Liquid book IEM Katowice playoff spot over Vitality; Gambit eliminate Heroic

The North American team came back from a map down against the world No.3 to advance to the Group B final.

Liquid are the third team to clinch a spot in the IEM Katowice playoff stage following a hard-fought win over Vitality, who took the lead in the series in an overtime Nuke victory but looked somewhat the pace in the remainder of the series as Jonathan "⁠EliGE⁠" Jablonowski and Gabriel "⁠FalleN⁠" Toledo powered their team to victory. Meanwhile, Gambit claimed another scalp against world No.6 Heroic thanks to an imperious display by Dmitry "⁠sh1ro⁠" Sokolov, and are now just one victory away from reaching the playoffs.

The main-stream series began with a blistering start from Vitality, who romped to a 6-0 lead on the CT side of Nuke with some great fragging output by Dan "⁠apEX⁠" Madesclaire and Cédric "⁠RpK⁠" Guipouy. Liquid responded in a low-economy round thanks to a quad-kill by EliGE, and used that momentum to rally back and bring the deficit to just three rounds before the break.

Liquid will take on the winner of NAVI-FURIA in the group final

Vitality came out of the break the livelier of the two sides, winning five of the opening six rounds of the half to get within striking distance of victory. Liquid tightened up after that and took the upper hand, coming back from five map points down to force overtime. However, their efforts would be in vain as Vitality won two rounds in each half to lock down the map.

The French team carried their momentum into Vertigo as they hopped out to a quick 3-0 lead, but the landscape of the game changed once Liquid had money in the bank. Apart from a brief period of respite for Vitality thanks to two great rounds by Mathieu "⁠ZywOo⁠" Herbaut, the rest of the half was dominated by the North Americans, who took ten rounds into the break. Liquid showed no signs of slowing down after the side switch, and even though things got a bit testy after Kévin "⁠misutaaa⁠" Rabier gave the French side a lifeline with a stunning Desert Eagle quad-kill, they would be able to close out the map comfortably.

Liquid took control from the outset on Mirage and finished the half on double-digit territory as Vitality were against the ropes for most of their CT side and could not string rounds together. It was roles reversed after the break as the North Americans could not hold the opposition back in the early stages, but a comeback was beyond Vitality: EliGE and FalleN stepped up to the plate and pulled the team over the finishing line as apEX's troops seemed to run out of gas in the dying stages.

Meanwhile, viewers on the secondary stream were treated to a back-and-forth brawl that had spirited comeback attempts thwarted in the closing stages of Overpass and Inferno. After those two closely-contested maps, Mirage ended up being a demolition job as Gambit breezed past their opponents in a game that saw them win all five clutch situations, three of which by sh1ro, who posted a 1.85 rating.

Matchpage
2
1
20th February 2021
16
Nuke
19
16
Vertigo
10
16
Mirage
12
 Liquid K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
80 - 57 +23 92.5 1.39
61 - 49 +12 78.1 1.21
64 - 51 +13 79.1 1.20
57 - 60 -3 69.3 0.99
49 - 61 -12 63.9 0.90
 Vitality K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
65 - 61 +4 85.1 1.12
56 - 58 -2 68.7 1.06
23 - 25 -2 69.5 1.02
40 - 40 0 80.7 1.02
48 - 62 -14 61.9 0.85
46 - 66 -20 54.1 0.77
Matchpage
2
1
20th February 2021
12
Overpass
16
16
Inferno
14
16
Mirage
3
 Gambit K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
66 - 40 +26 83.6 1.39
56 - 55 +1 76.1 1.08
56 - 54 +2 79.9 1.07
45 - 45 0 65.4 1.04
40 - 50 -10 62.1 0.93
 Heroic K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
60 - 54 +6 86.3 1.14
48 - 54 -6 79.1 1.02
48 - 53 -5 72.8 0.97
42 - 51 -9 55.3 0.82
44 - 52 -8 53.6 0.81
France Kévin 'misutaaa' Rabier
Kévin 'misutaaa' Rabier
Age:
18
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.96
Maps played:
222
KPR:
0.63
DPR:
0.66
France Cédric 'RpK' Guipouy
Cédric 'RpK' Guipouy
Age:
31
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
1483
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.68
United States Jonathan 'EliGE' Jablonowski
Jonathan 'EliGE' Jablonowski
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1411
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.68
France Mathieu 'ZywOo' Herbaut
Mathieu 'ZywOo' Herbaut
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.28
Maps played:
783
KPR:
0.86
DPR:
0.62
Brazil Gabriel 'FalleN' Toledo
Gabriel 'FalleN' Toledo
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
1365
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.60
Russia Dmitry 'sh1ro' Sokolov
Dmitry 'sh1ro' Sokolov
Age:
19
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.22
Maps played:
593
KPR:
0.77
DPR:
0.54
France Dan 'apEX' Madesclaire
Dan 'apEX' Madesclaire
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
1767
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.70
#2
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Finland Cucumber))
rip Heroic
2021-02-20 19:25
9 replies
expected from Flukeroic
2021-02-20 19:57
6 replies
Not so good after coach gets caught cheating
2021-02-20 21:14
5 replies
+1
2021-02-20 21:16
2 replies
present professor
2021-02-20 21:39
1 reply
Fallen too strong
2021-02-21 00:02
#81
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Japan ang9r5193
No shit sherlock.
2021-02-20 21:57
+1 xaxaxaxaxa
2021-02-20 22:33
How is Heroic still #6 in rankings. WOW!!!!
2021-02-20 21:22
1 reply
gonna be not even top 10 after this year
2021-02-20 21:38
wtf I love Liquid now
2021-02-20 19:25
12 replies
Get used to it
2021-02-20 19:33
11 replies
I just want to know what is going on with Fallen and Stewie...I feel like Stew isn't being used as the playmaker he has always been known as.
2021-02-20 20:04
10 replies
Fallen played well last 2 games ... But the others he played bad ... Stewie hasn't been playing well for months
2021-02-20 20:39
9 replies
I wouldn't chalk it up as bad, but I will say he has been in a slump. Sometimes I wonder if Fallen isn't playing selfishly? I mean we know he's amazing, but he shouldn't be carrying in my opinion.
2021-02-20 21:06
7 replies
#65
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Italy MulaManca
I’d agree with you but Stewie has been in this slump for quite a while now, it didn’t start when Fallen joined
2021-02-20 21:15
6 replies
+1
2021-02-20 21:16
#71
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Romania decis1ve
Wdym stew has been shit for 2 years
2021-02-20 21:34
4 replies
what do you mean?
2021-02-20 22:10
He is good on his roles ,but for entrys make good stats is really hard
2021-02-21 00:35
2 replies
#111
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Vietnam djpepe
EliGE is the entry :)
2021-02-21 03:25
1 reply
he's more of a second guy in.
2021-02-21 05:38
So true dude...
2021-02-20 21:58
#4
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Ukraine McSwell
I remember somebody was trying to convince me CIS is trash region while BIG and Heroic are tier-1 teams kkkkkk
2021-02-20 19:25
7 replies
winning against heroic doesnt make cis a good region pal
2021-02-20 19:44
6 replies
Having 2 teams in the top 5 doesn't?
2021-02-20 19:58
losing to cis doesnt make you tier 1 team either
2021-02-20 19:58
1 reply
thanks for stating the obvious
2021-02-20 20:05
This year looks like it could be a amazing year for CIS you have tree teams that can be big top ten team this year in Gambit, NaVi and Spirit
2021-02-20 22:35
2 replies
And vp won 3 tournaments back to back as well.
2021-02-20 23:17
1 reply
I completely forgot about VP lol, ya they are definitely another top 10 cis team
2021-02-25 04:54
Yo les noobs
2021-02-20 19:25
#6
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Brazil Soulsix
ez 4 fallen
2021-02-20 19:25
Presente, Professor!
2021-02-20 19:25
4 replies
Elige, Fallen's new fer ! did you see how he left him loosed to rush and push in entry kills
2021-02-20 19:28
3 replies
Difference is that elige is actually good , unlike fer
2021-02-20 22:04
2 replies
At his peak, fer was #3 in the world. Arguably a better player, even though he's not like that anymore.
2021-02-20 23:18
fer was insane back in the day, but seems to have lost motivation over the years
2021-02-21 00:33
#8
ropz | 
Netherlands ONGix
If NA CS > EU CS and NA Valorant > NA CS then NA Valorant > EU CS confirmed
2021-02-20 19:25
4 replies
NA Valorant is just a bunch of washed up bots, but ik this is a bait
2021-02-20 19:41
3 replies
#36
ropz | 
Netherlands ONGix
What if it isn't bait?
2021-02-20 19:41
1 reply
then 8/8
2021-02-20 19:41
but hiko, bro. why bully
2021-02-20 21:44
#10
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Brazil Anarchybr
Fallen > Zyw00 prnt.sc/1023r0c
2021-02-20 19:27
5 replies
By the same logic RpK > FalleN?
2021-02-20 23:20
4 replies
different roles, my friend
2021-02-20 23:37
2 replies
#101
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Brazil Anarchybr
This
2021-02-20 23:46
Whatever floats your boat, friend
2021-02-21 01:04
fallen_igl_rpk_not_igl
2021-02-21 12:05
14-4 vs Zywoo Fallen, i love u
2021-02-20 19:28
#15
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Lithuania KingOfPing
Well played Liquid. Comeback after 1st map with confidence :)
2021-02-20 19:28
LETS GO FALLEN VAMOOOOOOOO
2021-02-20 19:29
ZyWho 4/14 against FalleN omegalul Wp nevertheless, was a great game
2021-02-20 19:29
Gambit my respect 4 you
2021-02-20 19:30
fallen lucky washed up bot
2021-02-20 19:30
1 reply
Mad cuz coldzera is nothing without Fallen?
2021-02-20 23:21
gg 4 Fallen and your boys
2021-02-20 19:32
JOHNNY JABBERS ASSEMBLE
2021-02-20 19:33
2 replies
+1
2021-02-20 22:34
+1
2021-02-20 23:12
zyWHO
2021-02-20 19:35
CIS 🤝 NA/BR
2021-02-20 19:35
5 replies
br lul
2021-02-20 20:49
2 replies
#78
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Brazil Joaopgo2
You really mean that? look at your flag and if you want to talk about Brazil? finland nor right scenery has
2021-02-20 21:38
Brazil = 2 Majors Finland = ???
2021-02-21 00:00
ahaha
2021-02-20 21:37
knocking out cheatroic ez
2021-02-20 22:35
#32
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Canada ain|wes
FalleN > Zy-who (14x4)
2021-02-20 19:39
Elige god
2021-02-20 19:40
@admins you linked the wrong tournament.
2021-02-20 19:40
2 replies
thanks, fixed
2021-02-20 19:43
1 reply
You're welcome!
2021-02-20 20:13
apEX top 1, kekw
2021-02-20 19:42
Ez4Naffalige
2021-02-20 19:43
ZyWhooooo ? ahahahaha loosers
2021-02-20 19:46
Elige top1
2021-02-20 19:48
why so ezzz
2021-02-20 19:49
#49
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Russia Kirillqa89
Sh1roOoOoOoOoOoOoOooo...
2021-02-20 19:59
Expected wins
2021-02-20 20:06
Zy-Who ? - Bot-woo ? LOL
2021-02-20 20:11
heroic kekw
2021-02-20 20:19
#56
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Indonesia Nuryuky
Zywho and vitality so weak without stream-sniping
2021-02-20 20:32
+ FalleN - ZywOo
2021-02-20 20:37
#62
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Europe t.o.p
ELIGE #1
2021-02-20 21:01
FalleN legend.
2021-02-20 21:19
#72
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Chile cristiaan
KICK STEVEN10PAM PLS
2021-02-20 21:34
young s1mple destroyed Heroic
2021-02-20 21:35
#75
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Ukraine z3m4
CIS era cmon
2021-02-20 21:36
1 reply
LETS GO! waiting for spirit to stomp astralis
2021-02-20 22:24
#LetsGoLiquid
2021-02-20 22:32
#91
Jame | 
Poland SebL
Liquid is starting to play better after FalleN took the lead, there's still work to be done but it's starting to look promising. I wouldn't expect them to go deep in the playoffs tho. Vitality is facing some problems after apEX's return, but it can be fixed with time I think. Gambit is starting to get some wins aswell, a not bad game from them. b0RUP needs to step up if Heroic wants to start winning again.
2021-02-20 22:51
#93
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Germany Yun0
Zywho? 14x4 against Fallen in duels
2021-02-20 23:03
It's sad to watch vitality if zywoo isn't playing to his best. Also, whatever happened to heroic?
2021-02-20 23:13
2 replies
rigged event ruski mafia payed to much
2021-02-20 23:56
1 reply
Cry more.
2021-02-21 08:14
#110
sh1ro | 
Philippines euzu
sh1ro bestest top1 2022
2021-02-21 03:24
Excited!
2021-02-21 04:34
Bruh
2021-02-21 15:44
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