Liquid beat MIBR in first 2020 outing

Liquid have stepped into 2020 on the right foot, beating MIBR 2-0 in their first official match of the year at BLAST Premier Spring Series.

The North American side picked up their first 2020 victory after a not-so-pretty start to the series on MIBR's pick, Vertigo, where they were bailed out of a 6-13 deficit by numerous clutches to win in double overtime, and a dominant finish on Inferno.

Despite amassing the big lead, the Brazilian side were unsuccessful in their efforts to surprise Liquid with the unusual pick, and their long ongoing wrestle with Inferno continues as they have now conceded eight out of the last ten affairs on the map following the convincing loss to Nick "nitr0" Cannella's team.

With the win, Liquid have earned a spot in Group A's upper final, where they will take on FaZe for a spot at the $750,000 Spring Finals. Meanwhile, MIBR are in danger of elimination as they've dropped to the lower bracket to set up a meeting with NiP.

Big clutches from NAF and nitr0 turned around a scary Vertigo

Vertigo started off firmly in the hands of Liquid, who got off to a great start, with the only round going the Brazilians' way out of the first seven being a 1v2 from their latest addition, Ignacio "meyern" Meyer. MIBR did not let that scare them, as they finally broke through the defenses and dominated the remainder of the first half with an eight-round streak.

Epitacio "TACO" de Melo looked in great form as his team extended their lead to 13-6 at the beginning of the second half, but the match was far from over as individual heroics kept saving Liquid. 1v2 clutches from Russel "Twistzz" Van Dulken, Keith "NAF" Markovic, and nitr0 helped them equalize the scoreline, and while MIBR were the first to reach map point, a key Deagle double from Jonathan "EliGE" Jablonowski sent the first map to overtime.

The two sides kept trading rounds with neither able to break the other, and it had to be decided in the second set. There, more plays from Liquid's individuals, including NAF's 1v4 bomb plant denial and more clutches from Jake "Stewie2K" Yip and nitr0 gave the North American side the victory at 22-19.

Things looked dire for the Brazilians when nothing seemed to go right for them at the beginning of Inferno, where Liquid kept exploiting weaknesses on the A bombsite to amass a 10-0 lead on the Terrorist side. MIBR gave themselves a chance with four out of the last five rounds and a forcebuy victory at the start of the second half, but they were ultimately bested in convincing fashion, at 16-9.

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31st January 2020
22
Vertigo
19
16
Inferno
9
 Liquid K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
United States Jonathan 'EliGE' JablonowskiEliGE 54 - 38 +16 84.2 1.31
Canada Keith 'NAF' MarkovicNAF 52 - 40 +12 81.1 1.21
United States Nick 'nitr0' Cannellanitr0 47 - 41 +6 72.8 1.19
United States Jake 'Stewie2K' YipStewie2K 43 - 48 -5 83.5 1.15
Canada Russel 'Twistzz' Van DulkenTwistzz 34 - 36 -2 54.6 0.96
 MIBR K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Brazil Gabriel 'FalleN' ToledoFalleN 44 - 40 +4 66.0 1.04
Argentina Ignacio 'meyern' Meyermeyern 37 - 41 -4 59.6 0.93
Brazil Fernando 'fer' Alvarengafer 42 - 48 -6 67.8 0.91
Brazil Epitacio 'TACO' de MeloTACO 39 - 53 -14 76.3 0.88
Brazil Vito 'kNgV-' GiuseppekNgV- 41 - 49 -8 69.0 0.87
Brazil Epitacio 'TACO' de Melo
Epitacio 'TACO' de Melo
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.94
Maps played:
1050
KPR:
0.62
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.12
Argentina Ignacio 'meyern' Meyer
Ignacio 'meyern' Meyer
Age:
17
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.11
Maps played:
271
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.12
United States Jonathan 'EliGE' Jablonowski
Jonathan 'EliGE' Jablonowski
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1217
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.16
United States Nick 'nitr0' Cannella
Nick 'nitr0' Cannella
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
1242
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:
1178
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.16
Canada Russel 'Twistzz' Van Dulken
Russel 'Twistzz' Van Dulken
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.13
Maps played:
964
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.12
United States Jake 'Stewie2K' Yip
Jake 'Stewie2K' Yip
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
1153
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.14
luckquid aka
2020-01-31 23:20
liquid scored another fluke
2020-01-31 23:20
#7
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United States BlackLiquidFan 
EZ FOR LIQUID
2020-01-31 23:20
#29
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United States deathrecord 
+10000000
2020-01-31 23:26
#58
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United States Jaksin 
ok, this is epic
2020-01-31 23:47
#75
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Spain N0Love 
GodElige
2020-02-01 00:35
#8
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Brazil CaioOlive 
Closer than I expected. Don't know if it means MIBR is on track or Liquid sucks.
2020-01-31 23:20
true tbh.
2020-01-31 23:46
Right right. Vertigo games are always close and it was 10-0 at one point on Inferno. EliGE went 24-8 on Inferno, but yea it was close.
2020-01-31 23:55
#73
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Brazil bllk 
being honest we did a good map, but a lot of mistakes were done in both maps i think, but mibr its a little better in some decisions, i'm proud
2020-02-01 00:21
MIBR definitely looked better than last year so that’s good
2020-02-01 06:23
#103
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Brazil CaioOlive 
Yeah, seeing it this way, MIBR fluked. :/
2020-02-01 04:13
#10
EliGE | 
United States Quazey 
LIQUID BEST TEAM
2020-01-31 23:20
#87
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Denmark HihiPeop1e222 
0 majors.
2020-02-01 02:00
#98
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United States Jaksin 
and Astralis 0 skill ;)
2020-02-01 03:14
And astralis has more majors than NA
2020-02-01 07:30
Na players talking about skills KEKW
2020-02-01 09:54
ez 4 GODliGE, top 3 2020 for sure
2020-01-31 23:20
#16
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Brazil lemao_spfc 
Good game, and.. just that for now.
2020-01-31 23:21
#17
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United States @FyreCS 
LETS GO
2020-01-31 23:21
#21
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France DesmondHume 
naf top 1
2020-01-31 23:22
Expected kick taco thanks
2020-01-31 23:22
#33
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Brazil Bucho123 
taco played a lot in the vertigo
2020-01-31 23:27
Hey you, kick taco please
2020-01-31 23:29
#60
XeqtR | 
Hong Kong void0 
He was palying better on vertigo than another 4 combined together lol
2020-01-31 23:53
Yeah after being carried for years Kick taco pls
2020-02-01 00:44
#115
XeqtR | 
Hong Kong void0 
His job in this team is not to carry every1 - they have mayern and kng that suppose to play star role and carry every1. His work is to do opening for their teammates, go in 1 first and die so his teammates can trade those kills and open sites. Thing is that kids on this site will never udnerstand it. All they see k/d and rating.
2020-02-01 11:46
#65
steel | 
Brazil TonimSan 
Taco played amazing CS in the Katowice qualifier.
2020-01-31 23:57
#67
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Brazil FerW 
+1000000000
2020-02-01 00:11
#27
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United States EmperorTrump 
MAGA 2020
2020-01-31 23:26
nice choke
2020-01-31 23:26
Who would win? A team boot camping in Europe for 1 month or a team that started practicing a week ago against bot NA teams
2020-01-31 23:28
#40
 | 
Brazil millerjmatos 
gg
2020-01-31 23:32
lol mibr in 2020 lol topkek
2020-01-31 23:33
#42
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Brazil Mackvp 
liquid I was very lucky, I've never seen a luckier team. MIBR does not know how to control the map and has delivered many rounds ... it seems that this year will not be different ... MIBR in the suffix
2020-01-31 23:35
so much racism in this thread
2020-01-31 23:35
#97
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United States dusq 
very deserved
2020-02-01 03:10
#57
 | 
United States Trump2020KAG 
elige doing elige things
2020-01-31 23:46
#61
XeqtR | 
Hong Kong void0 
So easy for the mastermind (stew)
2020-01-31 23:53
#66
k0nfig | 
Germany Trax_ 
MIBR really shouldve closed out vertigo, but i think theyll still get #2 in group. Imo Liquid > MIBR > FaZe > Nip
2020-02-01 00:00
#71
 | 
Brazil bllk 
i just hope that dude, we actually got a good first map, some mistakes were done on both maps, but we're on track
2020-02-01 00:19
#78
k0nfig | 
Germany Trax_ 
+1
2020-02-01 00:47
+1. P. S. : I guess the number of mibr's supporters is much more than we can imagine duo the number of haters. NIP doesn't have the same reaction from hltv, for example.
2020-02-01 00:28
#79
k0nfig | 
Germany Trax_ 
Im not sure if im a real supporter, but yeah i kinda like them and all these baiters and haters are getting on my nerves.
2020-02-01 00:48
I hope so
2020-02-01 03:17
nice try, mibr last in group.
2020-02-01 13:22
i'm so god!
2020-02-01 21:37
#121
k0nfig | 
Germany Trax_ 
+1
2020-02-01 22:06
#69
 | 
Brazil bllk 
We still can make it, to be honest we had an improvement, just not playin inferno
2020-02-01 00:14
#70
 | 
Other wholelottared 
mibr disband when?
2020-02-01 00:17
lucas and felps must be laughing so hard lmao
2020-02-01 00:43
#94
 | 
Brazil BAN_ASTRALIS 
Stewie and Tarik* :)
2020-02-01 02:50
also them :)
2020-02-01 02:53
#81
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Brazil ATURAouSURTA 
Oof we almost won 1st map damn I couldn't watch it
2020-02-01 01:09
MIBR best chokers
2020-02-01 01:33
#88
sh1ro | 
Taiwan Mafuuyu 
wtf twisztztzz less than 1 rating
2020-02-01 02:10
he is still in a "slump"...
2020-02-01 02:36
He's overrated and playing different roles apparently.
2020-02-01 03:17
#102
zet | 
Switzerland MRKNUSPER 
hes been sucking for quite some time now
2020-02-01 03:19
#114
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Ukraine KSVici 
Was not so ez for liquid actually
2020-02-01 10:16
#117
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Brunei cyLoL 
MIBR is sooooooooooo bad
2020-02-01 14:46
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