Liquid clinch playoff berth over Na`Vi; mousesports eliminate MVP PK in Cologne
Natus Vincere squared off against Liquid in the Group A upper-bracket semis and the series commenced on Dust2. Following T-sided Liquid's clean sweep in the pistol round, Natus Vincere hit back with Kirill "Boombl4" Mikhailov's triple kill with the Scout (1-1).
Jonathan "EliGE" Jablonowski brought Liquid back into the game in the sixth round by winning a 1vs2, stopping Natus Vincere's four-round run. The North Americans trailed 9-6 after a back and forth first half. Despite losing the second pistol, Liquid came back with a four-round streak to equalize (10-10).
Aleksandr "s1mple" Kostyliev won a 1vs1 to reclaim his team's lead and they took three more to make it 14-10. The CIS team could have wrapped up the map in the 27th round but Nick "nitr0" Cannella clutched a 1vs3 after s1mple tried to knife him (15-12). That error cost Natus Vincere dearly as Liquid managed to take it to overtime. Jake "Stewie2K" Yip closed out the game with a 1vs2 clutch in second overtime, winning 22-19.
Liquid got off to a good start on Overpass, where they led 7-4 on the T-side. s1mple's 1vs2 clutch in the 12th round initiated a four-round Natus Vincere streak and the CIS side finished the half 8-7 ahead.
Na`Vi picked up the first five rounds in the second half, extending their lead to 13-7. s1mple clutched a 1vs1 with low HP in the 24th round as his team earned six map points. The CIS squad found success on their final attempt, taking the 16-14 map victory.
Liquid dominated the early proceedings on Mirage, where they started on the T-side and led 10-2 after Stewie2K's 1vs3 victory in the 12th round. Natus Vincere responded by winning the last three rounds of the half, trailing 10-5.
The North American team suffered defeat in the second pistol round but recouped swiftly as they won the following round, leading 11-6. Liquid won the map 16-8 and finished off the series 2-1, punching their ticket to the playoffs.
|Natus Vincere||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostylievs1mple||84 - 60||+24||78.2||1.23|
|Denis 'electronic' Sharipovelectronic||59 - 64||-5||80.3||1.00|
|Kirill 'Boombl4' MikhailovBoombl4||55 - 69||-14||70.4||0.88|
|Egor 'flamie' Vasilyevflamie||58 - 74||-16||68.5||0.82|
|Danylo 'Zeus' TeslenkoZeus||47 - 70||-23||62.1||0.75|
|Liquid||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|Jonathan 'EliGE' JablonowskiEliGE||77 - 63||+14||97.9||1.29|
|Nick 'nitr0' Cannellanitr0||71 - 58||+13||81.3||1.23|
|Russel 'Twistzz' Van DulkenTwistzz||76 - 62||+14||75.1||1.13|
|Jake 'Stewie2K' YipStewie2K||60 - 59||+1||70.2||1.06|
|Keith 'NAF' MarkovicNAF||53 - 61||-8||69.5||1.03|
The Group A lower-bracket series between mousesports and MVP PK kicked off on Vertigo, where the CT-sided Europeans secured the first two rounds. Hae-Sung "HSK" Kim and Hyun-Pyo "XigN" Lee clutched a 2vs4 to win the third round but mousesports responded with an eight-round streak, reaching double-digits (10-1).
Finn "karrigan" Andersen and company grabbed the final three rounds in the first half to lead 13-2. Robin "ropz" Kool picked up a triple kill in a 2vs4 to win the second pistol round, making it 14-2. mousesports earned 13 map points by winning the following round and closed out the game with a 16-8 score.
ropz opened up Inferno with a triple kill in the pistol round and the T-sided mousesports made it 3-0 with two more round victories. MVP PK answered back by taking three rounds in a row but the Europeans won eight of the following nine to lead 11-4 at halftime. mousesports finished off the map with a 16-6 scoreline and won the series 2-0. With this defeat, MVP PK have been eliminated from the event.
|mousesports||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|David 'frozen' Čerňanskýfrozen||44 - 22||+22||106.6||1.65|
|Robin 'ropz' Koolropz||49 - 19||+30||89.8||1.59|
|Özgür 'woxic' Ekerwoxic||35 - 32||+3||85.7||1.19|
|Finn 'karrigan' Andersenkarrigan||25 - 32||-7||70.0||1.00|
|Chris 'chrisJ' de JongchrisJ||26 - 30||-4||64.2||0.96|