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:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
1148
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.16
Canada Keith 'NAF' Markovic
Keith 'NAF' Markovic
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1110
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.16
#2
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Switzerland meme_jesus 
astralis better
2019-09-01 23:50
#89
shox | 
India Adarsh1 
This game will decide.
2019-09-02 09:36
Doesn't matter who wins. Natus Vincere will end their finals dreams.
2019-09-02 11:19
Liquid 2-0 Navi if they get passed astralis
2019-09-02 15:18
#135
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India ASTRALNINJA 
+1 ez
2019-09-02 21:12
lol
2019-09-02 23:39
#107
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North America X3phyR 
This game will decide all by itself who wins this Major
2019-09-02 12:13
#107
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North America X3phyR 
This game will decide all by itself who wins this Major
2019-09-02 12:13
#109
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North America X3phyR 
Woah 2x #107
2019-09-02 12:13
#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
#142
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Russia yar0slav 
stanislaw will end either one
2019-09-03 17:55
#153
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Switzerland meme_jesus 
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
This Major will decide a lot of things
2019-09-01 23:51
#45
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Russia klim1256 
Not this major but this game
2019-09-02 01:25
flair checks out
2019-09-03 00:17
Liquid gonna nut in astralis. It's over for the danes.
2019-09-01 23:51
LOL imagine losing against Avangar, and barely win against Mouz. Astralis looked much better then Liquid so far.
2019-09-01 23:56
Astralis will shit on Liquid, they've prepared hard. 16-10, 16-6 ezpz.
2019-09-02 00:03
#25
jasonR | 
North America J_Nasty 
Can’t wait for you to be emo after liquid 2-0 Astralis
2019-09-02 00:15
Tf kind of insult is that? "Cant wait for you to be emo"
2019-09-02 01:06
#47
ropz | 
Hungary supper828 
emo in this context = emotional
2019-09-02 02:08
Ohhhh thought u meant emo as in the stereotype ecksdee
2019-09-02 02:29
dont shit talk fucking bitch or ill kill myself
2019-09-02 04:43
That’s what emo means in the sense you are describing. Emo = emotional person
2019-09-02 15:19
#74
jasonR | 
North America J_Nasty 
Read his name you idiot
2019-09-02 06:17
#96
twice | 
Korea Tzuyu 
gj 3iq
2019-09-02 10:49
#119
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India MihirX27 
Back at You :)
2019-09-02 14:44
Almost lose to CR4ZY, 2-0'd by NRG. "prepared" btw
2019-09-02 08:39
#87
friberg | 
Finland Kujis 
Keyword "almost"
2019-09-02 08:55
you think they prepared for crazy and NRG? LOL
2019-09-02 09:18
Actually the most common excuse i've ever heard
2019-09-02 10:22
#97
twice | 
Korea Tzuyu 
reckon they did?
2019-09-02 10:50
did anybody actually think NRG and crazy would do this much damage prior to the event? no, so why would Astralis?
2019-09-02 11:09
I get ur a blind fanboy so i'll just let you watch astralis lose on friday. Good day to you :)
2019-09-02 12:47
stating facts =/= blind fanboy you're literally an american with liquid flair, if anybody is fanboying here it's you.
2019-09-02 16:29
#137
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United States omEon 
*A dane fanboy calling another person a fanboy How ironic:P
2019-09-02 23:17
what do you know, another American with a Liquid flair.
2019-09-03 09:43
The fanboying comes from you thinking Astralis is more likely to win than Liquid which if you pay attention to both teams you'd know that isn't true
2019-09-04 05:09
Why is that considered fanboying? Liquid almost went out and just barely got through to playoffs over mouz. Astralis actually seem more solid at the moment, not to mention they've had plenty of time to prepare for Liquid seeing as they haven't been playing much and they want to beat them. If you think common sense is "fanboying" then so be it, I'm not the one with the Liquid/Astralis flair lmao.
2019-09-04 09:58
What? Did it look like Astralis hadn't prepared for Liquid?
2019-09-06 20:01
You actually bookmarked this haha so sad get a life dude. It's only map 1
2019-09-06 20:02
Rofl, just looked through my past comments. It's just laughable that you think I'm fanboying when Astralis has had so much time to prepare for Liquid. I told you the have prepared hard, did first map convince you otherwise?
2019-09-06 20:10
They prepared on vertigo. Like congratz to them but liquid are better on overpass and inferno
2019-09-06 20:17
Yes, because when a team prepares hard for the current champions they're only gonna prepare one map.
2019-09-06 20:18
:DDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD
2019-09-06 21:16
Did anybody actually think NRG and avangar would do this much damage prior to the event? No, so why would liquid?
2019-09-02 15:18
They didn't almost lose to Cr4zy lmao, not even close.
2019-09-02 21:22
+1
2019-09-02 05:15
#7
Liazz | 
Sweden TXSHIRX 
Good luck EliGOD
2019-09-01 23:51
#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
It is too ez for aleksib
2019-09-02 10:31
Too bad he's getting benched.
2019-09-02 14:42
#10
Zeus | 
Finland 0lter 
Liquid 2019 lmao its all over for you na
2019-09-01 23:51
#26
jasonR | 
North America J_Nasty 
Navi will be destroyed by NRG first round EZ4NA
2019-09-02 00:16
#29
Zeus | 
Finland 0lter 
EZ when carried by bulgaria
2019-09-02 00:19
#31
jasonR | 
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
#54
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United States NotASmurph 
EZ4ENCE
2019-09-02 03:03
#90
shox | 
India Adarsh1 
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
#28
jasonR | 
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
Cloud9 ruined his career
2019-09-02 06:01
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
#40
gla1ve | 
Denmark flapdur 
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
Flag checks out
2019-09-02 00:40
Flair checks out
2019-09-02 01:09
Flag and flair check out
2019-09-02 02:33
#55
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United States NotASmurph 
Vitality v Liquid Liquid ez 2-1 NA BEST
2019-09-02 03:03
#19
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Denmark blue_sheep 
ez
2019-09-02 00:02
#23
sergej | 
Finland AxuZD 
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
Flag checks out
2019-09-02 00:41
#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
#32
Dosia | 
Russia cann0n 
why they are even try ? its going to be Avangar - Navi
2019-09-02 00:24
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
I read the exact same
2019-09-02 14:45
#123
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North America stfu_blaze 
how many times have you watched ibp throw?
2019-09-02 14:51
Elige got an ego rn
2019-09-02 04:39
what makes you say that ?
2019-09-02 05:42
His ego 😎😎😎
2019-09-02 05:59
Flair checks out
2019-09-02 06:39
#106
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United Kingdom woodenHorse 
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
Devve XDDDDDDDDD
2019-09-02 10:29
The best player together with Magisk :)
2019-09-02 11:37
XDDDDDDDDDDDDDD You have a good humor
2019-09-02 11:42
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
#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
#83
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Dominican Republic Johnsmith_72 
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
Naw translation if Liquid are on point ez win if not then not ez win
2019-09-02 17:12
#100
cyx | 
Denmark VojenZ 
Lol no Elige. You have already won the game. Astralis is a joke atm.
2019-09-02 11:11
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 Ch4nz9 
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
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
#121
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North America stfu_blaze 
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
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
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
#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
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
#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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