Grim shines in debut as Liquid defeat Ze Pug Godz

Liquid won their opening DreamHack Open Summer match against Ze Pug Godz, 16-5 on Vertigo and 16-10 on Inferno, with newcomer Michael "⁠Grim⁠" Wince showing a strong first performance.

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.

Grim finished the series with a 1.72 rating and 108.6 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
United States Michael 'Grim' WinceGrim 51 - 28 +23 108.6 1.72
United States Jonathan 'EliGE' JablonowskiEliGE 36 - 26 +10 88.7 1.28
Canada Russel 'Twistzz' Van DulkenTwistzz 37 - 24 +13 66.5 1.23
Canada Keith 'NAF' MarkovicNAF 29 - 28 +1 70.3 1.08
United States Jake 'Stewie2K' YipStewie2K 26 - 27 -1 69.8 1.08
 Ze Pug Godz K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
United States Jordan 'Zellsis' MontemurroZellsis 30 - 35 -5 74.4 0.91
United States Will 'dazzLe' LoafmandazzLe 26 - 34 -8 76.4 0.86
United States Austin 'Cooper-' AbadirCooper- 26 - 37 -11 67.4 0.79
Mexico Edgar 'MarKE' MaldonadoMarKE 29 - 37 -8 67.5 0.77
United States Gage 'Infinite' GreenInfinite 20 - 36 -16 51.4 0.69
United States Nick 'nitr0' Cannella
Nick 'nitr0' Cannella
Age:
25
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
1323
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.14
Canada Russel 'Twistzz' Van Dulken
Russel 'Twistzz' Van Dulken
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.12
Maps played:
1089
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.11
United States Michael 'Grim' Wince
Michael 'Grim' Wince
Age:
19
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
622
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.14
nice
2020-08-08 21:35
#3
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Brazil TabzeN
nice script
2020-08-08 21:36
#18
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Brazil ZerongBr
best na player in ages; mark my words
2020-08-08 21:41
Marke?
2020-08-09 12:59
God
2020-08-08 21:36
Grim literally carrying liquid
2020-08-08 22:44
#130
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India $h!eld
he was picked up for that if nitro was still there elige, twistzz or naf would have done the same. Just waiting for liquid vs furia to see the real change hopefully its for the better
2020-08-09 22:10
#4
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Canada ASH1
Not bad
2020-08-08 21:36
LEGEND OF CS
2020-08-08 21:36
Grim hard carry Ez top one (in NA at least) for 2020
2020-08-08 21:36
onliner
2020-08-08 21:36
#42
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Armenia TiBoN29
Ok boomer
2020-08-08 21:55
#82
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Sweden Fizze
How can you say that when he barely hasn't played any LAN events Maybe bait?
2020-08-08 23:25
like coL LOL
2020-08-09 06:00
#8
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Germany IIGNITE
who?
2020-08-08 21:36
nice
2020-08-08 21:36
when japanese team in a major?
2020-08-08 21:38
Dumb comment
2020-08-08 21:49
dumb comment
2020-08-08 21:53
Yes.
2020-08-08 21:53
#41
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Panama FUN4ENCE
What a dumb comment
2020-08-08 21:54
>gaules fan
2020-08-08 22:04
GAULES FANS KKKKKKKKKKK
2020-08-08 22:06
Piece of shit comment
2020-08-08 22:33
#83
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Sweden Fizze
W H Y
2020-08-08 23:26
shit comment
2020-08-08 23:35
shit comment
2020-08-08 23:50
dumb comment
2020-08-09 00:04
gaules fan spitting nothing but peak retardation
2020-08-09 04:26
pretty much a 7x1 tier comment
2020-08-09 04:39
7-1 is a good comment dude even tho the guy's above comment was shit 7-1 btw
2020-08-09 19:12
7x1, majors, world cups all same tier arguments
2020-08-09 19:41
not saying brazil football is shit,but still 7-1 is a good meme
2020-08-09 19:42
brazil football is shit rn, Ronaldinho was the last good player we had, fack neymar
2020-08-11 20:24
Flags checks out lmao
2020-08-09 04:42
so unnecessary
2020-08-09 06:00
Expected from gaules trashcan's fan
2020-08-10 00:32
LEGIT GOD GRIM IS BRAZIL
2020-08-08 21:36
ez4grim
2020-08-08 21:37
Everyone mad LOLL ez win
2020-08-08 21:38
I'm not mad.
2020-08-09 13:42
God
2020-08-08 21:39
Ez
2020-08-08 21:39
Grim is a beast
2020-08-08 21:39
expected
2020-08-08 21:40
#19
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Brazil oBraga
Grim, Grim, what is your problem Grim?
2020-08-08 21:41
me say alone nitro!!!
2020-08-08 21:42
kekw
2020-08-08 21:42
nitrense intensifies
2020-08-08 22:05
#84
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Sweden Fizze
hahahaha goodone man!
2020-08-08 23:26
wow they beat a Tier 6 team, huge result
2020-08-08 21:41
People should thank to nitro, who give a chance to young talent
2020-08-08 21:44
Bat dau tu nay, nitr0 is no longer in active roster so this doesnt matters
2020-08-09 17:48
Grim hltv #1
2020-08-08 21:44
#26
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Denmark pdxm
Grim god
2020-08-08 21:45
#27
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Brazil Vini007
@1grimcs skilled player but that is not normally, This very very insane....They need to check him pc and game.....Maybe he not cheating but maybe he using the game deficit ...and this cant seem on game screen..He needs to check-up....
2020-08-08 21:45
Ez 4 onliner
2020-08-08 21:46
What else do you want him to be? There are almost no tier 2 NA lan events and there's covid so there's no lan anyways.
2020-08-08 22:59
Haha infinite trash
2020-08-08 21:48
God
2020-08-08 21:50
Fun fact: Grim means "ugly" in danish
2020-08-08 21:53
fun fact it has the same meaning in english
2020-08-08 21:55
I thought it meant something like "sinister"
2020-08-08 22:06
Yes but ugly is used a lot more grim has a more rare usage in english edit: also grim is used more as something that is horrifying and gloomy, rather than ugly thefreedictionary.com/grim
2020-08-08 22:46
Usage is often more like "ZPG faced grim prospects against the debut of Liquid under Grim"
2020-08-09 03:26
#58
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Iran oldHabit
Grim is a monster, i think i have found my favourite NA player
2020-08-08 22:02
#59
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Japan klim1256
Beiter dont cars
2020-08-08 22:03
Come to Gen.G
2020-08-08 22:07
Liquid has stepped up with Grim, going to be interesting when they arrive at no. 1
2020-08-08 22:07
Best move of 2020?
2020-08-08 22:14
can be
2020-08-08 22:15
Finally some young talent that didn't switch
2020-08-08 22:15
#69
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Brazil KingDavi
Super good player
2020-08-08 22:23
#70
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Poland SebL
I promice you when Grim gets some experience he will be one of the best players in the world. Liquid is looking really good. Ze Pug Godz are very good to, Liquid is just a couple of level above them rn.
2020-08-08 22:25
-rep
2020-08-08 22:25
if grim can sustain his form Liquid are well on their way to a resurgence
2020-08-08 22:34
only one can hope that liquid reaches summer 2019 form again
2020-08-09 04:27
#74
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Argentina Crissgf
This is good for NA scene, i hope he can do the same in the big tournaments
2020-08-08 22:35
#75
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United States SilveryoHD
Aight Liquid back to top 1
2020-08-08 22:37
onliner
2020-08-08 22:44
ok, wtf, now im liquid fan
2020-08-08 22:48
#80
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North America Mang0
Beating a tier 3 team is newsworthy now?
2020-08-08 22:54
#85
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Sweden Fizze
Well it was Grims debut sooo...
2020-08-08 23:27
They're just giving recaps of the matches of the Dreamhack Open
2020-08-09 00:41
nice script
2020-08-08 23:35
Against tier 3 kkkkkkkk
2020-08-08 23:49
#92
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United States Phamous3k
No Android. No Win
2020-08-09 00:34
huge difference betwen him and nitro, i think he will progress in future
2020-08-09 00:40
alright ok lol best of luck to him and liquid :)
2020-08-09 02:11
onliner
2020-08-09 03:06
Twistzz looking like the NA ScreaM again, and he's feeling good Stewie looking better than most dedicated AWPers, though I will give him the disservice of saying he seems to roll off momentary confidence which is a greater problem when you're IGL. Go play some poker or chess yung Stew ELIGE is the workhorse of Liquid, expected NAF-FLY never quit being a top 20 in the world Grim looking so, so goddamn good Christine is a treasure btw
2020-08-09 03:33
-Twistzz +Junior Stewie back to support role Good awper 2 aimstars grim and ELiGE Big brain guy NAF-FLY
2020-08-09 04:18
#134
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Brazil wololo10
Twistzz is one the world's top talents, stew is the next to go
2020-08-10 03:08
#103
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World Beard43
I'd like to say something like "wow, impressive!", but it's not really possible to make anything of this. Considering ZPG were new anyway and now they've just had a change, not to mention the fact they aren't a tier 1 team, I think this result would've been about the worst Liquid would've accepted.
2020-08-09 04:19
#104
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Estonia RopzTop1
top talent Grim
2020-08-09 04:19
Cool
2020-08-09 04:37
Jake Yip still -ve kdd
2020-08-09 08:47
Not a big deal vs mix, but it once again shows how cutting a weak player is essential. Top teams cannot afford these "but he is IGL" or "but he is support" players. That's how meta shifted. Few other teams should think about doing changes aswell (mouz *cough* *cough*) ... there are quite a few interesting free agents and/or benched players so i look towards that. Faze (and Virtus.pro) is just first to act and i am glad, it needs to be done.
2020-08-09 09:08
He looked good, is he IGL for liquid right now? or are they actually not running an IGL? I was IGL for my team back in the day, but for some maps we went over EVERY possible scenario and basically everyone on the team was IGL based off the info we collected and what we individually saw. We started with our Defaults based on speed of play, so we had a Default for playing fast, playing slow and getting picks, if we thought they were gonna do something different or agressive. Then on each one of those "Planned Speeds", We had like 3 defaults depending on spawns if we were "Planning on Playing Fast CS that round" , and then we had stages that those defaults automatically shifted into and basically our and their utility was a contributing factor to the direction each default would shift into. Especially how much utility we could bait from the opposing team mattered so much in 1.6 .For De_Clan1_mill it was down so good we basically didn't even have to communicate much. One thing I noticed that helped us so much, was having a positive feeling even when losing rounds, not being scared to tell them team, you are not feeling the flow in your position vs a specific team, and immediately we would be able to change up on the fly. Originally our team had strats with names we could call but those all relied on the CT team not counter stratting, but later on we learned to use defaults, counter-strats of our own, but we still remembered the names of those strats and could execute them on the fly and it honestly would just happen naturally no matter who was alive. That was some of the most fun I ever had. 2004 Counter Strike Cal-IM to Cal-m. Two matches per week. The growth that took place from the Start of Cal-im til the end of the next season in Cal-m was amazing and I still chase that feeling today. Being able to wall bang with the volume off was how we described getting into that zone. At that point we were ALL IGL, even though I was the IGL. In CS 1.6 you could beat some teams by not using utility to get into the site but using utility to keep them from defusing, the better and more flow we got, the LESS the actual planned strategy mattered, but the planned strategies were KEY to being able to get to that lvl. It's hard to describe. I know one of the major things that helped our team was a major rule where we would NOT be allowed to ask for a gun on a Mic. If you needed a Gun you typed in team chat "2", and the first person to type "3" would buy the gun. If you typed 1 early in a round it meant you had to save and u think the team can't afford to buy you a gun. Everything just flowed out of those numbers eventually, I know it sounds weird but it was a simple way to be able to convey info without speaking on the mic, that way we could talk 100% on the mic about how each player was doing. We woudn't be afraid to say, hey I am having trouble with this guy at long, "he is out smarting me by doing this", and we could avoid / switch up based on the fact we stopped being scared to say "Hey I am having trouble", I learned that was a major reason teams were losing, being afraid to say "Hey, I am not feeling this, or this guy is smart af and I need help to counter him" This is what I think we will see in the future from the BEST TEAMS. Every player is IGL or when every player would actually MAKE the same call based off the same info.
2020-08-09 11:35
tldr
2020-08-09 14:42
#119
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Bulgaria mythr0x
n1
2020-08-09 14:13
#121
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Portugal joaosenra
already the best liquid player
2020-08-09 15:15
#123
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Poland ethereal0
my fav player since 2014
2020-08-09 17:42
0:2 against NaVi
2020-08-09 20:57
#133
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Brazil wololo10
Now -stew ez liquid era v2
2020-08-10 03:07
who is igl for Liquid now? Elige?
2020-08-10 18:46
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