Liquid take down fnatic to join Astralis in ECS grand final

Liquid have joined Astralis in the grand final of ECS Season 8 Finals after taking down fnatic 2-1 (Overpass 6-16, Inferno 16-6, Mirage 16-10).

The feat sees Nick "nitr0" Cannella's squad secure their first grand final appearance since IEM Chicago in an otherwise underwhelming second part of the 2019 season, setting up a deciding matchup against Astralis, which has been detrimental to them for the past three months.

fnatic were looking to send a strong message early as they opted for aggression as CT in the opening pistol, which awarded them a clean round and kickstarted a massive run that lasted nine rounds in total, with Liquid unable to find answers to the stifling defense.

Individual plays from Jonathan "EliGE" Jablonowski (a quad-kill) and Keith "NAF" Markovic (a 1v3 clutch) bailed the North American side out towards the end of the half, as they stabilized to end up with five in total. It was all in vain, however, as the Swedes rallied to a 16-6 win on the back of another great start in the second half.

Liquid will play their first grand final since IEM Chicago in July

Inferno was next with roles almost reversed, as Liquid got off to a fruitful start on the defense, letting go of only two out of the first 11 rounds. Jesper "JW" Wecksell's triple and a 1v1 clutch helped the Swedish team get back on their feet with three out of the last four, but just like fnatic did on the opening map, nitr0's team grabbed five in a row at the beginning of the second half to reach map point and soon secure a comfortable 16-6 win to equalize the series.

A back-and-forth battle on Mirage ensued when fnatic got off the line on the back of Robin "flusha" Rönnquist and Maikil "Golden" Selim combining for five kills in the pistol round before Liquid took over in the first gunrounds, winning several disadvantageous situations for a 5-2 lead. A 1v3 from JW with just a pistol shifted the momentum back in the favor of fnatic, who ended up switching over to the offense at 8-7.

When Liquid got onto the CT side, they took matters into their own hands, with a forcebuy victory at 10-9 giving them the economic edge to close out the series comfortably at 16-10, 2-1.

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 Liquid K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Canada Keith 'NAF' MarkovicNAF 53 - 38 +15 89.8 1.26
United States Jonathan 'EliGE' JablonowskiEliGE 53 - 43 +10 85.2 1.23
Canada Russel 'Twistzz' Van DulkenTwistzz 47 - 43 +4 70.4 1.07
United States Nick 'nitr0' Cannellanitr0 36 - 42 -6 57.2 0.87
United States Jake 'Stewie2K' YipStewie2K 40 - 53 -13 60.5 0.80
 fnatic K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Sweden Robin 'flusha' Rönnquistflusha 48 - 44 +4 80.5 1.10
Sweden Freddy 'KRIMZ' JohanssonKRIMZ 44 - 41 +3 75.9 1.08
Sweden Jesper 'JW' WecksellJW 52 - 47 +5 71.0 1.01
Sweden Ludvig 'Brollan' BrolinBrollan 41 - 48 -7 68.1 0.95
Sweden Maikil 'Golden' SelimGolden 34 - 49 -15 57.6 0.82
United States Jonathan 'EliGE' Jablonowski
Jonathan 'EliGE' Jablonowski
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1200
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.16
Sweden Maikil 'Golden' Selim
Maikil 'Golden' Selim
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.93
Maps played:
576
KPR:
0.63
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.14
United States Nick 'nitr0' Cannella
Nick 'nitr0' Cannella
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
1225
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.14
Canada Keith 'NAF' Markovic
Keith 'NAF' Markovic
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1161
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.16
Sweden Jesper 'JW' Wecksell
Jesper 'JW' Wecksell
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
1625
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.14
Sweden Robin 'flusha' Rönnquist
Robin 'flusha' Rönnquist
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
1530
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.18
#1
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Spain Granjero 
RIP to fnatic, well played. Astralis is gonna destroy liquid tomorrow!
2019-12-01 03:42
Liquid played very solid today. hats off to fnatic. the kind of CS match i will watch all day long
2019-12-01 03:43
I see what you did there
2019-12-01 13:17
Badly played, they should have won
2019-12-01 03:43
#21
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Spain Granjero 
Unluko but whatever
2019-12-01 03:45
Makes it easier for Astralis to take it tomorrow. EZ 32-0
2019-12-01 04:36
#15
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Canada herocoolzzz 
no
2019-12-01 03:43
Let’s go Astralius Maximus!
2019-12-01 03:51
"just random when see it" kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk
2019-12-01 07:35
#72
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United States Nohj 
i see you have it too now..
2019-12-01 10:52
#2
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United States GiantDays 
EZ
2019-12-01 03:41
#3
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Austria Lottooo 
Setting up great for the finals! 😎
2019-12-01 03:42
#4
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United States Trump2020KAG 
LETS GO LIQUID
2019-12-01 03:41
#5
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United States @FyreCS 
wtf Edit: #letsgoliquid Maybe we are relevant again?
2019-12-01 03:42
#14
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United States Trump2020KAG 
WE BACK
2019-12-01 03:43
#24
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United States @FyreCS 
YES! INSANE
2019-12-01 03:45
#55
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North America MilkyRay 
WE HAWT BB
2019-12-01 04:58
#65
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United States Azuhh 
LIQUID 16-0
2019-12-01 08:26
#79
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Brazil |witcher| 
One match final? NA logic.
2019-12-01 12:47
@ won 2 matches
2019-12-01 11:07
lets wait for all the plastic eg fans to change their flairs back to liquid mens)))
2019-12-01 04:01
You meant Egroupstageexiteveryfuckingtournament
2019-12-01 09:37
#75
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Australia Artikle13 
Eg group stage exit every fucking tournament
2019-12-01 11:35
#86
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Australia SUNSPY 
ExitGroups lol funny shit fuck we are pretty mean tho mens
2019-12-01 13:57
#80
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United States @FyreCS 
Lmfao XD
2019-12-01 13:01
Ez
2019-12-01 03:42
#7
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Venezuela anx420 
this final would be a wet dream 6 months ago still kinda is tbh
2019-12-01 03:42
#64
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India Frost2639 
Hahahahahahahaha
2019-12-01 08:22
#8
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Turkey Diveland 
lucky liquid
2019-12-01 03:42
name checks out
2019-12-01 03:43
#76
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Australia Artikle13 
Those 3 maps werent even close. Closest map was 16-10
2019-12-01 11:36
#10
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United States EUIRRELEVANT 
EZ and expected. Astralis will still probably win final though.
2019-12-01 03:42
#12
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Denmark UX_Designer 
quick boring 2-0 from astralis
2019-12-01 03:43
Flag
2019-12-01 03:44
#40
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United States K1NGKY 
Checks
2019-12-01 04:00
#42
NAF | 
India FosFate 
didnt
2019-12-01 04:05
#42
NAF | 
India FosFate 
lmao wtf it sent 6 times???
2019-12-01 04:06
#71
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Moldova AJollyDoge 
Lmao
2019-12-01 10:50
#42
NAF | 
India FosFate 
didnt
2019-12-01 04:05
#42
NAF | 
India FosFate 
didnt
2019-12-01 04:05
#42
NAF | 
India FosFate 
didnt
2019-12-01 04:05
EliGe beast NAF animal Liquid should fix their map pool, pretty sure Astralis will pick Overpass or Vertigo and rekt them
2019-12-01 03:43
#22
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United States @FyreCS 
This is true mens)))) We will see though!
2019-12-01 03:45
#32
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United States SlenderHD 
Agree, Liquid need to pick it up on overpass, but i dont think they have played vertigo recently so maybe they have some tricks up their sleeve.
2019-12-01 03:51
#36
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Germany killmichi 
Agree. I think they have good chances on Inferno and Mirage if Astralis does not completely antistrat them, but Train is their permaban and I do not see them do much on Overpass and Nuke tbh. So its mostly about Vertigo or maybe Nuke imo.
2019-12-01 03:57
Mirage is Astralis’ ban, Liquid did do something back in BPC on Nuke but definitely not convincing enough on the T side. Agree with Overpass, they’ve been playing very poorly there. Vertigo is probably the map they worked on during that boot camp as well as a map they showed dominance in the last times they played though. Hope they don’t get dominated on the T side like last time if it is gonna be played.
2019-12-01 04:19
liquid prob is saving vertigo for the final
2019-12-01 05:59
Alright nice, time for Liquid to get 2-0d in the finals.
2019-12-01 03:43
I agree, but I hope you're wrong
2019-12-01 03:47
No. 17 :,(
2019-12-01 03:44
#18
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Canada herocoolzzz 
LETS GO LIQUID!!!!
2019-12-01 03:43
#23
Twistzz | 
United States LEMQN 
Congratulations to Astralis for winning the ECS Season 8 Finals.
2019-12-01 03:45
Flag not found
2019-12-01 04:11
#25
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Australia Cleostar 
Liquid will win Astralis this time
2019-12-01 03:46
agreed
2019-12-01 03:52
Liquid stun Astralis with a Train pick
2019-12-01 03:50
Imagine lmao
2019-12-01 03:53
#35
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Brazil Vini007 
Liquid were waiting for this very moment.
2019-12-01 03:56
#37
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Germany killmichi 
Lol. If this happens I will eat my shoe :D Its their permaban for like...forever? ;)
2019-12-01 03:58
At the same time astralis pick mirage and boom Anime style plot twist
2019-12-01 08:39
And 3rd map is Cache which stuns everyone as it's not in the map pool ;D
2019-12-01 15:17
#28
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United States xiquo 
I knew it would be close but i didn't think it would be 3 maps. fnatics overpass was nuts.
2019-12-01 03:50
#38
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Germany killmichi 
Yeah I've seen a lot of Overpass but their approach was really unique on different positions. Nice to see that even after a few years still new strats and tactics get found out
2019-12-01 04:00
#29
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Brazil Vini007 
Oh s*it, here we go again. lol
2019-12-01 03:50
#30
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Indonesia Journeast 
Classic grandfinal, expect the expected!
2019-12-01 03:51
#39
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United States WilsonDS 
Kinda sucks for fnatic since they looked so strong on overpass. Can't wait for another Astralis v liquid final in which liquid crap themselves and get destroyed.
2019-12-01 04:00
same goes to c9
2019-12-01 05:24
#67
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Albania Flatrryoute17 
Lawl so savage stewie2k right there hello
2019-12-01 08:47
#96
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United States WilsonDS 
I never said c9 is good. I simply commented on the fact that liquid craps the bed every time they play astralis.
2019-12-01 22:19
ggwp!
2019-12-01 04:12
#51
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United States Fin4life 
if mibr are back....where are they...
2019-12-01 04:16
404 not found
2019-12-01 07:49
#54
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African Union mikecool 
The top 4 is pretty much accurate at the moment lol
2019-12-01 04:57
Liquid finally back with decent jersey, not these stupid avengers gimmick ones = insta final
2019-12-01 06:23
IMAGINE CHOKING AGAINST BIGGEST CHOKERS IN CS HISTORY AXAXAXAXAXAXA
2019-12-01 07:36
#61
shox | 
India iejesus 
Ez
2019-12-01 07:44
#63
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Finland J3bediah 
Just give the trophy to astralis
2019-12-01 07:50
#69
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Brazil Karlogaria 
NAF rules and Stewie is always sinking Liquid. Shout out to fnatic too, its players' stats, especially Brollan's, don't match their actual performance. Anyways, probably easy 4 Astralis again today
2019-12-01 10:05
Rip Fnatic, fluke Krieg team
2019-12-01 10:28
#73
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Lebanon ryBBah 
This was supposed to be the grand final, both teams played amazing CS! After all its the two best teams to ever touch CS:GO, 2013 ~> 2017 era vs 2018 to never ending era . Tomorrow will be one easy grand final for american counter-strike, let's get trophy number 8! #Let'sGoLiquid #NAisTop1 #NACS>EUCS #TwistzzTop1Player #EligeTop2Player
2019-12-01 10:52
#77
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Denmark Quientus 
I hope Liquid Can surprise and take a Map, however, seemingly Astralis have had Liquids number ... It Will be interesting to see if Liquid Can keep their cool and stay competitive. But I’m glad to see that “The old” Liquid (from mid 2019) seems back ..., but I Think Astralis wins 2-0, one map being close ... Either Way this Grand Final Match up has been long in The proces, two Best teams of 2019 by far ... Forget EG, Fnatic, NiP etc ... This is The rivalry that makes CSGO fun to watch !
2019-12-01 11:37
I think liquid can go with this one - if astralis dosnt play their a or b game :) liquid is actually preatty good these days
2019-12-01 12:11
#82
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Brazil nerdjerkland 
Top 3 in cs go history: 1)SK/LG 2)Liquid 3) Astralis
2019-12-01 13:21
#1 Astralis #2 fnatic #3 NiP #4 LG/SK #5 Liquid
2019-12-01 13:46
Dont know SK/LG : ) but Liquid, have they been good in the past or? Have only followed cs:go the past 3 years
2019-12-01 13:56
#94
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United States jay_320 
They were a threat in 2017 but they couldn't beat SK or Faze consistently until NAF came in and Twistzz got some hair on his chest. And then the Astralis era started and ended. Then Stewie came in and they finally started taking home trophies. Now is really their time but if they want the same kind of clout Astralis has they are going to have to beat them and do it in high pressure stage situations. 2020 is going to be a make or break year for Liquid.
2019-12-01 19:01
Time to wait till eg jetlags into esl finals
2019-12-01 13:27
Ehh.. Atleast liquid plays great cs. Gl to them in the finals.
2019-12-01 15:36
#89
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United States JustBitsy 
Fnatic look awesome lately! Its nice to see them looking real dangerous.
2019-12-01 15:37
Two boring teams, not going to watch this.
2019-12-01 15:52
#91
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United Kingdom _xC4ctus 
Flag checks out LOOOOOL
2019-12-01 17:00
I was cheering for fnatic((
2019-12-01 17:42
Despite Fnatic and EG coming into play, the year will end exactly how it started: with Liquid and Astralis as the top 2 teams
2019-12-01 18:57
WOW !!! Will enjoy this grand final LIQUID FNATIC and ASTRALIS they are the best Happy to see Fnatic playing at a HIGH LEVEl again
2019-12-01 19:41
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