Liquid sweep EG to win ESL Pro League Season 11 North America
The Nick "nitr0" Cannella-led squad once again showed that they have the upper hand against Evil Geniuses, bringing them down for the third consecutive time in the league, this time in rather convincing fashion as they extended their overall streak against their North American rivals' core to nine series victories in a row.
The grand final came down to a brilliant performance from Keith "NAF" Markovic, who ensured Liquid's victory on Dust2 before Jonathan "EliGE" Jablonowski joined him at the top of the scoreboard on Vertigo while the star duo pushed their team to the 3-0 sweep.
The two teams first met on Dust2, where they had had a 1-1 record against each other from their two previous close encounters in Pro League over the past two weeks. After a back-and-forth start, this time it was Liquid who amassed a great defensive half spearheaded by NAF and went on to extend their lead further when they got on the offense.
Down 5-13, Evil Geniuses found a way back with five consecutive rounds and looked to make their rivals sweat when the economy swung their way, but a key 1v3 clutch by NAF helped Liquid lock down the first map at 16-11 for a 2-0 series lead.
With their backs against the wall, EG started off well on Vertigo thanks to a 2v4 turnaround from Ethan "Ethan" Arnold and Tarik "tarik" Celik in the pistol round, but soon NAF started running rampant again as the two teams began to trade blows. As Vincent "Brehze" Cayonte shone on the other side, the score was nearly even at halftime, but then EliGE joined the fray with big multikills and Liquid were able to run a dominant offense and clinch the victory without conceding a map at 16-9, 3-0.
|Liquid||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|53 - 29||+24||106.5||1.65|
|44 - 25||+19||90.3||1.29|
|30 - 27||+3||68.5||1.17|
|32 - 25||+7||63.1||1.12|
|28 - 29||-1||69.4||0.98|
|Evil Geniuses||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|38 - 33||+5||79.5||1.09|
|28 - 36||-8||62.0||0.84|
|29 - 41||-12||67.2||0.84|
|24 - 41||-17||56.8||0.64|
|16 - 36||-20||36.0||0.62|
The final standings of ESL Pro League Season 11 North America are: