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.
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.
|Liquid||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|Russel 'Twistzz' Van DulkenTwistzz||40 - 14||+26||92.1||1.75|
|Jake 'Stewie2K' YipStewie2K||37 - 19||+18||92.2||1.67|
|Jonathan 'EliGE' JablonowskiEliGE||33 - 23||+10||98.5||1.51|
|Keith 'NAF' MarkovicNAF||35 - 19||+16||95.1||1.51|
|Nick 'nitr0' Cannellanitr0||29 - 21||+8||83.3||1.32|
|Envy||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|Jacob 'FugLy' MedinaFugLy||20 - 31||-11||70.4||0.82|
|Bradley 'ANDROID' FodorANDROID||24 - 34||-10||69.5||0.70|
|Aran 'Sonic' GroesbeekSonic||19 - 35||-16||46.9||0.51|
|Noah 'Nifty' FrancisNifty||17 - 37||-20||54.7||0.50|
|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.
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.
|MIBR||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|Fernando 'fer' Alvarengafer||38 - 34||+4||96.9||1.27|
|Gabriel 'FalleN' ToledoFalleN||26 - 33||-7||53.8||0.79|
|Lucas 'LUCAS1' TelesLUCAS1||24 - 36||-12||62.6||0.79|
|Epitacio 'TACO' de MeloTACO||28 - 36||-8||65.5||0.78|
|Wilton 'zews' Pradozews||24 - 35||-11||59.8||0.75|