FURIA breeze past Liquid to clinch DH Masters Spring NA title
Having finished in third place at ESL Pro League Season 11 and becoming runners-up in Road to Rio, the Brazilians have redeemed themselves as they topped off qualification to BLAST Premier Finals with an undefeated run at DreamHack Masters, which saw them go undefeated and drop just three maps across five series en route to their first title since Arctic Invitational in September 2019.
After a narrow encounter in the group stage saw FURIA scrape a win over Liquid, the rematch in the title decider was far from close, as Andrei "arT" Piovezan's team swept the North American squad 3-0 with a default victory and 16-12 and 16-5 scorelines on Mirage and Vertigo.
FURIA were looking to make a statement from the get-go, kicking off the series with a near-impenetrable defense on Mirage as they conceded a single round in the first 11 after coming out on top of forcebuy shenanigans early on. Liquid didn't let that scare them away, though, finding weaknesses in the B bombsite and clawing back to a five-round half in the end.
The North American side continued to close the deficit with a pistol round in the bag until they finally reached even ground at 11-11, but their comeback attempt was thwarted in the end, with arT's key openings helping FURIA secure a 2-0 lead in the series.
Vertigo started off in a just as one-sided fashion as Mirage, with FURIA coming out on top the pistol round and all the clutches on the back of heroics from Yuri "yuurih" Santos and Kaike "KSCERATO" Cerato, which awarded the Brazilians a 12-3 half on the offense. A quad-kill from Keith "NAF" Markovic in the second pistol only delayed the inevitable, as the gunrounds were all about FURIA, who rallied to a 16-5 scoreline to celebrate a convincing run to the title.
|FURIA||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|36 - 25||+11||87.2||1.41|
|39 - 24||+15||79.3||1.33|
|44 - 38||+6||91.1||1.31|
|36 - 25||+11||73.9||1.21|
|29 - 32||-3||70.0||0.97|
|Liquid||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|35 - 36||-1||75.1||0.98|
|32 - 36||-4||65.1||0.88|
|29 - 43||-14||77.2||0.85|
|27 - 37||-10||71.5||0.81|
|19 - 33||-14||48.3||0.68|
Final standings of DreamHack Masters Spring 2020 - North America:
1. FURIA - $40,000 + 320 ESL Pro Tour points
2. Liquid - $20,000 + 190 ESL Pro Tour points
3. 100 Thieves - $15,000 + 130 ESL Pro Tour points
4. Cloud9 - $10,000 + 85 ESL Pro Tour points
5-6. MIBR - $5,000 + 55 ESL Pro Tour points
5-6. Gen.G - $5,000 + 55 ESL Pro Tour points
7-8. Chaos - $2,500
7-8. Evil Geniuses - $2,500