FURIA edge out Liquid; advance to IEM New York semi-finals
FURIA were unable to close Inferno after two sets of overtime, won Mirage after an overtime comeback, and finished the match on Vertigo after 29 rounds to conclude the marathon series. Liquid are out of the running for the tournament, but still have the fifth-place decider to play against the loser of New England Whalers and TeamOne on Saturday.
FURIA's force-buy win allowed the Brazilian team to go 4-1 up on the CT side of Inferno, but good rounds from Michael "Grim" Wince and Jonathan "EliGE" Jablonowski enabled Liquid's early comeback. The score was 6-4 for Liquid when Yuri "yuurih" Santos secured an ace, with the half ending neck and neck: 8-7.
After another good start to a half, FURIA were up 11-7, but Keith "NAF" Markovic on the AWP inspired his team's comeback. The score was 14-12 in favor of the North Americans, but they struggled to close it out as FURIA's 3v5 win at 14-14 ensured overtime. After two sets of added rounds, Liquid managed to push it across the line, with Grim (1.26 rating) and NAF (1.54 rating) being the heroes in the win.
With a 9-1 lead on Mirage, FURIA bounced back from Inferno in no time, as Henrique "HEN1" Teles led them with a 16-3 K-D. As the half was coming to a close, Liquid finally figured out how to deal with FURIA's underpass agression, and recovered the half to 10-5 before switching to CT.
After edging out the pistol, Liquid managed to stop consecutive fast A plays from FURIA to claw their way back to an equalization on Mirage (10-10), with a nailbiter following for the rest of the half. A 1v3 clutch from NAF in round 26 proved crucial to Liquid's efforts in reaching 15, but just like on Inferno, they couldn't finish the map in regulation. The late-CT side slip up was enough for FURIA, who claimed Mirage in overtime to force the decider Vertigo.
FURIA seemed unstoppable as the final map kicked off, running up a 9-2 T-side lead before Jake "Stewie2K" Yip's side managed to tie two together. Grim's clutches helped Liquid get to a 9-6 half, with the pistol pushing them to equalize things at 9-9. As with the previous two maps, things got more tense as the map progressed, but this time FURIA was able to close out early, 16-13, after a streak of six rounds won from seven played.
|FURIA||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|94 - 63||+31||91.9||1.36|
|71 - 66||+5||79.8||1.10|
|69 - 68||+1||72.0||1.03|
|64 - 84||-20||74.0||0.98|
|70 - 82||-12||72.2||0.93|