Liquid beat NiP to book BLAST Spring Finals spot

Liquid are through to the BLAST Premier Spring Finals following a hard-fought victory over Ninjas in Pyjamas in Group A's consolidation final.

The North American giants join FaZe on the team list for the season finals, with the two sides now set to go head-to-head in the group final for a bigger piece of the $300,000 prize pool and a better seeding at the event in Moscow.

Ninjas in Pyjamas put up a strong fight and properly tested Liquid, but taking down the current No.3 team in the world would ultimately prove too big a task for the Swedes, who have reasons to smile after putting up an impressive comeback on Mirage. Jonas "⁠Lekr0⁠" Olofsson's troops still have a shot at the Spring Finals via the Showdown stage, where the bottom sides from the group stage will be joined by qualified teams.

A win is a win, but Liquid can't be too happy with how close the series ended up being. They played a minimum-requirement match, confirming Jonathan "⁠EliGE⁠" Jablonowski's assessment that the team have yet to find their best form, which doesn't bode well for their chances against a fired-up FaZe.

Twistzz turned in a strong display on both maps

The battle for a spot at the Spring Finals began on Vertigo, which Ninjas in Pyjamas coach Björn "⁠THREAT⁠" Pers had recently described as "probably our best map right now". The Swedish team recovered from a slow start once their economy stabilised and took control of proceedings, going ahead for the first time at 5-4. It looked like Ninjas in Pyjamas were in control of the game, but Liquid tightened up their defense and responded with some great crossfires to end the half with a 9-6 lead despite a solid display from Tim "⁠nawwk⁠" Jonasson, who was sitting on 16 frags.

Ninjas in Pyjamas halted Liquid's momentum by winning the following pistol round as they denied Russel "⁠Twistzz⁠" Van Dulken the 1v3 clutch, but there would be no follow-up as the North Americans replied on a force-buy. Nick "⁠nitr0⁠" Cannella's troops put together a string of rounds to further add to their lead and, after a brief period of Ninjas in Pyjamas dominance, ran away with the game.

Twistzz wreaked havoc in the early stages of Mirage, powering Liquid to a 6-1 lead with 14 kills to his name. Ninjas in Pyjamas then put their foot down and held Liquid back for a while, but the North Americans came fighting back in the dying stages of the half to pick up a 10-5 lead.

Liquid came out of the break determined to wrap up the game and dominated the Ninjas in Pyjamas defense to bring the scoreline to 14-6. The game seemed to be almost over, but the Swedes showed their fighting spirit and began to chip away at the deficit, with Fredrik "⁠REZ⁠" Sterner unlocking the B site on numerous occasions. A timely flank from EliGE put Liquid on match point at 15-13, but they would not be able to strike the finishing blow in regulation. With the game wide open, the Ninjas won the first half of overtime 2-1 before a flawless T side from Liquid saw the North Americans walk away with a victory that was just too close for comfort.

 Ninjas in Pyjamas K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
50 - 46 +4 89.6 1.20
44 - 41 +3 76.1 1.05
35 - 45 -10 66.8 0.89
30 - 47 -17 63.3 0.84
31 - 43 -12 52.9 0.79
 Liquid K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
55 - 32 +23 82.4 1.34
45 - 35 +10 81.7 1.18
43 - 41 +2 93.8 1.14
41 - 43 -2 68.0 1.05
38 - 40 -2 62.9 0.94
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
Sweden Tim 'nawwk' Jonasson
Tim 'nawwk' Jonasson
Age:
22
Rating 1.0:
1.12
Maps played:
543
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.63
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
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
Sweden Jonas 'Lekr0' Olofsson
Jonas 'Lekr0' Olofsson
Age:
26
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
886
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.67
Sweden Fredrik 'REZ' Sterner
Fredrik 'REZ' Sterner
Age:
22
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
910
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.66
Liquid so bad lmao Best NA team xaxaxaxaxaxaxax
2020-02-02 19:28
12 replies
#15
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United States Bonger
Almost choked vs nip lmao FaZe is gonna destroy them
2020-02-02 19:35
11 replies
lets hope so
2020-02-02 19:36
8 replies
#22
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United States Bonger
FaZe has 1 Baitzera, Liquid has 0 baitzeras Conclusion: FaZe wins
2020-02-02 19:40
7 replies
but baitzera is not a good thing
2020-02-02 19:41
6 replies
#25
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United States Bonger
he baits FaZe and clutches the round at the end against low players who are not looking at him like yesterday
2020-02-02 19:42
5 replies
not today, trust me
2020-02-02 19:54
2 replies
#42
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United States Bonger
Ok?
2020-02-02 22:24
1 reply
Niko carried
2020-02-02 22:25
#35
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Liechtenstein Over088
Everything checks out xaxaxa
2020-02-02 20:03
1 reply
#36
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United States Bonger
huh?
2020-02-02 20:06
#29
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Sweden Fizze
Flair does not check out
2020-02-02 19:53
1 reply
it’s his alt
2020-02-02 19:59
#2
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Croatia Esketite
rip
2020-02-02 19:29
#3
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United Kingdom _xC4ctus
RIP NA SCENE
2020-02-02 19:30
Liquid #2 team in NA, #1 team is ENVY confirmed
2020-02-02 19:30
2 replies
#16
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Brazil Karlogaria
Kids, don't do drugs
2020-02-02 19:35
+1
2020-02-02 19:49
#6
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Greece sifounasGG
GG. NIP played really good <3
2020-02-02 19:31
3 replies
+4
2020-02-02 19:35
#30
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Sweden Fizze
+1 <3 no homo
2020-02-02 19:54
#33
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Sweden deadvein
+10 better than dignitas
2020-02-02 19:58
so ez for TL
2020-02-02 19:31
2 replies
Mentally Retard Spotted...
2020-02-02 20:20
1 reply
nt threat
2020-02-03 00:41
FaZe gonna once again 2-0 TL
2020-02-02 19:31
2 replies
Amen
2020-02-02 19:33
#38
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Sweden Akoulad
+1111
2020-02-02 20:20
#9
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CIS iluzky
can someone check on rez? after a match like that his back must hurt from carrying his team so hard
2020-02-02 19:31
#10
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Romania Laskof
nt flopski
2020-02-02 19:31
liquid bad but mkay
2020-02-02 19:33
hope liquid win against faze
2020-02-02 19:35
REZ inconsistent :(
2020-02-02 19:37
#20
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Russia 4NTi
Despite the result this NIP's roster has a future.
2020-02-02 19:39
1 reply
Nt
2020-02-02 19:40
EU CS OMEGALUL
2020-02-02 19:40
DIG > NiP :)
2020-02-02 19:45
Flopski
2020-02-02 19:47
#32
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Sweden Fizze
GG nt
2020-02-02 19:56
#40
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Sweden godname
NiP sucks these days
2020-02-02 21:11
#41
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Croatia _doppler_
very good call of duty match
2020-02-02 21:25
#44
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Portugal Drago845
gg
2020-02-03 00:28
Yes
2020-02-03 06:23
#48
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Brazil Fauchard
where is the new from faze x liquid final ????
2020-02-03 11:13
1 reply
#49
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Bosnia and Herzegovina mantisbp
+15153854568455 I feel ashamed for liquid
2020-02-03 13:38
Where is the second article about Face vs TL second series from BLASTPremier?? Is the Russians colluding with TL?
2020-02-03 20:59
LULquid is a joke
2020-02-03 22:02
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