Liquid beat NRG; secure semi-final spot in Cologne

Liquid defeated NRG 2-0 to advance to the semi-finals at ESL One Cologne, with the latter team set to begin their playoff campaign in the quarter finals.

Liquid and NRG began the Group A upper bracket final on Nuke, where the T-sided NRG won the pistol round thanks to Tsvetelin "CeRq" Dimitrov's quad kill in a 3vs5. Liquid responded swiftly, taking the following three to lead 3-1. After teams traded blows for four rounds, NRG went on a four-round streak to lead 7-5.

Liquid reclaimed the lead before halftime, finishing the first half 8-7 ahead. After Liquid picked up the second pistol victory, NRG went on a three-round run to reach double-digits (10-9). Nick "nitr0" Cannella and Jonathan "EliGE" Jablonowski equalized a round later as they won a 2vs4. Liquid took charge on offense and eventually closed out the map with a 16-12 final scoreline.

Liquid are through to the semis

The second map, Inferno, commenced with Liquid winning the pistol round on the T-side. NRG secured the first weapon round victory thanks to Ethan "Ethan" Arnold's 1vs2 victory but lost the following five rounds to trail 8-1. Tarik "tarik" Celik and company recouped as well as they could, taking five of the last six rounds in the first half to stay within three rounds of Liquid (9-6).

Despite losing the first two rounds to kick off the second half, NRG won an eco in the 18th round to get their seventh (11-7). NRG came back and had two chances to wrap up the map but Liquid managed to take the game to overtime. Liquid won 22-20 in second overtime, taking the series 2-0 and advancing to the semi-finals in Cologne. NRG will be playing in the quarter-finals to begin their playoff run.

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4th July 2019
United States
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Nuke
12
22
Inferno
20
 Liquid K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
United States Jonathan 'EliGE' JablonowskiEliGE 60 - 43 +17 88.1 1.27
United States Nick 'nitr0' Cannellanitr0 50 - 42 +8 79.0 1.26
Canada Keith 'NAF' MarkovicNAF 49 - 43 +6 76.5 1.14
United States Jake 'Stewie2K' YipStewie2K 44 - 47 -3 69.4 1.07
Canada Russel 'Twistzz' Van DulkenTwistzz 40 - 42 -2 63.6 0.92
 NRG K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Bulgaria Tsvetelin 'CeRq' DimitrovCeRq 55 - 43 +12 73.7 1.17
Canada Peter 'stanislaw' Jarguzstanislaw 45 - 49 -4 73.3 0.99
United States Vincent 'Brehze' CayonteBrehze 41 - 50 -9 71.0 0.98
United States Tarik 'tarik' Celiktarik 42 - 49 -7 69.3 0.87
United States Ethan 'Ethan' ArnoldEthan 33 - 54 -21 57.8 0.73
United States Jonathan 'EliGE' Jablonowski
Jonathan 'EliGE' Jablonowski
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1170
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.16
Bulgaria Tsvetelin 'CeRq' Dimitrov
Tsvetelin 'CeRq' Dimitrov
Age:
19
Rating 1.0:
1.15
Maps played:
829
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.10
United States Nick 'nitr0' Cannella
Nick 'nitr0' Cannella
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
1198
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.14
United States Tarik 'tarik' Celik
Tarik 'tarik' Celik
Age:
23
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
1167
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.15
United States Ethan 'Ethan' Arnold
Ethan 'Ethan' Arnold
Age:
19
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
748
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.15
NA CS XD
2019-07-04 17:46
#4
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Denmark devnr1 
Says the BIG fan xD
2019-07-04 17:46
#13
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North America ZachS721 
But he has mouz as his shown favorite team xD
2019-07-04 17:47
LUCKQUID
2019-07-04 17:47
#19
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United States Azuhh 
eu cant accept that na is actually winning smh.
2019-07-04 17:49
TUCKQUID
2019-07-04 17:57
#34
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United States Azuhh 
-respect
2019-07-04 18:05
#55
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Cyprus delur 
your comment made him change it to vitality XD
2019-07-04 23:53
#56
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North America ZachS721 
Lmao he’s a bandwagon. When his team gets knocked out he changes it. From big, to mouz, to vitality
2019-07-05 02:40
Ok
2019-07-04 17:47
#7
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North America ZachS721 
UK CS EVEN BIGGER XD
2019-07-04 17:46
#24
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Sweden Unluko 
+1
2019-07-04 17:54
#23
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Sweden Unluko 
LETS GO LIQUID!!! NA CS LOOKING REALLY STRONG AS OF LATE.
2019-07-04 17:54
#2
nitr0 | 
Kazakhstan Justaguy 
GOGOLIQUID
2019-07-04 17:46
#3
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North America ZachS721 
USA USA USA
2019-07-04 17:46
BIG XD
2019-07-04 17:46
#6
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United Kingdom old_nrg_fan 
NT NRG! Proved your worth even though it was a loss :)
2019-07-04 17:46
#10
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United States SAMARXD 
U right our fan base is small but we are the best :)
2019-07-04 17:47
#54
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United States Stoplight91 
+1
2019-07-04 22:57
#8
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Europe b7ack0ut 
ez
2019-07-04 17:47
#9
buster | 
Belarus jcwood 
Elige is carrying 3rd event straight. Twistzz is just up and down, its quite annoying
2019-07-04 17:47
#18
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North America ZachS721 
Just because his stats are better than everyone else’s doesn’t mean he’s carrying. If you watch the games or know anything about cs, then you’ll know it’s a team game. If every round stewie flashes elige in and he gets 2 kills because of it, that doesn’t mean he’s carrying.
2019-07-04 17:49
#25
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Argentina jturi 
Finally someone that notice small details. JonY Boy > S1mple
2019-07-04 17:56
#37
kennyS | 
Hungary ERiKb09 
+1
2019-07-04 18:12
#27
buster | 
Belarus jcwood 
Omg, you are so smart, wow, noticed the flashes! And I dont mean s1mple way of carrying, rather just the most impact and most consistency, while others whiffing their shots. Same with nitr0, he is delivering when it matters.
2019-07-04 17:56
#39
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North America ZachS721 
You actually a dumbass if you think elige is carrying. There was many rounds in that game where stewie or naf would make a selfless play to win the round. It affects there stats negatively, but there not playing for stats, there playing for the win. I swear so many people focus too much on stats.
2019-07-04 18:25
#32
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United States TrashPanda 
They are s very, very selfless team. Arguably the most selfless CS team ever. They don’t care about stats. They care about W’s. At the end of the day people will be talking about trophies, not stats.
2019-07-04 17:58
#35
buster | 
Belarus jcwood 
Yeah, I know that, I‘m not talking about the stats, its just twistzz and naf can completely disappear from time to time and it could be annoying knowing whats they are capable of. But yeah, as long as they win I dont care that much
2019-07-04 18:06
U r still saying they disappear based off of their stats. Lmao. Once a potato always a potato.
2019-07-04 19:09
#44
buster | 
Belarus jcwood 
Lol. Did you watch the game? On nuke twistzz couldnt even get a single kill on the A site. Naf disappeared against Navi. And you probably have a brain damage or something, get a treatment.
2019-07-04 19:37
Lmfao
2019-07-05 03:53
I don't think you can unironically make that statement when Stewie's on the team LOL. Seriously though, I'm pretty sure every team at this top level is about as selfless as Liquid is. That's why they're at the top.
2019-07-05 06:45
#38
EliGE | 
United States S_M_O_G 
+1 Also, think about this. Had S1mple just taken the free kill on Nitro at 15-11 and overpass goes the way it went...we're having a different discussion. Glad to see Elige having another good tourney though.
2019-07-04 18:21
Twistzz takes all the spots no one else wants. Chamged all his spots after stewie2k joined. Twistzz is integral to team success w/o dropping huge numbers all the time. What they are doing is working.
2019-07-04 20:16
#49
buster | 
Belarus jcwood 
Yeah, I think most of you guys didnt understand what I was saying. Im still happy since they win. Just the inconsistency is a problem sometimes. Which positions of twistzz were given to stewie though? Iirc twistzz was playin pit on inferno and upper bomb site on nuke before stew. On mirage they tried to put him at B site but it didnt work out so they brought him back to A. Overpass he was always a B defender as well. Dust2 always at long/pit. So dont see any changes at all, maybe forgetting something.
2019-07-04 20:23
n1!
2019-07-04 17:47
#12
shox | 
France KR1MEZ 
another trophy?
2019-07-04 17:47
hopefully :)
2019-07-05 12:03
#15
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Vietnam DiamondTohka 
LET'S GO LIQUID FUCK YES
2019-07-04 17:47
#16
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Romania FaZe_NBK 
NRG is the most overrated fluke in past 2 years.
2019-07-04 17:47
a VP fan shouldnt even be allowed to write a comment :-)
2019-07-04 17:54
just barely
2019-07-04 17:53
#21
HUNDEN | 
United States DervGuy 
Nice Liquid, let's fucking go!
2019-07-04 17:54
barely won inferno lol
2019-07-04 17:56
#28
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World breezy0 
"Lol" realizing that NRG is really good right now?
2019-07-04 17:57
what
2019-07-04 17:57
#30
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Peru AgentLF 
EZ4LIQUID
2019-07-04 17:57
#33
EliGE | 
United States S_M_O_G 
Love it
2019-07-04 18:01
I dont feel a strong dominance from Liquid tho'. yes, they are number one and yes they are winning, but these edge games can easily turn into choke
2019-07-04 18:07
#40
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United States Trump2020KAG 
great game NRG....
2019-07-04 18:32
#41
NiKo | 
Israel soez4niko 
Liquid gonna play vs astralis in the semis, if they win that then it's the grand slam secured 80%
2019-07-04 18:47
#42
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United States ^JayK 
Yo know your format. Astralis are in group B therefore are on the other side of the bracket.
2019-07-04 19:05
#45
NiKo | 
Israel soez4niko 
no, astralis and liquid are in diffrent groups, if both win all games in the upper bracket then it's 1st from group A vs 1st team from group B
2019-07-04 19:43
#47
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United States ^JayK 
2019-07-04 20:01
#51
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United States ^JayK 
Wow would you look at that :}}}}}}}
2019-07-04 21:27
#53
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North America noahB_ 
yes it would make total sense format wise to put the two best teams from each group to play eachother in the semi -_-
2019-07-04 22:22
Augquid keeps going
2019-07-04 19:47
NRG lost but I see great potential. What a great game!
2019-07-04 20:57
#52
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Myanmar nitrofan 
Let’s Go liquid 😊
2019-07-04 21:40
NRG played great for such match scores!
2019-07-05 05:15
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