Liquid pass North test
After coming in late from their travels from overseas, Liquid had another surprise waiting for them in Denmark in the form of a Vertigo pick from North, who had previously never played the map before.
The Danish side started off well on the back of a pistol round win and a 1v2 clutch from Jakob "JUGi" Hansen in the following anti-forcebuy, but their 3-0 lead was quickly answered with a four-round streak from the North American side, who had Jake "Stewie2K" Yip, Russel "Twistzz" Van Dulken, and Jonathan "EliGE" Jablonowski pull individual plays out of the bag.
The two teams traded three-round streaks as the half was coming to a close, with the team around Nicklas "gade" Gade eventually clinching a one-round advantage before switching over to Counter-Terrorists.
Liquid reclaimed the lead with the first four rounds, preferring the B bombsite and leaving North to save weapons twice, before the Danes brought it back to a one-round difference as they found an answer to the onslaught.
But with another clutch from Twistzz, this time a 1v3, and an ace from EliGE in a tough anti-halfbuy scenario, the favored team reached match point and soon closed the map at 16-12, joining mousesports in a playoffs-deciding series in Group B.
|North||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|Nicklas 'gade' Gadegade||26 - 20||+6||90.6||1.27|
|Jakob 'JUGi' HansenJUGi||19 - 18||+1||76.7||1.13|
|Markus 'Kjaerbye' KjærbyeKjaerbye||20 - 19||+1||70.8||0.92|
|Philip 'aizy' Aistrupaizy||14 - 21||-7||61.6||0.75|
|René 'cajunb' Borgcajunb||12 - 19||-7||55.2||0.72|