Liquid fend off 100 Thieves to secure second victory in ESL Pro League North America

Liquid completed two hard-fought comebacks on Vertigo and Mirage against 100 Thieves to secure their second victory in ESL Pro League North America.

Liquid made up for a crushing loss to Swole Patrol in their second match as they prevailed 2-0 over 100 Thieves on day three, but the series was anything but clear-cut as the North American roster remained on the back foot in the opening half of both maps.

After initially overcoming the prospect of another crushing loss on Vertigo, Liquid were forced to fight back from a seven-round deficit on Mirage to sweep the series, fighting through 65 rounds to secure a victory in two maps.

Stewie2K's entries on Vertigo and AWP on Mirage proved crucial

A 1vs3 clutch from Justin "jks" Savage helped 100 Thieves get off to a swimming start on their pick of Vertigo, allowing the Australian squad to run up a 7-1 scoreline before Liquid began to stabilize. Multi-kills from Jonathan "EliGE" Jablonowski gave the North American side a fighting chance as they rallied back to a 10-5 scoreline, but a USP-S triple kill from Joakim "jkaem" Myrbostad kept 100 Thieves in control following the side swap as they moved up to thirteen rounds.

Left facing the prospect of another crushing defeat on Vertigo, Nick "nitr0" Cannella's troops refused to concede, with Jake "Stewie2K" Yip creating openings into bombsites round after round as Liquid fought back from 7-14 and 10-15 deficits to take the map to overtime. There, EliGE reigned supreme, securing ten frags in the first three rounds to help his team complete the comeback with a 19-16 victory.

Another slow start to Mirage left Liquid down 0-5 before they put their first two on the board, but from there, the AWP of Sean "Gratisfaction" Kaiwai and rifle of jkaem took over the proceedings as 100 Thieves ran up an 11-4 scoreline at the break. Much like on Vertigo, the second half proved to be all Liquid as the North American side locked down their defense, keeping 100 Thieves at bay for the majority of rounds to narrowly edge out a 16-14 victory.

 Liquid K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
United States Jonathan 'EliGE' JablonowskiEliGE 49 - 40 +9 98.3 1.37
Canada Keith 'NAF' MarkovicNAF 49 - 34 +15 75.7 1.19
United States Jake 'Stewie2K' YipStewie2K 47 - 43 +4 79.4 1.09
Canada Russel 'Twistzz' Van DulkenTwistzz 33 - 38 -5 50.5 0.94
United States Nick 'nitr0' Cannellanitr0 34 - 41 -7 65.2 0.90
 100 Thieves K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
New Zealand Sean 'Gratisfaction' KaiwaiGratisfaction 52 - 45 +7 87.5 1.15
Norway Joakim 'jkaem' Myrbostadjkaem 50 - 46 +4 80.5 1.12
Australia Justin 'jks' Savagejks 43 - 41 +2 79.2 1.08
Australia Aaron 'AZR' WardAZR 30 - 43 -13 51.2 0.82
Australia Jay 'Liazz' TregillgasLiazz 20 - 37 -17 42.8 0.72

The group standings for ESL Pro League Season 11 North America look as follows:

United States Jonathan 'EliGE' Jablonowski
Jonathan 'EliGE' Jablonowski
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1268
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.16
New Zealand Sean 'Gratisfaction' Kaiwai
Sean 'Gratisfaction' Kaiwai
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
712
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.61
APR:
0.12
United States Nick 'nitr0' Cannella
Nick 'nitr0' Cannella
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
1293
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.14
Australia Justin 'jks' Savage
Justin 'jks' Savage
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
905
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.13
Norway Joakim 'jkaem' Myrbostad
Joakim 'jkaem' Myrbostad
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
941
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.14
United States Jake 'Stewie2K' Yip
Jake 'Stewie2K' Yip
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
1204
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.14
#3
 | 
United Kingdom replicanoob 
ez
2020-03-29 01:10
Liquid > 100T > Swole Patrol > Liquid
2020-03-29 09:04
lmao
2020-03-29 09:35
#58
 | 
Germany Die3Lustigen4 
+1 :D
2020-03-29 12:25
#60
 | 
Lithuania aikaz45 
Made me laugh +1
2020-03-29 12:30
+1
2020-03-29 15:11
cs scene in a nutshell
2020-03-29 15:14
#11
720 | 
Japan GoL 
Lmao
2020-03-29 01:12
It’ll be liquid or mouse for #1
2020-03-29 01:12
#59
 | 
Germany Die3Lustigen4 
Stewie seems kinda on and off but his aggressive entry style makes him always get a lot of deaths, which is normal. Imo Twistzz and nitr0 have both been undewhelming for the last 7 month. The others look sharp though. If Twistzz and nitr0 can somehow get back to their firepower level of last summer they could be the dominant force of last year really quick by just running over enemies and outfragging them. Edit: How Elige was taking the vertigo A site round by round more or less on his own was hella impressive :D
2020-03-29 12:32
#16
 | 
Armenia TiBoN29 
Let's get it
2020-03-29 01:15
You know something is wrong when Gratisfaction is top fragging
2020-03-29 01:15
grat the beast
2020-03-29 01:25
#22
 | 
Australia aussie_billy 
If azr isn't 50 bombing every 2 maps then we don't win shit
2020-03-29 01:30
#40
jks | 
Mongolia Kkura 
Liazz have been really shit lately
2020-03-29 05:21
#52
 | 
Australia aussie_billy 
This series was probs his worst in terms of numbers
2020-03-29 10:18
#18
PAGO | 
Poland Kazk 
Au choke
2020-03-29 01:18
Just light
2020-03-29 01:30
#25
jks | 
Australia Rene_Gade 
We should have had this. Sigh
2020-03-29 01:31
#28
 | 
Australia Chereska 
The choke was real
2020-03-29 01:54
Standard. Liquid looking average and 100T play one half per map. Nothing has changed since the start of 2020
2020-03-29 03:22
#46
 | 
United States Samsquanch_ 
Probably the most honest comment in this entire thread. Would be cool to see both hit their peak again though. They’re both awesome teams to watch when they’re hot
2020-03-29 08:48
Yeah agreed. Some serious talent between the two of them, however they just can't seem to put it together.
2020-03-29 10:06
#72
 | 
United States Samsquanch_ 
Feels like AZR and jks are just missing in action. Nitro seems like he can’t awp anymore, twist is playing OK for himself but has been better, and Stewie is out their looking like MIBR stew.
2020-03-30 06:14
#33
 | 
African Union mikecool 
Lame af ;(
2020-03-29 04:13
How do you throw a 13-5 and 12-5 lead twice in a row? Ffs
2020-03-29 04:42
#54
 | 
Japan pawbeast 
Possible when u are much worse team
2020-03-29 11:08
No the boys.
2020-03-29 04:57
clash of chokers
2020-03-29 05:02
#39
 | 
Australia Albatrauz 
Watching this made my heart cry, especially when 100T where winning 15-14 on vertigo then lost a 2 v 4 in their favour
2020-03-29 05:17
first time seeing BOT2K actually did something
2020-03-29 06:55
#44
dexter | 
Germany t.o.p 
Stewieeee
2020-03-29 07:04
Team is as weak as its weakest player, not as strong as its strongest one. I am looking at you Liazz...
2020-03-29 09:51
can't blame him that much - he ended the first half of mirage like 4-4 due to liquid never going B and then sucked with the rest of the team, though yeah he should've shown something
2020-03-29 10:15
#57
YEKINDAR | 
Poland momtr 
He ended half with 5-5 and he havent killed whole t side
2020-03-29 11:15
You know you just repeated his point, right?
2020-03-29 16:51
#69
YEKINDAR | 
Poland momtr 
i have written facts about liazz not point
2020-03-29 18:38
Facts that he wrote
2020-03-30 02:50
#55
 | 
Japan pawbeast 
The boys thnik there is one half in whole map? XD gl next time
2020-03-29 11:08
#56
YEKINDAR | 
Poland momtr 
100Throwers
2020-03-29 11:14
100 CHOKERS
2020-03-29 12:34
Expected outcome
2020-03-29 13:42
#63
 | 
Spain JLenny47 
How can you throw so hard? You're even throwing against the kings themselves in liquid...
2020-03-29 13:44
One of the biggest chokes ever
2020-03-29 14:17
-liazz +dexter
2020-03-29 17:31
Performing vs t2/1, underperforming vs t10 :D
2020-03-29 20:49
#73
ropz | 
United States oflo 
lol got my comment deleted bc i corrected the "first win"
2020-03-30 12:06
Login or register to add your comment to the discussion.