Liquid ease past 100 Thieves to set up semi-final clash against FURIA

Liquid took down 100 Thieves in the quarter-finals of the North American ESL One: Road to Rio division, securing wins on Mirage and Vertigo to set up a semi-final clash against FURIA.

Liquid added yet another win to their tally against 100 Thieves, who have yet to notch a series win over the North American roster since the addition of Jake "⁠Stewie2K⁠" Yip. Strong showings from Russel "⁠Twistzz⁠" Van Dulken and Jonathan "⁠EliGE⁠" Jablonowski were the catalysts in Liquid's victory this time around, with the Canadian star putting up a strong performance on Mirage before EliGE took control of Vertigo to close out the series.

Liquid came into the series guns blazing, setting a feverish pace on the Terrorist side of Mirage to take initial control. A pair of AWP quad kills from Sean "⁠Gratisfaction⁠" Kaiwai were the sole saving grace for 100 Thieves early on, granting the Australian squad two crucial rounds as Liquid pushed up to an 8-3 scoreline by battering the CTs. Three AWP frags from Jay "⁠Liazz⁠" Tregillgas gave his side a chance to get back on the board, with 100 Thieves utilizing the win to convert much of the remaining rounds in the half, posting six by the break.

Unfortunately for Aaron "⁠AZR⁠" Ward's troops, their pistol round victory following the side swap was swiftly replied to by the Deagles of Stewie2K and Twistzz, the pair of whom recovered a 2vs4 to swing momentum back in the favour of Liquid. From there, 100 Thieves were given few opportunities to chip away at the deficit, mustering just one additional round before Liquid closed out their map pick.

Twistzz helped power Liquid to a map one victory

Stewie2K kept his team in control as Vertigo got underway, taking three to kick off the map. Abuse of Liquid's A defense allowed 100 Thieves to secure four in a row to gain the lead, but it was quickly lost as multi-kills from Nick "⁠nitr0⁠" Cannella saw Liquid answer back with three of their own for a 6-4 scoreline. AZR and Gratisfaction combined to grant 100 Thieves another three rounds in a row and put their team in control once again, yet by the end of the half it was Liquid who edged out a one-round lead.

EliGE came to life as Liquid kicked off their offensive effort, immediately adding another three to their tally. A triple kill from Justin "⁠jks⁠" Savage aided 100 Thieves in their effort to fight back, with the Australians taking two for an 11-9 scoreline in Liquid's favour. However, the combined rifling of EliGE and Twistzz proved too strong in the ensuing rounds as Liquid prevailed in each post-plant situation, allowing them to close out the series in quick fashion with a 16-10 map win.

 Liquid K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
United States Jonathan 'EliGE' JablonowskiEliGE 40 - 33 +7 102.7 1.38
Canada Russel 'Twistzz' Van DulkenTwistzz 39 - 25 +14 71.4 1.18
United States Jake 'Stewie2K' YipStewie2K 35 - 31 +4 68.5 1.13
United States Nick 'nitr0' Cannellanitr0 32 - 32 0 68.0 1.08
Canada Keith 'NAF' MarkovicNAF 30 - 28 +2 67.4 1.00
 100 Thieves K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
New Zealand Sean 'Gratisfaction' KaiwaiGratisfaction 34 - 37 -3 76.9 1.06
Australia Justin 'jks' Savagejks 33 - 32 +1 76.9 1.06
Norway Joakim 'jkaem' Myrbostadjkaem 28 - 39 -11 71.7 0.92
Australia Jay 'Liazz' TregillgasLiazz 24 - 34 -10 58.8 0.83
Australia Aaron 'AZR' WardAZR 29 - 34 -5 57.0 0.81

The semi-finals will kick off on Friday, when Damian "⁠daps⁠" Steele's Gen.G will go up against Cloud9. The schedule for the upcoming matches look as follows:

Friday, May 8 | United States Gen.G vs. United States Cloud9 | 22:00
Saturday, May 9 | Brazil FURIA vs. United States Liquid | 22:00

United States Jonathan 'EliGE' Jablonowski
Jonathan 'EliGE' Jablonowski
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1298
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.16
Australia Justin 'jks' Savage
Justin 'jks' Savage
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
931
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.13
United States Nick 'nitr0' Cannella
Nick 'nitr0' Cannella
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
1323
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.14
Canada Damian 'daps' Steele
Damian 'daps' Steele
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.87
Maps played:
1012
KPR:
0.58
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.15
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Australia Aaron 'AZR' Ward
Aaron 'AZR' Ward
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
934
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.13
New Zealand Sean 'Gratisfaction' Kaiwai
Sean 'Gratisfaction' Kaiwai
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
738
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.12
Canada Russel 'Twistzz' Van Dulken
Russel 'Twistzz' Van Dulken
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.12
Maps played:
1045
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.11
Australia Jay 'Liazz' Tregillgas
Jay 'Liazz' Tregillgas
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
774
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.61
APR:
0.16
United States Jake 'Stewie2K' Yip
Jake 'Stewie2K' Yip
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
1234
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.14
100Trash
2020-05-08 00:21
#3
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Andorra iLoVeReD 
I disagree with you, but respect your opinion!
2020-05-08 00:22
#22
oSee | 
United States ZilexEeqz 
no
2020-05-08 00:35
Too easy for FURIA!
2020-05-08 01:56
This match will be insane
2020-05-08 02:29
Insane will be what Liquid fans are after FURIA destroys them!
2020-05-08 02:30
#73
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Andorra iLoVeReD 
+1.
2020-05-08 10:08
will be a good game nevertheless
2020-05-08 13:30
wtf you talk about its 2020 get a grip
2020-05-08 01:43
Its 2020. Everyone can be trash and it's okay!
2020-05-08 02:17
Respect
2020-05-08 01:48
#4
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North America ProudNAfan 
LIQUID BACK TO TOP 1 EZ
2020-05-08 00:22
i like liquid but anything can happen on online matches so i disagree w you
2020-05-08 02:54
#66
leaf | 
United States Frotha 
lul
2020-05-08 09:06
#14
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Germany Die3Lustigen4 
100 T really is not good right now. Looking forward to saturday. Liquid either stomps them, wins a close series or will get stomped (which is not that unlikely based on recent form)
2020-05-08 00:28
Liquid's only problem is twistzz, he's inconsistant af.
2020-05-08 00:54
+1 but I don’t think he wants to be the star of the team he called himself “main support” in the past. If you want twistzz to be the best player in the world you have to put him on a team that doesn’t have 2 other players who can be one of the best players in the world at anytime
2020-05-08 12:43
#30
syrsoN | 
Sweden quacke 
You know it's about to be a bad game when Grat carries. My metaphorical money is on FURIA (no real because wallet is empty). Looking forward to the game, though.
2020-05-08 01:31
grat has been top fragging a lot in the last month
2020-05-08 02:05
Which is a problem when you have the likes of jks and jkaem on the team
2020-05-08 08:43
#72
syrsoN | 
Sweden quacke 
+1 Grat has a lot of mechanical skill as we've seen, but he's been really inconsistant lately. jks and jkaem are obviously having issues of some sort. Good to see Liquid getting back to their feet, at least to some extent. Stewie looked like the Stewie of old, the player who could take mid-control all on his own. Really opens up a round.
2020-05-08 09:40
#46
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Brazil nakTriceps 
Or lose a close series, too. It should be the final
2020-05-08 03:21
#49
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Australia CaZeR01 
Its online dude, i wouldbt rely on thta to guage a teams performance
2020-05-08 03:33
100T just couldn't find an answer for liquid style of the game, they lost like 10 maps in a row. It's more like worst team to play against for them. And yeah, good point that 100T is not in their best conditions, imo it's because of the coach substitution. Kassad did a lot of work for them both tactical and psychological
2020-05-08 10:47
#2
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Australia Boostral 
): sad
2020-05-08 00:22
(: happy
2020-05-08 14:12
#85
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Brazil moonski 
|: neutral
2020-05-08 17:20
#5
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United States twistzz_top_1 
ez for real top 1 team :)
2020-05-08 00:22
ez for liquid, expected
2020-05-08 00:22
nice name
2020-05-08 01:33
no it sucks, i will change it in less than a month
2020-05-08 05:04
#74
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Spain N0Love 
Having Elige in your team is a legal cheat code it's insane how good he's been for years now
2020-05-08 10:11
ikr, he's so insanely consistent for the past year and so far in 2020. He is a fucking GOD.
2020-05-08 13:33
#7
s_____ | 
Sweden XenoRex 
gj
2020-05-08 00:23
Lulquid beats 100 kriegs to face kriegria kkkkkkkk
2020-05-08 00:23
#26
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Russia NorthRussian 
Kriegria 5-0 kkkk
2020-05-08 01:07
#9
STYKO | 
United States poL_aris 
jks is a strange player, I always thought he was good but apparently he can't carry his team
2020-05-08 00:23
#13
f0rest | 
Yugoslavia Bodhii 
this is not a MM game,rare cases of player carrying his team.Almost everyone needs to play their role to win tier1 matches.
2020-05-08 00:27
#15
STYKO | 
United States poL_aris 
yeah, I know. He plays a role in a tactical system.
2020-05-08 00:28
He's extremely efficient and can set his team up with great plays but if your team is getting crushed, there's not many gaps where he can exploit.
2020-05-08 02:50
#55
STYKO | 
United States poL_aris 
+1, it's always fucking sad to see
2020-05-08 05:34
expected from coachless 100T :(
2020-05-08 00:25
very ez
2020-05-08 00:26
they put up a good fight
2020-05-08 00:27
C9 vs GenG in one bracket and Furia vs Liquid in the other lmao
2020-05-08 00:29
#47
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Brazil nakTriceps 
Congrats Liquid for lose against Envy
2020-05-08 03:23
#17
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United States Trump2020KAG 
Elige the god level rifler
2020-05-08 00:30
#75
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Spain N0Love 
+1
2020-05-08 10:13
#18
arT | 
Europe t.o.p 
ELIGE #1
2020-05-08 00:30
Twistzz with a +14 Kreygasm
2020-05-08 00:31
too ez
2020-05-08 00:33
whyy :ccc
2020-05-08 00:56
#25
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Pakistan LoOuU2 
The only "weak" link in 100T before was underperformance of Gratisfaction but even him putting up some numbers isn't helping their case. They need a change in their leadership and decision making, hopefully their new coach can guide them towards that
2020-05-08 01:01
elige #1 NA player , consistent from 2016 - 2020 . if liquid without elige what happen next .. (liquid without elige just like liquor_
2020-05-08 01:08
#59
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Canada OGEST_OG_FAN 
2018 was NAF's year he was far and away the best NA player
2020-05-08 06:55
'not consistent' elige from 2015 is gold after 2016 just more consistent .
2020-05-08 18:11
#91
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Canada OGEST_OG_FAN 
No I mean you said that he was the best NA player every year since 2016, which isnt true, in 2018 NAF was way better, and in 2017 Tarik was just as good. so if your saying top 3, debatable but top 1 is no
2020-05-09 05:20
#28
LaimB | 
Lithuania Martis 
I'm not surprised
2020-05-08 01:19
EXPECTED FROM GOD ELIGE
2020-05-08 01:20
Stewie2k letzz go boys
2020-05-08 01:32
#40
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France Tred0x 
Save JKS and put him in a superstar team ez top 5 for jksavage
2020-05-08 02:34
Save zywoo as well.
2020-05-08 02:57
#44
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France Tred0x 
ofc save zywoo from those botality players
2020-05-08 03:02
apex 1 major zywho 0 major
2020-05-08 04:46
#45
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Singapore Jaredlkj 
LETS GO LULQUID LETS GO
2020-05-08 03:14
LETS GO LULQUID LETS GO
2020-05-08 03:29
Nitr0 impact is shameful
2020-05-08 03:45
#68
leaf | 
United States Frotha 
+1, same for Twistzz most games
2020-05-08 09:09
#51
jR | 
Other k23_puetz 
Lets do it FURIA!
2020-05-08 04:14
#54
gAuLeS | 
Brazil drydden 
I don't understand Liquid in Vertigo, they got stomped by Furia but won against 100 Thieves, a team that stomped Furia in said map the last time they played wtf
2020-05-08 05:25
Great showing from the boys.
2020-05-08 05:54
Ima laugh if when it matters furia doesn’t beat liquid
2020-05-08 05:57
ez4Furia
2020-05-08 06:04
#60
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Russia EveryDayOk 
Ok.
2020-05-08 07:05
100t losing to liquid who is tier 5 NA atm LUL
2020-05-08 08:20
Delusional
2020-05-08 08:57
why is it that only dumb people reply to me
2020-05-08 09:01
I said one word you presumptuous fake brit
2020-05-08 09:07
damn bro you edited your comment, how am I suppose to take you seriously now
2020-05-08 09:25
#62
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Brazil Fauchard 
RIP FURIA
2020-05-08 08:34
#69
leaf | 
United States Frotha 
Nitr0 stop being so god damn handsome and step the fuck up
2020-05-08 09:10
100T are dogshit online. can this stupid virus go away
2020-05-08 09:21
#77
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Serbia bra1np 
100t without kassad lol
2020-05-08 11:08
#82
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Lebanon ryBBah 
Gen.G vs Liquid will be one hell of final. I can't wait for the best teams in the world to face-off! #GGEZ #NACS>EUCS #TwistzzTop1Player2020 #AutimaticTop1Player2020 #Gen.GTop1Team2020 #LiquidTop1Team2020
2020-05-08 13:42
#GGEZ #NACS>EUCS #TwistzzTop1Player2019 #AutimaticTop1Player2016 #Gen.GTop1Team2020 #LiquidTop1Team2019
2020-05-08 14:18
#86
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Brazil moonski 
tl x furia would make for a better grand final imo, who tf wants to see a final with gen g or c9 lmao
2020-05-08 17:25
gg wp
2020-05-08 18:15
gg
2020-05-08 20:17
expected gg
2020-05-08 22:07
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