Anyone but him. One trick pony who can't even do his one trick successfully on a consistent basis. Twist is a good rifler as well, he should do that more imo. Too much pressure on krimz and brilliant when both him and JW are awping. Let's see how it pans out.
2019-05-05 14:25
Twist is consistently bad and neither a decent rifler nor AWPer anymore. Always chokes when it matters as well, probably something he picked up in GODSENT like a contagious disease from that infected org. fnatic need either a dedicated AWP or a much better hybrid than twist who has been their second worst player at LAN, only behind Xizt. And that's being put in a role to succeed too, he's almost playing the "star" role at times but failing hard at it
2019-05-05 14:43
#246
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India spiderCAKE 
Flusha cumbeck?
2019-05-05 14:45
I hope so... or olof
2019-05-05 15:30
GGWP
2019-05-05 13:11
#116
Golden | 
India Ayushp 
GG fnatic......you did great Always fnatic
2019-05-05 13:11
#182
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Iceland Arag0rn 
+1
2019-05-05 13:32
#238
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India spiderCAKE 
+1
2019-05-05 14:28
Who is actually cursed that is me....
2019-05-05 13:12
#124
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Canada herocoolzzz 
OMG THEY'VE DONE IT
2019-05-05 13:13
No aimlock for Stewie ? So bad ':(
2019-05-05 13:13
#180
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Iceland Arag0rn 
taco > stew
2019-05-05 13:31
twist fucked it up
2019-05-05 13:14
#135
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Sweden Nokkeri 
Ggwp! Exciting to see Liquid winning and also Fnatic stepping up!
2019-05-05 13:14
Liquid just lucky astralis wasnt there
2019-05-05 13:14
Liquid top 1 Astralis Era over
2019-05-05 13:17
navi full faze roster and astralis yeah
2019-05-05 13:17
So good to see fnatic back on track. Idgaf xizt and jw played so well. They just need to work on veto more and they will win the major. Krimz baby pls comeback like in 2018. Gg wp liquid, you can finally win a t1 tournament next time
2019-05-05 13:18
sorry but twist is dead weight, and xizt overperfomed heavily. if we see a normal performance from xizt, they can't afford to have a trash player like twist as well or they'll get crushed easily
2019-05-05 13:20
Disappointing to see twist drop off tbh, he was pretty lacklustre this tournament. We got to see some vintage JW and Krimz, and Xizt was also stepping up, which would make fnatic a huge threat. gg wp to fnatic, they tried their hardest
2019-05-05 13:23
if Astralis or NiKo had attended Liquid would have no chance, they got lucky. hardly a tier 1 event anyway
2019-05-05 13:18
#147
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United States twistzzgod 
BIGCLANER WHERE YOU???
2019-05-05 13:18
#148
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Denmark Alphamon 
Congrats to Liquid! How on earth do you give fnatic two maps tho...
2019-05-05 13:19
#178
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Iceland Arag0rn 
lucky liquid
2019-05-05 13:31
#152
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Singapore LimGardz 
GG WP FNATIC AND GG LIQUID FROM WINNING IEM SYDNEY GG FNATIC WIN OUR HEART LIQUID CONGRAT WINNING FROM YOU FIRST GG
2019-05-05 13:20
#153
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Czech Republic marekkingx 
big event without astralis, navi or ence
2019-05-05 13:20
#159
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Czech Republic marekkingx 
and faze without niko
2019-05-05 13:21
big maybe if we go by prize pool, but definitely not tier 1 only two tier 1 teams attending and one of them was missing their star & IGL...
2019-05-05 13:22
#172
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Czech Republic marekkingx 
yeah thats what im saying. and they even had problems with fnatic in the finals
2019-05-05 13:28
yup I agree
2019-05-05 13:43
big event without astralis and navi became tier2 event
2019-05-05 13:21
Not a big event tbh
2019-05-05 13:23
#177
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Iceland Arag0rn 
0/8
2019-05-05 13:30
No #1, #3, #5 #4 w/o niko
2019-05-05 14:18
#165
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France StickyRice 
> BIG EVENT > barely a Tier 2 event What i would call a Tier 1 event is for example Legends Stage of a Major where underdogs teams are decent teams like Vitality or hard working CIS teams that dedicated "their whole year" for this event, after slumping for months. Not an event where underdogs are : asian teams (not even TyLoo), Grayhound, legit losers like eUnited and such, and where Astralis, NaVi, ENCE, FaZe with real roster are not playing in ...
2019-05-05 13:24
Trash Shit.................. Wait till Dallas then we will see....................
2019-05-05 13:24
Gg no navi and astralis
2019-05-05 13:25
next tournament where best teams meet each other (ast,navi,tl) will be esl one cologne feelsbadman
2019-05-05 13:30
#173
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Pakistan ^NewB 
+1
2019-05-05 13:28
ESL PRO league?
2019-05-05 15:15
fck me, i forgot about esl finals ; /
2019-05-05 16:18
#174
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China hdgamerrr 
brollan and twist showed nothing in the final.still,liquid loses two maps.I wonder whats it gonna be if they are against navi,astralis or ence XD
2019-05-05 13:29
#181
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France StickyRice 
THIS. 100% It's Fnatic who lost the final, not really Liquid who won it. Fnatic definitely could have won Overpass or Inferno with less stupid mistakes, same thing can't be said on Liquid winning Cache or D2 ...
2019-05-05 13:31
#219
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China hdgamerrr 
yes,two more rounds on T side and few mistakes,fnatic might win the final funny thing is liquid almost choke again at the last map
2019-05-05 13:54
#230
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China NonMeltIce 
classic NA cs. They don't have tacs for each round and depend more on communication or aim,skills or something.
2019-05-05 14:16
#273
allu | 
China zyzyzy 
Critical comment!
2019-05-05 16:40
#216
keev | 
Europe auttan 
3-0 vs navi, 0-3 / 1-3 vs astralis, 3-2 / 2-3 vs ence
2019-05-05 13:50
#223
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China hdgamerrr 
liquid doesnt stand a chance if both electronic and simple are performing well.They always seem so solid,but they are not as good as navi now,just face it.
2019-05-05 14:00
#224
keev | 
Europe auttan 
navi always suck huge dick against liquid 0-8 vs liquid overrated trash
2019-05-05 14:02
#226
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China hdgamerrr 
Trust me, not at final
2019-05-05 14:02
#227
keev | 
Europe auttan 
maybe
2019-05-05 14:02
#175
Twistzz | 
Canada ASH1 
Twistzz MVP he is so good
2019-05-05 13:29
#179
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Romania d3nyZ 
I'm so happy for them,gg Liquid <3
2019-05-05 13:31
#186
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Poland rude_wredne 
I keep hearing that fanatic took "twist" because he was/is a beast in FPL (or other pubs) but then I see him in pro matches and.. meh. GG to liquid.
2019-05-05 13:33
he was a beast in officials as well in lower tier teams (and in LGB) for years but the weird thing is they picked him up after had sucked for a long time. his days are long over, he's trash now. should've joined in like 2017 or something when he was still somewhat relevant
2019-05-05 13:46
he was a beast back when ELEAGUE Major 2017 now trashlike
2019-05-05 16:04
#188
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African Union mikecool 
gg super fun tourney, great to have it as bo5 too!
2019-05-05 13:33
#189
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Sweden @fimpen 
fnatic did a realy great job! except for b on inferno that was the big issue.
2019-05-05 13:34
#195
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United States JustBitsy 
Great job! So proud of Liquid, many of these teams really were awesome.
2019-05-05 13:35
#196
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Philippines LYrpz 
Stew blew cock tho. BUT FINALLY LIQUID WON.
2019-05-05 13:35
> "Big event" > No Astralis
2019-05-05 13:45
#214
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Brazil siedlarczykK 
THANKS GOD WE HAD A REAL FINAL WITH EMOTION AFTER A BUNCH OF EVENTS WITH BORING FINALS
2019-05-05 13:49
#221
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Bosnia and Herzegovina Stook 
Much deserved..GG
2019-05-05 13:56
#229
Kaze | 
Asia Sab3r 
Liquid proud to win a tourney without Astralid lmao
2019-05-05 14:12
liquipedia.net/counterstrike/IBUYPOWER/M.. You were saying? haha Its clear that it is now American ERA (3/4 from America in Semis)
2019-05-05 14:26
#243
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Other Phinks 
Be happy for them. You can only beat who is in front of you
2019-05-05 14:34
Ez 4 liquid
2019-05-05 14:15
"BREAK BIG EVENT CURSE" haha tier 2 tourney, no navi astralis ence faze. Liquid would be joke if not winning
2019-05-05 14:26
+1 this win is like getting a blast win -> unimportant
2019-05-05 16:50
Unfortunately for Liquid this is true. Blast is good money for a short tournament but there is little or no prestige in it, unless an underdog wins
2019-05-05 20:23
lucky t3 tournament without astralis navi full FaZe full BIG nothing tbh but good job winning t2 tourn
2019-05-05 14:31
#242
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Other Phinks 
0/88 name checks out
2019-05-05 14:34
isnt it true ?
2019-05-05 15:51
#274
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Other Phinks 
You can only beat the teams in front of you right?
2019-05-05 16:44
#241
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Other Phinks 
63 kills in 5 maps? What the fack stewie noob K. Also lifting the trophy as first player. Should have been nitro
2019-05-05 14:34
This fnatic team is something again under Xizt's leadership.
2019-05-05 14:35
#252
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Qatar PrisMcsgo 
Cloud9 is still better lol
2019-05-05 15:13
Free krimz
2019-05-05 15:24
#260
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Europe Vallon2 
Very nice, what a team. By far the best NA has ever had, unlike Fluke9.
2019-05-05 15:39
#261
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Brazil amagalhaes 
this tournament gave us some really good series. Congrats Liquid, more than deserving!!
2019-05-05 15:41
#265
shox | 
India iejesus 
finally
2019-05-05 16:00
Doesn't matter if the opponent was weaker overall, this will help Liquid mentality going forwards imo
2019-05-05 16:21
Sidney big event? No Astralis No NaVi.
2019-05-05 16:26
#275
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Other Phinks 
BIG was there
2019-05-05 16:44
Ok thats a point
2019-05-05 17:21
no ence no faze ( yeah faze without niko isnt faze ) liquid just won a bo5 against the top10 team, with 3-2 and 1 map win was so close 16-14 imo liquid should have taken this win easier. also I expected them to win, but there is no other top5 team. for me not a big event without 4 out of top5
2019-05-05 16:49
Yes. Big event for me its with all top5 no fucking asian teams...
2019-05-05 17:20
a least the top3 teams for me. idc about faze and ence too much ^^
2019-05-05 20:22
The top3 for sure. Make more competitive
2019-05-05 20:24
Gg
2019-05-05 16:46
#279
Xizt | 
Italy HeSY 
Gg wp xizt #1
2019-05-05 16:51
#281
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Brazil Quiid 
This was a tier Premier tournament according to Liquipedia, so yeah, this was a big event. And by the way, it was the very 1st time Liquid got title in a premier event. They had previously lost all 10 finals in this tier. Congratzzzz Luiquid <3
2019-05-05 16:56
#284
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Brazil Projectrv 
The curse is on mibr now. Who defeats them becomes champion
2019-05-05 17:10
Everybody can't be champion
2019-05-05 20:20
#314
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Denmark Zorrondo 
LUL +1
2019-05-05 21:23
RNG worst au team lol
2019-05-05 17:45
Stewie63kin5maps lol
2019-05-05 19:19
#300
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United States LJPixels 
Understand that every tournament that NA win, EU will cry about something...
2019-05-05 19:34
Absolutely expected. Congrats to Liquid
2019-05-05 20:19
#318
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Iceland caverat 
tier 2 event*
2019-05-06 02:46
#321
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Argentina XaiDN 
????????????????????????????????????????????? XD
2019-05-06 06:35
#320
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Argentina XaiDN 
KRIMZ IS JUST A MONSTER
2019-05-06 06:35
#324
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Peru AgentLF 
So ez 4 Liquid GG WP Fnatic, you really gave a good fight against #2 best in the world :)
2019-05-06 07:23
#325
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India P1^t0N 
Funniest Part of tournament is at final stewie2k put frustration fire on Xist's dead body after clutch! This is not last but after that stewie2k gonna again clutch but fnatic members kill him & all are firing on his deadbody stewie2k is dead by fire i think if fnatic vs liquid again match up then entertainment goes on!!
2019-05-06 09:33
Krimz...wow what a performance
2019-05-06 09:39
#327
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India P1^t0N 
Krimz & JW play with responsibility and Brollon, Xist both are play good as they said Fnatic future is bright but Twist sometime seems like nervous & timid.
2019-05-06 10:35
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