FURIA remain undefeated in Road to Rio with win over Liquid

FURIA took down Liquid to remain on top of the Group B standings in the North American division of ESL One: Road to Rio.

FURIA now boast a 4-0 record in the group and only a domestic matchup against MIBR stands in their way of ending this stage with a perfect 15 points. Liquid, meanwhile, have dropped down to fourth in the group, with just two victories from four matches, and may not make the playoffs even if they beat Yeah in their final clash, on Sunday.

The clash between FURIA and Liquid was noticeably one-sided as the series got underway, with the Brazilian side dominating on their pick of Vertigo with a 16-5 win. A third map looked to be on the cards as Liquid led at the onset of their pick of Inferno, but FURIA's abuse of the B site ultimately allowed Andrei "⁠arT⁠" Piovezan to lead his troops to victory, 16-13.

KSCERATO and yuurih were the driving forces behind FURIA's win

A triple kill from Vinicius "⁠VINI⁠" Figueiredo kicked things off for FURIA on the Terrorist side of their map pick, Vertigo, and although a force-buy response came in from Liquid in round two, an immediate answer from FURIA swung momentum back in the Brazilians' favour. Continuous abuse of the North American side's A site defense left them with few rounds to their name, with triple kills from Russel "⁠Twistzz⁠" Van Dulken and Nick "⁠nitr0⁠" Cannella being key in Liquid garnering a meager four rounds by the break.

Any comeback hopes that Liquid housed were quickly dashed as three USP-S frags from Kaike "⁠KSCERATO⁠" Cerato kept FURIA in control following the side swap. From there, arT's troops wasted little time in closing out the map, to move the series onward to Inferno.

Liquid seemed a revitalized side as their pick got underway, taking seven of the first eight rounds to immediately put FURIA on the back foot. It took a triple kill from Yuri "⁠yuurih⁠" Santos and a 1vs2 clutch from KSCERATO to get the Brazilian squad their second, but it was there that they managed to stabilize as arT took down four in the ensuing round to break Liquid's economy, leading to an 8-7 half in favour of the North Americans.

Keith "⁠NAF⁠" Markovic and Jonathan "⁠EliGE⁠" Jablonowski's combined efforts were not enough to help Liquid recover a 3vs5 B site retake following the side swap, allowing FURIA to take the lead for the first time on Inferno at 9-8. A back-and-forth brawl for control following the first gun round gave Liquid a chance as they came out ahead, leading 12-10, but the lack of banana control in the following rounds and the fast pace from FURIA gave arT and company the space they needed to rally back and take the win.

 Liquid K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
United States Jonathan 'EliGE' JablonowskiEliGE 35 - 35 0 75.7 1.03
Canada Russel 'Twistzz' Van DulkenTwistzz 31 - 28 +3 61.8 0.95
United States Jake 'Stewie2K' YipStewie2K 32 - 43 -11 76.3 0.91
Canada Keith 'NAF' MarkovicNAF 25 - 37 -12 74.9 0.81
United States Nick 'nitr0' Cannellanitr0 24 - 38 -14 50.8 0.69
 FURIA K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Brazil Yuri 'yuurih' Santosyuurih 43 - 25 +18 95.8 1.38
Brazil Kaike 'KSCERATO' CeratoKSCERATO 40 - 27 +13 79.7 1.32
Brazil Henrique 'HEN1' TelesHEN1 39 - 28 +11 74.9 1.24
Brazil Vinicius 'VINI' FigueiredoVINI 29 - 29 0 68.6 1.10
Brazil Andrei 'arT' PiovezanarT 29 - 40 -11 73.3 0.98
United States Jonathan 'EliGE' Jablonowski
Jonathan 'EliGE' Jablonowski
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1339
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.16
United States Nick 'nitr0' Cannella
Nick 'nitr0' Cannella
Age:
25
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
1323
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.14
Canada Keith 'NAF' Markovic
Keith 'NAF' Markovic
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1300
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.16
Brazil Yuri 'yuurih' Santos
Yuri 'yuurih' Santos
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.14
Maps played:
706
KPR:
0.77
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.15
Brazil Andrei 'arT' Piovezan
Andrei 'arT' Piovezan
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
691
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.70
APR:
0.13
Brazil Kaike 'KSCERATO' Cerato
Kaike 'KSCERATO' Cerato
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.16
Maps played:
614
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.57
APR:
0.13
Brazil Vinicius 'VINI' Figueiredo
Vinicius 'VINI' Figueiredo
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
685
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
Canada Russel 'Twistzz' Van Dulken
Russel 'Twistzz' Van Dulken
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.12
Maps played:
1086
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.11
#4
Dosia | 
United Kingdom Noided
brasil 🌴☀🙏
2020-05-02 00:38
-adren +KASSAD when?
2020-05-02 12:19
brasil +major
2020-05-02 14:51
#144
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Netherlands JUNG13
Say what!? It's not adreN's fault... Face it, nitr0 is a poor player and even worse an IGL, stew flicks not connecting for months now and NAF is often not present on server - playing braindead rush CS and dying for free. If you saw the game, Liquid were losing a lot of duels, while FURIA players were on point and ready to trade... In the end it was EZ for the best BR team and arguably the best team of both Americas as of now!
2020-05-02 21:57
#147
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United States OsloDaPig
Liquid doesn't even have an analyst which is in full fault of Adren. Taco and all the other players have confidence in Nitr0 and its clear that Liquid is having trouble with getting ready for their opponents.
2020-05-02 23:38
Whoa whoa whoa, Furia is not even close to Top NA/SA team. Imagine thinking that XDDDD
2020-05-03 11:22
#154
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Netherlands JUNG13
As of now With EG stagnating and Liquid in a slump I don't see a better team than FURIA tbh
2020-05-03 17:21
#5
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Brazil eoMaths
LULquid
2020-05-02 00:38
+1
2020-05-02 12:57
#6
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Brazil kASE1
Adren said that Furia would give a lot of free rounds because of arT and krieg nerf. OMEGA LUL
2020-05-02 00:38
+1 KEK
2020-05-02 00:39
#27
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Brazil Karlogaria
Adren is a loser. Even the Eastern hemisphere Adren has more achievements than him lol
2020-05-02 00:59
That Adren is a major winner by the way. He has achived a lot more than most pros.
2020-05-02 13:35
That's what I'm talking about, despite not liking him, he has his achievements
2020-05-02 14:08
alright, I misunderstood
2020-05-02 14:08
np xD
2020-05-02 14:19
and this is why adreN is a dogshit coach. its clear he has 0 braun
2020-05-02 02:09
#68
Per0N | 
Venezuela 643
i'd love to see seangares coaching liquid
2020-05-02 03:06
bruh idk why it says braun, i mean for it to say brain
2020-05-02 03:10
#123
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Canada cLutcheR7
coz u and i is together? no homo
2020-05-02 15:43
my username
2020-05-02 07:41
veri nice name 😎👍
2020-05-02 18:16
#103
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France DRkook_
Yes but check arT stats ^^'
2020-05-02 11:05
you man know a lot of cs. wow "look art stats he is negative and that's bad" low iq is a problem bro but i also like G2 so i won't offend you anymore
2020-05-02 17:23
#125
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Brazil Capi___
Kkkkkkkkkk where? On twitter?
2020-05-02 15:56
BOTQUID BYE BYE
2020-05-02 00:38
#8
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Greece sifounasGG
Brazil cs coming back
2020-05-02 00:39
I hope you're right because in my opinion we still need some improvements in MIBR so we would have two TOP 15 teams
2020-05-02 01:45
Mate its online cs
2020-05-02 11:59
still they play good. If you want to be a good team you have to perform both online and offline. For example liquid can't online
2020-05-02 12:16
it doesnt work like that, imagine playing online events for half a year-year and getting clapped every tourney, when real lans come back they wil suck as much ass still, they wont magically become good XD
2020-05-02 18:59
#134
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Chile cristiaan
OMEGALUL
2020-05-02 18:53
I ALREADY FELT LIKE CRYING THIS MORNING, LIQUID WHY DO YOU DO THIS TO ME?
2020-05-02 00:39
HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA
2020-05-02 00:46
Brasil is just too strong!
2020-05-02 00:48
yes mens)) i lost a bet and look what happened to me all cuz liquid lose to fuckin furia
2020-05-02 02:09
i was gonna look into betting against liquid lol i was too lazy
2020-05-02 02:11
Furia Best NA team Congrats gringos!! Yurih top 10 player
2020-05-02 00:41
#135
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Chile cristiaan
yuurih top 10 OMEGALUL
2020-05-02 18:54
hltv.org/stats/players/compare/12553/yuu.. expected form chilean not understandable speaking
2020-05-03 00:02
LULQUID
2020-05-02 00:42
god dammit Liquid, what's wrong with you?
2020-05-02 00:42
expected against na bots
2020-05-02 00:46
#25
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Europe respectME
ADREN: EZ - FURIA NO KRIEG NOW during interview said that they wouldn't lose to FURIA again because they don't have krieg anymore - AUCH! 2-0 ~???
2020-05-02 00:56
#26
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Brazil Karlogaria
RIP FLUKIA without AUG/Krieg, said the north american lol
2020-05-02 00:57
the brazilian cs live
2020-05-02 01:01
#136
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Chile cristiaan
LUL
2020-05-02 18:55
chile no
2020-05-14 06:32
#158
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Chile cristiaan
I admit it, but you are not capable LUL
2020-05-16 06:20
who are you
2020-05-16 18:01
#30
valde | 
Denmark QBE_
Liquid too busy playing valorant xdddd
2020-05-02 01:07
#75
NiKo | 
Hong Kong pc2868
I guess Stewie2K stop streaming at Twitch and playing Valorant.
2020-05-02 04:11
What happened to Team Liquid? They are miles from last year's dominant figure :(
2020-05-02 01:10
Everyone with a medium CS knowledge knew it was a fluke
2020-05-02 01:12
#37
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Europe Juuzou_
Bullcrap
2020-05-02 01:17
everyone with iq above room temperature knows that you can't win 4 S-tier event in a row and win intel grand slam altogether with a fluke
2020-05-02 08:34
+1
2020-05-02 09:04
Very few team in CS GO´s history has achieved what Liquid did last year. They were one of the best teams in around 2 years before their performance startet dipping around the Berlin Major last year. I have no doubt that the players still is good, but they sure dont have any confidence left, maybe its time for changes, maybe a new coach or a roster change to mix it up and bring in some new inputs
2020-05-02 10:43
i strongly believe that the problem with them is the lack of confidence on both online and LAN (especially online), new coach or maybe recruit an esport psychologist might solve the problem. kassad for coach while adreN as the analyst would be super beneficial for the team
2020-05-02 11:15
I agree with you, the guys still is great players, but sometimes you need some changes, just think of the old Faze team with Karrigan, Niko, Rain, Olof and Guardian they were great players all of them, but i didnt work at the end so they had to make changes, and its first now you can see the rewards of it. But Adren must leave as Coach, i really dont see what he does for the team. He just stand there like a tree, not motivating his players and giving them a pat on the back when needed.
2020-05-02 12:29
but the thing is with faze clan, all of faze players are experienced players combined into one super team, but on the liquid side, 80% of them have played together since 2016 (cmiiw) and their chemistry must've been really good at this point, and kicking anyone except stewie would be a loss for team liquid because as soon as one of liquid's player becomes a free agent then it's very likely that tier 1 teams would surely pick them up and liquid won't have any good replacement, the only good replacement in my mind is brehze for stewie, because tarik have played with stewie back in the cloud9 and mibr/sk days and both of them have very similar personalities. TL;DR: liquid don't have any good replacement on the player side except brehze for stewie, so that way maybe liquid should try to change the coach first, if it doesn't work then maybe it's time for roster change
2020-05-02 12:44
#34
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Lebanon Dogman69
cant win for long with NAF or twistzz running headshots
2020-05-02 01:16
cheaters
2020-05-02 01:11
you cry alot
2020-05-02 01:16
stfu
2020-05-02 23:58
cry is free
2020-05-03 00:41
flag checks
2020-05-02 01:26
0/8
2020-05-02 23:58
#36
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Europe Juuzou_
The decay of Liquid has begun , trust me.
2020-05-02 01:17
Heard here first
2020-05-02 01:44
No we kick adren and put stewie on a tight leash. At least we will always beat EG.
2020-05-02 01:49
#100
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Europe Juuzou_
No reason why you have to bring in EG like the typical offended hltv kid. I like liquid, i just feel theyre gassed out with this squad.
2020-05-02 10:43
annotated
2020-05-02 02:13
nope. it has not begun. it has been happening for awhile now. they haven't looked like they would be able to win a tournament since the major, and now this? online or not, multiple bad losses in a row in an important competition for major seeding is just not what should be coming from these guys. Yes, there are multiple chances down the line, but this team should not need them, they should be motivated enough for this one to actually get their shit together. So no, I don't think the decay is beginning, I think we are pretty far in at this point.
2020-05-02 05:50
#102
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Europe Juuzou_
Yeah maybe you’re right but this road to rio made it super obvious
2020-05-02 10:44
Lulquid so bad without krieg losing to br teams
2020-05-02 01:17
#39
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Poland SebL
FURIA with some change could really be a T1 team. Liquid need some change to I think.
2020-05-02 01:18
Fuckn online games man.
2020-05-02 01:27
Poopie2k and his toilet paper nitro..
2020-05-02 01:27
#43
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United Kingdom AulrenT
Why am I a liquid fan Why do I do it to myself I should support a UK team at least I won't have any hopes for them they can crush
2020-05-02 01:27
Sadly UK don't have tier1 and tier2 teams,only tier3 Endpoint. And I can't understand why
2020-05-02 03:00
HAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAH NACS OMEGALUL AS ALWAYS
2020-05-02 01:28
#137
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Chile cristiaan
lol
2020-05-02 18:56
liquid been struggling they must change something
2020-05-02 01:38
Ez4 KSCERATO and friends!
2020-05-02 01:43
kick Stew and bring in Zywoo
2020-05-02 02:00
ZywOo don't knows English
2020-05-02 03:01
Furia Full Krieg. Wait...
2020-05-02 02:05
Furia Full Krieg. Wait...
2020-05-02 02:05
now the liquid team goes to Valorant LUL
2020-05-02 02:08
I don't even know if I would be surprised at this point...wth
2020-05-02 05:44
#60
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Brazil luuclan
ez
2020-05-02 02:18
too ez
2020-05-02 02:31
Furia Full Krieg. Wait...
2020-05-02 02:31
ez4furia
2020-05-02 02:43
Brazil coming back
2020-05-02 02:56
Furia winners of Rio major??
2020-05-02 03:02
another matchfix for mibr tomorrow !
2020-05-02 03:09
C9 OFFICIALLY THE BEST NA TEAM EG LUL LIQUID LUL
2020-05-02 03:17
#72
sh1ro | 
Philippines euzu
kick adren asap
2020-05-02 03:45
#74
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Brazil lemao_spfc
fallen o que quiserem, é o melhor cla br
2020-05-02 03:58
Just ONLINE things.
2020-05-02 04:10
C r y
2020-05-02 06:38
Poor needs it more.
2020-05-04 02:29
#77
VINI | 
Brazil 1930
0-2 swole patrol 2-0 liquid ok furia
2020-05-02 04:25
#78
TACO | 
Brazil thsGO_
heuaehuaehae
2020-05-02 04:33
#139
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Estonia Eduzera
versus Swole Patrol the match has 2 possible results: 2x0 Swole or 0x2 Swole
2020-05-02 19:37
#140
VINI | 
Brazil 1930
Swole patrol god
2020-05-02 19:37
#79
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South America Bedash
Don't take it easy
2020-05-02 04:36
Lmao what happened? Love to see underdogs win but man this is just sad for Liquid not making the playoffs
2020-05-02 05:12
#99
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Venezuela Jorge_
Liquid is an underdog at this point lul
2020-05-02 10:16
damn, mibr won't beat furia ever
2020-05-02 08:12
destroyed by valorant.
2020-05-02 08:43
#93
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Indonesia Journeast
"it was a hard game. specially when people are at home playing and drinking coke without any pressure."
2020-05-02 09:06
"it was a hard game. specially when people are at home playing and drinking Liquid without any pressure."
2020-05-02 22:30
no playoffs for LULquid now.
2020-05-02 09:25
liquid so fucking bad nowdays
2020-05-02 10:07
WTF Liquiiiiidddd!!! where is the team that won the fucking grand slam. This is just fucking sad....
2020-05-02 10:10
Liquid is out 100% Furia will throw against MIBR for sure so bye bye Lulquit.
2020-05-02 10:13
Unafortunately, there's no reason to furia throw the game. If they do that, mibr will take the top spot and will go to the semifinals.
2020-05-02 20:05
#105
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Bulgaria mufy
one of the best tactical game that I've ever seen. kudos to Furia ! they've overplayed TL .. and not throught brute force but throught tactics. WP, Furia !
2020-05-02 11:54
#128
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Brazil maryjuano
the FURIA coach is excellent ...
2020-05-02 16:55
love it when he yells VAMOOOOOOO
2020-05-02 18:32
#142
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Estonia Eduzera
NIIICEE CARALIOOO VAMOOO
2020-05-02 20:14
+1 LUL
2020-05-04 16:24
Very well Furia! But what’s happening to Liquid, are u blaming the coach? They’re losing so easy
2020-05-02 12:01
#108
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Canada cLutcheR7
GIMME GIMME MAJOR FURIA FURIA FURIA
2020-05-02 12:04
They should change rules,na teams should play on na,sa on sa
2020-05-02 13:14
ez 4 art
2020-05-02 15:00
Liquid needs kassad, kassad and adreN
2020-05-02 15:35
Naf back to tier 2, nitro barely getting 20 kills in a bo3. Elige and twistzz can only carry so long.
2020-05-02 15:41
naf use more coce while playing dude so u get relax
2020-05-02 15:48
furia was not overrated
2020-05-02 16:42
#127
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Brazil maryjuano
KSCERATO VERY GOD
2020-05-02 16:49
#129
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Brazil maryjuano
Ea ea ea ouuuuuuu
2020-05-02 16:56
if liquid don't make it to the playoffs does that mean that they are out of the major rio tournament or they have their Legends placement?
2020-05-02 17:44
We all know Liquid would have won if they had GOD XIZT on their team
2020-05-02 22:21
cheering for today's game. I hope to see both mibr and furia here in Rio <3 HJ TEM GUERRA
2020-05-03 07:20
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