Grim shines in debut as Liquid defeat Ze Pug Godz
Liquid kicked off their season with their DreamHack Open Summer 2020 North America opening match against Ze Pug Godz. The series, which Liquid won 2-0, was also the first with Grim on the roster, who came on after Nick "nitr0" Cannella stepped down during the player break. The 19-year-old ended the series on top of the scoreboard with a 1.72 rating and 108.6 ADR across the two maps played.
Despite losing the pistol round Ze Pug Godz were able to win the eco and take the lead the following round on the defending side of Vertigo, their map pick, but quickly fell behind as Liquid hit their stride on the attacking side with a monster performance by Grim. Ze Pug Godz won back-to-back rounds midway through the half, but were overwhelmed, 4-11. After six rounds on the CT side, which ended with Liquid winning 16-5, the newcomer to the team, Grim, had accrued a staggering 2.02 rating (26-10) with 121.9 ADR.
Russel "Twistzz" Van Dulken kicked Inferno off with an ace in the attacking side pistol round, amassing 15 frags after seven rounds, all of which Liquid won. Despite the gap Ze Pug Godz didn’t let up, winning three rounds in a row, but were then pummeled by Grim who got an ace on the eco round, including a 1vs3 afterplant clutch. Ze Pug Godz picked right back up, however, clawing back to a 7-8 half.
ZPG then took the lead after the second pistol round, but were back on the defensive as Liquid took control once they stabilized their economy. Grim then got eight frags in two rounds to make it 14-10, easing the way for Liquid to close out the series 2-0.
|Liquid||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|Michael 'Grim' WinceGrim||51 - 28||+23||108.6||1.72|
|Jonathan 'EliGE' JablonowskiEliGE||36 - 26||+10||88.7||1.28|
|Russel 'Twistzz' Van DulkenTwistzz||37 - 24||+13||66.5||1.23|
|Keith 'NAF' MarkovicNAF||29 - 28||+1||70.3||1.08|
|Jake 'Stewie2K' YipStewie2K||26 - 27||-1||69.8||1.08|