Liquid beat NRG; secure semi-final spot in Cologne
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.
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.
|Liquid||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|Jonathan 'EliGE' JablonowskiEliGE||60 - 43||+17||88.1||1.27|
|Nick 'nitr0' Cannellanitr0||50 - 42||+8||79.0||1.26|
|Keith 'NAF' MarkovicNAF||49 - 43||+6||76.5||1.14|
|Jake 'Stewie2K' YipStewie2K||44 - 47||-3||69.4||1.07|
|Russel 'Twistzz' Van DulkenTwistzz||40 - 42||-2||63.6||0.92|