Astralis eliminate Liquid from DreamHack Masters Winter

The first meeting of 2020 between the former rivals went the way of the Danish side as Nicolai "⁠device⁠" Reedtz put up a stellar performance (1.60 rating).

A comeback on Vertigo and a dominant game on Inferno added up to a 2-0 victory for Astralis over Liquid in the lower-bracket of DreamHack Masters Winter 2020 Europe, seeing the North American side end their run in the tournament early.

The two best teams of 2018 and 2019 met for the first time since BLAST Pro Series Global Finals in December of last year, but the Danish team ranked #4 in the world justified the favorite tag and handed yet another defeat to Jonathan "⁠EliGE⁠" Jablonowski and co. Liquid will now have two weeks to prepare for their final European tournament of 2020, IEM Global Challenge, while Astralis will play the loser of G2 - FURIA for a place in the playoffs of DreamHack Masters Winter.

device was one kill away from a 30-bomb on Inferno

Liquid took the pistol to kick off Vertigo and focused on the A site early on to start their map pick 5-2 up. device won the next one for his team, grabbing a 3K with a saved AWP, but the North Americans struck back with a B hit and ran away with the half, 10-5.

Andreas "⁠Xyp9x⁠" Højsleth went big in the second half pistol, while Emil "⁠Magisk⁠" Reif was crucial to his team starting the defense 3-0. The lead was grabbed by Astralis after a Xyp9x mid-round lurk that resulted in a triple (11-10), before Russel "⁠Twistzz⁠" Van Dulken brought Liquid back to life by clutching a 1v2 on A. The game was neck-and-neck at the end, but Astralis' successful A hit at 13-13 gave them the victory, 16-14.

On Inferno, Liquid were on the back foot from the get-go, as Michael "⁠Grim⁠" Wince's 3K hold got them on board in round 5, but little success followed. The Danes played with the rotations and won their fights to go 8-2 up before the North Americans stabilized after two multikill rounds from EliGE.

After the score was 8-5, Astralis once again focused on Banana and won the fights to finish the half 10-5 ahead, extending to 12 after the CT pistol. Liquid's sporadic T-side success didn't amount to much, as Astralis shrugged them off, 16-7, as device reached a 29K-11D scoreline.

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Inferno
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 Liquid K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
40 - 30 +10 73.9 1.14
37 - 40 -3 87.0 0.99
34 - 40 -6 71.0 0.95
24 - 36 -12 58.5 0.79
18 - 40 -22 48.9 0.58
 Astralis K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
56 - 27 +29 101.5 1.60
44 - 35 +9 87.9 1.26
39 - 29 +10 75.1 1.19
25 - 30 -5 54.8 0.95
22 - 33 -11 59.5 0.94
United States Jonathan 'EliGE' Jablonowski
Jonathan 'EliGE' Jablonowski
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1377
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.68
Denmark Emil 'Magisk' Reif
Emil 'Magisk' Reif
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
1160
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.63
Denmark Nicolai 'device' Reedtz
Nicolai 'device' Reedtz
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.16
Maps played:
1582
KPR:
0.78
DPR:
0.62
United States Michael 'Grim' Wince
Michael 'Grim' Wince
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
657
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.69
Canada Russel 'Twistzz' Van Dulken
Russel 'Twistzz' Van Dulken
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.12
Maps played:
1124
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.62
Denmark Andreas 'Xyp9x' Højsleth
Andreas 'Xyp9x' Højsleth
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
1695
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.61
#1
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Finland IFK
gg
2020-12-02 15:59
11 replies
#23
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Japan Yuukek
It's time for Liquid to act and they need to start with - Stewie0k - Naf + Cerq + Coldzera
2020-12-02 16:07
10 replies
coldzera was a good player but he's on his way to being washed after wasting time in faze with niko (and btw where is the igl in that)
2020-12-02 16:16
1 reply
Make cerq igl in fallen style, problem solved :-D
2020-12-02 16:23
#44
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Sweden boyyscout
Liquid needs to get apEX and Stavn
2020-12-02 16:24
#70
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United States Gonginator
Stewie2K's removal makes sense, but NAF is a decent AWPer and has been performing a lot better on a consistent basis. Twistzz on the other hand has his good days, but he has become quite inconsistent with good performances. They need an actual IGL more than anything, and then maybe we will start to see some improvements.
2020-12-02 18:43
2 replies
#71
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Japan Yuukek
I don't think Twistzz will ever get kicked until he loses his motivation to play in Liquid. He has already become a franchisee player with attractive appearance. But yes, they first need to find reliable igl and then look at the situation.
2020-12-02 18:50
1 reply
#73
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United States Gonginator
Ah, I definitely missed that part about Twistzz becoming a franchise player for Liquid. For Stewie2K, don't get me wrong - he's vital to the team's overall success as he calls most of the shots and has a personality like no other on the team. He gives the team morale boosts with his energy because everyone else is pretty quiet. But Liquid need more than just a morale boost from their IGL. They need more structure than what they have right now. If they want to continue playing loosely, Stewie should specify who has more freedom on certain maps and rounds. Also, everybody will 100% need to perform better than they are right now. Elige and Grim seem to be their top performers at this point in time. NAF is relatively consistent, but Stewie2K is almost non-existent in terms of fragging for the majority of their games and Twistzz does good like...1 in every 3 games which just doesn't cut it for them.
2020-12-02 19:39
You're crazy. NAF has regularly been one of their best all around players
2020-12-02 18:53
1 reply
#74
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United States Gonginator
They may be just going off of NAF's recent performance, which has been below average for NAF as he's shown that he can compete with the European top dogs in the past.
2020-12-02 19:40
Lol no, if coldzera joins liquid, RIP Liquid. They're out of top20
2020-12-03 09:24
#86
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South Africa Ston3Cold
What about oSee from ex-Cloud9 to replace Stewie2K? I think he can perhaps make a difference?
2020-12-03 09:30
Never saw it coming.
2020-12-02 15:59
Nt liquid
2020-12-02 15:59
Ripquid
2020-12-02 15:59
Astralis too Stronk
2020-12-02 15:59
#6
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Brazil sixtt
Eta
2020-12-02 15:59
who's the most useless coach ever, moses or ynk?
2020-12-02 15:59
6 replies
#18
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Germany I_car
Dead
2020-12-02 16:03
2 replies
I said the most useless, not the dumbest and he wasn't even a coach
2020-12-02 16:07
1 reply
#25
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Germany I_car
He was a coach after they kicked zews
2020-12-02 16:08
#59
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India KaiserGene
Caster / analyst turned coaches are always fail pfft
2020-12-02 17:14
I would go for ynk, he had much more time, more lineups, and better players to show any proof of being even decent at the job and he failed miserably at every chance he got
2020-12-02 17:39
1 reply
#77
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Latvia adererror
plus i think he was really toxic about faze afterwards, meanwhile moses really enjoys coaching(even if he might not be yet good at it)
2020-12-02 20:48
too early for steve10am
2020-12-02 15:59
2 replies
00f
2020-12-02 16:26
1 reply
#48
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Czech Republic xANUx
kekw
2020-12-02 16:37
sad
2020-12-02 15:59
Hahaha bot2k
2020-12-02 15:59
Going nowhere. Changes coming.
2020-12-02 16:00
1 reply
kick stew and get a proper igl
2020-12-02 16:03
#12
ZywOo | 
India aR__
Liquid rough
2020-12-02 16:00
some things are never changes
2020-12-02 16:00
18 - 40 -22 48.9 0.58
2020-12-02 16:01
#15
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Germany I_car
Lulquid
2020-12-02 16:02
It's a joke to see this team being automatically invited to IEM Global Challenge for doing absolutely nothing other than having valid visas.
2020-12-02 16:02
Lmo ahahah, liquid new (old) mibr
2020-12-02 16:03
Niceeeee GG WP
2020-12-02 16:04
TEAM LULQUIT
2020-12-02 16:05
Device destroying Liquid as usual. Nothing out of the norm here.
2020-12-02 16:06
1 reply
+1
2020-12-02 16:43
StewieAFK😂😂😂
2020-12-02 16:08
nt krasavchik
2020-12-02 16:08
LIQUID has failed so much since they kicked nitro. Rip -bot2k +nitro
2020-12-02 16:08
8 replies
Nitro would've been even worse
2020-12-02 16:11
7 replies
Individually for sure, but apart from that? I still don't understand why they picked up grim. Yes he is a good player and a consistent fragger, but they already had 3 very strong riflers, they didn't need firepower. Imo removing nitr0 was a bad decision, it only made them even more inconsistent and as we can see stewie doesn't get any better stats in the IGL role against good opposition.
2020-12-02 16:24
6 replies
+1
2020-12-02 16:43
So true dude nitr0 had a huge voice in Liquids calling and they even won against Furia with nitr0 then they kicked him for grim. Grim is a good player but not the right piece for Liquid, they need a better awper IGL
2020-12-02 16:48
1 reply
What huge voice? I dont remember Who it was pimp or somebody else said he wasnt calling that much and everybody had input during their grand slam run, so apart from team spirit he wasnt doing THAT much, also guy looked tired of the game seeing how fast he jumped to Valorant
2020-12-02 17:11
Lmao imagine thinking nitro is a capable igl... Nitro igling is straight poop
2020-12-02 20:41
2 replies
i never said anything about his IGLing.
2020-12-02 20:57
1 reply
Use logic my man... If nitro isn't a good fragger and is poop at igling then what is the faking point of having him in the team? Cheerleading?
2020-12-04 07:56
Lul
2020-12-02 16:09
#30
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Israel Xpicyy
FUCK YOU NA PIECE OF SHIT
2020-12-02 16:10
#33
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Indonesia DioBrando
Yesss, lets gooo LICK WEED
2020-12-02 16:12
1 reply
+1 lmao lick weed hahahah
2020-12-02 22:08
KKKKKKKKKKKKKK LIQUID IS A HORRIBLE TEAMM KKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKK
2020-12-02 16:12
6 replies
#37
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Brazil abrasive
It's because of people like you that we brazilians get the toxic stereotype. Just chill, man
2020-12-02 16:18
5 replies
no dude, i will not relax, I WILL SAY AGAIN LIQUID IS A HORRIBLE TEAMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM
2020-12-02 16:37
2 replies
I will not relax too. LULQUIT pls disband
2020-12-02 16:44
1 reply
Me too. Lelquid disband can only play after 10am
2020-12-02 18:42
#82
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Brazil Karlogaria
Chill, politically correct and fake friendly br
2020-12-03 01:36
#85
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Denmark dyinbyran
No he is right, lulquit KEKW yeah eveeything checks out for me
2020-12-03 09:28
HAHAHAHA BOT2K NA CS KKKKKKKKKK
2020-12-02 16:16
- naf -stew +grat +azr
2020-12-02 16:18
1 reply
Actually a reasonable move. Naf has been up and down lately. Stew isn't putting up good numbers anymore and isn't a great IGL.
2020-12-02 18:06
Good hopefully liquid can’t qualify for kato now. Invite a real team.
2020-12-02 16:18
Stewie10amk :D
2020-12-02 16:20
Stewie is the owner of TL? Just move this shit to vorant
2020-12-02 16:21
#43
JW | 
United Kingdom tecUK
That read from Gla1ve to kill Stewie and Grim through smoke on Inferno first round
2020-12-02 16:23
#47
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India Ez4ez
Stewie should go to valorant men's
2020-12-02 16:29
Rip
2020-12-02 16:47
HAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH BOT2K SNAKE2K STEWIE0K
2020-12-02 16:54
Great job stew. -stew + nitro
2020-12-02 17:11
expected
2020-12-02 17:13
NA CS KKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKK
2020-12-02 17:19
stewie10am at it again bois
2020-12-02 17:21
-moses +real coach -noobie2k +igl (azr?)
2020-12-02 17:25
Bot2k was on fire today
2020-12-02 17:36
Elige top 5 rifler, he is wasting his talent on Liquid. -stew -twistzz +awp player +new IGL
2020-12-02 17:45
forever in Astralis' shadow
2020-12-02 18:06
0.58 xaxaxaxa
2020-12-02 18:41
device too stronk and consistent.
2020-12-02 19:47
#80
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Poland SebL
Astralis is looking really good atm. Liquid is showing potential, they just need to work hard.
2020-12-03 01:33
#81
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Brazil Karlogaria
Stewie is consistently bad. Props to him
2020-12-03 01:34
#84
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Denmark dyinbyran
Anymore NA teams to be eliminated?
2020-12-03 09:27
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