NIP take down Liquid, Gambit edge past mousesports in IEM Cologne openers

Favorites of group A managed to secure victories after two exciting series.

NIP and Gambit will face in the upper bracket semi-finals of IEM Cologne after dispatching of Liquid and MOUZ, respectively. The first series started with an explosive Overpass game won by Liquid, but fizzled out as NIP stomped their opponents on Dust2 and Mirage. "They were strong in the pracs leading up and were strong again,"Jonathan "⁠EliGE⁠" Jablonowski commented about the loss on Twitter.

On the other hand, all eyes were on Gambit who were playing their first LAN event since becoming the best team in the world during the online era. The Russians weren't as dominant as usual, but took care of business in three maps and showed composure with a comeback on the decider, Mirage.

device was stellar in his return to LAN

NIP but couldn't withstand Michael "⁠Grim⁠" Wince early on Overpass as the youngster started coming online. In his LAN debut for Liquid, he pushed his team into the lead with a number of multikill rounds, including an ace, but Nicolai "⁠device⁠" Reedtz picked up the pace as NIP were 14-9 down. The Dane inspired a comeback, the map went into overtime, but Keith "⁠NAF⁠" Markovic's and Gabriel "⁠FalleN⁠" Toledo's late-game heroics pulled the North Americans over the line.

Liquid were looking hot to close it out in two as they managed a 6-2 lead to start their own map pick, Dust2, but things fell apart out of nowhere. Hampus "⁠hampus⁠" Poser was leading his team's comeback by example (16-8 K-D by half time), and NIP managed to chain 14 rounds to take the map 16-6. The domination continued on Mirage as the Swedes kicked off with a 9-0 run on the offense, firing on all cylinders. The decider was concluded in no time, 16-2, with device pulling out the PP-Bizon in the last round to add insult to injury.

It wasn't clean, but Gambit secured the all-important win

MOUZ showed up strong on the offensive side of Inferno, taking the lead and controlling the economy as soon as rifles came into play. Following a 10-5 half, Gambit rallied back, winning the key rounds to keep MOUZ' economy low. Just when things looked like we were heading into overtime, Christopher "⁠dexter⁠" Nong and co. managed to close it out with a force-buy A hold (16-14).

The second map was nothing like the first, as Gambit confirmed their status as titans of Vertigo. The Russian side went on a streak of 9 rounds to start the game, Abay "⁠HObbit⁠" Khasenov's ace helping the cause, and never looked threatened as they closed out the map 16-3, extending their win streak on Vertigo to 12.

Mirage again delivered nail-biting action. MOUZ were in control early as CT, despite Sergey "⁠Ax1Le⁠" Rykhtorov's Galil ace, taking an 8-3 lead. Then ,the world's best team showed composure and stole away a low-buy round which propelled them to a respectable 9-6 finish. MOUZ edged closer to the upset with a 3-0 following the switch, but fell flat against the rifles. Round after round, Gambit shut down the approaches, seeing them win the map after a 10-round streak.

Matchpage
1
2
8th July 2021
Sweden
19
Overpass
17
6
Dust2
16
2
Mirage
16
 Liquid K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
49 - 55 -6 69.7 0.98
43 - 55 -12 57.2 0.85
42 - 59 -17 70.0 0.84
43 - 59 -16 68.0 0.81
38 - 59 -21 56.2 0.71
 NIP K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
73 - 37 +36 94.0 1.58
60 - 47 +13 88.1 1.23
55 - 43 +12 77.6 1.21
56 - 45 +11 74.5 1.15
43 - 43 0 67.0 1.03
Matchpage
2
1
8th July 2021
14
Inferno
16
16
Vertigo
3
16
Mirage
12
 Gambit K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
60 - 50 +10 88.9 1.31
60 - 45 +15 77.8 1.26
56 - 49 +7 76.0 1.15
44 - 39 +5 65.2 1.14
53 - 46 +7 74.0 1.13
 MOUZ K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
50 - 54 -4 69.8 0.99
51 - 56 -5 79.1 0.97
45 - 52 -7 66.5 0.94
47 - 60 -13 71.5 0.89
35 - 53 -18 45.8 0.71
United States Jonathan 'EliGE' Jablonowski
Jonathan 'EliGE' Jablonowski
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1459
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.68
Sweden Hampus 'hampus' Poser
Hampus 'hampus' Poser
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
1199
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.69
Brazil Gabriel 'FalleN' Toledo
Gabriel 'FalleN' Toledo
Age:
30
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
1413
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.60
Canada Keith 'NAF' Markovic
Keith 'NAF' Markovic
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1420
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.63
Denmark Nicolai 'device' Reedtz
Nicolai 'device' Reedtz
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.16
Maps played:
1717
KPR:
0.78
DPR:
0.62
United States Michael 'Grim' Wince
Michael 'Grim' Wince
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
739
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.68
Russia Sergey 'Ax1Le' Rykhtorov
Sergey 'Ax1Le' Rykhtorov
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
787
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.63
Kazakhstan Abay 'HObbit' Khasenov
Abay 'HObbit' Khasenov
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
1020
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.65
Australia Christopher 'dexter' Nong
Christopher 'dexter' Nong
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.12
Maps played:
853
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.66
NA LUL
2021-07-08 17:33
Expected from twofaced toledo
2021-07-08 17:34
1 reply
can we appreciate device's carry?
2021-07-08 18:03
#4
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Slovakia Mr_Jumbo
Put some respect on gambit salty navi fanboys
2021-07-08 17:34
#5
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Chile cristiaan
sad
2021-07-08 17:34
#6
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Norway JakkeJ
NA is lost
2021-07-08 17:35
#7
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Russia DevilBr0
LULQUID
2021-07-08 17:35
#8
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Asia Karbide
NA malding kekw
2021-07-08 17:35
1 reply
Some! Not me, NIP fan here. Hope they get all the W's.
2021-07-08 21:51
#9
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Finland AliSabid
Chokequid
2021-07-08 17:36
sooo one liquid game left until NA is eliminated completely
2021-07-08 17:36
1 reply
Twistzz NA hope and saviour, just wait for faze to lift the trophy
2021-07-09 08:31
Ez
2021-07-08 17:37
INJECT COPIUM QUICK!
2021-07-08 17:37
3 replies
xd i appreciate that liquid fans can look on the bright side and make a funny joke
2021-07-08 17:41
2 replies
#20
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Brazil GOELFLA_br
+1
2021-07-08 17:44
Eh, it's the best we can do at this point, laugh instead of crying I'm not that emotional about ESports but yeah
2021-07-08 19:12
wp gambit and mouz now pls haters stop
2021-07-08 17:38
#15
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United States Gonginator
Wow, these results were a bit unexpected. I feel like Liquid shouldn't have been taken down this easily by NIP. Gambit also struggled a bit against mousesports.
2021-07-08 17:40
1 reply
+1
2021-07-09 08:59
#16
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Sweden Fizze
#GONINJAS
2021-07-08 17:41
12-6>12-16 Chokesports back boys =)
2021-07-08 17:42
#19
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Chad kdorek
Gambit haters laugh thread, like every time they are down in a series and comeback
2021-07-08 17:44
#21
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Belgium RobinDG
Guess the screaming didn't work
2021-07-08 17:45
1 reply
hehe
2021-07-08 20:48
gg GambLAN! All players ended with a positive KD!
2021-07-08 17:50
#24
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Iceland suriel666
LULquid hhhahaha that aged well reddit.com/r/GlobalOffensive/comments/ny..
2021-07-08 17:53
#25
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Argentina fxzo
lmao everyone saying -fallen U have ELIGE and Naf exactly the same scores as FalleN, and they are supposed to be the carrys of the team.
2021-07-08 17:57
2 replies
It's not working. You'd rather re-tool around 30yo Fallen than younger Elige and Naf. Silliness. +Cynic +junior
2021-07-08 18:39
1 reply
lmao the sole problem of liquid is BOT2K. its so obvious hes not good enough for T1 CS anymore
2021-07-08 23:10
Goatvice +37
2021-07-08 18:03
Liquid just isnt as good as it used to be.
2021-07-08 18:08
4 replies
Well you do realize they haven’t played a match in 2 months right?;
2021-07-08 19:33
3 replies
Nice excuse, why teams like big and furia, even col, played t2 tournaments in eu as a warm up just 1 weak ago and liquid didnt?
2021-07-09 10:10
2 replies
Complexity has been Europe based since COVID And Furia was invited to a charity event. It’s not an excuse it’s just factual.
2021-07-09 10:12
1 reply
Furia also played elisa championship and spring sweet spring with direct invite to playoffs, I'm sure if liquid wanted they would've received the playoffs invite too, would be massive viewership boost for the tournament
2021-07-09 10:16
dev1ce insane performance
2021-07-08 18:17
#31
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Lithuania DraFen
Wp Gambit, that was close. Winning 1 map and almost second one angainst #1 team in the world. That's a win in my book. GJ mouz
2021-07-08 18:18
Liquids choke on OP was a classic once again. And wtf is that MIrage 16-2 hahahahahah, they dont care anymore? Seems like 2019-form Liquid is just a urbanmyth.....
2021-07-08 18:21
1 reply
The interview was given by Liquid. In the news there is. In principle, there is a hint of their preparation there. They do not consider themselves favorites and so on ... They talked a lot for Gambit and the shouts of the audience.
2021-07-09 09:04
"Edge past" 16x3 16x12 ??
2021-07-08 18:33
9 replies
mirage should have been easy win for mouz, they lost several 3on1s etc, so could/should have been a close 2-1 win for mouz. it was close for gambit tho so edge fits.
2021-07-08 20:08
8 replies
delusional_mouse_fan > 16x3 > "We almost had them" Pick one
2021-07-08 20:25
7 replies
was a 2-1 game .-.
2021-07-08 20:59
5 replies
Any 2-1 game is 'edge past'now? Should be consider 3-1 also edge past?
2021-07-09 00:00
4 replies
1 is a 2-1 with a 12-16 map and a 16-14 this is a close series the navi renegades is not close series and both was a 2-1
2021-07-09 00:25
3 replies
The victory would not have been deserved. I don’t understand why to yell for this. Everything is fair. At Mirage Gambit, mice were washed. And the fact that the fan yells that 16-12 is something close is ridiculous. Then you can recall the forced buy taken with the mice when the score is 16-14, where there should be special stages and there would be no third map.
2021-07-09 09:10
2 replies
Several 3on1s / 4on2s =/ 1 force buy
2021-07-09 15:21
1 reply
I think there are problems in google translator. Mice took the last round on the first map with pistols versus machine guns. Do you understand? the score could be 2-0.
2021-07-09 20:35
+1
2021-07-09 09:10
Do you even know what does edge past mean? Why so mad?? @Professeur
2021-07-08 18:45
Devve de_stroyed liquid. Now I'll change flair
2021-07-08 19:18
2 replies
nice flair
2021-07-08 22:30
cant win 4v5... stewie is not good enough for T1 cs
2021-07-08 23:09
#40
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Brazil Anarchybr
Dude, what the hell Liquid players did the last two months ? Won a low tier event in NA, then bootcamped for only 10 days before Cologne? Well deserved lost
2021-07-08 19:39
F'N DEVICE... AAARRRRGH.. btw, wtf EliGE and specially Stewie..
2021-07-08 20:38
Liquid putting aside FalleN's IGLing to put stewie back in the role is one of the stupidest ideas I've ever heard of in CSGO.
2021-07-08 21:45
2 replies
wait are you serious? please link me where you read this. stewie is such a snake, hes so bad at igl'ing
2021-07-08 23:09
1 reply
FalleN said it directly during cs_summit interviews more than once. But still, run it through Google Translate: draft5.gg/noticia/fallen-aponta-incertez..
2021-07-09 22:51
#50
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Iceland suriel666
LULquid can't even beat one ex-Astralis lol Astralis ghosts haunting them forever Devve turned on beast mode specially for Liquid
2021-07-08 22:35
bot2k's gotta go this is getting embarrassing. he has been holding back liquid for almost 3 years now. enough is enough he NEVER shows up on LAN. his mechanics are simply not good enough for T1 CS
2021-07-08 23:08
5 replies
WTF neve shows? a grand slam champion and a crucial clutch in major final .-.
2021-07-09 00:27
4 replies
liquids #1 run was years ago and he was also the worst performer on the team back then too, yes even nitr0 had better stats
2021-07-09 00:41
3 replies
yeah cuz stewie role is not star player? wtf so delusional 0/8
2021-07-09 01:59
2 replies
Just because he’s not a star player doesn’t give him an excuse to perform horribly every single important match. They won’t renew him after his contract ends. I highly doubt liquid is happy with his poor performances.
2021-07-09 04:30
1 reply
0/8 Stewie is also Liquid's hype man along with FalleN You remove him and Liquid are going to have even worse mentality as if it isn't bad already
2021-07-09 08:34
LAN = dev1ce power up Damn good performance
2021-07-09 01:10
The author says merrily :) Gambit in his own style closed the third map by letting the rivals go ahead and outplaying in class.
2021-07-09 09:16
Disappointing result from Liquid
2021-07-09 13:13
How is Stewie even still part of a pro-team?
2021-07-09 16:25
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