100 Thieves defeat Liquid; to face Evil Geniuses in ESL Pro League consolidation final
The third and fourth best teams in the ESL Pro League Season 12 North America group stage, Liquid and 100 Thieves, faced off in the first lower bracket playoff match after FURIA blew past Evil Geniuses in the upper bracket. This time it was 100 Thieves who took revenge on Liquid, whom they had lost to at the beginning of the month in the group stage, coming from behind to turn the series around after losing their map pick. 100 Thieves will now face EG in the consolidation final on Saturday in hopes of reaching the grand final, where FURIA is waiting.
The series kicked off on Vertigo, 100 Thieves’ map pick, but it was Liquid who took the first pistol round on the CT side as Jonathan "EliGE" Jablonowski downed four of the attacking players on A. The match was tied up in the second round, with 100 Thieves swinging the momentum early on in the half. It wasn’t until the 11th round that Liquid were able to stop the attackers, who were running amok with the half, going on a five-round streak to bring it back to 6-9 at the half.
Liquid won the second pistol round, securing a 5vs5 afterplant situation on the A site, going on to tie the map up before 100 Thieves’ first buy. Two opening frags by Jay "Liazz" Tregillgas helped the CTs win their first round of the second half, which they were able to follow up to start gaining momentum, but Liquid regained control after a save round giving up just one round on their way to a 16-13 victory.
100 Thieves bounced back by winning the CT-side pistol round and taking an early 5-1 lead, but Liquid were quick to bring it back to a tie. EliGE and company then took the lead, but 100 Thieves struck back with doubles by Joakim "jkaem" Myrbostad and Justin "jks" Savage to take the lead and go ahead 9-6 at the half.
Doubles by jkaem and Liazz got 100 Thieves on double digits in the second pistol round, but an upset by Liquid in the third round of the half turned things around as they closed the gap to 10-11. The two teams reached the 26th round all tied up, 13-13, but an explosion onto the A site gave 100 Thieves the lead back as they cruised to a 16-13 victory to force the series into the decider map.
100 Thieves won another pistol round on the defending side of Inferno with doubles by Liazz and jks, going up 4-0 before Liquid brought it back to a tie. The two teams then traded rounds vying for control of the half, but back-to-back multikill rounds by Sean "Gratisfaction" Kaiwai with the AWP kept his side ahead as they ended the half up 9-6.
A play from apartments to A gave 100 Thieves the second pistol round, which they were able to follow up two times before Liquid retaliated, but it was the terrorists who were able to pull through, winning the map 16-9 to secure the series and proceed to the consolidation final.
|Liquid||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|Jonathan 'EliGE' JablonowskiEliGE||65 - 59||+6||82.2||1.12|
|Keith 'NAF' MarkovicNAF||50 - 53||-3||67.9||1.04|
|Russel 'Twistzz' Van DulkenTwistzz||52 - 55||-3||61.6||0.96|
|Michael 'Grim' WinceGrim||47 - 58||-11||66.7||0.93|
|Jake 'Stewie2K' YipStewie2K||41 - 62||-21||65.9||0.86|
|100 Thieves||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|Sean 'Gratisfaction' KaiwaiGratisfaction||64 - 46||+18||84.1||1.30|
|Jay 'Liazz' TregillgasLiazz||57 - 52||+5||80.1||1.13|
|Aaron 'AZR' WardAZR||61 - 54||+7||73.0||1.10|
|Justin 'jks' Savagejks||53 - 44||+9||68.9||1.06|
|Joakim 'jkaem' Myrbostadjkaem||51 - 59||-8||71.7||0.99|