Liquid take down NiP; to face Astralis in grand final
After taking down FaZe, Liquid defeated NiP in Riffa, Bahrain, earning a spot in the grand final after a loss to Astralis in the opening match. The game against NiP saw the North American side struggle at times, but they stepped were able to step up in the final stretches to close out both Mirage and Overpass. With this result, Liquid are on to the grand final, where they were meet Astralis in a BO3 for the ninth and final time this year.
Following a lost T side pistol, four rounds in a row went NiP's way on the offensive side of Overpass, the Swedes' map pick. Jonathan "EliGE" Jablonowski's strong play allowed Liquid to stabilize on the defense, reaching a 7-4 scoreline. Despite some back-and-forth before the end of the half, Liquid managed to retain their lead before the switch, 9-6.
NiP grabbed a clean pistol round win on B, but despite losing rounds Liquid was able to keep their opponents' money low. Then, when the score was equalized at 10-10, Liquid won a round that broke the Swedish side's bank, and ran away with the map after that, concluding it 16-10.
Liquid didn't build a lot of momentum off of the T side pistol victory on Mirage as Jonas "Lekr0" Olofsson and Fredrik "REZ" Sterner stepped up with saved weapons, setting NiP on course for a 5-2 lead on the defense. Then, Keith "NAF" Markovic closed out two tight rounds to get Liquid back into the swing of thing, while EliGE's 1v3 flank saw the half ended with an 8-7 score in favor of NiP.
Just like in the first half, after the switch Liquid secured the pistol round only to lose to a low buy. Lekr0's team used that to go on a six-round winning streak, controlling the pace from the T side. The Swedes were on the brink of victory on Mirage, 14-11 up, when NAF activated and picked up multikills in five consecutive rounds, helping Liquid take back the lead and claim the victory, 16-11 and 2-0 for the series.
|NiP||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|Fredrik 'REZ' SternerREZ||42 - 39||+3||87.1||1.17|
|Jonas 'Lekr0' OlofssonLekr0||35 - 40||-5||71.8||0.98|
|Simon 'twist' Eliassontwist||32 - 36||-4||62.2||0.88|
|Patrik 'f0rest' Lindbergf0rest||34 - 42||-8||69.3||0.86|
|Nicolas 'Plopski' Gonzalez ZamoraPlopski||30 - 40||-10||56.9||0.83|