Liquid beat Virtus.pro; set up bracket final against MAD Lions

Jake "⁠Stewie2K⁠" Yip took control of the Overpass decider to help Liquid take the series over the line.

Liquid are through to the final of their side of the BLAST Premier Fall Showdown bracket after prevailing over Virtus.pro, surviving a comeback attempt from the CIS side on Inferno (16-14) and recovering from a loss on Vertigo (9-16) by securing a win on Overpass.

Stewie2K was a key component in Liquid's victory on the decider map, helping to counter Mareks "⁠YEKINDAR⁠" Gaļinskis' aggression with multi-kill rounds and entries of his own. "YEKINDAR reads the game very well," Stewie2K stated in an interview following the series win. "He knows his aggression and he knows his timings. It's very hard to deal with, he's always finding a gap against us, flanking us, finding info and punishing us, so when he's on one it can be very hard to get by him."

Liquid are set to take on MAD Lions in the bracket final, where they will look to secure a spot at the BLAST Premier Fall Finals. Stewie2K isn't counting the European team out either, stating that he wasn't surprised to see them beat G2 as "there really are no easy games out here" and that it "doesn't matter if you're the best team in the world, you can still lose." He also praised MAD Lions approach to the game, saying, "I like their style. I like the way they play, it's very calm, you can tell information is being fed to everybody, so we'll see how we do."

Stewie2K came to life on Overpass, posting a 29-17 K-D

Liquid put their best foot forward to kick off the series, establishing dominance on the CT side of Virtus.pro's Inferno pick. A pistol round win from the CIS team was immediately answered by a P250 triple kill from Stewie2K, allowing Liquid to gain momentum which they converted into a 5-1 lead.

A back-and-forth battle saw the teams trading blows as Dzhami "⁠Jame⁠" Ali's side fought to stay in contention, but Virtus.pro were unable to string together any round wins on the T side as Liquid put up a 10-5 scoreline heading into the second half.

A triple kill from Stewie2K kept Liquid in the lead, and once again they converted the early edge into a streak of rounds, going up 14-5. However, cracks began to appear as YEKINDAR stepped up for Virtus.pro, who clawed back into the map and only conceded one round en route to a 14-15 scoreline. Despite fighting back into contention though, the CIS team were unable to complete the comeback, and Liquid managed to take things over the line in round 30.

Liquid looked out of sorts on Vertigo, unable to crack through the A site defenses of Virtus.pro early on. Strong individual form from YEKINDAR and Jame were key in a dominant CT performance for their side, helping them to post a 10-5 lead at the end of the half.

Much like Liquid had on Inferno, Virtus.pro quickly moved up to a 14-6 lead following the side swap. Unlike the North American roster on the previous map though, YEKINDAR and company did not let their lead slip, and quickly tied up the series with a 16-9 map win following a 2vs5 recovery from Jame and Timur "⁠buster⁠" Tulepov.

The decider map, Overpass, once again had Liquid in the driver's seat, with the team putting up a strong defense in the early portion of the first half for a 7-1 scoreline, helped by an ace from Stewie2K to recover a 2vs5 situation.

That edge rapidly began to dwindle as Virtus.pro found their footing, finally cracking through Liquid's defenses and not letting up, even maintaining their momentum into the second half.

Ten rounds in a row went the way of the CIS squad before Liquid finally put a halt to the streak, and from there, Stewie2K truly came to life for his team. The 23-year-old continued to create openings for his team, cracking through the VP defenses by securing multi-kills which Liquid converted almost every time, conceding only one more round en route to a 16-12 finish.

Matchpage
1
2
16th October 2021
14
Inferno
16
16
Vertigo
9
12
Overpass
16
 Virtus.pro K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
73 - 56 +17 98.1 1.34
58 - 47 +11 78.3 1.14
57 - 47 +10 67.9 1.06
49 - 51 -2 61.3 0.95
42 - 57 -15 64.4 0.90
 Liquid K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
62 - 49 +13 82.6 1.21
68 - 57 +11 90.3 1.19
46 - 60 -14 66.4 0.91
47 - 57 -10 59.0 0.82
33 - 58 -25 48.0 0.76
Russia Dzhami 'Jame' Ali
Dzhami 'Jame' Ali
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.14
Maps played:
1089
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.55
Kazakhstan Timur 'buster' Tulepov
Timur 'buster' Tulepov
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
1175
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.62
Latvia Mareks 'YEKINDAR' Gaļinskis
Mareks 'YEKINDAR' Gaļinskis
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
1012
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.70
United States Jake 'Stewie2K' Yip
Jake 'Stewie2K' Yip
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
1442
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.68
veri noice
2021-10-17 00:15
5 replies
first comment in 2 years?
2021-10-17 00:21
4 replies
#44
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Indonesia lumayan
wtf u stalker?
2021-10-17 05:28
2 replies
everyone knows zerosh1maa_2 is stalker men)(
2021-10-17 06:51
1 reply
#57
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Indonesia lumayan
creepy...
2021-10-17 08:53
#86
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Portugal Yelus
hmm...
2021-10-17 18:06
WOOOOO
2021-10-17 00:15
Ez for FalleN the godfather
2021-10-17 00:15
ez mad lions of course
2021-10-17 00:17
#5
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Tunisia ElyB
Stewie Top Fragging. NOICE !
2021-10-17 00:17
#6
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Brazil Brunoow13
Liquid
2021-10-17 00:18
Probably an exhausting series for both teams. Was tiring to watch so.
2021-10-17 00:18
#9
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Brazil TheNarcos
This one was very close, gg VP
2021-10-17 00:19
gg, Marek cant carry 2 bots all time
2021-10-17 00:23
#16
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Poland sznycel901
ez
2021-10-17 00:24
gg
2021-10-17 00:36
sadge, but luckily YEKINDAR finding good form again just in time for major
2021-10-17 00:37
awp, igl and teacher awp, igl and coward -> pick one
2021-10-17 00:37
2 replies
Teacher? Then maybe he should retire and go to some school or university cuz in CS he is extremely shitty, 0.82 rating vs some ruskies and coward ruski it's another level of ashaming yourself
2021-10-17 08:25
1 reply
Flag, flair.
2021-10-17 18:05
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United Kingdom Jonty04l32
Nice to see YEKINDAR is still playing out of his mind on VP again. :) GG for Team Liquid.
2021-10-17 00:39
Really let it slip away vp =\
2021-10-17 00:42
1 reply
Sounds like u lost some money bro
2021-10-17 02:28
bb sanji
2021-10-17 00:45
Good signs for both these teams before the major, Yekindar finding his form, Jame still saving the awp and finding kills. Stewie2K reminiscing his c9 days, NAF looking solid. EliGE has been very good before this match, don't know whats up today but i am guessing off days cause everyone has one.
2021-10-17 00:47
3 replies
There is no way all team can shine. Elige is always up there. Fallen was against 9z. Now Stewie. Looking at ratings to value players is just dumb..... Or lack of CS knowledge
2021-10-17 01:01
2 replies
I agree that just looking at ratings is a dumb way to value players but the eye test is pretty easy on most CS players. Bottom line is Liquid need NAF and Elige to show up big and two of the other three at least to put in even performances for this team to do major damage...at the major.
2021-10-17 02:05
1 reply
Wouldn't be concerned even in this match about elige, he still did his duties well and never looked off--just less than his usual brilliant self. Grim on the other hand was having a truly bad day.
2021-10-17 02:31
#25
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Chile 1cristiaan
LETS GO LIQUID 🦥
2021-10-17 01:00
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Canada CeeeD
Great series!!! Was great to see Jake perform at this level. Foward to see the final tomorrow...Hopefully Liquid in the Blast Final ^_^
2021-10-17 01:32
It was a great game, liquid are looking fashion, hope they still doing great to major! Fallen is a beast of IGL, what a fck great team they are building!
2021-10-17 02:07
#37
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North America soduk_db
Let's Go Brandon!
2021-10-17 02:20
#40
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United States ILOVEFEET
Qikert is beyond washed. Sanji is honestly better
2021-10-17 03:15
#42
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Brazil Largato
Solid performance from liquid Against all the rules of matter
2021-10-17 04:51
This should be a final match. Both of em can win final against g2/mad lions But it will be more interesting if mad lions can make to fall finals
2021-10-17 05:00
1 reply
woro on lan oof
2021-10-17 05:30
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Europe ging_beard
took control haha, yekindar had control all game, also, americans.. and canadians, they are not even americans, look at names, jablonowski, markovic, haha immigrants kids
2021-10-17 05:41
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#47
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United States 3manu3l
Fallen NA OMEGALUL
2021-10-17 05:45
1 reply
#49
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Europe ging_beard
lol, not even brasilian - max portuguese
2021-10-17 06:17
yeah, they killed almost every native. That's how colonization worked, mate
2021-10-17 06:09
1 reply
+1 all the native indians were slaughtered by americans
2021-10-17 12:14
#58
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Europe skelteR
Not expected
2021-10-17 08:55
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Denmark VojenZ
Elige had a bad game - that happens very rarely for NA Mr. stability. Had he performed it would have been a 2 map match.
2021-10-17 10:30
Csgo scene is boring these days
2021-10-17 11:38
2 replies
+1
2021-10-17 13:38
Boring because no Danes winning? kkkkkkkkkkkkkk
2021-10-17 18:06
Let's go Brandon!!! Fuck hoe biden!!!
2021-10-17 14:56
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#83
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United States 3manu3l
what
2021-10-17 16:22
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Poland SebL
Liquid is looking great, I feel like they will make the playoffs at the Major, they are solid TOP 10 team imo. VP played decent individually, YEKINDAR had a great match, but as a team, they are no where close to Liquid atm., still good to see some life from them aswell. GGWP! The final vs MAD Lions will be really hard, I expect 3 maps there, the better team will win, GL!
2021-10-17 19:40
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