Liquid pass North test; Vitality knock out Lucid Dream

Liquid are through to Group A's upper bracket final at DreamHack Masters Dallas after disposing of North 2-0, while Vitality sent Lucid Dream packing after a quick two-map series.

The North American team had entered their upper bracket series as strong favourites, and while the outcome of the match validated that statement, they were made to work hard to break down a stubborn North side.

The first map of the series, Nuke, saw the Danish team cruise to a 9-6 lead with a strong offense. After the break, the landscape of the game changed dramatically as Liquid ran all over the Danish side, losing just two rounds en-route to an emphatic 16-11 success.

Stewie2K topped the scoreboard on Mirage

North came out strongly on Mirage and dominated the first half once the game hit the gun stages, never allowing their opponents to string more than two rounds together. The Danish team picked up where they left off after the break, increasing their lead to 11-6, but then gifted Liquid a way back into the game in an anti-eco round.

The North Americans took that opportunity and made a climb back into the game before Valdemar "valde" Bjørn Vangså rescued North with a quad-kill in an eco round. That individual play appeared to have breathed new life into the Danish team, but immediately afterward they were caught off-guard by a flank from Nick "nitr0" Cannella. North looked completely devastated after that round, allowing Liquid to run away with the lead and lock down the map at 16-12.

Matchpage
2
0
29th May 2019
16
Nuke
11
16
Mirage
12
 Liquid K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
United States Jonathan 'EliGE' JablonowskiEliGE 43 - 34 +9 86.9 1.23
United States Jake 'Stewie2K' YipStewie2K 41 - 30 +11 68.0 1.18
Canada Russel 'Twistzz' Van DulkenTwistzz 36 - 34 +2 78.7 1.16
United States Nick 'nitr0' Cannellanitr0 33 - 30 +3 72.5 1.09
Canada Keith 'NAF' MarkovicNAF 38 - 36 +2 80.2 1.05
 North K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Denmark Philip 'aizy' Aistrupaizy 36 - 37 -1 72.5 1.03
Denmark Markus 'Kjaerbye' KjærbyeKjaerbye 37 - 38 -1 67.4 1.01
Denmark Jakob 'JUGi' HansenJUGi 34 - 40 -6 71.0 0.97
Denmark Nicklas 'gade' Gadegade 29 - 37 -8 64.0 0.87
Denmark Valdemar 'valde' Bjørn Vangsåvalde 28 - 39 -11 63.4 0.82

Meanwhile, Vitality and Lucid Dream played out a one-sided affair in the Group A lower bracket in which the French side outplayed their opponents in every possible department. The Thai side were off to a promising start on Dust2, twice taking a two-round lead, but things quickly went downhill for them as a dominant period from the French side saw them take a 10-5 lead on the T side. After the break, it all fell apart for Lucid Dream, who did not muster a single round on the offense.

Vitality were far too good for Lucid Dream

Nuke, Lucid Dream's map pick, began with the Asian side taking the first round. After that, however, Vitality were simply a class above their opponents, winning 16 rounds straight to put the series to bed and move on in the tournament bracket.

Matchpage
0
2
29th May 2019
5
Dust2
16
1
Nuke
16
 Lucid Dream K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Thailand Kitikawin 'PTC' RattanasukolPTC 22 - 33 -11 72.2 0.77
Thailand Phoomphat 'qqGOD' PhodjanatqqGOD 18 - 35 -17 63.7 0.64
Thailand Thotsaphon 'cbbk' Suphatthanaphalaphoncbbk 14 - 34 -20 45.0 0.46
Thailand Jirayu 'wannafly' Meesukwannafly 14 - 33 -19 40.8 0.43
Thailand Kritthee 'Geniuss' SawatmuangGeniuss 11 - 34 -23 40.2 0.40
 Vitality K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
France Mathieu 'ZywOo' HerbautZywOo 41 - 10 +31 94.6 1.87
France Dan 'apEX' MadesclaireapEX 34 - 19 +15 104.0 1.69
United Kingdom Alex 'ALEX' McMeekinALEX 37 - 19 +18 101.9 1.63
France Cédric 'RpK' GuipouyRpK 30 - 16 +14 73.8 1.37
France Nathan 'NBK-' SchmittNBK- 26 - 15 +11 80.3 1.27
United States Nick 'nitr0' Cannella
Nick 'nitr0' Cannella
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
1162
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.14
Denmark Valdemar 'valde' Bjørn Vangså
Valdemar 'valde' Bjørn Vangså
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
817
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.14
#3
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United States Raptorial 
ez
2019-05-29 03:10
#14
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United States Trump2020KAG 
+1 always
2019-05-29 03:16
I STILL SEE YOUR SHADOWS IN MY ROOM
2019-05-29 08:12
#32
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United States Trump2020KAG 
Shhhh be very very quiet I’m hunting dignitas stickers.
2019-05-29 09:56
#33
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Austria shaakeh 
Good thing
2019-05-29 10:08
pm me for details
2019-05-29 20:54
#42
XeqtR | 
Hong Kong wqnxy1 
Did you see new dignitas logo?
2019-05-29 13:11
yes i want to kill myself
2019-05-29 20:53
#49
XeqtR | 
Hong Kong wqnxy1 
That's first time they changed logo in like last 15 years and its clearly downgrade lol.
2019-05-29 21:19
Cry
2019-05-29 03:33
#4
Twistzz | 
United States zmpneon 
Never a doubt in my mind
2019-05-29 03:11
id turn gay4twistzz
2019-05-29 11:23
#5
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Korea XigNw0w 
Ez liquid
2019-05-29 03:11
#6
TenZ | 
United Kingdom NATOJ 
ez for liquid
2019-05-29 03:12
#7
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Finland ENCEL 
OMG Liquid beat North??!?!?!
2019-05-29 03:12
#8
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United States Pontic 
ez
2019-05-29 03:12
#9
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Brazil VamosCriolo 
lmao "pass north test"? its more like pop quiz mens)))
2019-05-29 03:12
open notes pop quiz that your teacher told you about well in advance (which means it wasn’t a pop quiz mensss)
2019-05-29 05:04
#38
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Australia SUNSPY 
i think he mean poop quiz menssssssses
2019-05-29 11:17
#10
Zeus | 
Finland 0lter 
Imagine coming to usa to play cs just to get raped by vitality and Team liquid haha
2019-05-29 03:12
#15
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Denmark CRAM3R 
Haha, yeah, but they probably didn't expect much more than having a good experience learning. But not fun opponents when you travel that far :D
2019-05-29 03:17
Teams don't get good in a blink, this was good experience for them
2019-05-29 03:53
#45
Zeus | 
Finland 0lter 
They disband in few months lmao
2019-05-29 17:22
#11
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Australia CuppaJoe 
N♿RTH
2019-05-29 03:12
#13
NiKo | 
Asia LustBoi 
LULrth will never be a top team
2019-05-29 03:12
#18
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Denmark CRAM3R 
Maybe, maybe not. I hope they will, and they have improved a lot since Valde (former top fragger, now IGL) If they can come close to a top2 team over two maps, then what can they do when getting more settled, having more plays in the book to execute?
2019-05-29 03:18
#21
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Europe Vallon3 
+1
2019-05-29 04:21
#22
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Peru AgentLF 
+1
2019-05-29 04:36
#40
oBo | 
United States 1nsaneMe 
+1 intelligent comment
2019-05-29 12:35
#44
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Denmark zorglubx 
If you are basing that entirely on the fact that #2 beat them, you are naive. They are very much in contention for top 10 I think, and I would be surprised if they had won actually, and I am sure you would have said Liquid was flopping had they lost to North.
2019-05-29 15:51
Too EZ for Vitality
2019-05-29 03:18
#23
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United States Sillychubs 
N OMEGALUL R T H
2019-05-29 04:52
#25
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Brazil ragemasterBR 
Great match First half of nuke North really impressed
2019-05-29 05:15
Zywoo is smurfing lul
2019-05-29 06:36
#34
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Cambodia azambiez 
From a God Damn Rank :D
2019-05-29 10:16
Of he keeps up his pace he will suprass prime guardian prime device prime olof prime cold and etc
2019-05-29 10:37
+31 in two maps haahahhaahhaah
2019-05-29 07:51
#28
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North America dennek 
vitality winning lucid dream the biggest upset
2019-05-29 07:53
#29
apEX | 
Europe bruuuuuh 
Vitality vs who?
2019-05-29 08:10
#30
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Spain Dicraftio 
Zywoo 10 deaths in all the bo3 PagChomp
2019-05-29 08:12
Release Valde from this IGL hell
2019-05-29 10:34
#41
oBo | 
United States 1nsaneMe 
Dont look at stats, look how a whole team played. It was better than before when cadian was calling.
2019-05-29 12:37
#43
REAL | 
Spain deBurrows 
yes, but still RIP valde. This guy in another team could been really succesful.
2019-05-29 14:01
so you sacrifice one of the best players in the world to win a BO1 16-14 against Vitality... it would be a massive no from me if I am North manager. Hes way too good to be playing a support role to average players like Aizy and Gade
2019-05-29 17:27
#37
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Australia SUNSPY 
ZYWOOLOLOLOL
2019-05-29 11:16
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