Liquid overcome NAVI in FalleN's debut in BLAST Premier Global Final

The North American side kicked off the year in promising fashion, with a 2-0 victory in BLAST Premier Global Final 2020.

Liquid's first match with Gabriel "⁠FalleN⁠" Toledo went positively as the North American team took down Natus Vincere in two maps to progress in the BLAST Premier Global Finals upper bracket. Jake "⁠Stewie2K⁠" Yip's troops stormed to a map one win on Inferno with little resistance (16-6) and carried their momentum over to Nuke for a 10-0 start. However, Liquid had to fend off a monstrous performance from Aleksandr "⁠s1mple⁠" Kostyliev to get over the line as the contest went the full thirty rounds.

The result sees Liquid set up a clash with Vitality in the upper bracket semi-final, while Natus Vincere will face off against Complexity in an elimination match.

FalleN kicks his Liquid career off with a win

Liquid fell behind on their map pick of Inferno in the opening rounds as a result of a Ilya "⁠Perfecto⁠" Zalutskiy triple kill on the pistol, but the North Americans swiftly hit back on the offence once guns came out to string together five rounds of their own. Natus Vincere could muster just one additional round for the remainder of the half as Keith "⁠NAF⁠" Markovic and co. ran riot to post a 12-3 lead at the midway point.

NAVI made it two pistol rounds from two as the second half commenced and chipped away slightly at the deficit to bring the score to 6-13. However, Liquid recomposed promptly to overwhelmingly pick up the three final rounds and lead the series, with a FalleN double AWP kill comfortably locking down Inferno 16-6.

Nuke was up next, where Egor "⁠flamie⁠" Vasilyev subbed in for Valeriy "⁠B1T⁠" Vakhovskiy as Natus Vincere looked to tie up the series. The CIS side failed to achieve the start they desired as Liquid, who were brimming with confidence from the previous map, put together a water-tight defence to shut down Kirill "⁠Boombl4⁠" Mikhailov’s men time and again. Multi-kill rounds from Jonathan "⁠EliGE⁠" Jablonowski, Stewie2K and NAF saw Liquid rapidly hit double digits without a response before NAVI eventually retaliated. s1mple and Perfecto stepped up for damage control in the back-end of the half to help post five consecutive rounds and salvage a 5-10 scoreline.

With s1mple now unleashed, Natus Vincere rallied together and mounted their comeback. The CIS squad replicated Liquid’s first-half success and gave the North American side zero breathing room as they levelled the score, 11-11. A FalleN 1v3 briefly put his team ahead before NAVI took the lead for the first time. With Nuke slipping from their grasp, Liquid got their second wind to edge out their opponents and proceed in the upper bracket.

Matchpage
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Inferno
16
14
Nuke
16
 Natus Vincere K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
47 - 31 +16 90.0 1.39
35 - 27 +8 75.7 1.14
23 - 40 -17 65.2 0.83
15 - 21 -6 61.6 0.78
26 - 40 -14 59.5 0.76
9 - 17 -8 55.1 0.63
 Liquid K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
42 - 22 +20 93.0 1.46
41 - 38 +3 78.8 1.16
32 - 32 0 67.7 1.08
34 - 29 +5 66.3 1.06
26 - 37 -11 59.6 0.87
Russia Kirill 'Boombl4' Mikhailov
Kirill 'Boombl4' Mikhailov
Age:
22
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
842
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.69
United States Jonathan 'EliGE' Jablonowski
Jonathan 'EliGE' Jablonowski
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1390
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.68
Brazil Gabriel 'FalleN' Toledo
Gabriel 'FalleN' Toledo
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
1344
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.60
Canada Keith 'NAF' Markovic
Keith 'NAF' Markovic
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1351
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.63
Russia Egor 'flamie' Vasilyev
Egor 'flamie' Vasilyev
Age:
23
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
1468
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.67
Ukraine Valeriy 'B1T' Vakhovskiy
Valeriy 'B1T' Vakhovskiy
Age:
18
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
215
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.66
Russia Ilya 'Perfecto' Zalutskiy
Ilya 'Perfecto' Zalutskiy
Age:
21
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
446
KPR:
0.64
DPR:
0.62
United States Jake 'Stewie2K' Yip
Jake 'Stewie2K' Yip
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
1326
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.68
Ukraine Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Age:
23
Rating 1.0:
1.24
Maps played:
1295
KPR:
0.85
DPR:
0.65
expected
2021-01-20 18:56
10 replies
#94
arT | 
Brazil logzera
And again, s0mple baiting for stats.
2021-01-20 19:31
9 replies
Literally a useless player Imagine baiting for hltv stats only and not even getting rank 1 lmao
2021-01-20 19:33
3 replies
Ridiculous mentality
2021-01-20 19:58
1 reply
#2 for a reason, #1 won his game easily
2021-01-21 08:20
He actually is and keep in mind he just stood in molotovs with 100hp twice and died.. xD
2021-01-22 12:24
+1 top1 my 4ss, f0cking baiter
2021-01-20 20:05
People on HLTV forums don't understand Counter Strike. There are good baits and bad baits. You want your best player alive as long as possible. The entire team is set up so Electronic and S1mple can live and have as much impact as possible.
2021-01-21 02:07
3 replies
#168
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Indonesia lumayan
more like u dont understand how much bait there is on HLTV lol
2021-01-21 04:09
True and +1
2021-01-21 05:18
first time? KEKKK
2021-01-21 05:29
EZ FOR BAD FALLEN
2021-01-20 18:56
NA CS IS BACK
2021-01-20 18:56
5 replies
#102
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Denmark Cleandog
+1 fallen best rostermove of 2021
2021-01-20 19:47
4 replies
As a fellow dog i can agree on that
2021-01-20 23:00
I don't know if you're being serious, but looking at what Liquid needed, you couldn't ask for any other player. They needed an awper or IGL, so why not taking the father of brazilian cs, that as always spoken english and IGL's and awp's. Even if it doesn't work in the future, it's one of the most smartest moves ever
2021-01-21 05:15
2 replies
#174
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North America Wakir
+1
2021-01-21 07:48
+1
2021-01-21 14:22
EZ
2021-01-20 18:56
Nt We come back stronger
2021-01-20 18:56
7 replies
+1
2021-01-20 19:30
HAC E6ym A MbI KPEn4AEM
2021-01-20 19:47
2 replies
navi fans mentality in a nutshell
2021-01-20 21:23
1 reply
ok
2021-01-20 23:03
Hopefully
2021-01-20 20:00
A dreamer.
2021-01-20 22:50
1 reply
lmao
2021-01-21 06:48
Fallen 3v1 clutch. Unlocked match
2021-01-20 18:57
1 reply
presente
2021-01-20 23:23
1 reply
So ez 😎😎😎
2021-01-20 23:13
#20
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Pakistan LoOuU2
NAF full time back to rifling and he pops , who would have thought. That play on Nuke lower side was so good.
2021-01-20 18:58
ez liquid
2021-01-20 18:58
lulquid ftw !!
2021-01-20 18:58
#25
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Brazil Par4dox11
THIS IS JUST THE BEGINNING! LETS GO!
2021-01-20 18:58
#26
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Poland RulikSon
#LETSGOLIQUID <33333333333333333333333
2021-01-20 18:58
#28
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Hungary szia
navi so bad, ahahahaha losing to americans 6-16
2021-01-20 18:59
6 replies
It's not that Na'Vi are bad, just Liquid too good
2021-01-20 23:16
hltv.org/img/static/flags/30x20/HU.gif deadfox is your entire nation's greatest contribution to counterstrike as a whole.
2021-01-20 23:26
4 replies
#163
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Hungary szia
So i am not allowed to criticize other regions, mr iSupportSmallScenesOnly?
2021-01-20 23:55
3 replies
when you criticize my region, no. :) also it's a dumb comment if you consider America's contributions to the last two fucking years of counterstrike.
2021-01-20 23:59
2 replies
#165
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Hungary szia
True, America won some of the NA events last year
2021-01-21 00:01
1 reply
#166
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Ukraine NiP_sux
Lmao
2021-01-21 01:40
nice
2021-01-20 18:59
Good for NA scene,give it some hope so it doesn't just completely dissapear.
2021-01-20 19:00
#38
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Australia B_Tannen
Incredible performance from Liquid. Big boost for NA and SA if it continues.
2021-01-20 19:01
13 replies
playing vitality next....
2021-01-20 19:02
12 replies
#51
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Australia B_Tannen
Well cya. I hope this ages well.
2021-01-20 19:04
11 replies
if vitality lose then free tourny for astralis. calling it now)))))
2021-01-20 19:08
10 replies
#75
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Australia B_Tannen
Yes, probably.
2021-01-20 19:15
unless fallen does what fallen does
2021-01-20 19:29
6 replies
create space is his job now prob so its up to elige and naf i would assume
2021-01-20 19:39
5 replies
I dont think u watch liquid games or if u do, i dont think u understand what's going on. So first of all, fallen isnt gonna be the one who creates space in liquid. He said that in his interview. He is gonna play with the pack and be a semi-support player. Second, naf never entries. He is one of the most passive players in the scene. Third, stewie and elige create space. Dont just think that naf creates space just coz he is top fragger.
2021-01-20 21:55
4 replies
I mean fallen was going to be support so creating space. Not NAF I never said that.
2021-01-20 21:59
3 replies
Support dont create space. Entry fraggers do.
2021-01-20 23:09
2 replies
Fuck im an idiot
2021-01-20 23:15
1 reply
up to how well stewie and elige entry, they were ok today, but the real stars were the lurk/supports in fallen/naf
2021-01-20 23:30
Fallen is happy, would not be easy for tem.
2021-01-20 19:42
1 reply
yes but vitality..
2021-01-20 19:51
POGGERS
2021-01-20 19:01
nice
2021-01-20 19:02
#45
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Europe Skraj
NaVi's players except for s1mple are so god damn bad
2021-01-20 19:02
4 replies
electronic top 5 is a joke
2021-01-20 19:05
2 replies
+1 should’ve been EliGe
2021-01-20 21:37
+1
2021-01-20 23:00
NaVi's players < LIQUID's players. -boombl4 1/11 before s0mple starts to shine on Nuke. NAF and Elige are playin' insane recently.
2021-01-20 22:56
#52
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Denmark Nikolaim88
Na'vi washed up
2021-01-20 19:04
S0MPLE WASHED UP
2021-01-20 19:05
gg lol
2021-01-20 19:05
#60
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Germany NitczkaCS
Is fallen not igl?
2021-01-20 19:05
3 replies
Stewie
2021-01-20 21:55
stewie for now, fallen second calling and keeping the nerves in check
2021-01-20 23:30
1 reply
Its probably the best for him, I've played some matches with him in the past (GC), dude is always calm
2021-01-21 14:26
As I always say, Perfecto > electronic.
2021-01-20 19:07
#65
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Bulgaria alekscho89
I CANNOT SEE ANYWHERE THE SIMPLE FAN BOYS WHERE ARE U WHEN WE TRASHED U HUH?
2021-01-20 19:07
Holy shit Na'Vi, S1mple had like a 2.2 rating on the CT side of nuke. One man can only do so much
2021-01-20 19:07
3 replies
top1 after all
2021-01-20 19:12
2 replies
#115
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Brazil candymau
no
2021-01-20 20:08
That aged poorly
2021-01-20 21:37
#73
 | 
Russia Glihhh
After all these years of supporting sk/mibr i think i can support liquid for GaFallen
2021-01-20 19:13
6v5, still lost
2021-01-20 19:17
#80
 | 
France cedd
b1t is complete trash, get an actual good player to replace flamie navi!
2021-01-20 19:18
4 replies
he is coach no?
2021-01-20 19:54
2 replies
b1t is their 6th player brought into rotations, b1ad3(the former flipsid3 tactics player) is their coach
2021-01-20 23:31
1 reply
oh he is trash lol
2021-01-21 11:36
bit "b0t" toledo
2021-01-20 19:54
crazy how much stupid people there are in this world, look how can someone talks about another country that they dont know nothing about.. fallen will give you a taste again for sure.
2021-01-20 19:18
#82
 | 
Brazil Largato
Too EZ to papa Fallen Liquid is looking great
2021-01-20 19:22
I believe liquid can be really deadly if the can get rid off stewie NaVi... i am fine with perfecto/simple/electronic core. Boombla is their IGL (still replacable). But flamie... REALLY? Bit is very up and down so far, but it takes some time to realize if he can do it. So far it seems unlikely. NaVi really have no money, or wtf is going on?
2021-01-20 19:22
1 reply
Stewie is igl, it would be dumb to get rid of him
2021-01-20 21:38
Make Liquid Great Again
2021-01-20 19:22
#85
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Chile cristiaan
LETS GO LIQUID
2021-01-20 19:24
1 reply
#111
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New Zealand Gedtemer
Yep
2021-01-20 19:59
fluke onliners
2021-01-20 19:24
4 replies
mad cause bot s0mple stood no chance to NA
2021-01-20 19:26
liquid is lan team nt
2021-01-20 19:30
#96
- | 
Europe legal2333
NaVi(4)Liquid(15)
2021-01-20 19:34
#122
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Chile cristiaan
MAD S2MPLE FAN
2021-01-20 20:28
200k of Brazilians supporting Liquid today, FALLEN LEGEND <3
2021-01-20 19:25
ez pz for NA pride Team Liquid
2021-01-20 19:25
Grim young talent player
2021-01-20 19:28
EZ4BRASIL
2021-01-20 19:38
Ofc Fallen will win on his deput, hes a Winner.
2021-01-20 19:39
#100
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Brazil Sudario
PRESENTE
2021-01-20 19:40
2 replies
PRESENTE
2021-01-20 21:00
1 reply
PRESENTE
2021-01-20 21:33
WE HAWT!!!
2021-01-20 19:53
#106
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Europe t.o.p
Let's go!
2021-01-20 19:53
almost choked it haha
2021-01-20 19:58
1 reply
was intentional Gaules said: "it's like when I ban someone from my stream, and unban him just to ban again"
2021-01-20 21:41
s1mple threw for good debut of his friend fallen
2021-01-20 19:59
2 replies
HAHAHAHA, nice excuse cuz navi choke, s1mple played his best so he didn't throw, Liquid better than navi, im sorry for ya
2021-01-20 23:22
1 reply
lol feel sorry for yourself u imbecile
2021-01-24 07:34
#116
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Poland iOFF
Liquid ERA Incoming <3
2021-01-20 20:13
Keep baiting and lose then robbed to rank 3 , device come rank 2 and s1mple will be undeserved major player (true)
2021-01-20 20:15
hard luck simple
2021-01-20 20:19
#119
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France MarcoXY
nice
2021-01-20 20:23
s1mple is so bad. If his team mates played normally and not just as decoy for him to get stats they would win more. ez 4 liquid.
2021-01-20 20:26
#121
Jame | 
Poland SebL
Liquid is showing some potential. With small changes they could be a TOP 5 team. NaVi is showing a little bit of life left in them, with small changes they could still be really good.
2021-01-20 20:26
4 replies
Liquid made the finals of the last tournament of 2020, and they just beat the current #3 team, so I think it would be fair to call them top 5 already
2021-01-20 21:39
3 replies
#150
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United States drac0z
danny when did you start being a liquid fan again?
2021-01-20 23:14
1 reply
Pretty recently, I wanted to be an EG fan because I don’t like a lot of the stuff fallen’s said, but I just didn’t like their roster as much. I kinda flip between Triumph and Liquid depending on how I feel, both are my favorites at the moment
2021-01-20 23:17
#176
Jame | 
Poland SebL
Not yet, but if they keep that form then sure.
2021-01-21 10:18
BIT_bot
2021-01-20 20:29
fallen shots with awp like silver 5 lol
2021-01-20 20:29
3 replies
... and yet when he plays FPL with s1mple he outfrags him... wow such a silver
2021-01-20 21:08
1 reply
calm nyx, he's only eight
2021-01-21 19:45
Russian is expert with army
2021-01-21 07:14
Let's go liquid keep the momentum going
2021-01-20 21:10
too easy for god fallen
2021-01-20 21:15
200k brazilians with Liquid LIVE when the match happened! LET'S GO LIQUID.. 2021 WILL BE THE NA YEAR !!!!
2021-01-20 21:59
unexpected
2021-01-20 22:23
NAF destroyed. But every single player played equally well (in their roles and in key rounds). I hope this line up ages well. Inferno was just sooo good to watch. s2mple is a beast, but a baiter tho.
2021-01-20 22:51
2021 - stewie still bot rofl
2021-01-20 22:52
1 reply
still igl LMAO
2021-01-20 23:32
#154
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Brazil angryyyy
As i said.
2021-01-20 23:20
7 replies
all br fans now apparently liquid fans lmaaao
2021-01-22 01:51
6 replies
#183
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Brazil angryyyy
Is this a problem?
2021-01-22 02:26
5 replies
yes because you only support them because of one player lmao. you will instantly switch if he moves teams. Very sad BR mentality
2021-01-22 02:27
4 replies
#186
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Brazil angryyyy
Why? Wtf is cant support fallen?
2021-01-22 13:40
3 replies
you're pretending to be a liquid fan is the point. obviously
2021-01-22 13:40
2 replies
#188
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Brazil angryyyy
No, im cheering for liquid
2021-01-23 01:43
1 reply
no because if fallen moves you'll cheer for someone else. so you are cheering for fallen not liquid
2021-01-23 16:58
This Liquid is balanced and they look confident. Liquid's never looked confident before. Not going to call it yet but I think there's a decent chance they break back into the top 3 rather soon. Best balanced roster since 2017 and they finally have leadership on the server. Main stars still 23 and under. Two players that could peak individually at top 5 on rifles. There was a lot of good to take from this. I hope they keep it up.
2021-01-20 23:36
all the BR flags now with liquid fan tags. hahahahah so sad
2021-01-21 23:26
1 reply
liquid is brazil
2021-01-23 17:01
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