Liquid edge past MAD Lions in BLAST Premier Fall Showdown

Liquid made it through to the quarter-finals after coming back from a 3-12 deficit on Vertigo, the decider map.

Liquid won a contested affair against MAD Lions in their first match on European soil since March, when the North Americans last competed in the old continent at IEM Katowice. Jason "⁠moses⁠" O'Toole’s men took the series in three fought-out maps to go through to the next round of the BLAST Premier Fall Showdown, where they will face off against Vito "⁠kNgV-⁠" Giuseppe’s MIBR in the quarter-finals.

Liquid looked poised to take MAD Lions’ map pick, Overpass, winning convincingly on the CT side and hitting double digits before the half, but they were unable to find their pace on the attack, giving up 11 rounds in a row as the Danes took the series lead ahead of Mirage. Jake "⁠Stewie2K⁠" Yip and company then won in-extremis on their pick, 16-14, and came back from the brink of elimination on the decider map, Vertigo, to secure the series.

MAD Lions, now out of BLAST Showdown following their elimination at the hands of Liquid, will look towards the Flashpoint 2 playoffs, where they will play their next match on Monday against Virtus.pro in the opening round of the upper bracket.

Liquid survived MAD Lions thanks to a clinical defense on Vertigo

Michael "⁠Grim⁠" Wince downed four players with the USP in the opening round of Overpass as Liquid went on to take a 5-0 lead, not letting MAD Lions find a way into the map early on. Frederik "⁠acoR⁠" Gyldstrand with three AWP kills and Ismail "⁠refrezh⁠" Ali with a double secured their first round on a B site play, as both teams then started to go back and for nine rounds in a row, with Liquid finally hitting double digits in a 10-5 half. The North American squad were able to win against the forcebuy after securing the second pistol round, but lost to a second forcebuy as MAD Lions rallied, with acoR finding several opening kills and multi-kill rounds on the defense with the AWP in the Danish squad’s 16-12 comeback win.

Liquid started ahead on the attacking side of Mirage, but three Scout kills by acoR in the second round immediately tied things up, prompting MAD Lions to go up 3-1. A huge round from Grim with three kills to turn a 2vs4 around tied things up, 3-3, but the Danes went on to secure the half 9-6. Liquid won the second pistol round without losing a single player, but gave up a costly bomb plant, and a second round save by MAD Lions gave way to a third round full buy, although the Danes weren’t able to capitalize on it as the CTs made it 9-9. A tight half then ensued, going all the way to 30 rounds, but three critical kills by Keith "⁠NAF⁠" Markovic in the last round secured it for Liquid.

Three opening USP kills by Rasmus "⁠sjuush⁠" Beck put MAD Lions in the lead on Vertigo and once again the defending team set the pace, winning six rounds in a row before Liquid could retaliate. MAD Lions didn’t let up, however, winning nine of the first ten rounds prompting Liquid to call an overtime as they saw the series start to slip away. Stewie2K won two clutches in the last two rounds of the half to make it 3-12 before Liquid secured a 5vs5 retake in the second pistol round, getting comfortable on the defense and starting to mount a comeback as MAD Lions hit a wall over and over again. Not a single plant was afforded by Liquid as they took a 13-12 lead. MAD Lions won their first round on the attack to tie things back up, but it was just a one and done as Liquid went on to close the map out 16-13 to survive the first round of the BLAST Premier Fall Showdown bracket.

Matchpage
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1
26th November 2020
12
Overpass
16
16
Mirage
14
16
Vertigo
13
 Liquid K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
68 - 63 +5 84.2 1.11
60 - 61 -1 79.0 1.08
64 - 58 +6 76.4 1.05
47 - 57 -10 57.7 0.91
42 - 55 -13 60.3 0.86
 MAD Lions K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
72 - 54 +18 86.8 1.30
67 - 49 +18 67.9 1.12
57 - 56 +1 76.1 1.07
58 - 63 -5 75.9 1.01
39 - 62 -23 57.0 0.81
Denmark Ismail 'refrezh' Ali
Ismail 'refrezh' Ali
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
767
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.12
United States Jason 'moses' O'Toole
Jason 'moses' O'Toole
Age:
-
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.93
Maps played:
18
KPR:
0.64
DPR:
0.71
APR:
0.15
Denmark Rasmus 'sjuush' Beck
Rasmus 'sjuush' Beck
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
607
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.13
Canada Keith 'NAF' Markovic
Keith 'NAF' Markovic
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1357
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.16
Brazil Vito 'kNgV-' Giuseppe
Vito 'kNgV-' Giuseppe
Age:
28
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.13
Maps played:
748
KPR:
0.77
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.10
Denmark Frederik 'acoR' Gyldstrand
Frederik 'acoR' Gyldstrand
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
904
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.10
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
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
#1
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United States Bioax
gg epic comeback
2020-11-26 20:16
8 replies
nice edit
2020-11-26 20:17
#8
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Brazil DinooxP
any NAFFERS?
2020-11-26 20:17
sry i dont believe in miracles, sold game 1 t round on most t sided map in history of esports
2020-11-26 20:19
3 replies
no, vertigo is obviously the new old nuke xaxaxaxa. also this game was full of shit t sides, but this one wasn't expected...
2020-11-26 20:22
Reported
2020-11-26 20:22
#60
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France Carrotaboy
Name checks out how much ???
2020-11-26 22:41
Seems scripted.
2020-11-26 23:06
#87
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Bulgaria alekscho89
this was so epic bruh
2020-11-27 11:14
ez
2020-11-26 20:16
Ez throw for Mad Lions
2020-11-26 20:17
15 replies
+1
2020-11-26 20:45
TBH liquid didnt deserve to win mirage
2020-11-26 20:49
13 replies
#73
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Indonesia lumayan
LOL LOL Biggest crybaby ever
2020-11-27 01:13
12 replies
So i am crybaby for saying that liquid got lucky on mirage?
2020-11-27 01:51
9 replies
#76
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United States EDBX
They didn't though? ML had so many smoke kills and other lucky timings on Ovp but that doesn't mean they didn't still deserve the win. If ML deserved to win they would have, they led at half and couldn't close it out. Salty European.
2020-11-27 05:16
8 replies
#85
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Asia Blurblur
Lol
2020-11-27 09:06
"If ML deserved to win they would have" Thats not how it works but ofcourse fan of liquid couldnt tell
2020-11-27 21:28
6 replies
#102
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United States EDBX
Ok Europe user who is a fan of no team LOL. The better team won just stop crying already.
2020-11-27 21:29
5 replies
Imagine insulting me for being european when you are liquid fan.
2020-11-27 21:30
4 replies
#104
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United States EDBX
Nope being European is cool. My point is you are using people's fan status/nation as an insult while hiding your own. Which is typical hltv behavior..
2020-11-27 21:32
3 replies
"Which is typical hltv behavior" >insulted first >mentioned flag >calls others crybabies while he cries like little bitch. You sure like to eat your own shit do you?
2020-11-27 21:32
2 replies
#106
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United States EDBX
My team won I have nothing to cry about. Still don't know why you are so mad xD Let the tears out, its ok.
2020-11-27 21:33
1 reply
"My team" Guys we found the owner of liquid. Also who said i am mad? I legit said that liquid played terrible on mirage and without luck they would be out already. Only one whos mad here are you two asian liquid fans.
2020-11-27 21:45
bruh what the fuck you change your flair atleast once a week
2020-11-27 05:25
1 reply
#89
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Indonesia lumayan
I forgot to change back to gen.g when I +fan cloud9, mybad
2020-11-27 12:24
#5
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Brazil ghcnvbkn
nice
2020-11-26 20:17
shocking
2020-11-26 20:17
#7
RpK | 
France pol44r
Nt acor, alpha male player
2020-11-26 20:17
#9
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United States jsxanatos
it was a fun game to watch, everyone stop being edgy children about it
2020-11-26 20:18
5 replies
#16
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Canada CeeeD
Very rare to see a great comment with great respect on HLTV. Must agreed with you it was a great game to watch and what an epic comeback from TeamLiquid. Cheers!
2020-11-26 20:20
2 replies
#18
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United States jsxanatos
i thought the mirage game was fantastic. cheers to you too boss
2020-11-26 20:21
1 reply
#28
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Canada CeeeD
Agreed... my heart rate was for sure over 200 beats per minute at the end of the mirage game hahaha
2020-11-26 20:25
#61
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Germany Jermen
okay?
2020-11-26 22:44
1 reply
#64
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United States jsxanatos
you obviously didnt read the chat or the forum after it was over
2020-11-26 23:16
ez
2020-11-26 20:18
#12
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Russia Ilyichee
any NAFFERS?
2020-11-26 20:19
1 reply
Reporting for duty SeriousSloth
2020-11-27 06:53
acoR>s0mple or at least =
2020-11-26 20:20
#17
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Sweden ADAMAS_
LETS FUCKING GO NA
2020-11-26 20:20
tomorrow they will lose to mibr and proceed to call vsm cheated
2020-11-26 20:21
1 reply
#68
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Brazil Nic0la5
+1 hahaha
2020-11-26 23:52
Grim is entryfragger or what? he always top fragging
2020-11-26 20:21
7 replies
#43
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Brazil mkaking
Grim is the Best player on this roster, skillwise, by far
2020-11-26 20:45
6 replies
I thought typically entry fraggers weren't the top because they always died and got traded? Normally I expect AWPers near the top as well as the hard carrys Grim is likely the best skillwise, and it seems he's beginning to feel comfortable in the team after an up-and-down first couple of months
2020-11-26 20:57
2 replies
While I agree that Grim is an incredible player and extremely mechanically gifted, he is not the best player on this roster. You have players such as ELiGE and NAF-fly not to mention Twistzz and stew. While I admit that stew and twistzz are definitely in a slump right now, the other two are still just a bit above grim as of right now . I do think however that grim is very talented and could be one of the best players in NA in the future. He hasn't hit his skill ceiling just yet.
2020-11-26 22:03
They are usually not, thats why dupreeh is such a beast, he often puts up numbers as entry aswell.
2020-11-26 22:18
Grim is not nearly as good as EliGE. The skill difference is pretty crazy. EliGE just isn't super incredible online compared to LAN.
2020-11-26 21:49
2 replies
+1 Twistzz also better mechanically as well imo.
2020-11-26 23:29
1 reply
#78
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United States EDBX
In 2019
2020-11-27 05:18
Liquid is so streaky, they either smash for many rounds at a time or die off for a while.
2020-11-26 20:22
Finally a NA team beats a EU team. Good Job liquid!
2020-11-26 20:22
2x0 for mibr, easy win!Lets go mibr
2020-11-26 20:24
lets go nice comeback
2020-11-26 20:25
1-12 to 16-13 Mad lions, hahahaha
2020-11-26 20:26
NA is back
2020-11-26 20:30
undeserved
2020-11-26 20:32
Acor so good maybe he can join liquid or any top 10 team
2020-11-26 20:34
2 replies
he can join fnatic to replace fat inconsistent awper JW,so fnatic can be top5 team again
2020-11-27 08:22
He's going to Liquid for sure
2020-11-27 12:54
Was a close game gg 3rd best danish team just not good enough for the NA superteam.
2020-11-26 20:36
1 reply
#46
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Serbia LtN))
+1 Liquid hope of NA CS
2020-11-26 20:47
this game made me mald like crazy...worst t sides ever, if liquid wanna do anything they will have to step these t strats the fuck up
2020-11-26 20:37
3 replies
Yea any good team would punish them for their bad t side. Glad they pulled this one out but they need a lot of work
2020-11-26 20:57
2 replies
dude it was so horrible to watch that overpass t side, they dry peeked acor every single time
2020-11-27 00:22
1 reply
I only watched the vertigo match and that hurt to watch
2020-11-27 01:01
This surprised me. I closed tab on 3-12.
2020-11-26 20:38
1 reply
SAME
2020-11-26 20:41
#42
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Pakistan LoOuU2
Twist has really hit a slump lately, but NAF always there to bail them out.
2020-11-26 20:41
3-12 then 13-1, one of the biggest choke this year from mad lions
2020-11-26 21:01
#52
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United States Gonginator
It was a really great series. Both Liquid and MAD Lions are improving. All 3 maps were very close and could have gone either way, but I think that this is a step in the right direction for Liquid as they climb their way back to the top.
2020-11-26 21:14
#56
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United Kingdom Aelin
awesome series
2020-11-26 22:10
Disband lions
2020-11-26 22:22
Grim is insane
2020-11-26 23:02
#65
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Poland SebL
Liquid is looking great atm., TOP 10 team for me. MAD Lions have potential, they just need to work hard.
2020-11-26 23:29
4 replies
liquid ct side is a beacon of hope for them right now but their T side is down right abysmal
2020-11-27 05:28
3 replies
#86
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Poland SebL
They can fix their problems on T side, they have really good firepower.
2020-11-27 09:34
2 replies
true, the team is surely getting their form back especially if stewie becomes a better IGL by learning in EU.
2020-11-27 13:04
1 reply
#94
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Poland SebL
I think Stewie2K can be really good IGL, he has the experience and everything to do so.
2020-11-27 14:09
#67
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Brazil Sovihado
Its very sad seeing mad lions choke on 12-3 on last map 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣😂😂😂
2020-11-26 23:52
-Twistzz +junior.
2020-11-27 00:20
holy shit liquid winning omgmggogmogg
2020-11-27 12:09
KEKW!! One of THE BEST teams of 2019 (Liquid) wins Mad Lions barely. So sad..... TL isnt the same anymore.
2020-11-27 14:00
2 replies
it's almost 2021 and you only realized this now? this liquid beating an EU team is already more than an achievement seeing that they've lost to triumph, 100 thieves, and on a lose streak with Furia, all that by just playing in NA, the majority of liquid fans came in here expected a beat down from mad lions seeing how bad liquid performed in NA.
2020-11-27 14:14
So sad Mad Lions couldent even beat Liquid - disband please
2020-11-27 14:52
#108
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Lithuania elucio
-stew + nitr0
2020-11-28 09:00
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