Liquid and G2 win IEM Chicago openers; advance to Group A winners match

Liquid and G2 opened up IEM Chicago's Group A with 2-0 victories over Envy and MIBR. Liquid winning 16-1 on Vertigo and 16-6 on Mirage, G2 16-6 on Overpass and 16-9 on Dust2.

Liquid started their T-side strong with a quick pistol round victory. The pace continued into the following first full rifle round, and with no money in the bank, the pressure was too much for the young players of Envy as they soon found themselves down 0-8. The less experienced side of Noah "Nifty" Francis and company were unable to contest the pristine aim and sharp executes of the best team in the world. Despite having no rounds on the board, Envy was able to bring Liquid to just two or three players on several occasions, but Russel "Twistzz" Van Dulken was reading Envy like an open book and come the end of the half the young star had 21 kills and just three deaths.

Nick "nitr0" Cannella and company started the second half 15-0 and seemed to have the game in the bag once Jacob "FugLy" Medina found himself in a 1v3 during the second pistol round. However, the 24-year-old shocked us all with two brilliant kills onto Jake "Stewie2K" Yip and Jonathan "EliGE" Jablonowski to bring it to a 1v1. He played out the rest of the round perfectly and was able to catch Keith "NAF" Markovic, the final living player of Liquid, off guard to secure Envy’s first round. Despite denying Liquid a 16-0 victory, they were unable to capitalize off of the won round and thanks to the CZ’s of Twistzz and nitr0, Envy lost their map pick 16-1.

Liquid breezed past Envy

Envy opened up the second map, Mirage, with a sneaky defuse from their youngest player, Sam "s0m" Oh. However, much like their previously won pistol round on Vertigo, they were unable to convert the following round. This time around EliGE and Stewie2K were the ones putting out big numbers for Liquid as they overran the bomb sites. Not even an impressive p250 rush up mid from Nifty, which resulted in four kills, could land another round on the board for Envy and they yet again found themselves unable to contest Liquid's T-side. Twistzz was able to easily wrap up the final round of the half with three kills, securing his team's 13th round.

With just two rounds under their belts after the first half, things were looking grim for the Envy side. Yet again, they won the pistol round, and this time were successful in winning the round after, although Liquid didn't let them celebrate for long and once the score reached 6-13 they were done losing rounds. The rest of the game went quickly as Envy found themselves short on money. With the CT-side now fully awake and aware, Liquid closed out the map 16-6 and ended their opening match 2-0.

Matchpage
2
0
18th July 2019
16
Vertigo
1
16
Mirage
6
 Liquid K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Canada Russel 'Twistzz' Van DulkenTwistzz 40 - 14 +26 92.1 1.75
United States Jake 'Stewie2K' YipStewie2K 37 - 19 +18 92.2 1.67
United States Jonathan 'EliGE' JablonowskiEliGE 33 - 23 +10 98.5 1.51
Canada Keith 'NAF' MarkovicNAF 35 - 19 +16 95.1 1.51
United States Nick 'nitr0' Cannellanitr0 29 - 21 +8 83.3 1.32
 Envy K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
United States Jacob 'FugLy' MedinaFugLy 20 - 31 -11 70.4 0.82
Canada Bradley 'ANDROID' FodorANDROID 24 - 34 -10 69.5 0.70
South Africa Aran 'Sonic' GroesbeekSonic 19 - 35 -16 46.9 0.51
United States Noah 'Nifty' FrancisNifty 17 - 37 -20 54.7 0.50
United States Sam 's0m' Ohs0m 16 - 37 -21 57.9 0.50

Despite three quick kills from Fernando "fer" Alvarenga, G2 managed to pull the pistol round back into their favor and started the first map with a 3-0 advantage. Even with the opening kills going MIBR’s way and several successful aggressive pushes from fer, the AWP of Kenny "kennyS" Schrub reigned supreme and G2 found themselves up 5-0 before the Brazilian side was able to answer back with two rounds of their own. This only fueled the fire of the French team and a force buy quickly put the game back into their hands. G2 read MIBR perfectly for the rest of the half and gave up just one more round before moving to the CT side.

The French side found themselves victorious on the pistol round yet again but got a little too overconfident against MIBR’s force buy and were unable to convert the following round. Despite giving up three rounds in a row, G2’s confidence was unaffected and with rifles in their hands they brought themselves to map point. The French side made quick work of MIBR in the last round of the map, leaving Wilton "zews" Prado in an impossible 1v4 scenario, and won the map 16-6.

G2 will face Liquid for a spot in the playoffs

MIBR opened up map two with a victory during the first pistol round and pushed their defeat on Overpass behind them. Unlike the last map, fer’s opening kills where not in vain as him and Gabriel "FalleN" Toledo continuously prevented the T side from entering the bomb sites and secured themselves a 6-1 start. Even with their incredibly slow start on Dust2, G2 brushed themselves off and managed to keep the scoreline close from there as they began closing the gap between themselves and the Brazilian team. MIBR won just one more round during the first half, choking the five-round lead they started with and ending the half down 7-8.

G2 continued to pick up rounds going into the second half and thanks to work from Richard "shox" Papillon and kennyS MIBR were unable to contest either the A or B site. The French side went big to close out the last half of the series and gave up just one round to FalleN and his men. G2 easily stayed one step ahead of the T side and closed out map two 16-9, joining Liquid in the Group A winners' match.

Matchpage
0
2
18th July 2019
France
6
Overpass
16
9
Dust2
16
 MIBR K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Brazil Fernando 'fer' Alvarengafer 38 - 34 +4 96.9 1.27
Brazil Gabriel 'FalleN' ToledoFalleN 26 - 33 -7 53.8 0.79
Brazil Lucas 'LUCAS1' TelesLUCAS1 24 - 36 -12 62.6 0.79
Brazil Epitacio 'TACO' de MeloTACO 28 - 36 -8 65.5 0.78
Brazil Wilton 'zews' Pradozews 24 - 35 -11 59.8 0.75
 G2 K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
France Richard 'shox' Papillonshox 44 - 32 +12 99.5 1.41
France Kenny 'kennyS' SchrubkennyS 38 - 22 +16 79.0 1.32
France Lucas 'Lucky' ChastangLucky 36 - 27 +9 82.4 1.31
France François 'AmaNEk' DelaunayAmaNEk 32 - 28 +4 78.3 1.20
France Audric 'JaCkz' JugJaCkz 24 - 32 -8 57.6 0.89
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
Brazil Gabriel 'FalleN' Toledo
Gabriel 'FalleN' Toledo
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1131
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.60
APR:
0.11
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
Canada Keith 'NAF' Markovic
Keith 'NAF' Markovic
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1131
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.16
France Richard 'shox' Papillon
Richard 'shox' Papillon
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
1554
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.12
United States Jacob 'FugLy' Medina
Jacob 'FugLy' Medina
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
1035
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.13
United States Noah 'Nifty' Francis
Noah 'Nifty' Francis
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
781
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.09
Brazil Wilton 'zews' Prado
Wilton 'zews' Prado
Age:
31
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.80
Maps played:
142
KPR:
0.53
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.13
Brazil Fernando 'fer' Alvarenga
Fernando 'fer' Alvarenga
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
1119
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.16
Canada Russel 'Twistzz' Van Dulken
Russel 'Twistzz' Van Dulken
Age:
19
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.14
Maps played:
917
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.12
United States Sam 's0m' Oh
Sam 's0m' Oh
Age:
17
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
225
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.12
United States Jake 'Stewie2K' Yip
Jake 'Stewie2K' Yip
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
1096
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.14
France Kenny 'kennyS' Schrub
Kenny 'kennyS' Schrub
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.14
Maps played:
1565
KPR:
0.77
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.11
#1
s1mple | 
India S1ayR 
Let's go G2
2019-07-18 20:22
#3
t0rick | 
Azerbaijan Thiccdik 
Ez
2019-07-18 20:22
MIBR OMEGALUL
2019-07-18 20:26
+1
2019-07-18 20:29
+2
2019-07-18 20:34
+3
2019-07-18 21:10
#25
 | 
Singapore FallBlade 
+4
2019-07-18 21:14
#30
TenZ | 
France Quarovv 
+5
2019-07-18 21:30
#33
 | 
Europe men) 
+6
2019-07-18 21:43
+7
2019-07-18 21:43
+8
2019-07-18 21:59
#41
ropz | 
Bulgaria JoeHard 
+9
2019-07-18 22:09
+10
2019-07-18 22:22
+11
2019-07-18 22:29
#48
 | 
United Kingdom HeroDzima 
+12
2019-07-18 23:07
+13
2019-07-18 23:25
#51
 | 
Canada Encry_pted 
+14
2019-07-18 23:30
+10 I had to ruin it
2019-07-19 03:56
#2
TACO | 
Brazil [F1] 
GoGoGo G2
2019-07-18 20:22
Nice g2
2019-07-18 20:22
expected. kick taco pls
2019-07-18 20:22
Disband miOMEGALULbr
2019-07-18 20:47
Onlimer som
2019-07-18 20:23
Nah they are facing Lanquid
2019-07-18 22:00
you mean luckquid
2019-07-18 22:03
0/8 nt
2019-07-18 22:30
flair and flag checks out
2019-07-18 23:04
Flair?? 0/8 nt
2019-07-19 12:03
#8
 | 
Bulgaria No_1One 
Expected
2019-07-18 20:25
thx zews for fantasy
2019-07-18 20:26
yes zews god. envy managed to ruin my boosters on liquid (strong CT, 16-0) ((
2019-07-18 20:27
#13
 | 
Germany ToiletShitter 
Brazil so bad. Why give them spot?
2019-07-18 20:33
to help develop bad scene
2019-07-18 20:50
#56
 | 
Brazil vass28 
At least they are going to playoffs kid lol
2019-07-20 00:15
#15
shox | 
France KR1MEZ 
Such an ez series against M16R
2019-07-18 20:34
g2 just win against bots
2019-07-18 20:48
Flag checks out
2019-07-18 21:24
lol just dont cheer for mibr
2019-07-18 21:25
gg
2019-07-18 20:50
#20
 | 
Netherlands Alvinvl 
EZ for G2
2019-07-18 20:51
#21
 | 
United States Trump2020KAG 
Zews and Lucas both 24 frags LOL When taco is 2nd in frags on the team u have major major issues.
2019-07-18 20:53
+1
2019-07-18 20:54
#38
 | 
Brazil Karlogaria 
+1 despite still cheering for them... Worrying AF
2019-07-18 22:01
ZEWS A MAN A MANAGER
2019-07-18 20:54
Kenny my dad
2019-07-18 21:23
#29
kennyS | 
Germany striXSy 
GOGO G2!!!
2019-07-18 21:25
Lmao bot s0m
2019-07-18 21:30
#32
 | 
Brazil Karlogaria 
That's ugly from MIBR. Stand-in coach is performing similarly to some players in a BO3, worrying...
2019-07-18 21:32
MIBR pls just disband BIG destroyed your team
2019-07-18 21:55
#39
shox | 
India iejesus 
come on boys
2019-07-18 22:02
2EZ4G2
2019-07-18 23:20
#54
 | 
Russia GramDEL 
Nifty back to rng plz 🙏
2019-07-19 06:55
Login or register to add your comment to the discussion.