Liquid eliminate Evil Geniuses from BLAST Premier Global Final

Keith "⁠NAF⁠" Markovic shined as his team won the first North American derby of the year.

Liquid stay alive in the $1 million BLAST Premier Global Final following a 2-0 victory over Evil Geniuses in the lower bracket of the competition. They now await the winner of Natus Vincere and G2, the second match of the day, and play another elimination series in the lower bracket final on Saturday.

The action started on Inferno, which has been Evil Geniuses' map pick throughout the entire tournament. They had a solid start on their T side, having won nine rounds and conceded only four until the game had to be paused for 20 minutes due to a technical problem on Gabriel "⁠FalleN⁠" Toledo's PC. The Brazilian veteran shined after the pause and single-handedly took care of the 15th round with an AWP ace.

NAF stomped Evil Geniuses on Dust2

The 9-6 advantage wasn't enough for Evil Geniuses as Liquid played well as a unit and abused the numbers game whether they were hitting the A or the B bombsite. Tarik "⁠tarik⁠" Celik finished the map as the top-fragger, but FalleN, Michael "⁠Grim⁠" Wince, and NAF combined for 60 kills on the other side.

Peter "⁠stanislaw⁠" Jarguz won a 1v2 clutch against FalleN and Jake "⁠Stewie2K⁠" Yip to secure the first pistol round of Dust2 for his troops but they went for a full B rush against the force buy and painfully died one by one as NAF was sitting close to the tunnels with his powerful Desert Eagle. Evil Geniuses was saved by Ethan "⁠Ethan⁠" Arnold as he won a 1v1 clutch against Jonathan "⁠EliGE⁠" Jablonowski in the third round and they were able to score two more after that.

Liquid, however, were the better team once they had all the rifles and an AWP in FalleN's hands. NAF put up one more ace in the half and his team chained seven together, moving over to the T side with a 10-5 score. Evil Geniuses found a glimpse of hope as they won the second pistol round too, but Grim and NAF worked well together to break the CTs' economy right away.

Evil Geniuses won only two more rounds in the half, one of which thanks to tarik's triple kill on the B bombsite, but Liquid reacted quickly to break their rivals' economy once more, leaving no room for a comeback. Meanwhile, NAF continued to perform as he finished Dust2 with a decisive 31-10 K-D, now averaging the tournament's second-highest 1.33 rating.

Matchpage
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22nd January 2021
12
Inferno
16
8
Dust2
16
 Evil Geniuses K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
32 - 37 -5 64.8 0.98
31 - 39 -8 66.4 0.96
34 - 41 -7 73.0 0.90
24 - 35 -11 60.9 0.82
23 - 38 -15 58.7 0.68
 Liquid K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
51 - 24 +27 104.6 1.65
44 - 28 +16 64.8 1.20
35 - 28 +7 74.9 1.18
33 - 32 +1 89.3 1.17
26 - 32 -6 58.3 0.93
United States Jonathan 'EliGE' Jablonowski
Jonathan 'EliGE' Jablonowski
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1394
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.68
Brazil Gabriel 'FalleN' Toledo
Gabriel 'FalleN' Toledo
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
1348
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.60
Canada Keith 'NAF' Markovic
Keith 'NAF' Markovic
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1355
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.63
United States Michael 'Grim' Wince
Michael 'Grim' Wince
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
674
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.68
Canada Peter 'stanislaw' Jarguz
Peter 'stanislaw' Jarguz
Age:
26
Rating 1.0:
0.97
Maps played:
1193
KPR:
0.65
DPR:
0.65
United States Tarik 'tarik' Celik
Tarik 'tarik' Celik
Age:
25
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
1383
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.68
United States Jake 'Stewie2K' Yip
Jake 'Stewie2K' Yip
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
1330
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.68
United States Ethan 'Ethan' Arnold
Ethan 'Ethan' Arnold
Age:
20
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
963
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.67
na best
2021-01-22 19:30
11 replies
NAF is going overdrive lately, damn
2021-01-22 19:31
3 replies
he is free
2021-01-22 20:45
1 reply
present professor
2021-01-22 20:59
#56
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Canada Timings
Hell yeah
2021-01-22 21:40
1 reply
i think he means to say NA's best... comparing EG and Liquid
2021-01-22 19:34
#12
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Europe X1gma
NAF Tournament MVP
2021-01-22 19:31
NAF top3 2021
2021-01-22 19:54
3 replies
^ can confirm, this poster is correct
2021-01-22 20:26
#71
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Asia Blurblur
I came from the future and I can also confirm
2021-01-23 02:40
+1111111111111111111111
2021-01-23 21:22
#2
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Finland Cucumber))
bye bye NA
2021-01-22 19:30
#3
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United States GiantDays
EZ NAF
2021-01-22 19:30
2021-01-22 19:30
noice
2021-01-22 19:30
#6
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Portugal dracø
Naf is back. They were losing 2 much by having him on the awp
2021-01-22 19:30
1 reply
#77
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Asia Blurblur
True
2021-01-23 13:36
ez for fallen
2021-01-22 19:30
1 reply
#54
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Brazil Schelky
Trust in the professor
2021-01-22 21:18
#8
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United States weaboo
Expected
2021-01-22 19:30
ez
2021-01-22 19:31
ez4fallen
2021-01-22 19:32
NAF unleashed with fallen
2021-01-22 19:32
5 replies
+1
2021-01-22 19:51
+1
2021-01-22 21:39
#61
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United States Masshole
+1
2021-01-22 22:13
#65
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Brazil MarceloGJ
+1
2021-01-22 22:45
#69
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Brazil nuke_
NAFALLEN new duo? pog
2021-01-22 23:38
#15
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Brazil thsGO_
niceeeeeeeee
2021-01-22 19:32
EG doesn't look like they will ever be successful again without a roster change
2021-01-22 19:32
1 reply
The analysts were saying “win or rebuild” before the game with FURIA.
2021-01-22 20:18
#17
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Brazil LucasLeal
FALLEN GOD!!!
2021-01-22 19:33
#18
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Brazil cinza
ez for NAF smiley FLY
2021-01-22 19:33
naf went sicko mode map 2
2021-01-22 19:33
NAF is such an insane playoffs player. He totally got robbed out of the top 20 last year honestly.
2021-01-22 19:33
3 replies
no
2021-01-22 19:40
1 reply
+1
2021-01-22 19:41
first statement: yes last statement: no
2021-01-22 19:47
#21
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Brazil Elakk
the good thing is that in the future I will be able to say that fallen saved NACS
2021-01-22 19:33
1 reply
Check my name
2021-01-23 01:20
Looks like fallen gave a new view for this team, much more consistance with him, unpredictable end of round, Really like that!
2021-01-22 19:35
EZ NAF
2021-01-22 19:36
#25
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Australia B_Tannen
Amazing performance from NAF.
2021-01-22 19:37
NAF SMURRRFIN
2021-01-22 19:37
NAF top3 2021 confirmed
2021-01-22 19:38
1 reply
+1
2021-01-22 22:59
#28
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Brazil kikoo1337
PRESENTE
2021-01-22 19:38
NAFFERS RISE
2021-01-22 19:40
ez 4 NAF! Serbian pride!
2021-01-22 19:41
POGGER SLOTH!
2021-01-22 19:43
76?
2021-01-22 19:44
NAF = NA s1mple
2021-01-22 19:46
1 reply
NA ropz*
2021-01-22 21:40
#39
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Europe t.o.p
NAF GOD
2021-01-22 19:59
#40
NEO | 
Brazil tegin
Liquid is BR <3
2021-01-22 20:13
1 reply
+ 1
2021-01-22 20:39
#43
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Brazil Sudario
PRESENTE
2021-01-22 20:33
#44
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United States Dc1022
SeriousSloth
2021-01-22 20:34
Ez4Fallen
2021-01-22 20:39
#47
Jame | 
Poland SebL
Liquid is looking really good atm. EG is showing a little bit of life left in them, with small changes they could still be really good.
2021-01-22 20:42
Naf changed his positions in game... Why that? xD Thx liquid! Just unleash the beast!
2021-01-22 20:43
-Stewie2iq and I might even start to like Liquid. Just can't as long as he is on the team ...
2021-01-22 20:46
2 replies
He is igling and calling really good recently. Idk why ppl hate him so much. He is a cool dude.
2021-01-22 21:41
1 reply
#62
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United States Masshole
ikr
2021-01-22 22:14
no amount of luck can save eLUL geniuses lmao naf <3
2021-01-22 20:50
NAF on the AWP was good, but he is just such a beast with rifles, another positive aspect of FalleN joining Liquid :)
2021-01-22 20:54
#59
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Japan ang9r5193
SeriousSloth for NAF
2021-01-22 21:45
wow it seems like +FalleN really helps
2021-01-22 22:11
1 reply
#63
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Sweden Lagge15
Yep - If you add fallen, you don't have to follow the rules!
2021-01-22 22:21
#64
RpK | 
Finland Lattee
Glad to see liquid winning
2021-01-22 22:25
#67
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Pakistan LoOuU2
Great to see Naf shining so well again, was held off last year.
2021-01-22 23:31
Excexcited about to future of team liquid. I have always liked this team, especially for the friendliness of elige, now with Fallen more than ever. GO LIQUID!!!
2021-01-22 23:37
#72
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Brazil Firelesk
Presente
2021-01-23 03:04
#73
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Brazil wetdark
A lot of people didn't want to give FalleN the opportunity to demonstrate that he could help Liquid, now they will have to deal with it! FalleN top 20 2021, Liquid top 5.
2021-01-23 05:18
FalleN is playing so beautifully in Liquid... just what the guys needed to reignite the team.
2021-01-23 08:36
#75
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United States caliprep
FalleN is doing extremely well on Liquid!!! I'm glad he's finally on our side!
2021-01-23 09:42
#76
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Brazil Wander13
FalleN is being fundamental for the good performance of TL
2021-01-23 10:01
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