EG outlast Liquid in five-map thriller to win ESL One Cologne NA

The BLAST Premier and cs_summit 6 champions made it three event wins in a row after besting their North American rival in a long match that lasted six hours.

Evil Geniuses won their third tournament in a row following a hard-fought 3-2 victory over Liquid in the grand final of ESL One Cologne's North American division, while also stretching their winning streak to 11 matches across all competitions.

After going seven matches without dropping a single map, EG were given a run for their money by a combative Liquid side, who looked the better team heading into the fifth map of this series following dominant performances on their map picks of Vertigo and Mirage. But EG — who had struggled on Nuke and looked unconvincing on Inferno — pulled off a miraculous comeback from 11-6 down on Dust2 to add another trophy to their 2020 cabinet and pick up their fifth victory in a row against their North American rival.

"It was so exhausting, this entire series; it took so long, it's hard to stay focused and energised," Tarik "⁠tarik⁠" Celik said after the match. "I want to give props to them [Liquid], throughout the series they played really well, it was a hard match and they just made a roster change. It's really hard to go into a series and play so well against a team like us. Kudos to them for putting up a good fight."

The defeat will certainly sting Liquid, who were chasing their first trophy in almost five months, in particular Jonathan "⁠EliGE⁠" Jablonowski, who deserved a better result after being the best player on the server on three of the five maps. He and his team will get a chance to rebound next month as they will compete in ESL Pro League Season 12, taking on Chaos in their first match of the tournament.

Liquid came out guns blazing as they raced to a 6-0 lead on the CT side of Nuke, with Michael "⁠Grim⁠" Wince leading the charge with 11 kills to his name and zero deaths. Liquid's grip on the game loosened as EG's menace grew, however, and only three rounds separated the two teams at the break following a period of dominance from the cs_summit 6 champions.

Keith "⁠NAF⁠" Markovic opened up the action in the second half with a 1v3 clutch — even knifing the last opponent — to kick Liquid further into the lead. The shape of the game changed dramatically when Evil Geniuses finally had money to work with as they kept the Ts at bay with a water-tight defense, taking the lead for the first time in the game at 15-14. They would fall at the final hurdle, however, as Russel "⁠Twistzz⁠" Van Dulken rescued his team with a trio of frags in the final round, but they came alive once again in overtime, winning four rounds in a row after losing the first to lock up the map.

Ethan led the charge as EG won another title

EliGE lit the game up on Vertigo, racking up 16 frags in the first eight rounds of the game as Liquid cruised to a 7-1 lead. He slowed down after that blistering start but his team remained in the driving seat as they continued to slice apart the EG defense for a 13-2 half.

The second half brought some sense of revival from Evil Geniuses, who began to eat away at Liquid's lead with a string of rounds. Having posted a 10-1 run on this map against FURIA the day before, Peter "⁠stanislaw⁠" Jarguz's charges were confident in their comeback chances, but then their hopes were dealt a blow when Twistzz went huge with a Desert Eagle. That round swung the momentum back in the favour of Liquid, who took the upper hand and quickly wrapped up the game.

EG were on an 11-game winning streak on Inferno heading into the third map of the series, but they looked sluggish during the early stages of the game as they fell behind 2-6 after failing to string rounds together. After threatening to overwhelm their opponents, Liquid shockingly faded, winning just two of the next 15 rounds as EG took over the game, reaching map point off the back of a stunning triple-kill spraydown by tarik in a 2v5 situation. Liquid still dug deep in search of an equaliser before a 1v3 clutch from Vincent "⁠Brehze⁠" Cayonte sealed the deal for the current world No 3 team.

EliGE carried his impressive form from the previous two maps into Mirage as he put his team in the lead with a 1v2 clutch in the opening round. That was the start of a dominant half from Liquid, who went into the break sitting on a three-round cushion. A quad-kill from Tsvetelin "⁠CeRq⁠" Dimitrov in the final round of the half kept EG's fans dreaming of a comeback, but Liquid were back on the front foot after the break and won seven rounds without response to level the series once more.

Liquid picked up where they left off as they jumped out to a 5-0 lead on Dust2 thanks to a clutch by Jake "⁠Stewie2K⁠" Yip in the pistol round. EG started to put some rounds together, bringing the deficit to a solitary round, but Liquid were in control for the rest of the half and went 9-6 up. The game appeared to be heading towards a victory for Liquid, who further added to their lead after switching sides, before back-to-back clutches from Ethan "⁠Ethan⁠" Arnold and tarik changed the course of the game. Evil Geniuses took the reins and finished the game in style with a run of seven rounds as Liquid's players appeared dazed.

Matchpage
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3
29th August 2020
16
Nuke
19
16
Vertigo
9
12
Inferno
16
16
Mirage
6
12
Dust2
16
 Liquid K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
United States Jonathan 'EliGE' JablonowskiEliGE 128 - 95 +33 95.6 1.40
Canada Russel 'Twistzz' Van DulkenTwistzz 101 - 91 +10 79.5 1.15
Canada Keith 'NAF' MarkovicNAF 94 - 91 +3 78.0 1.10
United States Michael 'Grim' WinceGrim 97 - 95 +2 68.9 1.08
United States Jake 'Stewie2K' YipStewie2K 68 - 98 -30 62.6 0.88
 Evil Geniuses K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
United States Ethan 'Ethan' ArnoldEthan 103 - 98 +5 85.0 1.17
United States Vincent 'Brehze' CayonteBrehze 112 - 97 +15 76.7 1.11
Bulgaria Tsvetelin 'CeRq' DimitrovCeRq 91 - 97 -6 66.6 1.03
United States Tarik 'tarik' Celiktarik 81 - 103 -22 70.9 0.89
Canada Peter 'stanislaw' Jarguzstanislaw 80 - 99 -19 67.7 0.88

ESL One Cologne 2020 - North America final standings:

1. United States Evil Geniuses - $65,000
2. United States Liquid - $30,000
3-4. United States Chaos - $12,500
3-4. Brazil FURIA - $12,500
5-6. United States Cloud9 - $5,000
5-6. Australia 100 Thieves - $5,000
7-8. United States Triumph - $2,500
7-8. United States Gen.G - $2,500

United States Jonathan 'EliGE' Jablonowski
Jonathan 'EliGE' Jablonowski
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1342
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.16
Canada Keith 'NAF' Markovic
Keith 'NAF' Markovic
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1303
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.16
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
United States Tarik 'tarik' Celik
Tarik 'tarik' Celik
Age:
24
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
1349
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.14
United States Ethan 'Ethan' Arnold
Ethan 'Ethan' Arnold
Age:
20
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
929
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.15
United States Vincent 'Brehze' Cayonte
Vincent 'Brehze' Cayonte
Age:
22
Rating 1.0:
1.12
Maps played:
978
KPR:
0.77
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.12
Bulgaria Tsvetelin 'CeRq' Dimitrov
Tsvetelin 'CeRq' Dimitrov
Age:
20
Rating 1.0:
1.13
Maps played:
1010
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.10
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
Canada Peter 'stanislaw' Jarguz
Peter 'stanislaw' Jarguz
Age:
26
Rating 1.0:
0.97
Maps played:
1159
KPR:
0.65
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.14
United States Jake 'Stewie2K' Yip
Jake 'Stewie2K' Yip
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
1278
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.14
#1
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United States Shinnn
Nt Elige, GG EG
2020-08-30 04:46
-30 0.88
2020-08-30 04:56
+1
2020-08-30 04:59
#32
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New Zealand rOtten_97
So, elige mvp of the tournament?
2020-08-30 05:13
Nah Ethan would be mvp since he got 1.27 tournament overall rating. Elige got 1.18 although he had marvellous performance in finals.
2020-08-30 06:52
#134
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Brazil Fauchard
Maybe i dont really wanna know How your gardens grow because i Just wanna fly
2020-08-30 17:09
#91
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Turkey yigidowaki
lul
2020-08-30 09:56
-19 0.88
2020-08-30 11:34
#76
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United States RAK47
Today just see how much zywOo frags if match goes till last map :))
2020-08-30 08:51
If he and vitality in general play like the last 2 games they played they just gonna run over heroic, i think it can be close/ even an upset is possible I hope zywoo comes in with confidence cz its just incredible to watch him feeling it
2020-08-30 11:36
#120
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Sweden Svahn
Online era has no rhyme or reason. It's anyone's game, having said that. Heroic will take it home for scandinavia. We always win
2020-08-30 15:11
Well theres teams that win consistently online as they would online come on it literally bootcamp vs bootcamp for the top tier teams...if not i dont see the game being so much different..
2020-08-30 16:43
#127
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Sweden Svahn
Yea BIG really crushed it didn't they? 😂
2020-08-30 16:44
Well...for a few Tournaments they did,yes
2020-08-30 16:48
#129
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Sweden Svahn
That was vs tier 2 and 3 teams and when push came to shove came last when it mattered. Point is: CS is always unpredictable but even more so online
2020-08-30 16:50
Mhm summit obviously tier 3 event as major qualifier...
2020-08-30 17:05
very low level of cs both teams showed every map at least 8 clutches won by either team, so many mistakes expected from NA
2020-08-30 09:02
Lol where’s South America rn? Can't even qualify for the major.
2020-08-30 12:39
All in all, TL looking better. I hope they get revenge in EPL. Sucks to be Elige ATM.....
2020-08-30 14:35
Botewie2k
2020-08-30 04:46
Nice name
2020-08-30 04:47
stewshit2kek***
2020-08-30 09:10
well Liquid kinda deserve to lose this match. They won 2/2 pistol rounds clean this map and lose several 5v3 5v3 2v1 2v1 etc 11-6 12-16
2020-08-30 04:46
#25
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Armenia TiBoN29
+1
2020-08-30 05:04
And guess who's making these mid round calls? Bot2k
2020-08-30 06:36
thing ive been explaining since so long......
2020-08-30 09:10
poor elige, grim, NAF wasting their time with this BOT IGL
2020-08-30 09:22
Damn based on these stats I sadly agree
2020-08-30 11:02
Fakeflag?
2020-08-30 12:52
No.
2020-08-30 16:32
#5
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Finland Cucumber))
Yikes
2020-08-30 04:47
Elige can only carry so much
2020-08-30 04:47
harsh for stewie
2020-08-30 04:48
Here for tarik
2020-08-30 06:36
Congrats EG
2020-08-30 04:48
#9
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Australia Contigen
wtf liquid mens
2020-08-30 04:49
#10
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Argentina minutho
so much valorant stew! lol
2020-08-30 04:49
#11
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Indonesia DioBrando
Stewie was so emotional, he missed his shots too much
2020-08-30 04:50
Honestly really good try from liquid, their new roster seems to be on the up and up. I could see Liquid being back to the top of NA in a month or so, they just need to iron out a lot of the mistakes that they're making.
2020-08-30 04:50
True, everyone trashing them and Stewie but with their recent changes, they showed an impressive performance and they will get even better in the next months and I hope that when LAN comeback they will be on top again.
2020-08-30 04:57
people expect igls to just magically be good igls in the blink of an eye. stew seems to be doing alright and now that he is the dedicated igl it will be interesting to how well he develops as one.
2020-08-30 06:49
#64
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Canada gritabit
He's been officially calling for Liquid since May, and it was rumored that he was also calling since the beginning of the year. The choke was pretty bad in that 5th map, but besides that Liquid were pretty good. Also props to them for beating EG's 17 map win streak
2020-08-30 07:02
I think he’s a solid IGL, Liquid had great strategies all around besides the last map, but he really needs to stop awping, there were at least 2 times he couldn’t kill a guy that was standing in front of his scope for almost a second
2020-08-30 07:31
Could be ping issues
2020-08-30 08:09
#93
Rob4 | 
Serbia e_loK
Lol
2020-08-30 09:59
#24
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Chile esanchez47
This
2020-08-30 05:03
nah it’s chokquid as always, after 4.5 hours everyone except elige forgets how to play twistzz tk and losing 2 2v1s is what lost them the match, nothing else. liquid isn’t supposed to be a one man army team
2020-08-30 05:09
Twistzz was fine. What lost them dust2 is stewie missing ez awp shots on long and unable to multikill on cat from ct sides. He clearly got overwhelmed by cerq. Those were some game changing rounds.
2020-08-30 06:54
#69
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Ireland whocarsman
+100000. Nice to see someone who actually watched the whole map - did this guy only watch Liquids' T side and the first 5 rounds of CT side?
2020-08-30 08:03
stewie missing 2 awp shots lost them rounds yes but that didn’t tilt them, losing 2 ez 2v1s definitely caused the tilt it’s just classic chokquid
2020-08-30 16:52
This! EG has been on Fire lately and Liquid could’ve actually won this game! Wouldnt be surprised of both these team Would trash the top teams in EU.
2020-08-30 09:42
Nice final! Edit: Have a good day!
2020-08-30 04:51
#70
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Ireland whocarsman
you too mens))
2020-08-30 08:04
Thank you!
2020-08-30 19:11
Congrats EG, cerq god d+ on D2 crucial rounds This team will be at least be semifinalist on next major EG is Brazil
2020-08-30 04:53
Elige lost with 1.40 rating gg
2020-08-30 04:55
#19
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United States GGtho
If this doesn't prove Stewie2k is one of the most overated players then idk what will.
2020-08-30 04:57
-stewie +jks
2020-08-30 04:58
#36
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Australia CaZeR01
Who igl?
2020-08-30 05:19
I didn't think that far
2020-08-30 05:35
#47
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Japan Amatsuk1
I laughed at this wahahahah
2020-08-30 05:54
#49
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Chile cristiaan
XDDDD
2020-08-30 06:05
Lmao you tripping men))
2020-08-30 06:52
XDXXDXd
2020-08-30 09:11
lol
2020-08-30 09:59
#117
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Canada cLutcheR7
XD
2020-08-30 14:42
XD
2020-08-30 18:01
#101
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Denmark pdxm
you tripping hard
2020-08-30 11:13
Congrats EG, Elige nt
2020-08-30 05:02
#23
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Brazil hugoooo
When they replace stewie with an actual t1 player, Liquid gonna be #1 undisputed team easily
2020-08-30 05:03
Who will igl?
2020-08-30 06:55
grim can call better than the iglul rn
2020-08-30 09:12
How can u tell?
2020-08-30 21:46
by seeing the whole match kid
2020-08-31 14:18
Kid?? Did u hear their teamspeak?? Or do u know grim calls? Are u retar**d?
2020-09-01 08:19
Omfg What a brainlet
2020-09-01 09:19
ofc it's 2k
2020-08-30 05:05
that dust2 was so hard to watch but nt elige, you deserve better
2020-08-30 05:07
EG is my favorite Brazilian team right now Don’t @ me
2020-08-30 05:09
@Anarchybr
2020-08-30 05:11
You sir made me mad
2020-08-30 07:28
#53
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Brazil pooternd
@Anarchybr
2020-08-30 06:23
GG can't wait to see these teams go at it again
2020-08-30 05:10
For the 100th time
2020-08-30 05:36
#71
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Ireland whocarsman
+1
2020-08-30 08:04
#33
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Bulgaria goshyy
Niceeee!!!
2020-08-30 05:14
#35
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Australia CaZeR01
Imagine how sick this would have been on lan
2020-08-30 05:19
:( fuck i miss lans
2020-08-30 05:30
#97
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Slovakia Fortal
If it was on LAN, neither of these teams would have gotten this far. Probably not even out of groups.
2020-08-30 10:42
#142
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Australia CaZeR01
0/8
2020-08-31 04:13
#143
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Slovakia Fortal
I'm not baiting, the NA teams are comparatively rather weak. So many clutches, 1v3s, 3v5s etc in their games. Clutches can only happen if your opponent makes mistakes and allows it, which would not happen in the grand final of ESL Cologne, had they played against an EU team. Look at the way Heroic played, and compare it to Liquid/EG.
2020-08-31 11:38
#145
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Australia CaZeR01
Online is completely different to lan. We will see
2020-09-01 07:59
#37
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Yugoslavia topsnake
WHY STEWIE WHY
2020-08-30 05:22
#38
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Europe Juuzou_
Congrats. Happy. Hope liquid and eg can keep up this form and compete with europe when lan returns
2020-08-30 05:23
#40
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Singapore LimGardz
-stewie2k +Dapr Elige IGL that will be perfect of whole liquid squad
2020-08-30 05:34
lol dapr is on valorant now
2020-08-30 09:52
Woooo2k as always in the bottom
2020-08-30 05:39
damn stew has fallen so bad.. feelsbadman
2020-08-30 05:51
#48
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Chile cristiaan
PLS KICK BOT2K
2020-08-30 05:58
Stewie should go play Mario cart or valorant
2020-08-30 06:05
hard
2020-08-30 06:21
when can Stwie get kick from the roster?
2020-08-30 06:23
#56
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Hungary subzera
remember when people were saying kick ethan? ahahahha
2020-08-30 06:48
Yeah lmao.
2020-08-30 06:56
Expected from Corona2k kkkkkkk
2020-08-30 06:55
1. -Bot2k 2. +ALEX 3. ?????? 4. Ez profit GG EG btw
2020-08-30 07:40
nt stewie2k
2020-08-30 07:46
RIP Stewie2k
2020-08-30 08:40
Looks like very good bo5, i saw only first map and it was great.
2020-08-30 08:44
very low level of cs both teams showed every map at least 8 clutches won by either team, so many mistakes expected from NA
2020-08-30 09:01
dump stewshit aqway in some peaceful trash already
2020-08-30 09:13
elige has almost the double amount of kills as stewie2k.
2020-08-30 09:17
#86
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Europe t.o.p
Great match!
2020-08-30 09:38
Zews best coach. Since taking over at EG they have become the team to beat. Is zews the best coach of all time?
2020-08-30 09:42
I actually think he has a really big impact. I think if Zews would create the structure in Liquid just as he did in 2018, with this roster the team would be dominating. I just see them getting caught offguard over and over again. In this finals they actually were better than before on that department, but it was against EG who are not that stratheavy.
2020-08-30 11:40
Hes managed to make eq into a team that in rounds and times when i think they havent got a chance they keep churning out rounds and playing smart for the win and doing things as a collective. Good on zews hes been part of some great teams and his impact has really refined eq and any team he coaches for that matter
2020-08-30 15:26
#133
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Brazil Fauchard
Luck for hum leaving mibr
2020-08-30 17:07
#89
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Denmark Jonasnhj
RIP Elige. 128 kills no win
2020-08-30 09:49
It's not about being the topfragger, it's about playing as a team, in that respect Liquid is still lacking.
2020-08-30 09:56
I agree but actually I was positively surprised by this series. I did expect EG to blow them out relatively easy, but Liquid seems to have gotten stronger since last week (especially in teamplay). I think they need a little bit more time to mold together with grim as a team.
2020-08-30 11:42
Stewie ruined Liquid Can’t believe he’s getting away with it.
2020-08-30 10:31
#96
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Czech Republic MauriRWD
GG EG! They have a very good form in the NA scene now. GGWP
2020-08-30 10:39
So Top3 In NA 1.EG 2.LIQUID 3.FURIA OR 1.EG 2.FURIA 3.LIQUID
2020-08-30 11:00
At the moment, second option, as FURIA usually beats Liquid
2020-08-30 12:42
Yes Furia beat Liquid in last DH Summer But Liquid go to Finals again , Furia lose 2 games in Cologne Na So right now little advantage Furia>=Liquid
2020-08-30 12:46
Honestly I think FURIA>Liquid still, but I think it'll change really soon, seeing how TL played last night, they are already showing crazy growth since Grim joined.
2020-08-30 19:06
Yes, We waiting for next tournament What show Furia and TL
2020-08-30 19:18
#99
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Poland SebL
Evil Geniuses is insane. I think it's the beginning of their era. Liquid is really good to, it was a good match.
2020-08-30 11:02
hell yea doggies
2020-08-30 11:14
Eliege almost had 100 adr across 5 maps daym
2020-08-30 11:22
Inthink he has 100 adr across the tournament
2020-08-30 15:26
boooo. hate to see EG win. bl liquid.. geez.. they rely on elige to clutch too much!!
2020-08-30 12:02
Used to kinda like Stewie on mibr but since he moved to Liquid his performance dropped non-stop. The worst thing here is that he is the IGL and apparently has a lot of influence inside Liquid. If it weren't for this they should look up for a substitute after the major... I hope they find a way to overcome this and do so, actually And he gets so mad when losing and having terrible performances, must have smashed his table and computer yesterday. Toxic behaviour, at least with himself
2020-08-30 12:44
F EG won another yet again. Someone needs to stop them.
2020-08-30 13:20
#115
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Denmark Fonder
smells like "Stewie2K ........
2020-08-30 14:10
#119
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Canada cLutcheR7
axaxaxaxa
2020-08-30 14:43
Bruh stewie
2020-08-30 14:43
gg , wp Elige
2020-08-30 15:31
At what point is liquid management gonna wake up and realize BOT2K is no longer a T1 player and get rid of him for the sake of the rest of the team who works hard to win? they don’t deserve this.
2020-08-30 16:10
#131
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Brazil Fauchard
Elige +33 Stewie -30 Kick
2020-08-30 17:04
#136
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United States JustBitsy
I knew Liquid was going to suck on CT side D2 I called it then watched as they failed miserably...
2020-08-30 18:57
Trash2k missing like 80% awp on dust2 CT A site cost them everything. The rest of TL didn't deserve this.
2020-08-30 22:30
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