Liquid defeat Cloud9 to earn ESL One Cologne playoffs spot

The playoff bracket for ESL One Cologne 2020 North America is now set as Liquid have taken down Cloud9 2-0 in the group B decider match.

The two teams locked horns for the second time in a week, in a rematch of their opening series of the tournament. Last time around, Liquid won it out in three after falling on Cloud9's staple, Overpass, but today Jake "⁠Stewie2K⁠" Yip and co. edged it out in two. Cloud9 showed the depth of their T-side on their map pick to make it to overtime but failed to close it out, and similarly looked to have Vertigo in their hands, but allowed Liquid to come back from a 11-5 deficit and close out the series with an 11-round streak.

Russel "⁠Twistzz⁠" Van Dulken's quad kill on the pistol started off the series on Overpass, earning Liquid their first round which they built on to get a 6-1 lead. Josh "⁠oSee⁠" Ohm and Ian "⁠motm⁠" Hardy combined with all five kills for Cloud9's first, but they started finding success only after bringing out the double AWP, chaining four in a row. Unfortunately, Cloud9's CT side had a sour end, as they were limited to five rounds in total as Liquid was successful in the final stretch to make it 10-5.

The gap was narrowed after Johnny "⁠JT⁠" Theodosiou's men won the second-half pistol (10-8), but Liquid moved away again when the rifles rolled in to reach 14-9. Cloud9 then displayed their proficiency on Overpass as they fought back as Terrorists to force overtime, but two big multikill rounds from Jonathan "⁠EliGE⁠" Jablonowski pushed the favorites over the line, 19-15.

Twistzz was the difference-maker on Overpass with a 1.25 rating

Vertigo started with a 3-0 lead for Liquid before Aran "⁠Sonic⁠" Groesbeek aced his enemies on B to get his team rolling. oSee also came online with the AWP as Cloud9 started an impressive run, with the American-South African squad displaying a fearless CT side to go 10-5 up.

Liquid fell six rounds behind as Cloud9 successfully split B on the pistol (11-5), but winning the following force gave them a lifeline. Michael "⁠Grim⁠" Wince's ace denied Cloud9's force buy and set Liquid up for the comeback, while Twistzz's 4K B hold in round 23 saw them take the lead (13-11). At that point, there was no stopping Liquid, who completed their run on Vertigo with an 11-round streak for a 16-11 victory.

Matchpage
2
0
26th August 2020
19
Overpass
15
16
Vertigo
11
 Liquid K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
50 - 36 +14 77.6 1.30
44 - 35 +9 85.3 1.22
46 - 38 +8 77.2 1.15
40 - 34 +6 66.8 1.09
34 - 40 -6 77.5 1.05
 Cloud9 K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
43 - 39 +4 71.9 1.01
37 - 42 -5 68.0 0.95
40 - 45 -5 66.1 0.94
36 - 46 -10 74.5 0.90
27 - 43 -16 54.0 0.75

The playoff bracket for ESL One Cologne 2020 North America is now set, with the following matchups coming up in the semi-final:

United States Chaos vs. United States Liquid
United States Evil Geniuses vs. Brazil FURIA

United States Josh 'oSee' Ohm
Josh 'oSee' Ohm
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
721
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.11
United States Jonathan 'EliGE' Jablonowski
Jonathan 'EliGE' Jablonowski
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1396
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.16
South Africa Aran 'Sonic' Groesbeek
Aran 'Sonic' Groesbeek
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
704
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.13
United States Michael 'Grim' Wince
Michael 'Grim' Wince
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
676
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.14
Canada Russel 'Twistzz' Van Dulken
Russel 'Twistzz' Van Dulken
Age:
21
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.12
Maps played:
1135
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.11
United States Jake 'Stewie2K' Yip
Jake 'Stewie2K' Yip
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
1332
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.14
South Africa Johnny 'JT' Theodosiou
Johnny 'JT' Theodosiou
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.95
Maps played:
686
KPR:
0.64
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.14
United States Ian 'motm' Hardy
Ian 'motm' Hardy
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
627
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.11
#1
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Iceland BuioCS
ez
2020-08-27 00:32
#2
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United States v1ctuh
Ez
2020-08-27 00:32
liquid look like crap
2020-08-27 00:33
1 reply
#46
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Spain N0Love
Yeah I mean it's online and everything but struggling against this C9 is not a good sign. I'll give them a pass for Grim/Moses/new IGL though
2020-08-27 11:36
wew
2020-08-27 00:33
1 reply
ok poo[per
2020-08-27 00:33
took them long enough
2020-08-27 00:33
EZ 4 JT
2020-08-27 00:33
EZZZZZZ 4 LANQUID
2020-08-27 00:35
Can't wait to see if Grim can translate even 80% of his game to LAN.
2020-08-27 00:35
#13
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Brazil oBraga
Ez win for Furia
2020-08-27 00:40
#15
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Canada yuv1_
grim god
2020-08-27 00:41
GG
2020-08-27 01:14
good job choke9, just give oSee and Floppy a new team already
2020-08-27 01:27
1 reply
floppy been playin really bad
2020-08-27 03:07
#21
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United States Festive_
very concerning that elige is performing so poorly
2020-08-27 02:07
8 replies
yeah, if he showed up like usual then i can be sure c9 won't even get more than 15 rounds in total
2020-08-27 03:14
5 replies
#29
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Chile cristiaan
nice nick XD
2020-08-27 03:42
4 replies
i was ahead of my time and i got my wish B)
2020-08-27 04:29
3 replies
#34
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Chile cristiaan
do you see moses well? or do you want someone else?
2020-08-27 04:33
2 replies
yeah, he definitely has what it takes to develop liquid especially in the moral side of it, but also considering moses has watched a shit ton of cs as a caster which means he also has a huge understandment of the game, this is a win win situation for TL in the long run
2020-08-27 08:48
1 reply
#49
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Chile cristiaan
perfect
2020-08-28 10:17
Look at his adr he didnt do bad at all
2020-08-27 03:54
1 reply
#31
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United States Festive_
yeah but this wasn't close to his standards. particularly for a match that included vertigo. he's a beast on vertigo
2020-08-27 03:57
How many times did motm choke and whiff, I lost count.
2020-08-27 02:46
#28
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Chile cristiaan
so ez 👿
2020-08-27 03:41
GG credit to Moses
2020-08-27 04:21
Well tried c9
2020-08-27 04:42
Bots vs bots (no capitalisation)
2020-08-27 05:22
1 reply
EG is Just shown what liquid are against no joke teams
2020-08-27 09:50
#39
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Europe t.o.p
Liquid #1 soon
2020-08-27 08:27
C9 needs to disband
2020-08-27 08:57
#44
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Indonesia cleostar
is this elige 2016? hes been so inconsistent for like 3 months
2020-08-27 10:09
#45
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North America Matsau
too easy for grim
2020-08-27 10:31
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