Liquid avoid DH Masters Spring group stage elimination with win over MIBR

After two defeats from their opening two games, Liquid defeated MIBR 2-0 to secure a spot in the lower-bracket playoffs of DreamHack Masters Spring - North America.

Liquid had gone undefeated by MIBR for a year, losing their last match to their Brazilians in ECS Season 7 Week 5, and have continued their dominance over Gabriel "FalleN" Toledo's side today with a 2-0 victory.

MIBR looked good in the opening stages of both maps, Overpass and Inferno, but weren't able to shut down Jonathan "EliGE" Jablonowski, Keith "NAF" Markovic, and especially Russel "Twistzz" Van Dulken for the full duration of the match, which eventually caused their demise. After losses to FURIA and Chaos, Liquid secured their first victory in DreamHack Masters Spring 2020 as well as a playoff spot in the lower bracket, while the final playoff spot will be decided between Chaos and MIBR - depending on the outcome of the former's game against FURIA.

EliGE's triple wasn't enough for Liquid to pick up the first round of the game, allowing MIBR to grab the early lead on the T side of Overpass. Liquid's star did shine in the first two rifle rounds, though, securing six frags which helped bring back the score to 3-2. MIBR started running away with the score shortly as Epitacio "TACO" de Melo was on point and finding the entries (8-2), but a Deagle round won by Liquid destabilized the Brazilian's economy and allowed the North Americans to salvage the half, 9-6.

Jake "Stewie2K" Yip's men brought the pace on their T-side, and MIBR had no answer to it. Their eight-round streak started with a B rush on the pistol, with NAF and Twistzz activating and causing a lot of issues for their opponents (14-9). TACO's triple gave MIBR their first on the defense, but it was too little, too late, and Liquid completed the comeback from 8-2 down to win Overpass 16-11.

Three massive clutches for Twistzz turned the tides on Inferno

On Inferno, MIBR canceled out Liquid's pistol win quickly with a force buy, going on to once again take the early lead. The score was 6-1 when the North Americans broke into A with a force buy and started to post rounds on the board. Two 1v2 situations resolved by Twistzz gave Liquid the momentum in the second part of the half, with his ace clutch to end the half pushing his side into the lead before switching to CT.

The advantage was extended early into defensive CT side with Liquid's second pistol round victory on the map, seeing Nick "nitr0" Cannella's squad sitting on a 13-9 lead before Vito "kNgV-" Giuseppe stole away an eco round on B with a triple. It was just a matter of time before Liquid closed it out though, chaining three in a row to make it 16-11, 2-0 for the series.

 Liquid K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Canada Russel 'Twistzz' Van DulkenTwistzz 46 - 31 +15 82.8 1.34
United States Jonathan 'EliGE' JablonowskiEliGE 43 - 35 +8 88.3 1.30
Canada Keith 'NAF' MarkovicNAF 44 - 32 +12 79.1 1.23
United States Nick 'nitr0' Cannellanitr0 40 - 34 +6 78.2 1.22
United States Jake 'Stewie2K' YipStewie2K 23 - 41 -18 62.2 0.83
 MIBR K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
Brazil Vito 'kNgV-' GiuseppekNgV- 43 - 39 +4 83.7 1.10
Brazil Gabriel 'FalleN' ToledoFalleN 36 - 38 -2 73.2 1.03
Brazil Fernando 'fer' Alvarengafer 37 - 38 -1 68.0 1.01
Brazil Epitacio 'TACO' de MeloTACO 28 - 41 -13 59.5 0.83
Brazil Alencar 'trk' Rossatotrk 29 - 40 -11 64.5 0.81

MIBR's playoff hopes are now in the hands of their countrymen FURIA, who need to keep Chaos at bay to ensure a playoff spot for FalleN's men.

Brazil Epitacio 'TACO' de Melo
Epitacio 'TACO' de Melo
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.93
Maps played:
1118
KPR:
0.61
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.12
United States Jonathan 'EliGE' Jablonowski
Jonathan 'EliGE' Jablonowski
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1270
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.16
United States Nick 'nitr0' Cannella
Nick 'nitr0' Cannella
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
1295
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.14
Brazil Gabriel 'FalleN' Toledo
Gabriel 'FalleN' Toledo
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
1281
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.60
APR:
0.11
Brazil Vito 'kNgV-' Giuseppe
Vito 'kNgV-' Giuseppe
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.13
Maps played:
658
KPR:
0.77
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.10
Canada Keith 'NAF' Markovic
Keith 'NAF' Markovic
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1231
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.16
Canada Russel 'Twistzz' Van Dulken
Russel 'Twistzz' Van Dulken
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.13
Maps played:
1017
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.11
United States Jake 'Stewie2K' Yip
Jake 'Stewie2K' Yip
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
1206
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.14
GG! MIBR very unlucky in this match.
2020-05-23 23:29
#8
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United States KylieJenner 
Kekw br cs
2020-05-23 23:30
#19
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Denmark Sir_Cumcised 
Ggwp Liquid but no one cares right now, the legend has quit and hltv is wounded and sad.
2020-05-23 23:39
chaos 2:1 furia rip mibr
2020-05-24 00:10
#33
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Switzerland f3ni_ 
Imagine Chaos 2-1 Furia Furia will prevail, either 2-0 or 2-1
2020-05-24 00:19
#24
VINI | 
Brazil VlNl 
FURIA>>>>Lulquid kekw
2020-05-24 00:00
#11
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Belgium KevinGatesYo 
Taco is a god!!!! Finally not botttom fragging
2020-05-23 23:30
But he did bottomfragging
2020-05-24 00:45
#45
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Brazil Allistar 
Kek
2020-05-24 02:09
OMEGALUL , l2r
2020-05-24 07:02
#2
SNk | 
Spain Dicraftio 
nice
2020-05-23 23:29
sad for mibr :(
2020-05-23 23:29
TACO so bad.
2020-05-23 23:29
#23
TACO | 
Brazil Jontsz 
I mean I'm not disagreeing with you but did you actually watch the game? He played extraordinally well today
2020-05-23 23:51
#26
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Germany Neckarstadion 
He played well in one out of four halfs
2020-05-24 00:02
He played very well only on the first half of the first map, T on Overpass. The rest of the game he was terrible. Even in Overpass, he was terrible on the CT side.
2020-05-26 18:45
taco and trk worst BR players ever
2020-05-23 23:29
#6
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United States ReyCuadrado 
Liquid is a strange team
2020-05-23 23:29
#7
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Brazil thonylg 
KEKW Now kick botaco pls bye trk
2020-05-23 23:31
holy fuck twistzz so good
2020-05-23 23:30
#17
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United Kingdom Redfrozr 
He carried so many rounds it was unreal, it should have been a 10-5 half without his clutches
2020-05-23 23:35
and Bot2K so bad
2020-05-24 05:41
expected. kick taco thx
2020-05-23 23:30
ez
2020-05-23 23:30
#13
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Brazil Vicmar 
Wasn't trk supposed to be better than meyern?
2020-05-23 23:31
#38
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Australia aussie_billy 
Lmao rip mibr, shuffling scapegoats to steal checks
2020-05-24 00:35
Give the man a a few weeks before judging him.
2020-05-24 00:41
U should say that to M16R
2020-05-24 11:08
I am happy for the tournament that Liquid made it through but a group system with 3/4 teams making it through is just bollox.
2020-05-23 23:31
Tbh this is not even the most shitty rule...the most shitty rule is that the team coming from upper bracket will get a 1map advantage...completely ruined the finals
2020-05-24 05:28
#15
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Hungary subzera 
kinda want chaos to beat furia so that mibr gets last place lol
2020-05-23 23:31
PLEASE KICK TACO FAST!
2020-05-23 23:34
Liquid so inconsistent. MIBR same. One week later it could be completely other result.
2020-05-23 23:38
#50
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Philippines EDBX 
Except that Liquid beats MIBR every time. Pretty much the only thing t hey are consistent on
2020-05-24 05:03
True.
2020-05-24 13:22
MEYERN WAS THE PROBLEM KKKXDDXDXDX
2020-05-23 23:41
They shouldn't have kicked meyern, he was good. They should've kicked taco instead.
2020-05-24 00:42
That would have been a really better call, if they just worked meyern's place into the team instead of forcing and replace botaco :((((( I was exited about that lineup menss
2020-05-24 02:04
rip mibr
2020-05-23 23:41
#22
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United States Festive_ 
this is the turning point. Liquid about to be top 1 again with stewie igling and twistzz one tapping everyone on his screen
2020-05-23 23:50
Honestly with stewie igling, liquid can have a more determined awper (which is nitr0). And nitr0 can develop his skills even more since he doesn't have the igl responsibility anymore and stewie are allowed to have a bad stats and it's normal because he's entry fragging and igling at the same time. And when stewie's dead after entry fragging, he can make calls more because he's dead ofc.
2020-05-24 14:54
#61
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United States Festive_ 
very true. i'm excited to see nitr0 evolve and see stewie calling again like in the old old c9
2020-05-24 18:44
jesus christ guys, at least you didnt fuck this one up
2020-05-24 00:01
#27
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Brazil fadefedora 
mibr lul
2020-05-24 00:08
#28
Twistzz | 
United States henry0 
b rush on pistol wins liquid the game. stew igl knows what hes doing
2020-05-24 00:08
#29
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Indonesia rezrex 
i feel bad for MIBR ..........
2020-05-24 00:09
#31
TACO | 
Brazil thsGO_ 
i give up :(
2020-05-24 00:11
#32
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Netherlands Sem0733 
That the first 3 teams are going through is just stupid. Why even have groupstages then after all. If Mouz beat Mad Lions (doubtful) it's gonna benefit us as well, but when you lose 2 games, there shouldn't be a way you still make it through.
2020-05-24 00:16
true xDDD shit format
2020-05-24 01:13
Mens they should really kick meyern (((
2020-05-24 00:25
indeed, and that was really good for meyern. MIBR is just trash
2020-05-24 00:34
#35
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Argentina Feizar 
meyern is problem kkkk
2020-05-24 00:27
imagine kick meyern and keep bot taco and trk in . no makes sense , BR CS LULW
2020-05-24 00:35
Trk seems even worse than taco
2020-05-24 00:38
#46
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Kazakhstan team_k23 
feel sorry for FalleN. He doesnt deserve this..
2020-05-24 02:33
#47
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Brazil Paiba 
Hopefully Chaos win this
2020-05-24 02:55
#48
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Indonesia SpiritsOfFire 
Not bad for Stewie's first IGL game
2020-05-24 03:53
kNg mighg have been the top Fragger, and yeah his CZ and deagle kills got MIBR some rounds on inferno but damn that B hold on CT side overpass alongside with trk and TACO was weak AF, and yeah I mean Liquid have great players but DAMNNNNNN always getting rekt at graffiti while the other 2 didn't even know what was going on while being flashed at water XD
2020-05-24 04:16
#51
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Albania BloodFallen 
TBH furia got an ez group , chaos being chaos , liquid with internal conflict and mibr with new player.. goddang poor gen g ... i hope they could be the top at group b
2020-05-24 05:12
They don't want to kick TACO cause they know he can't get any other job/team so he will be homeless in North America and will have to be shipped back to Brazil
2020-05-24 05:30
#58
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United States Trump2020KAG 
Let’s keep taco and remove every player we pick up 3 months later.
2020-05-24 14:22
miss the master coldzera...
2020-05-24 17:39
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