Liquid defeat MIBR; 100 Thieves ease past Chaos in cs_summit 6 North America group openers
Strong showings from Jonathan "EliGE" Jablonowski and Jake "Stewie2K" Yip helped Liquid make short work of MIBR in their Group A opening match, with the former player leading the charge on Liquid's pick of Overpass before the latter took over on Inferno to close out the series. In the Group B opener, a Joshua "steel" Nissan-less Chaos were unable to add another upset win to their record as they found themselves on the receiving end of a battering from 100 Thieves, who claimed a swift victory on Nuke before prevailing on Inferno to advance to the Group B winners' match.
A Stewie2K triple kicked things off for Liquid on the offense of Overpass, with EliGE helping to recover a 3vs5 with three frags of his own in the first gun round to grant his team a 6-0 lead. The Deagles of MIBR was what finally put a halt to the streak of Liquid, with Gabriel "FalleN" Toledo's side adding another three to their tally to narrow the gap. However, the Brazilians were unable to pull ahead as EliGE continued to run rampant, allowing the North American roster to take the final five rounds for an 11-4 lead at the break.
A pistol victory from MIBR following the side swap offered them brief respite as they took initial control on their T side, closing the gap between them and Liquid to 11-9. Russel "Twistzz" Van Dulken found three kills to get his side back in the running, and from there Liquid wasted little time in closing out the map as EliGE found four in the final round to take home a 16-9 victory.
Liquid maintained momentum as MIBR's map pick of Inferno got underway, with Stewie2K leading the charge to take five rounds. MIBR stabilized as they fought back for five of their own to tie the match, but were unable to make up for a dismal showing from Vito "kNgV-" Giuseppe as Liquid reclaimed the lead 9-6 at halftime.
Two frags on the A site defense from Epitacio "TACO" de Melo offered MIBR a chance to get back into the map, with Fernando "fer" Alvarenga picking up a quad kill in the first gun round to push MIBR up to a 9-9 scoreline, but Liquid found their footing with an eco round victory and wasted little time in closing out the map from there at 16-12.
|Liquid||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|42 - 31||+11||83.7||1.29|
|39 - 38||+1||80.0||1.14|
|34 - 33||+1||65.8||1.05|
|32 - 33||-1||72.8||1.02|
|30 - 30||0||67.8||0.99|
|MIBR||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|37 - 33||+4||74.6||1.09|
|36 - 32||+4||73.7||1.04|
|33 - 36||-3||67.9||0.94|
|33 - 39||-6||69.4||0.85|
|25 - 37||-12||59.5||0.73|
Chaos seemed to be in prime position to upset 100 Thieves on Nuke, taking the first six rounds straight on the attacking side to kick off the series, but the lead quickly dwindled once the Australians had the economy on their side. The trio of Justin "jks" Savage, Joakim "jkaem" Myrbostad, and Jay "Liazz" Tregillgas combined to win nine straight and put 100 Thieves in firm control. A pistol win in the second half allowed Chaos to add another two to their tally, but they again found themselves on the back foot once rifles were in the hands of 100 Thieves, who quickly brought the map to an end, 16-8.
100 Thieves continued in their winning ways on their pick of Inferno, with Chaos struggling to hold off the aggressive attacks of the Australian array. Multi-kill rounds from Jonathan "Jonji" Carey, Erick "Xeppaa" Bach, and Anthony "vanity" Malaspina helped contribute towards the North American roster mustering five rounds by halftime, with a pistol win in the second half helping them double their score as they won five straight to tie the match at 10-10. A 1vs2 clutch was what allowed 100 Thieves to break through, and from there they conceded only one additional round en route to a 16-11 map victory.
|100 Thieves||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|38 - 24||+14||84.6||1.43|
|39 - 30||+9||93.2||1.29|
|39 - 29||+10||77.1||1.28|
|39 - 34||+5||74.7||1.17|
|27 - 28||-1||54.2||1.02|