EliGE: "[The Astralis game] is going to be down to who can fix their mistakes"

Jonathan "⁠EliGE⁠" Jablonowski talked about edging out mousesports, Liquid's form, and plans for the off days and the upcoming game against Astralis.

Liquid managed to recover from their rocky start in Berlin, where they went down 1-2 after defeats to NRG and AVANGAR. Fighting for survival, the North American side handled North 2-0 before edging out mousesports in a close series.

Liquid are making a lot of similar mistakes which should be fixable, says EliGE

Following the game against mousesports, we caught up with EliGE to follow up on Keith "⁠NAF⁠" Markovic's words about the issues Liquid faced after returning from the player break and more.

I want to touch on mousesports' comeback on the T side of Mirage, how did they manage to be so effective against you and what was the issue in closing them down there?

I think we were giving them way too much room, they ended up having all of the mid control and they were getting Ladder room almost every single round, they were doing basically the same exact strat with a little bit of a different end-game variation. So I think that we just needed to make sure that we shut that down, get in their face, do something different, because us just sitting in the site isn't going to stop that. They are going to end up slowly splitting us, they have the guy in Ladder room that is cutting off our rotations... As soon as we started getting in their faces and switching it up a little bit, that is when things changed.

Moving on to Dust2, at one point it was 15-14 for them, map point, and you had almost nothing in terms of the buy, you had some Deagles. Watching it, I didn't really understand what happened, so can you explain how you managed to win that round?

The round started with fast-catting because they kept going fast mid a lot of the rounds so we were trying to catch that guy off. I ended up seeing the guy on Cat, nitr0 flashed mid after he boosted me so I got that kill and fell back, but I got really lit. So I was just playing headshot angles on ramp and they ended up going three A and one was holding the rotation mid. As soon as they smoked CT and flashed over, two guys dropped down, and I killed the guy that was at bricks holding. I just one-deag him. (laughs) And then my teammates killed the guy mid so the last two guys were CT. As soon as that happened I went onto the A site, fought chrisJ, got that kill, and then the last guy was CT and we knew where he was.

After you got the win, you are obviously going through to the playoffs, you managed to survive the group stage. But even with this last game, are you happy with the way you managed to go through?

I'm kind of happy with how it went, I still think we are making a lot of similar mistakes, but I think that is a good thing. Not that we are making mistakes but that they are really similar and I think we are going to be able to fix them during these next three days. Like our Mirage, I think we are making really similar mistakes and as soon as we go over them and fix them, I think that it is gonna be going really well.

There are obviously no officials to play before the playoffs, but what can you do, what kind of practice is your team going to be doing to get in form for the playoffs?

Any other team, not the teams in the playoffs, but any other team is going to be posting for scrims so we are probably just going to post for three-or-four scrims, and we are going to go over the demos, make sure we fix those mistakes and go over anything that people need to say. Usually, we do that after the official game, we just talk about the main points that we want to fix and then we will go into the demo and look over every single detail.

The bracket hasn't been drawn or decided yet, of course, Na`Vi and CR4ZY still have to play. But it seems like it could be a pretty stacked bracket on one side with you playing Astralis in the first round, what are your thoughts on that?

I think that we obviously messed up by losing so we are going to have a really tough opponent which is going to be Astralis. I don't think they are looking super-on-point either so I think it is going to be down to who can fix their mistakes and start looking a little bit more in form. I think that it is going to be us, I think we are already looking a little bit more confident, we are hitting our shots more, we are a lot more talkative. In the first couple of days, we weren't really as talkative as we normally are, as we were when we were winning everything before. So it started to amp up in these last BO3s on an upward slope and I think that is going to be the main difference-maker for us, to make sure we bring that into the Astralis game and into the playoffs.

United States Jonathan 'EliGE' Jablonowski
Jonathan 'EliGE' Jablonowski
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1365
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.16
Canada Keith 'NAF' Markovic
Keith 'NAF' Markovic
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1326
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.16
astralis better
2019-09-01 23:50
14 replies
This game will decide.
2019-09-02 09:36
10 replies
Doesn't matter who wins. Natus Vincere will end their finals dreams.
2019-09-02 11:19
3 replies
Liquid 2-0 Navi if they get passed astralis
2019-09-02 15:18
1 reply
+1 ez
2019-09-02 21:12
lol
2019-09-02 23:39
#107
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India X3pHyR
This game will decide all by itself who wins this Major
2019-09-02 12:13
#107
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India X3pHyR
This game will decide all by itself who wins this Major
2019-09-02 12:13
4 replies
#109
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India X3pHyR
Woah 2x #107
2019-09-02 12:13
2 replies
#112
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Denmark Cleandog
Apparently a very important statement xD
2019-09-02 12:49
#113
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Germany Fabbsen
Lol how men
2019-09-02 12:51
Vitality could win the major too. Even ENCE or NRG could lol
2019-09-02 17:15
Until the major no but right now I feel like Astralis is stronger. But it will without a doubt be a good match!
2019-09-02 11:05
stanislaw will end either one
2019-09-03 17:55
Told yall
2019-09-06 22:07
#3
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United States _Nohj
ez 4 u
2019-09-01 23:50
ok
2019-09-01 23:50
#5
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Spain Yourgudigl
This Major will decide a lot of things
2019-09-01 23:51
2 replies
#45
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Japan klim1256
Not this major but this game
2019-09-02 01:25
1 reply
flair checks out
2019-09-03 00:17
Liquid gonna nut in astralis. It's over for the danes.
2019-09-01 23:51
2 replies
LOL imagine losing against Avangar, and barely win against Mouz. Astralis looked much better then Liquid so far.
2019-09-01 23:56
+1
2019-09-02 05:15
#7
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Sweden txshirx
Good luck EliGOD
2019-09-01 23:51
1 reply
#70
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United States SilveryoHD
+1
2019-09-02 05:27
#8
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North America Neshie
I’m just going to root for the 3-0. Both of these top tiers are bound to make mistakes
2019-09-01 23:51
Whoever wins this match loses the final against ence
2019-09-01 23:51
2 replies
It is too ez for aleksib
2019-09-02 10:31
1 reply
Too bad he's getting benched.
2019-09-02 14:42
#10
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Finland 0lter
Liquid 2019 lmao its all over for you na
2019-09-01 23:51
4 replies
#26
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North America J_Nasty
Navi will be destroyed by NRG first round EZ4NA
2019-09-02 00:16
3 replies
#29
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Finland 0lter
EZ when carried by bulgaria
2019-09-02 00:19
2 replies
#31
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North America J_Nasty
EZ4NA
2019-09-02 00:24
Well NAvi does have the #1 player of 2018....Go figure
2019-09-02 00:29
ENCE will win anyway
2019-09-01 23:52
2 replies
EZ4ENCE
2019-09-02 03:03
1 reply
This major is more intense than previous one.
2019-09-02 09:42
Nice excuses lol
2019-09-01 23:54
EliGe beast idk who is better in NA Breehze, EliGe or Twistzz these 3 are absolute beasts
2019-09-01 23:56
7 replies
#28
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North America J_Nasty
What about Tarik the content lord
2019-09-02 00:17
and they willl still lose
2019-09-02 00:21
Where would you put Autimatic?
2019-09-02 00:30
2 replies
Cloud9 ruined his career
2019-09-02 06:01
1 reply
i would not say ruin, he did get a major from it. Cloud9 gave him a chance, and it allowed him to shine. The beggining was decent, the middle was pretty damn good with the major, and after that it just flopped. Only highlight was the kioshima, flusha, Zellis roster, and that one had problems still. IMO, Autimatic is still the number 1 lurker in NA, and incredible with any weapon he picks up. Hopefully, the newer roster goes somewhere.
2019-09-02 10:40
Elige best, I think. Twistzz doesn´t always show up
2019-09-02 00:42
#46
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United States ScanDull
So we're not putting Ethan in there for consideration? :P But EliGE is pretty consistently the best, yeah.
2019-09-02 01:55
#17
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Finland Masentunut
Ence win major vs NRG 2-1 heard it here first
2019-09-01 23:57
4 replies
Flag checks out
2019-09-02 00:40
#43
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Russia Astrali5
Flair checks out
2019-09-02 01:09
Flag and flair check out
2019-09-02 02:33
Vitality v Liquid Liquid ez 2-1 NA BEST
2019-09-02 03:03
ez
2019-09-02 00:02
From now on ence will use their godlike strats to destroy everything that comes into their way. Its too EZ4ENCE. Unless sergej and allu does not stop playing runescape.
2019-09-02 00:12
3 replies
Flag checks out
2019-09-02 00:41
1 reply
#63
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United States IceAndHigh
+1
2019-09-02 04:30
#75
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Latvia tibr0
Lmao Allu Will throw
2019-09-02 06:26
why they are even try ? its going to be Avangar - Navi
2019-09-02 00:24
1 reply
Navi checked, but AVANGAR has no chance
2019-09-02 12:15
Astralis will next win! This funny match was for Cr4zy))
2019-09-02 00:33
Next games are going to be intense
2019-09-02 00:44
2-1 for Liquid
2019-09-02 01:16
Lulquid or AUTstralis ?
2019-09-02 02:14
#57
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Brazil P4uloVisk
ez4LIQUID
2019-09-02 03:20
#59
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African Union mikecool
I'm hopeful that Australis will take the series. We shall see. Device vs stewie2k awp battles should be fun to watch
2019-09-02 03:28
At first I thought the title of the article said "[THE ASTRALIS GAME] IS GOING TO BE DOWN TO WHO CAN FIX THEIR MATCHES". My illiteracy almost gave me an aneurysm, lmao.
2019-09-02 04:21
2 replies
I read the exact same
2019-09-02 14:45
how many times have you watched ibp throw?
2019-09-02 14:51
Elige got an ego rn
2019-09-02 04:39
4 replies
#71
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United States K1NGKY
what makes you say that ?
2019-09-02 05:42
2 replies
#72
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CIS kryto203
His ego 😎😎😎
2019-09-02 05:59
Flair checks out
2019-09-02 06:39
every one has an ego unless u had eagle death
2019-09-02 11:58
Thats a statement of someone who's not very confident.
2019-09-02 04:57
2-0 Liquid
2019-09-02 05:01
ez 4 ence
2019-09-02 05:06
Astralis gonna dumpster liquid
2019-09-02 06:29
“i think it’s going to be us” “we are hitting our shots more” - heh. Devve and Magisk will show you.
2019-09-02 06:41
4 replies
Devve XDDDDDDDDD
2019-09-02 10:29
3 replies
The best player together with Magisk :)
2019-09-02 11:37
2 replies
XDDDDDDDDDDDDDD You have a good humor
2019-09-02 11:42
1 reply
Nein.
2019-09-02 13:09
Astralis vs liquid will be some nice cs no matter who wins i will enjoy it.
2019-09-02 07:05
1 reply
#82
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United States IceAndHigh
Yeah audience love high level cs, not like some tier 5-6.
2019-09-02 07:09
Yes make mistakes again liquid , astralis is waiting.
2019-09-02 07:48
#84
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Poland 1wsr1
Astralis suck dick, liquid top1 going to win a major, ez for twistzz,nitro,elige,stewie and naf
2019-09-02 08:14
#91
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United Kingdom n33b
TRANSLATION: The Astralis game is down to whether Blastralis or the real Astralis show up. If the latter happens we are fucked
2019-09-02 09:56
1 reply
Naw translation if Liquid are on point ez win if not then not ez win
2019-09-02 17:12
#100
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Denmark VojenZ
Lol no Elige. You have already won the game. Astralis is a joke atm.
2019-09-02 11:11
1 reply
What the fuck is it with Americans saying Astralis will win , and Danes the opposite ?
2019-09-02 13:49
Rip Stewie2k China's last hope
2019-09-02 11:14
Astralis 41 wins Liquiet 16 wins Going to be easy 2-0 for my boyz Astralis #TOTHESTARS
2019-09-02 11:41
#114
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Denmark twinseN
Easy no , but close games it Will be 2-1 Astralis
2019-09-02 13:06
Retarded community in "hltv" forum! Each post that target to give information to people, have tons of toxic responses. That's about nothing! that's a shame!
2019-09-02 13:50
2 replies
It has been like that for several years.. Hltv seems to be 60% trolling and provoking... But why the "Hltv" ?
2019-09-02 14:46
tru bro,,,small kids,,,,
2019-09-02 15:21
gg ez
2019-09-02 14:46
If Astralis want to beat LIQ,,,then is now,,,,,,,,,,,,,
2019-09-02 15:20
#129
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Europe TheBucket
Good luck to both teams.
2019-09-02 16:01
If astralis want to win this i need to see Magisk go full beast mode.
2019-09-02 20:17
Liquid looks stronger to be honest. I don't think Astralis can win this.
2019-09-02 20:52
How can people still think Astralis is better than Liquid. It’s a Joke. They are nowhere near Liquid anymore. Not even close.
2019-09-03 11:43
8 replies
astralis always preps really well for playoffs. I think the series will be closer than what astralis's group stage performance would suggest tho I think liquid is still favored to win.
2019-09-03 21:05
Indeed...
2019-09-06 20:11
#154
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Europe Vallon3
Feel dumb yet?
2019-09-11 16:50
5 replies
You obviously have zero knowledge about the pro scene. Just a normal fan boy who’s watching some games here and there. If you read, watch and talk with people who actually know the scene, Astralis are still not in Liquid’s level. So no, I’m not feeling dumb yet. Astralis need to beat Liquid the two upcoming events to secure their number one spot. Why am I wasting time on you....? If you think/thought Astralis are better than Liquid today, or weeks before this, you’re not even worth a second of attention. Astralis won 1 tournament in the last 4 months + , ”They are better than Liquid who won Every single tournament under that point of time” #FANLOGIC. Lmao kid
2019-09-20 09:02
4 replies
#156
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Pakistan d1ckweed
First of all, Astralis weren't playing at 2 of the 4 Grand Slam Events they won. Same for BLAST and Chicago. Second of all, don't waste your time on HLTV explaining everything to everyone. Lastly, Astralis are still the tactically better side. The only reason they lost to Liquid in ESL Pro League was because their individual skill wasn't on par with Liquid (other than dev1ce and Magisk). It's kinda the same reason why Astralis fell off in 2017 after having an incredible start and could've been back-to-back Major Champions if their individual game was on point. Anyway, I agree with you that for now Liquid is still #1 and the gap between #1 and #2 is still significant. However, if Astralis face Liquid in NY (BO3/BO5, doesn't matter) and if they win, that gap would be down to "19-20".
2019-09-20 09:09
#157
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Europe Vallon3
Astralis are definitely on Liquid's level, you dumb fanboy. The only debatable thing is if they're better than them currently. You make it sound like Liquid are a tier above them which is NOWHERE NEAR true. Who got 0-2'd at the major? Now who won the major 2-0, 2-0, 2-0? Who lost to Avangar and Sharks? You can say Liquid are still the better team until the next tier 1 tournament proves otherwise, and I can even agree with that, but to say ''they're nowhere near/not on their level'' makes you look like a fucking idiot. Also wrong on the event count for top 1. Astralis need to just beat them in NY to claim back their spot, they don't need two events.
2019-09-20 17:17
2 replies
Fan boy? What? I dont even like Liquid. Double check when I wrote that they are nowhere near Liquids level. That was before the major, when Liquid were dominant AF and Astralis were complete garbage. So who’s the idiot? Read before u make a Statement. NOW, Astralis are in their level, yes of course. You obviously are a kid who can’t read properly.
2019-09-23 08:35
1 reply
#159
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Europe Vallon3
''If you read, watch and talk with people who actually know the scene, Astralis are still not in Liquid’s level'' 2019-09-20 (post-Major) I'm done here, idiot.
2019-09-23 15:54
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