Liquid see off TYLOO; MIBR send Luminosity packing in Montpellier
The second day at ESL Pro League Season 9 Finals kicked off with two lower bracket games in Group B. The best-of-three series between Liquid and TYLOO kicked off on Mirage where the T-sided North Americans picked up the first two rounds.
Following TYLOO's victory in the first gun round, Liquid secured three in a row to lead 5-1. YuanZhang "Attacker" Sheng's quad kill in the seventh round gave TYLOO their second and the Chinese got their third with a 3vs4 retake in the following round (5-3). However, unfortunately for TYLOO, that was the last round they won in the first half, at the end of which they trailed 12-3.
Despite drawing first blood in the second pistol round, Liquid lost a 5vs3. The North American team got their first round as CTs on their fourth try as Jonathan "EliGE" Jablonowski secured it with a triple kill. Nick "nitr0" Cannella's team went on to win the map with a 16-6 scoreline.
Liquid didn't slow down on Overpass, where they attained nine of the first ten rounds on the T-side.Then, TYLOO were able to get two rounds in a row thanks to consecutive triple kills by Hansel "BnTeT" Ferdinand but the Chinese team trailed 12-3 at halftime.
After losing the first four rounds in the second half, Liquid went on a four-round streak of their own, winning the map 16-7 and taking the 2-0 series victory.
|Liquid||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|Keith 'NAF' MarkovicNAF||41 - 28||+13||97.4||1.48|
|Jonathan 'EliGE' JablonowskiEliGE||40 - 22||+18||91.1||1.47|
|Jake 'Stewie2K' YipStewie2K||40 - 26||+14||90.7||1.46|
|Russel 'Twistzz' Van DulkenTwistzz||30 - 18||+12||77.5||1.32|
|Nick 'nitr0' Cannellanitr0||21 - 24||-3||46.0||0.90|
|TYLOO||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|YuLun 'Summer' CaiSummer||28 - 30||-2||72.8||0.96|
|Hansel 'BnTeT' FerdinandBnTeT||24 - 33||-9||68.5||0.84|
|HaoWen 'somebody' Xusomebody||28 - 38||-10||68.1||0.81|
|WingHei 'Freeman' CheungFreeman||21 - 36||-15||59.4||0.72|
|YuanZhang 'Attacker' ShengAttacker||17 - 36||-19||43.4||0.58|
The other series, which also started on Mirage, saw Luminosity take on MIBR. Luminosity began the game on defense, picking up the first three. Gabriel "FalleN" Toledo and company responded with a five-round run and stayed in control throughout the half despite giving up multiple opening kills (10-5).
Luminosity got within one round of MIBR with a strong start on the T-side but FalleN and Marcelo "coldzera" David's double kills prevented Luminosity from equalizing (11-9). MIBR then wrapped it up in quick fashion, winning 16-9.
Epitacio "TACO" de Melo stepped up to the plate in the second pistol round with an incredible 1vs4 clutch. Lucas "steel" Lopes responded two rounds later with a 1vs2 victory to extend Luminosity's lead to 12-6. MIBR managed to come back, earning two match points with a 2vs3 victory in the 28th round.
|Luminosity||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|Lucas 'LUCAS1' TelesLUCAS1||50 - 36||+14||96.5||1.42|
|Henrique 'HEN1' TelesHEN1||35 - 32||+3||71.6||1.13|
|Gabriel 'NEKIZ' SchenatoNEKIZ||37 - 38||-1||75.2||1.04|
|Ricardo 'boltz' Prassboltz||34 - 36||-2||76.5||0.99|
|Lucas 'steel' Lopessteel||26 - 33||-7||56.3||0.83|