Triumph upset Liquid to advance to IEM Beijing-Haidian grand final

The clash between Liquid and Michael "⁠Grim⁠" Wince's former squad did not go as expected as Triumph narrowly prevailed in a three-map series.

Liquid's run in IEM Beijing-Haidian came to an end in stunning fashion as they were felled by Triumph in their semi-final match-up, the AWP of Paytyn "⁠junior⁠" Johnson proving key in helping his side to a 2-1 victory (16-12 Inferno, 8-16 Dust2, 16-14 Nuke).

Triumph now await the winner of the second semi-final match between Chaos and Evil Geniuses, set to kick off at 22:00 on Saturday. The best-of-five grand final will award the champion with a spot in IEM Global Challenge as well as the lion's share of the $70,000 prize pool.

Triumph have earned a spot in the IEM Beijing-Haidian grand final

Triumph got off to a strong start on their pick of Inferno, taking three rounds on the attack before triple kills from Russel "⁠Twistzz⁠" Van Dulken and Jake "⁠Stewie2K⁠" Yip put Liquid on the board. However, rounds for Stewie2K and company were few and far between from that point forward, with junior and Alan "⁠Shakezullah⁠" Hardeman propelling their side to an 11-4 lead at the break.

A comeback seemed to be in the cards at the onset of the second half for Liquid, who won seven of the first eight rounds to bring themselves within one of their opposition. Multi-kill rounds from junior, Ryan "⁠ryann⁠" Welsh, and Shakezullah put a halt to Liquid's momentum, though, allowing Triumph to close out the map, 16-12.

Things took a grim turn for Triumph on Dust2 as Liquid found their footing, dominating on the attack round after round. An AWP ace from junior helped Triumph recover a 2vs5 situation, but that round win was just one of the two that Shakezullah's troops were able to secure in the first half as they trailed 2-13. A brief effort to fight back into the map saw Triumph move up to seven rounds following the side swap, but once Liquid had rifles in their hands, they wasted little time in closing out the map to move the series to a Nuke decider.

There, Triumph once again took an early lead, junior proving key in helping his side to a 7-1 start on the T side. However, Grim and Jonathan "⁠EliGE⁠" Jablonowski stepped up to bat to keep Liquid in the running, winning seven in a row to edge out a one-round lead at halftime.

The scoreline was immediately tied up as Triumph took the final pistol of the series, using the momentum of the win to move up to a 12-8 lead. Liquid responded with a sequence of their own, but were sent reeling when a saved AWP from junior and a B bombsite stack from Triumph flipped the script, with Kaleb "⁠moose⁠" Jayne following up with a quad kill round to put his side on match point. Liquid made an attempt to fight for overtime, finding three additional rounds, but were felled by Triumph in round 30 to bring the series to a close.

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 Liquid K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
United States Michael 'Grim' WinceGrim 61 - 48 +13 79.4 1.24
Canada Keith 'NAF' MarkovicNAF 65 - 50 +15 79.9 1.22
United States Jake 'Stewie2K' YipStewie2K 57 - 55 +2 75.3 1.14
United States Jonathan 'EliGE' JablonowskiEliGE 59 - 55 +4 76.0 1.12
Canada Russel 'Twistzz' Van DulkenTwistzz 36 - 46 -10 53.0 0.94
 Triumph K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
United States Paytyn 'junior' Johnsonjunior 70 - 48 +22 92.2 1.36
Canada Kaleb 'moose' Jaynemoose 51 - 52 -1 67.2 0.95
Canada Erik 'penny' Pennypenny 45 - 56 -11 66.9 0.86
United States Alan 'Shakezullah' HardemanShakezullah 38 - 60 -22 61.1 0.83
United States Ryan 'ryann' Welshryann 49 - 63 -14 57.4 0.79
United States Jonathan 'EliGE' Jablonowski
Jonathan 'EliGE' Jablonowski
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1373
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.16
United States Michael 'Grim' Wince
Michael 'Grim' Wince
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
653
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.14
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Canada Kaleb 'moose' Jayne
Kaleb 'moose' Jayne
Age:
22
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
752
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.12
United States Ryan 'ryann' Welsh
Ryan 'ryann' Welsh
Age:
19
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
689
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.70
APR:
0.12
Canada Russel 'Twistzz' Van Dulken
Russel 'Twistzz' Van Dulken
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.12
Maps played:
1120
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.11
United States Alan 'Shakezullah' Hardeman
Alan 'Shakezullah' Hardeman
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.93
Maps played:
464
KPR:
0.61
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.12
United States Jake 'Stewie2K' Yip
Jake 'Stewie2K' Yip
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
1309
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.14
United States Paytyn 'junior' Johnson
Paytyn 'junior' Johnson
Age:
19
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
201
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.61
APR:
0.09
#1
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Finland Cucumber))
MONSTER
2020-11-21 02:21
6 replies
Lulquid at it's best.
2020-11-21 02:42
3 replies
A team with no igl and awper, expected.
2020-11-21 07:57
2 replies
Liquid suuuuuuucks
2020-11-21 10:45
1 reply
Free Elige from Bot2k
2020-11-21 14:57
NA cs
2020-11-21 07:40
im done with this team
2020-11-21 10:04
#2
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United States pes0man
liquid junior when
2020-11-21 02:22
6 replies
#4
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Finland Cucumber))
big nt
2020-11-21 02:22
Imagine going to EU with this shit roster
2020-11-21 02:44
4 replies
Yeah furia already made that mistake
2020-11-21 03:48
2 replies
They are not shit tho
2020-11-21 11:30
1 reply
lil bit above then
2020-11-21 12:29
#129
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Portugal Roronoaa
Wait for lan
2020-11-21 20:31
here come pro analysts
2020-11-21 02:22
#6
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Brazil 1mig
Grim d0g)))
2020-11-21 02:22
Liquid choking to a fluke, no matter the year
2020-11-21 02:24
junior is NUTS
2020-11-21 02:24
#9
NiKo | 
Croatia mimi031
people saying twistzz is good hahaha
2020-11-21 02:24
6 replies
things are wrong when steven carries in a map
2020-11-21 02:36
1 reply
Nah stew can be really good sometimes because he plays super aggressive and that can bring a lot of momentum when he gets rolling
2020-11-21 04:29
Hr cs xd
2020-11-21 03:05
2 replies
BiH country xd
2020-11-21 04:59
1 reply
I am not from bih japmti
2020-11-21 05:50
He can be a monster under a next to descent igl. And in this case, well they have stewi
2020-11-21 07:59
Rofl! Can’t wait for Renegades to become top 1 NA. Also nice triumph, very deserved considering the hard work. Punching above their weight here.
2020-11-21 02:24
11 replies
Top 1 NA is furia.
2020-11-21 02:39
4 replies
MIBR best hope for Americas.
2020-11-21 02:39
#54
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Brazil nuke_
just lose to MIBR KEKW
2020-11-21 03:19
Furia does not even play in NA rn
2020-11-21 05:07
1 reply
still top 1
2020-11-21 05:46
I thought renegades was the team from Australia with Dick?
2020-11-21 04:30
5 replies
They were the former greyhound gaming roster but they dropped dick the sticker money machine
2020-11-21 05:19
4 replies
Bruh why drop dick, he was the hard carry
2020-11-21 06:12
3 replies
Didn’t drop him, he retired.
2020-11-21 07:03
He had to quit because of a medical condition with his eyes :/
2020-11-21 09:47
1 reply
Bruh wtf then he should play valorant cause you're blind in that game half the time anyway, so his eyes would not be an issue
2020-11-21 17:28
NA scene is fucking dead
2020-11-21 02:24
2 replies
It's been dead for a while. Cs just isn't promoted in the US. When I was a teenager none of my friends knew what cs was. It is fairly niche plush there is no discipline when it comes to US players. It's been on the decline for a while and will only continue to get worse.
2020-11-21 09:25
1 reply
Expected from semi professional vaLULrant streamers
2020-11-21 17:34
NA CS OMEGALUL
2020-11-21 02:24
I dont have what to Say...
2020-11-21 02:28
#14
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United States b00tles
Waiting for that Junior vs Team Liquid clip filip...
2020-11-21 02:28
LMAO TOLD U -NITR0 WORSE ROSTER MOVE EVER IN NA
2020-11-21 02:28
#16
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United Kingdom DDoubleE
WHAT LOL?!
2020-11-21 02:30
#17
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Poland SebL
Triumph is actually looking pretty good, with small changes they could be a TOP 20 team. And Liquid is still a really good team, just unlucky match for them.
2020-11-21 02:31
2 replies
Yeah, if they drop penny and get someone consistent, they would be nuts.
2020-11-21 09:56
1 reply
#118
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Poland SebL
Yeah, I would also change Shakezullah's role to coaching and get better fragging IGL.
2020-11-21 13:23
Expected from LUL QUId
2020-11-21 02:32
#19
Luken | 
Sweden fxzo
lmao and people say twizzt best na player
2020-11-21 02:32
7 replies
no1 says that tho
2020-11-21 02:51
4 replies
Uhm, yes they do. Last two years.. even Anders during casting said that Twistzz has all the skill to be the best player in NA.
2020-11-21 12:36
3 replies
Being the best player and having the potential to be the best player in NA isn't the same thing. I'll even agree with what Anders said because at times in 2019 twistzz did look like the best player in NA. The guy's aim is insane but he's been quite inconsistent for a while.
2020-11-21 13:35
re-read what u typed and then give it a minute to sink in...
2020-11-21 22:19
1 reply
I typed "yes they do"and my point about anders was besides the point I was making. Learn to understand the words "yes they do," I meant ppl on hltv obviously.
2020-11-21 23:13
good but not best. JW best
2020-11-21 03:11
no1 said that
2020-11-21 08:23
Ouch. Good game triumph. Nice to see some new fresh blood hit hard. Nice to mix it up in Na. I’m sure loads of bettors want to kill you guys tho! Lol good luck in the final. Liquid just had a bad day. It happens to us all.
2020-11-21 02:34
Lulquid
2020-11-21 02:35
-Stewie2k +AZR -Grim +Junior -Moses +mCE
2020-11-21 02:37
4 replies
??? Grim top fragged, Moses is still new, Stewie has been performing better recently. The only one that has been consistently under performing or performing inconsistently is Twistzz. -Twistzz +Junior and move NAF off the AWP before any of the other moves.
2020-11-21 02:40
3 replies
They look like MM team, Moses should have done something by now, stewie is igl-ING for a few months now and its getting worse, things are not ok
2020-11-21 02:43
1. Grim top fragging in this game means nothing, he's still been mediocre at best while put in good roles 2. 3 months is hardly new, and in those months liquid has done nothing but fall short of their goals 3. Twistzz is a nuts player and isn't washed up, he just needs a better coach and igl because he tilts very easily. 4. Stewie is their worst fragger, and is the one doing the absolutely awful igling that we saw in this game.
2020-11-21 02:44
#110
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Turkey Joper
Are you sure?I am aware that twistzz is starting to play badly but I think the source of it is deeper because russel always plays as a baiter in the background, be it inferno or any other map. This is definitely stewie's fault.it wouldn't be like this if nitro was still igl and if there was a coach in adren.
2020-11-21 11:19
Now Chaos upset EG and we have a dumpy grand final
2020-11-21 02:38
1 reply
#65
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Indonesia lukerey
You wish.
2020-11-21 04:39
Ryan is so bad lmao
2020-11-21 02:40
WP Junior
2020-11-21 02:40
junior best na awper for sure cerq doesnt count
2020-11-21 02:44
2 replies
#66
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Indonesia lukerey
You look upset bro. Have some weed?
2020-11-21 04:39
1 reply
#119
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Serbia bakedcs
? content
2020-11-21 13:32
#35
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CIS wmzgod
xaxaxaxaxaxaxaxaxaxaxax
2020-11-21 02:45
LOLLLLL
2020-11-21 02:45
oh no moses comon man more discipline needed for your boys
2020-11-21 02:47
1 reply
yeah it almost looks like doesn't offer something new to the team as a coach, despite my name, atleast adreN did a good job on analysing the VODs for anti stratting
2020-11-21 04:25
#38
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Korea ferizy
Trump upsets USA
2020-11-21 02:51
1 reply
+ 666
2020-11-24 10:23
LOLQUID
2020-11-21 02:55
AND JUNIOR NOT EVEN IN THE TITLE??? NOT EVEN UNDER THE PHOTO??? JUST IMAGINE S***** OR N*** WINNING THE GAME JUST mad... SORRY REALLY marketing (from bad way) at it's finest...
2020-11-21 02:56
They need the xtra days in EU anyway
2020-11-21 02:56
#43
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United States Gonginator
This is just disappointing. Liquid should easily be at the top of the NA scene right now with EG, but here they are struggling. Of course I still support the team, but come on...
2020-11-21 02:56
4 replies
+1 i'm sad but pissed rn seeing that this should be an easy breeze for them
2020-11-21 04:26
3 replies
#69
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United States Gonginator
I feel like fans of NA teams have it rough lol, but I could just be biased :P
2020-11-21 04:53
2 replies
watching Liquid is the equivalent of watching Navi, you never know they'll either lose to a tier 2 team or being a world class contender
2020-11-21 06:49
1 reply
Exactly - you could not have said it any better. It's a bitter sweet relationship. I believe that Liquid will take this to heart and learn from their mistakes, but I don't know when they will actually start improving.
2020-11-21 17:49
grim times for liquid
2020-11-21 03:02
#45
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Brazil wololo10
Junior is an absolute top tier awp
2020-11-21 03:03
NA CS LUL HAHAHAHAHA
2020-11-21 03:06
cry is free
2020-11-21 03:08
Liquid signed wrong player haha
2020-11-21 03:08
#50
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Finland H0rnPub
Seems like they are traveling to Europe just to get 2-0d by mald lions
2020-11-21 03:08
2 replies
by MBAPEEK*
2020-11-21 07:49
1 reply
+1
2020-11-21 10:37
#51
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United States ILOVEFEET
Junior is NA BlameF look at those fucking biceps
2020-11-21 03:09
Junior vs Liquid, GG
2020-11-21 03:10
#56
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Ukraine ksay
thats a yikes from me
2020-11-21 04:11
how about triumph-chaos final
2020-11-21 04:24
Junior 1vs9
2020-11-21 04:24
thats just embarrasing
2020-11-21 04:30
ahahahahahahaha
2020-11-21 04:37
Liquid drop off worse than the polish vp roster kekw
2020-11-21 04:51
Liquid was terrible today. Triumph will get destroyed by EG in the final
2020-11-21 04:52
#76
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Sweden RSKcsgo
Expected after Triumph godly performances recently, thanks for the money!
2020-11-21 06:35
#78
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African Union mikecool
triumph no.1 NA Poggers!?
2020-11-21 07:00
expected
2020-11-21 07:21
They specifically lost cuz in 5 days they have Blast in Europe Fixed game on tier 1 scene Finally
2020-11-21 08:00
oof
2020-11-21 08:03
Save lulquid except pugstar2k
2020-11-21 08:03
xaxaxaxaxaxaxaxax
2020-11-21 08:38
imagine kicking nitr0 and adreN
2020-11-21 08:39
wtf
2020-11-21 08:48
#92
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Poland Po_Prostu
lulquid
2020-11-21 08:59
junior destroyed them.
2020-11-21 09:04
#95
sh1ro | 
Philippines euzu
Junior 1v9 lmfao
2020-11-21 09:36
Lul quid trash time to disban
2020-11-21 09:41
#100
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United States mstang
They need a fucking IGL..
2020-11-21 10:05
Kek
2020-11-21 10:09
-stewie +any igl, even fucking fallen
2020-11-21 10:13
This match can also be translated to: "Who should liquid pick as their main awper." I also expected better showing from penny and moose. Still.... congrats, i was not wrong when i said Triumph has potential. I would like to see these guys vs eu teams (which won't happen in quite a while it seems :( ).
2020-11-21 10:14
Grand Slam-winning team BTW
2020-11-21 10:22
NA CS die
2020-11-21 10:26
#106
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Brazil hugoooo
junior has been dominating in NA for months now, he's a beast
2020-11-21 10:33
What the hell is happening with Liquid. They should have won this to get their heads up for EU next week. No excuse for losing to mad Lions next week. Do you guys think that adding a good awper would save Liquid? Who should you remove? Twistzz is hardcore on LAN. Stewie is the aggressive player they need. Besides elige
2020-11-21 10:47
5 replies
#116
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Ukraine D1mkaS777
-stewie +fallen
2020-11-21 12:35
4 replies
-stewie +junior
2020-11-23 08:59
3 replies
#133
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Ukraine D1mkaS777
Furia junior
2020-11-24 10:02
2 replies
Maybe
2020-11-24 10:02
1 reply
#135
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Ukraine D1mkaS777
100%
2020-11-24 10:15
#111
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Philippines sijibats
NAF going the same way as Dupreeh excluding the success part.
2020-11-21 11:21
How can anyone take na cs seriously?
2020-11-21 11:43
1 reply
NA CS is back - says EG and TL after this lose. This is actually good for NA CS, and not bad
2020-11-24 10:23
MY MM GAMES > NA CS
2020-11-21 11:48
Online cs sucks along with stew igl.
2020-11-21 14:17
#123
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United States ekwi
upset? is it really an upset now? I would say I expected this honestly
2020-11-21 16:32
So what's happening with Liquid and Twistzz? Just getting unlucko or still think they're the sh1t after their 2019 run?
2020-11-21 16:47
what the fuck
2020-11-21 16:55
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