Liquid break NAVI's streak to advance to IEM Katowice semis, Virtus.pro to playoffs over FURIA

Liquid fought through two overtimes on the deciding Inferno to stop NAVI's winning streak at 10 series in a row.

Liquid have advanced to the semi-finals of IEM Katowice after beating Natus Vincere in a nail-biting three map series, which put the CIS-based side in the quarter-finals, while Virtus.pro have rounded out the playoffs teams list with a 2-0 victory against FURIA.

After picking Inferno against Natus Vincere in their previous two encounters with varying results, Liquid decided to opt for Overpass this time and reaped the benefits as they secured a narrow victory in only their second time playing the map with Gabriel "⁠FalleN⁠" Toledo.

Liquid put together a solid offense in large part thanks to impact plays from Keith "⁠NAF⁠" Markovic, which helped the North American side turn a 0-4 start into a 10-5 half. The Canadian went on to add a couple of more multikills in the second half to break NAVI's run while Jonathan "⁠EliGE⁠" Jablonowski and FalleN ran rampant in defense of the A bombsite, which eventually made the difference as Liquid came out on top 16-14.

Liquid outlasted NAVI after double overtime on Inferno

Natus Vincere were too much to handle on Dust2 for Liquid, the only map Aleksandr "⁠s1mple⁠" Kostyliev & co. have a perfect record on this year with a 5-0 balance following a one-sided affair with the FalleN-led team. The North American side struggled for momentum as NAVI denied them a chance at consecutive rounds every step of the way, locking down an 11-4 Terrorist half before closing it in quick fashion on the defense thanks to a second-round forcebuy win.

Inferno was left to decide the victor and despite the early stages looking headed towards a comfortable Liquid triumph, it was all but easy for the North American side in the end. Their 14-10 lead on the CT side wasn't enough to bring the series to a close in regulation, with Natus Vincere finding gaps in B over and over to force overtime, where after two sets Liquid brought it home on the back of some clutch play from EliGE, NAF, and Michael "⁠Grim⁠" Wince.

Meanwhile, the B stream showcased a back-and-forth battle between Virtus.pro and FURIA in Group B's lower bracket final, which also began on Overpass and had the CIS team come out on top 16-14 as they denied the Brazilian squad a comeback from 13-7 despite Kaike "⁠KSCERATO⁠" Cerato's best efforts to overturn the result.

Fired up from the first map, Mareks "⁠YEKINDAR⁠" Gaļinskis was a force to be reckoned with on the second, Mirage, leading from the frontlines with 11 multikills to spearhead VP's climb from a 1-8 deficit, rendering KSCERATO's heroic performance all in vain again.

Matchpage
2
1
21st February 2021
16
Overpass
14
7
Dust2
16
22
Inferno
19
 Liquid K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
73 - 63 +10 80.6 1.12
62 - 61 +1 79.3 1.07
66 - 69 -3 76.8 1.02
52 - 72 -20 67.8 0.84
40 - 60 -20 50.6 0.79
 Natus Vincere K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
67 - 58 +9 77.3 1.23
66 - 51 +15 74.1 1.16
70 - 60 +10 71.9 1.16
60 - 62 -2 82.1 1.16
32 - 34 -2 75.8 1.05
28 - 29 -1 81.3 1.03
Matchpage
2
0
21st February 2021
16
Overpass
14
16
Mirage
10
 Virtus.pro K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
59 - 38 +21 115.7 1.58
52 - 23 +29 82.3 1.57
38 - 34 +4 75.5 1.17
25 - 34 -9 59.2 0.94
30 - 36 -6 55.0 0.87
 FURIA K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
55 - 34 +21 104.4 1.45
34 - 44 -10 67.1 0.84
27 - 43 -16 57.4 0.80
27 - 42 -15 51.9 0.74
22 - 41 -19 44.2 0.63
United States Jonathan 'EliGE' Jablonowski
Jonathan 'EliGE' Jablonowski
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1414
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.68
Brazil Gabriel 'FalleN' Toledo
Gabriel 'FalleN' Toledo
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
1368
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.60
Canada Keith 'NAF' Markovic
Keith 'NAF' Markovic
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1375
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.63
United States Michael 'Grim' Wince
Michael 'Grim' Wince
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
694
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.69
Latvia Mareks 'YEKINDAR' Gaļinskis
Mareks 'YEKINDAR' Gaļinskis
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
877
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.69
Ukraine Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Aleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Age:
23
Rating 1.0:
1.24
Maps played:
1322
KPR:
0.85
DPR:
0.64
Brazil Kaike 'KSCERATO' Cerato
Kaike 'KSCERATO' Cerato
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.15
Maps played:
701
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.57
#1
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Serbia LtN))
ggwp
2021-02-21 23:27
23 replies
Great game of CS. GGs
2021-02-21 23:29
6 replies
#17
RUSH | 
United States ShawnM
LETS GOOOOOOOOOOO
2021-02-21 23:29
4 replies
AYYYOOO LETS GO
2021-02-21 23:30
3 replies
LETS GO LIQUID
2021-02-21 23:31
2 replies
#56
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Japan ang9r5193
yesyesyes
2021-02-21 23:34
1 reply
#105
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Brazil V1per_eye
No no no no no no no no...
2021-02-22 00:02
#28
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Serbia LtN))
+1
2021-02-21 23:30
s1mple should clutch 1v4, unlucky
2021-02-21 23:30
8 replies
#40
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Serbia LtN))
yeah he had him in hand but again s1mple and overpeeks :(
2021-02-21 23:32
#94
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Russia INNESOR
stewie ruined as always
2021-02-21 23:50
6 replies
bot2k was extremely lucky today, this usp kills on b site, wtf??
2021-02-21 23:52
3 replies
usping defecto aren't lucky
2021-02-22 03:04
2 replies
perfecto way better than bot2k lmao maybe fallen or someone else can be better than perf but still bot2k sucks
2021-02-22 14:58
1 reply
#173
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World mbata
Owned them noobs though with usp :D
2021-02-22 17:55
Yeah. And he had higher ADR then s1mple. Don't know if it looks bad for him or "the 2nd" best player in the world.
2021-02-21 23:59
1 reply
Steiwie gets alot of shit but he does alot more than what is shown, he is apparently a big part of his teams success coms wise, and he was playing as a proper entry so clearly what they were doing today worked.
2021-02-22 09:39
ggwp insane game, see you in playoffs I hope
2021-02-21 23:31
#57
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United States NICK788
Great game GGWP hope to see navi in finals!
2021-02-21 23:35
1 reply
#87
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Serbia LtN))
+1 and gl in semis
2021-02-21 23:47
Good game, amazing to watch GGWP!
2021-02-21 23:39
1 reply
#89
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Serbia LtN))
+1
2021-02-21 23:47
#114
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Brazil Gebruel
Great game
2021-02-22 00:19
Great game Liquid semi vs astralis, navi vs spirit we might have navi vs liquid remach soon
2021-02-22 11:22
#2
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Finland LeksaBoi
gg ez
2021-02-21 23:27
god fallen
2021-02-21 23:27
nice job TL!
2021-02-21 23:27
#5
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Ukraine McSwell
Good game for both teams, better be defeated today then in playoffs. NaVi should work on their defence at each map, they could easily close both Overpass and Inferno with better ct-side play.
2021-02-21 23:28
5 replies
#48
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Mexico Brostop
Fucking insane game GG
2021-02-21 23:33
and... what now? is it navi out or? i am confused a bit with that katowice's bracket
2021-02-21 23:34
3 replies
#60
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Europe seiThy
no but they have to go through quaterfinals, liquid is automatically in semis
2021-02-21 23:35
#62
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Ukraine McSwell
Navi in quarterfinals vs Gambit, Astralis in quarterfinals vs VP, Spirit and Liquid waiting for winners in 1/2 final respectively.
2021-02-21 23:35
1 reply
thx a lot!
2021-02-21 23:36
EZ
2021-02-21 23:28
yikindar sick
2021-02-21 23:28
not hard anymore
2021-02-21 23:28
1 reply
#98
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Brazil Elpichulas
still hard, that almost choke in the last map was sad to watch
2021-02-21 23:52
Boston 2018 Version 2
2021-02-21 23:28
4 replies
Electric boogaloo
2021-02-21 23:29
#25
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Serbia LtN))
9 championship points is pretty far from 3 match points
2021-02-21 23:30
#44
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Europe pvfr
Yeah it just getting to gave the same vibe, great game of CS, that was.
2021-02-21 23:32
Yes, almost exact same maps as well Def boston vibes
2021-02-21 23:41
That was a game....
2021-02-21 23:28
1 reply
No I know. They won their map because fo s1mple playing God mode. And he didn't do that on inferno or overpass and navi lose the maps lol. S1mple hard carries this shit team all the time. And one time he gets 1.16 rating and not 1.3+ that he usually gets, the team just loses. This proves how much of a carry s1mple really is
2021-02-23 06:46
Epic match Na'Vi v Liquid ! Well played both teams Virtus.pro, congratz
2021-02-21 23:28
gg wp
2021-02-21 23:28
#13
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Brazil Largato
What a game, congrats TL! Looking forward to the semis
2021-02-21 23:29
GO LIQUID!
2021-02-21 23:29
Insane game
2021-02-21 23:29
Liquid wins IEM now.
2021-02-21 23:29
#21
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Europe BEAR_XD
Lets go LIquid
2021-02-21 23:29
#22
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Bulgaria alekscho89
LETS GO LIQUID !
2021-02-21 23:30
Fallen cant igl and frag. Heck he cant do either one 🤣 Elige played GODlike. Naf too. Liquid going to lulquid mode soon watch it happening kiddozz🔥🔥
2021-02-21 23:30
7 replies
#68
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Brazil Wander13
Cry more liquid top 1 kkkk soon
2021-02-21 23:39
2 replies
XDDDDDD flair checks out i guess. One washed up man cant be all BRA’s dreams bruhhh😂😂
2021-02-21 23:46
1 reply
Cry is free bro. You need to eat a lots of rice and beans to be a shadow of a player that Verdadeiro is.
2021-02-22 03:47
nt s1mple
2021-02-21 23:47
#93
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United States Masshole
flair checks out
2021-02-21 23:48
They beat as an igl a top5 team and the only thing you care is the frag ratio of Fallen.
2021-02-21 23:54
#115
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Brazil StarOne
nt simple
2021-02-22 00:56
Fallen outsmarted Navi so hard, lul
2021-02-21 23:30
2 replies
bro , that was close . i bet you didnt watch lol. insane gameplay by both team.
2021-02-22 00:09
1 reply
+1 gg liquid
2021-02-22 12:08
GG 210k people on ESL STREAM LETS GOOOOOOO!!!
2021-02-21 23:30
1 reply
#50
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Serbia LtN))
he had 1.41 i think before this game
2021-02-21 23:33
Gl TL,fallen best movie in this year
2021-02-21 23:31
2 replies
#79
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Brazil GOELFLA_br
good ship kkkkkkkkkkkk
2021-02-21 23:43
1 reply
+1
2021-02-22 14:05
#33
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Brazil GOELFLA_br
so, i liked that 2 match´s, really good, i feels bad for furia but happy for then back to tier1, and liquid i really dont have words for her
2021-02-21 23:31
4 rounds threw by navi in 2nd ot, always this happening
2021-02-21 23:31
unlucko for navi
2021-02-21 23:31
#37
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Brazil Wander13
Liquid is better with the falleN of igl towards the top 1 soon
2021-02-21 23:31
#38
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Czech Republic Venckor
Probably the best match so far this year with the better team obviously winning :)))
2021-02-21 23:31
4 replies
NaVi always gives us some bangers those days
2021-02-22 00:17
Just inconvenient opponent for Navi not more.
2021-02-22 02:39
> better team > lulquid Choose one
2021-02-22 10:34
1 reply
+1
2021-02-22 13:38
what a game, GGS!
2021-02-21 23:32
God, how I wish that series was a BO5. WHAT A SERIES
2021-02-21 23:32
#43
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Brazil rehbobina
NaVi vs FaZe and NaVi vs Liquid were the best games of the year so far
2021-02-21 23:32
Best match i'v watched this year.
2021-02-21 23:32
#46
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Russia ToughGuy
great game but navi got robbed on 1st and last map so hard u even can see by rating of players, navi had this game but they somehow lost 7x 3v5 but still wp to liquid
2021-02-21 23:33
1 reply
#132
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Pakistan LoOuU2
Bruv it's their fucking fault that NAF bailed Liquid out in 4 consecutive rounds on Overpass while Liquid were in disadvantage. Keith had shit ton of impact frags last night
2021-02-22 06:16
#47
kennyS | 
Russia AGe_
Nice try Navi! Love you
2021-02-21 23:33
#49
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Europe Velurom
That Inferno match is the best match of IEM Katowice 2021 so far!
2021-02-21 23:34
EZ
2021-02-21 23:34
One of the sickest matches in the online era! GGWP to both teams this was an amazing match!
2021-02-21 23:34
Just imagine if Navi had zywoo instead of ba1tle..
2021-02-21 23:35
2 replies
Then they get down by VP in group stage ;D zyw00 playing like trash right now.
2021-02-22 02:36
Well nobody would know navi since zywoo isnt as consistent as s1mple. Navi would be top20 at best with zywoo
2021-02-22 10:36
AND THE KIDS SAY STEWIE CAN'T PLAY
2021-02-21 23:35
1 reply
He prooved himself again today
2021-02-22 06:52
THIS TOURNAMENT IS CRAZY AS FUCK!!! BIG directly out, spirit #1 16:1 Astralis and now Liquid beat NAVI... the whole csgo world is upside down atm! hoping for lan to see if CIS teams can play stable at a meatgrinder arena as well.
2021-02-21 23:35
2 replies
#80
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Netherlands EJVN
I agree. I made a bet on Vitality, FaZe, Astralis and G2 today. I missed every single one :D
2021-02-21 23:43
1 reply
so you know how to win now, just bet the opposite you would do normally = rich guy!
2021-02-23 01:28
#64
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United Kingdom _xC4ctus
BEST GAME OF 2021???? LETS GO LIQUID
2021-02-21 23:36
1 reply
#77
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Iceland caverat
The inferno game you means, ovp are ok and d2 = ez game
2021-02-21 23:42
Great games
2021-02-21 23:39
elige showing why hes still the best rifler in the world amazing game
2021-02-21 23:40
1 reply
Best rifler in NA. Sure Best rifler in the world?? Niko, dupreeh, electronic
2021-02-22 10:37
#72
kennyS | 
Russia AGe_
S1mple could clutch 1 v 4 and this is only one of the moments where Navi was unlucky
2021-02-21 23:40
#73
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Iceland caverat
Navi on lower bracket by liquid? I've saw this scene before
2021-02-21 23:40
Finally some good online matches
2021-02-21 23:41
auwful performance by navi on inferno, great calls by fallen on t side, but their ct side is just as bad, but gj liquid
2021-02-21 23:41
#78
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Europe t.o.p
GG
2021-02-21 23:42
#82
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Philippines Kithya
if vp win against astralis, they will win this tournament
2021-02-21 23:43
1 reply
Kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk
2021-02-22 14:26
look at stats navi-liquid game lmfao, how did they even lose
2021-02-21 23:43
1 reply
They won more rounds thus better K/D (including those "impactful") but in the end the number of maps won counts. I just counted them: 295 - 320 kills (Liquid, Navi).
2021-02-21 23:51
Stewie2k nice kill s0mple knife 😂😂😂 (fnatic skill) 💪
2021-02-21 23:46
#88
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South Africa Ston3Cold
I'm so peeved off that Liquid won.....%#@%....sigh, but GG WP. Na'Vi got bested today on Inferno, credit to TL, but man, that loss really hurt as a Na'Vi fan :( Anyhow, hope their path cross again in the playoffs (I certainly hope for a form of revenge).
2021-02-21 23:47
2 replies
#102
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Russia ToughGuy
liquid got lucky a lot of times on overpass these 3 rounds threw by navi in 1st half could've won 2-0 but on inferno again so many rounds 3x5, 2v5, stew usps kills on b site, just unlucky overall navi is still have easier bracket tho
2021-02-21 23:56
1 reply
#104
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South Africa Ston3Cold
Yeah man, in high pressure matches such as these, I can't bear to watch the stream. I literally just watch the game log on the HLTV match page to see who dies during a round, lol! I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw Na'Vi was ahead 15-14 on Inferno and decided I'll check again after 5 minutes only to see they went into overtime and decided to watch a few rounds. I saw those unlucky rounds, it really could've gone either way in the end. I just hope that Na'Vi can best Gambit, they looked a bit scary to me in this tourney, but rather have Gambit than Team Spirit as they really surprised a lot of people (me included!).
2021-02-22 00:00
ez stay mad
2021-02-21 23:55
#106
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Australia poppyxox
The CIS era
2021-02-22 00:05
#107
jks | 
New Zealand ^Roo^
I hope navi redeem themselves in the playoffs. Had to leave before map three but can't wait to watch it when I get home. Gj to team liquid, nice to see some good CS from the NA teams after a poor online era
2021-02-22 00:07
#110
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Brazil Anarchybr
Hard to see HLTV’s users being so mature in the comments of a thread lol I guess the game was so fucking good people just forgot their desire to troll Anyway, I’m so happy with Liquid, Stewie showing he can be very competent as entry, this is good for his confidence. Grim and NAF also had important clutches . As for Elige, no need to say anything. Best rifler in the world. Fallen had an rough day but in the end what matters are his strats and he outsmarted Navi.
2021-02-22 00:14
1 reply
second best after tarik
2021-02-22 00:16
checking the stats it looks like Liquid lost
2021-02-22 00:15
#116
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Sweden boyyscout
Lmao CIS is garbage Imagine losing to liquid
2021-02-22 01:18
1 reply
Heroic fan kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk
2021-02-22 14:24
#117
Jame | 
Poland SebL
It seems like the change of IGL did good to Liquid, there is still work to be done but it's going in the right direction. NaVi still got job to do, they are still making some mistakes that they were making some time ago, they need to fix it. I'm surprised that VP made it to the playoffs, but I highly doubt that they are going to win any game there. I think it's a really big upset actually that they took down FURIA, I expected the Brazilians to make it, and even make it deep in the playoffs.
2021-02-22 01:21
2 replies
It's impossible to went further than group stage when you play stupid rush round without brain, I meen brazilian cs.
2021-02-22 02:28
1 reply
#138
Jame | 
Poland SebL
I mean, this aggresive style is their style, and it works a lot of the times, so you can't criticize it to much.
2021-02-22 09:53
Grim played pit like a boss on inferno, won them the OT with that triple kill from a very tough position. GGWP both teams, best game of 2021 so far. Now I wish we could have some proper LAN tournaments soon even more!
2021-02-22 01:43
Fallen IGL POG
2021-02-22 01:45
#121
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Australia CaZeR01
Idk why im finding satisfaction in seeing the lower tier cis teams win
2021-02-22 02:14
5 replies
Because they've been amazing to watch. Its a much needed breeze of fresh air, their strats are exquisite, and theyre insanely skilled.
2021-02-22 04:21
Lower tier are the Aussie teams, which could not even qualify to the main tournament. Of course, you enjoy watching the best play.
2021-02-22 06:01
3 replies
#137
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Australia CaZeR01
?? Why you mebtioning aussie teams? I just said i enjoy watching these cis teams win
2021-02-22 09:41
2 replies
“Lower tier cis teams”
2021-02-24 17:24
1 reply
#182
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Australia CaZeR01
Yeah? Lower tier as apposed to navi, seeing as these other teams havent been super successful in tier 1 aside from a couple lucky runs
2021-02-25 06:43
#126
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African Union mikecool
Entertaining series all round, thoroughly enjoyed all games.
2021-02-22 03:32
1 reply
+1 Katowice is on fire!
2021-02-22 04:23
Lol One time s1mple didn't get 1.3+ rating (still got 1.16 in a lost game) navi lose lol. Why are the rest of the players such bots
2021-02-22 04:59
1 reply
I see 2 players above him in the scoreboard... just saying
2021-02-22 20:24
#134
cyx | 
Denmark VojenZ
Elige is stability its self. Best NA player ever. He he is EU´s device stability wise.
2021-02-22 07:31
2 replies
#135
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Russia 4MPL
but he is toxic.You must remember that he cyberbulled Twistzz.
2021-02-22 07:33
He's really good ^^
2021-02-22 20:25
why flamie didnt play inferno
2021-02-22 09:57
It was an amazing series between Liquid and Na'Vi - so far, the best series in iEM thus far! As for FURIA vs VP, an expected result but KSCERATO popped off big time for the team. Had the other team members been on the same level, we would've had a very different game on our hands.
2021-02-22 13:29
What a series and that Inferno was SIIIIIIICCCK. Epic game! I hope they meet again in this tournament, would make a great final.
2021-02-22 13:38
This was prime example why inferno is by far most entertaining map in current map pool.
2021-02-22 18:50
#175
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Europe Vallon4
Holy crap, VP resurrected.
2021-02-22 19:29
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