Liquid see off Vitality to reach IEM Chicago final

Liquid are through to the grand final of IEM Chicago following a convincing two-map victory over Vitality.

The opening map of the series, Dust2, was the exact same one that Vitality had taken off Liquid during the recent ESL One Cologne final, but for the vast majority of the first half they looked a pale shadow of the team that had impressed everyone in Germany.

A 1v2 clutch by Mathieu "ZywOo" Herbaut kicked his team into an early lead, but it all went downhill from there. Liquid responded immediately and exploited some glaring holes in Vitality's defence, especially in the A site, where Cédric "RpK" Guipouy often lacked support. To make matters worse, the French team looked overwhelmed at times and let some key rounds slip through fingers, allowing massive clutches from Keith "NAF" Markovic and Jake "Stewie2K" Yip.

Up 12-3, Liquid further added to their lead after capitalising on a botched flank by Dan "apEX" Madesclaire in the pistol round. There was no follow-up, though, as Vitality rallied back immediately on a force buy - a round that injected some much-needed life into the French side.

Liquid beat Vitality with a great team performance

Alex "ALEX" McMeekin's troops enjoyed a period of dominance and brought the deficit to just three rounds. In the end, it would amount to nothing as Liquid their composure and tightened up their defence to lock down the map at 16-11.

Overpass witnessed a strong start from Vitality, who raced to a 6-2 lead on the CT side after preventing Liquid from building on their round wins, one of which in the opening round of the game. But all of a sudden, the North Americans shifted into a higher gear as they strung seven rounds together to finish the half with a 9-6 lead.

The North American team carried that momentum into the second half and hit 14 rounds with ease. Vitality then finally woke up and attempted a response, but their streak came to an end at the hands of Nick "nitr0" Cannella, who picked up four kills with the AWP over in A. With their economy in shambles, the French side were unable to push the game to overtime as Liquid sealed the deal to set up a best-of-five title decider against ENCE.

Matchpage
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21st July 2019
16
Dust2
11
16
Overpass
9
 Liquid K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Canada Russel 'Twistzz' Van DulkenTwistzz 49 - 33 +16 91.5 1.39
United States Jonathan 'EliGE' JablonowskiEliGE 44 - 31 +13 95.1 1.35
Canada Keith 'NAF' MarkovicNAF 41 - 26 +15 83.9 1.31
United States Nick 'nitr0' Cannellanitr0 39 - 31 +8 74.0 1.24
United States Jake 'Stewie2K' YipStewie2K 30 - 28 +2 65.5 1.06
 Vitality K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
France Mathieu 'ZywOo' HerbautZywOo 39 - 41 -2 73.2 1.06
France Nathan 'NBK-' SchmittNBK- 35 - 42 -7 85.2 0.97
France Cédric 'RpK' GuipouyRpK 28 - 37 -9 54.1 0.79
France Dan 'apEX' MadesclaireapEX 26 - 41 -15 67.8 0.73
United Kingdom Alex 'ALEX' McMeekinALEX 21 - 42 -21 49.7 0.61
France Cédric 'RpK' Guipouy
Cédric 'RpK' Guipouy
Age:
30
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
1185
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.13
France Mathieu 'ZywOo' Herbaut
Mathieu 'ZywOo' Herbaut
Age:
18
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.31
Maps played:
485
KPR:
0.88
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.13
United States Nick 'nitr0' Cannella
Nick 'nitr0' Cannella
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
1162
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.14
United Kingdom Alex 'ALEX' McMeekin
Alex 'ALEX' McMeekin
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
869
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.71
APR:
0.13
Canada Keith 'NAF' Markovic
Keith 'NAF' Markovic
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1096
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.16
France Dan 'apEX' Madesclaire
Dan 'apEX' Madesclaire
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
1472
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.70
APR:
0.16
United States Jake 'Stewie2K' Yip
Jake 'Stewie2K' Yip
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
1060
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.14
vitality bots as usual Except for GOD Zywoo
2019-07-21 03:23
#38
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North America ProudNAfan 
EZ for NA as usual
2019-07-21 03:26
Except for BOT Envy
2019-07-21 03:27
Rip eley best player on envy ;((
2019-07-21 03:29
S0m
2019-07-21 03:47
No eley
2019-07-21 06:01
#78
Zeus | 
Russia Klugervl 
Best player was karrigan
2019-07-21 06:06
+1 but also LUL
2019-07-21 08:53
wdnmd
2019-07-21 03:41
reported
2019-07-21 04:37
wut
2019-07-22 01:48
for the bad word, jk not reported
2019-07-22 07:58
#94
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Sweden Unluko 
LETS GOOO
2019-07-21 09:47
#3
EliGE | 
United States oddinary 
EZ Clap Liquid
2019-07-21 03:21
#4
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United States Hubterbean 
Baguette CS LUL
2019-07-21 03:21
#51
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France papybouc 
Don't be silly, Vitality played a lot of tournament recently. Be careful, major incoming 😉
2019-07-21 03:36
So has Liquid LUL except liquid actually wins LULUL
2019-07-21 03:53
#63
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Switzerland sl4p3z 
lmao dude.. stop being ignorant or you forgot the 4x choke finals?
2019-07-21 04:05
#65
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United States codgun 
At least they were at the finals LULULUL
2019-07-21 04:15
#81
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United States Obamabutwhite 
Last time I checked it was 2019.
2019-07-21 06:45
are u retarded........ that was 2018, we are talking about recent tournaments. UR not 30iq brazil, maybe 20iq?
2019-07-21 07:47
LMFAO Speaking as if Liquid do not have a tight timetable.
2019-07-21 07:51
#92
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France J0riS 
What ? Liquid played even more tournaments
2019-07-21 09:37
+1 and still better as ZywOo + his fishbait
2019-07-21 13:50
#115
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United States Hubterbean 
And today ENCE is gonna get demolished after what I just saw out of there semi
2019-07-21 15:16
Ence fluketeam you should know that by now lol
2019-07-21 18:10
but will they win a major?
2019-07-21 03:21
Ya
2019-07-21 03:22
#25
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Portugal AgenteDoFox 
yes
2019-07-21 03:23
#30
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Iran Puriy0 
Nope
2019-07-21 03:23
#79
Zeus | 
Russia Klugervl 
Nbk won major twice, apex - once. They know how to do that
2019-07-21 06:10
#106
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United States Samsquanch_ 
Not vs this lineup lol It’s so funny to me that the first time in history NA dominates CS, and EU and CIS are soooo fukin salty about it. Was 2 decades not enough for you snowflakes?
2019-07-21 12:13
Chill out, its just literally one team
2019-07-21 15:29
#124
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United States Samsquanch_ 
Lol chill out? Y’all are the ones who need to chill out; event after event trying to downplay liquids accomplishments because you’re gaping pussies can’t handle it.
2019-07-21 18:10
You all? I kinda enjoy watching Liquid destroying everyone else.
2019-07-24 18:12
we will see. best team in the world by far, it would have to be a huge choke to lose the major rn. only teams i could see even close to threatening them is vitality and maybe astralis and possibly ence.
2019-07-21 05:36
#96
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Finland Kunumesh 
"And possibly". Yyyeah, Liquid at katowice :-D BYEEEE
2019-07-21 09:54
katowice was before they were #1 and if we're being honest, it was a lucky run by ence. I mean just look at how ence has done ever since haha. ence is literal garbage rn, it would have to be a miracle for them to ever beat liquid in any series. 16-2 16-3 16-14 3-0. lol
2019-07-22 00:53
#108
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Denmark Jeffersond 
Not “by far” they wont win in Berlin, could be nice but wo t happen, they will Chile, sadly.
2019-07-21 12:51
yes they will chile very sad. also i dont see how any other singular team comes close to them.
2019-07-21 22:13
they've literally won every premier tournament since the major soo... idk
2019-07-22 00:51
Easy
2019-07-21 03:21
#8
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United States Raptorial 
EZ for NA
2019-07-21 03:21
#24
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United States Eduzera 
+1
2019-07-21 03:23
na? easy for canada
2019-07-21 09:48
Canada is part of North America.
2019-07-21 09:55
LUL
2019-07-21 13:54
LUL DAILY REKT BY JONTY
2019-07-21 14:28
#11
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Turkey XhakaWasTaken 
its so easy
2019-07-21 03:21
#12
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United Kingdom _xC4ctus 
Gg
2019-07-21 03:21
#13
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United States v1ctuh 
NA TOP 1
2019-07-21 03:22
#14
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United States Eduzera 
Liquid era
2019-07-21 03:22
#15
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Peru AgentLF 
EZ4LIQUID
2019-07-21 03:22
GOAT
2019-07-21 03:22
#109
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Denmark Jeffersond 
0/8
2019-07-21 12:52
never seen so many liquid flairs lol
2019-07-21 03:22
#52
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United States PH4RMA 
Yeah I don't know where all these ex c9 fans came from LOL
2019-07-21 03:36
Some of us stayed faithful :(
2019-07-21 03:42
#66
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India dashingdasher 
They are the same ones who became C9 fans during the Boston major
2019-07-21 04:29
#67
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United States PH4RMA 
Never liked c9. Have nothing against the team just the org. I've been rooting for TL in LoL for a long time now and C9 gave us problems a few times so I been salty at them for years now
2019-07-21 04:31
#84
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India dashingdasher 
I mean I like liquid, because I like the players on the team and there isn’t really any rivalry in csgo. But, from what I’ve seen on twitter there is a pretty big rivalry in LoL between them so I can see where you are coming from...
2019-07-21 07:48
ez 4 best team
2019-07-21 03:22
#20
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Sweden godname 
Vitality ranked 2 kappa
2019-07-21 03:22
#21
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Portugal AgenteDoFox 
Liquid wins, twistz top fragger just another day :)
2019-07-21 03:22
Ez game
2019-07-21 03:22
Autistik being quiet now.
2019-07-21 03:23
#26
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United States DervGuy 
Nice boys, easy grand final tomorrow hopefully!
2019-07-21 03:23
#27
Aleksib | 
Finland sakumb 
ez4ence 3-2
2019-07-21 03:23
lol
2019-07-21 03:24
#33
Aleksib | 
Finland sakumb 
ez4ence
2019-07-21 03:24
#41
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United States h4gg4rd 
I like Ence a lot. Liquid will win though 3-1.
2019-07-21 03:27
Maybe even 3-0 tho, because liquids permaban is train, which is ences best map
2019-07-21 03:58
#114
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United States DervGuy 
Trueee
2019-07-21 15:14
LMAO
2019-07-21 03:23
G2 > Vitality in my opinion
2019-07-21 03:23
#35
Aleksib | 
Finland sakumb 
US SCENE > AU SCENE > AF SCENE > FRENCH SCENE
2019-07-21 03:25
- G2>Vitality - Losing to MiBR with Coach Pick one
2019-07-21 03:30
Vitality throw against FURIA with coach that even not was pro player lol zews atleast was pro player many years on tier1 scene
2019-07-21 03:31
#56
zet | 
Switzerland MRKNUSPER 
based on what exactly? one fluke final? G2 showed absolutely nothing besides that vitality is definetly the more consistant team
2019-07-21 03:45
#64
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Brazil sprk1 
what??
2019-07-21 04:08
nahhhh lol
2019-07-21 05:37
#32
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Indonesia Alekira 
#LetsGoLiquid
2019-07-21 03:24
#34
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Indonesia Dipsysenju 
EZ WIN BROOO. GO BACK TO YOUR MAMA VITALITY!
2019-07-21 03:24
#36
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United States h4gg4rd 
EZ Liquid all day.
2019-07-21 03:26
#37
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Europe loonek4 
21 wins in a row btw
2019-07-21 03:26
ez for best team in the world
2019-07-21 03:27
#42
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Japan ehegao 
ALEX needs to go. NBK is best french IGL of all time. NBK lead teams won two majors
2019-07-21 03:28
not really.... he was shit igl on g2, and Vitality was doing nothing when NBK was IGL on T side. -RPK is ur only chance, but Liquid just far better then every other team.
2019-07-21 07:50
Vitality lose a match against arguably the best team in the world --> HLTV calls for changes This goddamn site...
2019-07-21 08:47
I wonder if people will still think it's a fluke that Liquid beat them so handily in the previous final, and refer back to FUCKING CS_SUMMIT as an indication of Vitality being competitive against Liquid.
2019-07-21 03:29
#93
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France J0riS 
Who said that lmao
2019-07-21 09:41
A lot of people were using Summit as a basis for their performance in comparison to G2. Basically "but Vitality beat them and G2 hasn't!" But all the wins happened at Summit...
2019-07-21 17:14
Things the EU can’t do: make a reliable/working global positioning satellite system, successfully land anything on mars, put a person on the moon, sweep Nobel prizes, protect itself militarily, beat NA at CS. Today was just another day.
2019-07-21 03:29
#58
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United States PH4RMA 
I LOLed
2019-07-21 03:51
lmao
2019-07-21 05:38
He says bleeding from gunshot wounds he can't get treated because of the healthcare system. Did I mention that your house got destroyed twice by a tornado and you still built it from wood?
2019-07-21 08:49
#91
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Denmark Ulver 
1) Europe has waaaay more Nobel prize winners than the US. 2) German technology brought the US to the moon. You might want to read up on Von Braun. 3) Galileo is the European version of GPS, and it has 3x the accuracy of GPS for civilians. It's accurate to 20 cm for encrypted military Connections. 4) Liquid is faaaar from having an era. Europe wins again 💜
2019-07-21 09:16
#98
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Finland Kunumesh 
You, I like you.
2019-07-21 10:01
5. Liquid got 0 majors. Not even sure they are #1 (but we all knew that) 6. You clearly stated the fact that EU Education > US education (but we all knew that) 7. US people wont even understand what you just wrote
2019-07-21 11:45
Yeah, Europe has more Nobel prize winners because American immigrants are credited as being from their home nation. It's the same way with CS:GO, because EU logic amirite? German technology brought the US to the moon? If we're going to argue semantics then literally every country is credited with doing everything. You could credit (or discredit) any person/company/entity by saying "Yeah, but if it wasn't for the efforts of ______, then _____ would never have had the resources necessary to achieve that success in the first place."
2019-07-22 08:00
You forgot being morbidly obese and believing vaccines cause autism
2019-07-21 10:40
France actually has the highest belief that vaccines cause autism, followed by most other european countries, and has the lowest amount of vaccinations.
2019-07-21 22:52
#107
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France Erakis 
And what has been your personal contribution to all these achievements? :)
2019-07-21 12:43
you're all speaking English. 'merica wins.
2019-07-21 20:45
Vitality is so trash...
2019-07-21 03:30
blyet
2019-07-21 03:32
zywoo baiting as always
2019-07-21 03:34
#53
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Sweden Akoulad 
Oh wtf, I thought this was the final and best of 3. Stayed up an hour for nothing omg
2019-07-21 03:37
GG
2019-07-21 03:55
apex is bad... from one of the best entry fragers in the world, to a complete scrub.... Vitality needs to kick him...
2019-07-21 04:04
Cry is free EU
2019-07-21 04:40
SPOILER ALERT : Ence knocked out Liquid 2-1 in the finale... Just jk
2019-07-21 05:37
B05 Final
2019-07-21 05:59
Thanks for that mistake
2019-07-22 01:20
#74
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United States jay_320 
And with that the second best team in the tournament is gone. This should be easy for Liquid. They've gotten MUCH better even since Dallas. That was kind of the turning point for them even. Ence I'm sure has done a ton of homework on them though
2019-07-21 05:42
liquid displaying you have can the best player in the world and it still means nothing! liquid and astralis are healthy for CS, demonstrates there is no need for a FaZe project where you find the best players and make an all-star team. Find chemistry and teamwork, commit to the hard work and learning from your mistakes and boom! top team.
2019-07-21 05:43
#101
LaimB | 
Lithuania Martis 
Ofc having the best player means nothing, just look at na'vi
2019-07-21 10:27
#102
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World bigb1rd 
I'm glad Liquid's patience and hardworking has paid off. It genuinely didn't seem like they'd ever get to this point and even last year they got shat on so many times by Astralis, but right now they actually look consistent and very very good. Great lineup and all 5 contribute and play smart CS. I feel they took what Astralis were already doing and put their own spin on it and it's paid off.
2019-07-21 10:34
Wtf Liquid is litteraly the team with the best firepower
2019-07-21 10:42
Albanian brain XD
2019-07-21 15:33
Vitality now is the new navi. But nvm. I still enjoying cs because of them.
2019-07-21 06:21
Wp
2019-07-21 07:42
Apex vs good teams kappa
2019-07-21 08:29
#99
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Sweden ThorinEk 
liquids avengers jerseys actually kinda cool
2019-07-21 10:11
-apex, he's overrated.
2019-07-21 10:20
#110
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Russia fl0w3n 
ez for Liquid
2019-07-21 13:40
USA USA USA USA U FUCKING DUMBASS BAGUETTES
2019-07-21 15:40
#119
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Chile Lionel_Hutz 
And... Since when does liquid have so many fans? LuL
2019-07-21 17:05
-alex +kioshima With that change they will still be #2 instead of losing their rank. Early congratulations for the best team in the world. #Let'sGoLiquid #NAisTop1 #AlwaysTheBestTeam
2019-07-21 17:09
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