Liquid go undefeated; FaZe, NRG, Cloud9 through to playoffs

Liquid have completed their undefeated run in the group stage with a 16-11 win on Vertigo over Renegades, while Cloud9 held NRG to a tie on Nuke and FaZe outlasted MIBR 16-14 on Inferno.

In the only match of the last round that had a place in the playoffs on the line for both sides, Cloud9 faced off against NRG on Nuke.

Although the new project began the map down 3-6 despite winning the pistol round, they managed to put together a successful offense, after all, clinching the last six for a comfortable 9-6 half before switching over to the Counter-Terrorists.

Cloud9 advance to the playoffs in their debut

In the second half, the two teams went back-and-forth early on until the forcebuy shenanigans saw NRG come out on top. Soon, the grudge match was even at 11-11 and the two rivals continued to go blow for blow.

NRG were first to reach match point at 15-13, which was enough to clinch a spot in the semi-finals, but Cloud9 held them to a tie, in the end.

Matchpage
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14th July 2019
United States
15
Nuke
15
 Cloud9 K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
United States Kenneth 'koosta' Suenkoosta 24 - 17 +7 89.3 1.35
Canada Tyson 'TenZ' NgoTenZ 22 - 22 0 87.4 1.13
Spain Oscar 'mixwell' Cañellasmixwell 18 - 21 -3 68.0 1.05
United States Timothy 'autimatic' Taautimatic 22 - 20 +2 76.8 1.05
Canada Damian 'daps' Steeledaps 20 - 19 +1 70.6 1.02
 NRG K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
United States Vincent 'Brehze' CayonteBrehze 22 - 20 +2 80.8 1.25
United States Ethan 'Ethan' ArnoldEthan 25 - 23 +2 87.6 1.11
Canada Peter 'stanislaw' Jarguzstanislaw 19 - 21 -2 91.5 1.05
Bulgaria Tsvetelin 'CeRq' DimitrovCeRq 18 - 21 -3 62.8 0.93
United States Tarik 'tarik' Celiktarik 15 - 21 -6 50.0 0.73

FaZe had already secured a spot in the playoffs ahead of the fifth round thanks to a top-four finish in any scenario, but MIBR still had all to play for as they needed a victory to advance to the playoffs.

The Brazilians had a hard time on the offensive side on Inferno, only winning two of the first 10 rounds, both of which on the back of individual plays from Gabriel "FalleN" Toledo, who clutched a 1v3 and picked up a second triple-kill later on. However, they managed to break FaZe's economy in the 11th round and locked down the rest of the half for seven rounds in total, in the end.

MIBR continued that run at the beginning of the second half with five in a row, but despite racking up a significant economic advantage, they weren't able to keep the lead for long. FaZe came back to even ground and the two teams fought tooth and nail until the end, when the European side clinched a close 16-14 victory to eliminate the Brazilians.

Matchpage
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14th July 2019
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Inferno
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 MIBR K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Brazil Lucas 'LUCAS1' TelesLUCAS1 25 - 19 +6 97.8 1.35
Brazil Gabriel 'FalleN' ToledoFalleN 20 - 19 +1 63.9 1.02
Brazil Wilton 'zews' Pradozews 19 - 20 -1 61.7 0.97
Brazil Epitacio 'TACO' de MeloTACO 15 - 21 -6 70.9 0.91
Brazil Fernando 'fer' Alvarengafer 19 - 25 -6 69.0 0.85
 FaZe K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Slovakia Ladislav 'GuardiaN' KovácsGuardiaN 23 - 15 +8 80.0 1.27
Bosnia and Herzegovina Nikola 'NiKo' KovačNiKo 22 - 21 +1 76.8 1.18
Norway Håvard 'rain' Nygaardrain 24 - 23 +1 90.9 1.14
Sweden Olof 'olofmeister' Kajbjerolofmeister 22 - 19 +3 76.5 1.09
Poland Filip 'NEO' KubskiNEO 13 - 20 -7 53.1 0.81

Similarly, Liquid had the first place in the group secured ahead of their fifth-round match with Renegades in the only Vertigo encounter of the tournament thus far.

The North American side took control of the first half early on as they put together a great offense with an 8-2 lead, but much like MIBR, Renegades stepped up late in the half to bring home four out of the last five rounds.

The second half looked comfortable from the tournament favorites, who reached match point only conceding two more rounds and took a few more to close things out, completing their undefeated group stage run at 16-11.

 Liquid K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Canada Keith 'NAF' MarkovicNAF 18 - 16 +2 85.7 1.21
Canada Russel 'Twistzz' Van DulkenTwistzz 25 - 19 +6 77.6 1.17
United States Jake 'Stewie2K' YipStewie2K 18 - 21 -3 82.1 1.10
United States Jonathan 'EliGE' JablonowskiEliGE 23 - 20 +3 82.3 1.06
United States Nick 'nitr0' Cannellanitr0 13 - 19 -6 57.8 0.85
 Renegades K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Australia Justin 'jks' Savagejks 23 - 18 +5 94.9 1.30
Australia Jay 'Liazz' TregillgasLiazz 20 - 18 +2 75.7 1.12
Norway Joakim 'jkaem' Myrbostadjkaem 19 - 21 -2 91.4 0.97
New Zealand Sean 'Gratisfaction' KaiwaiGratisfaction 15 - 19 -4 56.9 0.95
Australia Aaron 'AZR' WardAZR 17 - 21 -4 72.6 0.86

The final standings of the round-robin group stage are:

That means the semi-final matchups look as follows:

United States Liquid vs. North America Cloud9
Europe FaZe vs. United States NRG

Brazil Gabriel 'FalleN' Toledo
Gabriel 'FalleN' Toledo
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1096
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.60
APR:
0.11
#1
YEKINDAR | 
China lxxl 
5-0 unlike mibr LUL Well played to MIBR anyways , if only coldzera was there!
2019-07-14 06:15
#12
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United States Libtard 
xd
2019-07-14 06:15
#14
Aleksib | 
Finland ENCEL 
another easy event for Liquid...
2019-07-14 06:16
#28
KSCERATO | 
Europe L1iMA 
-zews +Hen1 or Kngv ,mibr top 5 or no
2019-07-14 06:27
#31
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Vietnam hotboylea 
Zews is coach standin. They still not confirm their 5th player
2019-07-14 06:31
#34
KSCERATO | 
Europe L1iMA 
Yes, "I quoted a place to fill the line up"
2019-07-14 06:34
You just randomly put put players that were good at 2017 and disappeared for 2018 and ....... i would get a young talent tbh mibr is getting rly old.
2019-07-14 19:58
#80
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United States Equinox2018 
idk what they will do for major, because it is not an emergency so zews can't fill in.
2019-07-14 14:46
#79
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Russia sanyabondarev 
they won`t peek kngv because of his bad reputation, but they can still get hen1
2019-07-14 14:44
Expected
2019-07-14 06:58
How shit do you have to be to let c9 go through
2019-07-14 07:20
#65
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Norway SaltySausage 
as shit as renegades apparently
2019-07-14 12:10
Renegades will be back soon
2019-07-14 12:58
#89
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Norway SaltySausage 
meh
2019-07-14 17:55
xddd
2019-07-14 09:46
#52
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Greece DarkiNsid3 
Did anyone notice that zews was leading ? Thatd why they had so good strats if fallen was they would go shit
2019-07-14 09:48
#2
Portugal HOLF 
LETS GO C9!!
2019-07-14 06:14
#17
YEKINDAR | 
China lxxl 
If MIBR tied, then they would have still gone through, but with one round. Also, F5
2019-07-14 06:23
#77
Portugal HOLF 
i hate you xd
2019-07-14 14:11
#3
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Brazil mth^ 
good
2019-07-14 06:14
koosta GOD
2019-07-14 06:14
expected. kick taco thx
2019-07-14 06:14
He's a guy that fallen would never give up. Arguably the best support player; good role player. Ain't gonna clutch a 1v1 against Zeus maybe but will do anything he's trained to do well. Fucking monster site holder
2019-07-14 09:27
#61
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Netherlands Xexer 
Never give up? What about the time he got kicked and joined liquid 🤔
2019-07-14 11:05
#73
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Brazil mathellsmelo 
He choose to left
2019-07-14 13:39
#87
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United States Samsquanch_ 
Lmfao if you believe that, you’re dumber than the rest of the world already thinks you are XDDDD
2019-07-14 17:53
#66
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India MihirX27 
Xyp9x would like to have a word....
2019-07-14 12:11
#91
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Brazil SecondKS 
Xyp9x, twistzz, chrisJ here
2019-07-14 19:50
Coldzera as support ended top 1 in 2016 while all this guy do is buttomfrag, he plays worse than a coach lmao. Fucking monster site holder? Holding bombsites is something taco is not able to do consistently, what r u saying??
2019-07-14 15:06
Idk I don't watch m16r that much going off when TACO was decent
2019-07-15 06:52
#6
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Colombia MonstarX 
daps was the problem NRG lul
2019-07-14 06:14
TACO AND FER LAUGH THREAD
2019-07-14 06:15
#8
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Brazil Isme 
Mibr rip
2019-07-14 06:15
#9
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Australia Boostral 
REnegodS
2019-07-14 06:15
#10
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North America contiiYO 
pog
2019-07-14 06:15
#11
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United States Libtard 
ez for the boys
2019-07-14 06:15
#83
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United States Azuhh 
boys that didnt make it through playoffs
2019-07-14 15:55
#13
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Japan Jotaro 
clown 9 made it pog
2019-07-14 06:16
#15
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United States traviticus 
ez for c9 best team in NA
2019-07-14 06:16
I arent think that
2019-07-14 09:57
#60
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Netherlands RiberiA 
Shut up borgur
2019-07-14 10:55
Ancient best eu team
2019-07-14 17:28
#16
rain | 
Russia Yanjkeone 
zews pog
2019-07-14 06:16
-taco +zews
2019-07-14 09:57
coldzera was right, good for him he left this dead team
2019-07-14 06:17
Daps >>>> Stanislaw
2019-07-14 06:17
#21
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United States jay_320 
EZ for third top 10 NA side C9. Been a team for a week and already riding down Faze.
2019-07-14 06:17
#22
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Poland Lukovsky 
LETS GO C9 SHOW CHOKEQUID WHOS THE BOSS
2019-07-14 06:17
5 - 0
2019-07-14 06:22
#29
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United States PrisMcsgo 
Doesn’t mean shit
2019-07-14 06:28
#75
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Croatia DNM_ii 
??? It doesn't matter. Yea they can carry that momentum into playoffs and it being Liquid they definitely will, but it happened too many times where a team aced the group and got knocked out in the first stage of playoffs.
2019-07-14 14:02
#23
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Brazil Karlogaria 
GG. Surprised to see zews performing better than TACO and fer, honestly... If this is happening MIBR don't really deserve a playoff spot. Back to the planning desk and training matches
2019-07-14 06:18
#24
FugLy | 
South Africa nimmaJ 
Renegades not making playoffs here with debut and coach team is pretty disappointing, they have serious problems such as players going missing and not being able to close matches.
2019-07-14 06:21
Shit format, but I think the right teams made it through anyways
2019-07-14 06:26
#27
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Brazil Strogonoffs 
Even though mibr didn't qualify, it was so exciting to watch their matches, especially the last one
2019-07-14 06:27
nt fer
2019-07-14 06:33
#30
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Peru AgentLF 
Wow, I'm happy that C9 managed to get into playoffs. Congrats :) Sad that they have to play against Liquid again
2019-07-14 06:28
#41
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North America SLGam1ng 
It could have been way differently if they had won against mibr
2019-07-14 07:44
#88
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United States Samsquanch_ 
Yeah, but tbh, it’s hard to expect a week old squad to be able to close out tight games under pressure; while running defaults. They will be very scary in a few months, exciting stuff
2019-07-14 17:55
that faze match was fun to watch. EU SUPERTEAM HIGHEST PAID ROSTER IN CSGO LOL
2019-07-14 06:34
#35
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Argentina SCanalla 
#301 > #13 and #16 xd
2019-07-14 06:38
Mibr + furia can save the Brazilian in Major...
2019-07-14 07:04
Mibr will play with zews on major... And furia still needs to guarantee a spot trougth the minors
2019-07-14 16:08
#38
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Germany So_Dumm 
4 NA Teams
2019-07-14 07:09
#49
koosta | 
Switzerland Odesza 
Out of 6 teams attending lol
2019-07-14 09:19
wow, we truly are in the liquid era
2019-07-14 07:15
Clown9 deserved Mibr disband
2019-07-14 07:44
NAF has been beast so far this blast. good to see after him slightly slipping as of late (other than a great cologne grand finals from him)
2019-07-14 07:48
#44
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Bosnia and Herzegovina Ozimandias 
Faze - NEO - olof + flusha + cold = ez top 1-3
2019-07-14 07:50
Flair checks
2019-07-14 08:14
Cold neo flusha fallen they r fukin done...it's time for fresh young blood
2019-07-14 10:41
#90
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United States Samsquanch_ 
Flusha Olof gtr f0rest niko I’d watch that shit. Would only require 1 substantial buyout
2019-07-14 17:57
CLOUD9 #301 HLTV HAHAHAHAHAAHAHAAHAH LMAO
2019-07-14 08:28
#47
s1mple | 
United Kingdom Sermis 
HAHAHAHAHAH LOL XDDDDDDDDDDDDDD
2019-07-14 08:33
After blast gonna be top 30
2019-07-14 08:40
#53
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United States Daruma 
Where the Koosta haters now? Lol
2019-07-14 09:48
#54
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United States Daruma 
Hes not the best player ever obviously, but decent start for him, hope he keeps it up
2019-07-14 09:54
#67
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India MihirX27 
I think there's only one koosta hater in the world, and he's Thorin.
2019-07-14 12:13
#55
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Serbia DjapeZ 
Tomorrow title: Liquid choke and loses to C9 in semifinals
2019-07-14 09:57
flair checks
2019-07-14 12:17
Well. MiBR played neck to neck against FaZe. It shows the potentially. If NRG had won C9, the would had been passed. Besides that, they had a good improvement in strategy. Specially T side on mirage. Inferno isn’t their good. God, it wasn’t faze map either. So was good to see. GL HF GG
2019-07-14 10:28
#62
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Spain akproxx 
Glad for c9
2019-07-14 11:24
#63
shox | 
India iejesus 
coach had more kills than taco ffs
2019-07-14 11:56
I love how fer's been life support carrying MIBR in all of those previous matches, but then he disappears against FaZe
2019-07-14 12:02
#68
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Singapore FallBlade 
taco worst rating than zews LUL no wonder teamliquid never top place in 2018 Kappa
2019-07-14 12:14
No asia team..shit racist event
2019-07-14 12:25
+1
2019-07-14 13:08
#82
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Ukraine EmErAJID 
Shit anti-racist comment
2019-07-14 15:47
zews is legitimate better then TACO
2019-07-14 13:55
#76
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Indonesia shifty1809 
faze v liquid final again
2019-07-14 14:09
#78
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Ukraine minemax 
Is Liquid boring? ;)
2019-07-14 14:24
#85
EliGE | 
Slovakia madu123 
New Faze era
2019-07-14 16:37
gg!
2019-07-14 22:04
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