Liquid overcome mousesports; to play Astralis for semi-final spot
Despite travel woes which saw Liquid arrive in Odense just a couple of hours before their first game of the tournament, the North Americans managed to earn a playoff spot with victories over North and mousesports. Tomorrow, Liquid will be playing Astralis in the group B upper-bracket final, with a semi-final spot on the line.
Following a close pistol round that went Liquid's way, the North American side grabbed a hold of the game on the CT side of Nuke, mousesports map pick. Nick "nitr0" Cannella and co. looked untouchable as they claimed an 8-0 lead before Robin "ropz" Kool broke the deadlock with a triple. However, mousesports struggled to do much after that, ending the half with merely three rounds.
After half-time mousesports secured the CT pistol, but no momentum or economy was built as 1v2 clutches from Keith "NAF" Markovic and Russel "Twistzz" Van Dulken swung things back in Liquid's favor, allowing them to close out the map 16-5.
After mousesports' pick of Nuke backfired, the action moved to Vertigo, where the European side started on the defense. With a force-buy victory, Finn "karrigan" Andersen and co. grabbed a 3-1 lead, but the tables turned when full buys came in as NAF spearheaded Liquid's six-round streak (7-3).
With three defuses in a row, the European side salvaged the half, finishing just one round behind, quickly grabbing a lead after initial success on the offense (11-8). Liquid fought back, but ultimately couldn't stop the offenses of ropz and David "frozen" Čerňanský, who helped mousesports stay in the series with a 16-12 victory on Vertigo.
Dust2 was left to decide the victor, where Liquid was the more convincing side in the first half. The North Americans lost the pistol but still ran up a strong lead on the CT side, 10-5, with ropz's pistol heroics after the switch keeping mousesports in the game. Big individual rounds from Özgür "woxic" Eker, Chris "chrisJ" de Jong, nitr0 and frozen then followed, with mousesports holding on to momentum throughout. The score was 13-13 when Liquid won a pistol-armor buy which helped them finally close out the map 16-14 and claim the series 2-1.
|mousesports||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|Robin 'ropz' Koolropz||67 - 48||+19||85.8||1.25|
|David 'frozen' Čerňanskýfrozen||59 - 59||0||80.6||1.03|
|Özgür 'woxic' Ekerwoxic||49 - 52||-3||70.4||1.00|
|Chris 'chrisJ' de JongchrisJ||41 - 55||-14||60.6||0.82|
|Finn 'karrigan' Andersenkarrigan||39 - 62||-23||63.8||0.80|