Liquid eliminate NIP to secure BLAST survival

Keith "⁠NAF⁠" Markovic pulled a masterclass across the whole series to power his team to victory.

Liquid stay alive at BLAST Premier Fall Final 2021 after defeating NIP 2-1, sending the ninjas home with only one map to their name. The Swedish-Danish mix converted the opening map on Inferno 16-13 before being blown out the water by the North Americans on Mirage 4-16. The decider on Overpass saw Liquid complete the upset after locking down the CT side to end 16-11.

Gabriel "⁠FalleN⁠" Toledo's team go through to the lower bracket semi-finals after their first win at the event and now face an uphill battle if they are to remain in Copenhagen, facing Heroic on Saturday at 13:30 .

NAF did not take any prisoners this series

The elimination series got off to a great start with Liquid creating an early advantage on the CT side as NAF and Jake "⁠Stewie2K⁠" Yip made the B bombsite their property. The Scandinavian offense needed some time to warm up and as Nicolai "⁠device⁠" Reedtz began finding his rhythm they took control of the game, stringing five in a row before edging the half 8-7.

After switching to their preferred CT side NIP seemed more comfortable, especially after breaking the North American economy with a force buy victory on round 18. Despite NAF doing everything in his power to drag Liquid into overtime, Hampus "⁠hampus⁠" Poser sealed the deal 16-13 with an aggressive CT push.

It was definitely a Mirage to forget for NIP. hampus' squad seemed lost on the CT side as Liquid walked into both bombsites seemingly at will before hunting down any survivors to maintain the economic superiority over their adversaries. NIP won the last round of the half but it was just the consolation prize from a 4-11 half. The nightmare was not over for the Swedes as Liquid kickstarted the second half winning their fourth pistol round of the series before cruising to a very comfortable 16-4 win.

To decide the match both teams met on Overpass in a last-ditch attempt for tournament survival. NAF continued with his monster performance to drag Liquid out of an early disadvantage after conceding their first pistol round of the series. Patrick "⁠es3tag⁠" Hansen found comfort in front of his home crowd, dropping 19 frags in the first half as NIP edged the CT side 8-7. The North Americans retook control in the second half after settling in their defense, only conceding three rounds on their way to close the map 16-11 and the series 2-1.

Matchpage
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1
26th November 2021
Sweden
13
Inferno
16
16
Mirage
4
16
Overpass
11
 Liquid K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
70 - 43 +27 102.2 1.44
52 - 56 -4 78.0 1.07
52 - 53 -1 71.6 1.06
47 - 51 -4 64.7 0.97
40 - 46 -6 55.6 0.91
 NIP K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
61 - 52 +9 81.7 1.11
48 - 53 -5 87.2 1.02
48 - 53 -5 76.2 1.00
47 - 53 -6 66.2 0.94
44 - 50 -6 60.6 0.89
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Denmark Patrick 'es3tag' Hansen
Patrick 'es3tag' Hansen
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
1210
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.66
Sweden Hampus 'hampus' Poser
Hampus 'hampus' Poser
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
1266
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.70
Brazil Gabriel 'FalleN' Toledo
Gabriel 'FalleN' Toledo
Age:
30
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
1479
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.60
Denmark Nicolai 'device' Reedtz
Nicolai 'device' Reedtz
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.16
Maps played:
1782
KPR:
0.78
DPR:
0.62
Canada Keith 'NAF' Markovic
Keith 'NAF' Markovic
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1477
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.63
United States Jake 'Stewie2K' Yip
Jake 'Stewie2K' Yip
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
1461
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.68
THE LAST STAND FOR TEAM LIQUID
2021-11-26 20:24
#4
Jesus | 
Brazil zeh_
POG
2021-11-26 20:24
#5
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United States BigDudley
Nasty naf
2021-11-26 20:25
#6
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Brazil Brades
any naffers??
2021-11-26 20:25
6 replies
Am, naffer can cumfirm
2021-11-26 20:32
#46
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United Kingdom Samfo7
SeriousSloth
2021-11-26 20:40
SeriousSloth
2021-11-26 21:56
Damn it feels good to be a NAFFER SeriousSloth
2021-11-27 01:13
#161
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Indonesia woooi15
SeriousSloth
2021-11-27 01:35
1 reply
SeriousSloth
2021-11-27 10:44
EGs gonna be crazy next year
2021-11-26 20:25
3 replies
Def
2021-11-26 20:32
#88
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Bulgaria |mens|
Fuckig hope so never got to see prime eg and been a fan since I've taken so much shit I don't know what I'll do if eg has a real team next year
2021-11-26 21:26
1 reply
Cerq will need to step up hard and get back into his 2019 form , he has been washed for some time and i miss seeing his old self.
2021-11-27 11:15
We saw. Sad for device :(
2021-11-26 20:25
2 replies
40% loss 0 respect
2021-11-26 20:32
Dev left Astralis 0% respek
2021-11-26 20:48
lol
2021-11-26 20:25
NAF saved Liquid great many times throughout the whole series, great performance by him as always. Disappointment by NiP, yes Esetag is a new addition and comms might be a bit problematic but you should at least be taking down a squad that's literally disbanding and didn't prepare at all
2021-11-26 20:25
3 replies
+1
2021-11-26 20:25
+1
2021-11-26 20:55
+11
2021-11-28 14:10
#11
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Ukraine McSwell
NiP KEKW
2021-11-26 20:25
GGWP Well-played by TL. Commendable resilience and an insane victory, given the context. I feel bad for device and NiP, I'll be honest. If you put yourself in device's shoes, this would feel like an absolute disaster, so depressing....
2021-11-26 20:27
NAF > device
2021-11-26 20:25
device :'( rez :(
2021-11-26 20:25
#16
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Netherlands Sem0733
Get Devve the fuck outta there. ASAP!
2021-11-26 20:25
2 replies
I don't get it why are people saying save dev when he literally went there by himself and left a legendary and stacked squad behind him . Mouse fans are better than that wtf mens , #VAMOUZ
2021-11-26 21:57
1 reply
#107
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Netherlands Sem0733
Mouz*.
2021-11-26 22:09
Dead Americans walking
2021-11-26 20:27
EU Malding XD
2021-11-26 20:27
13 replies
Why would EU mald?1cis 1Na and 4EU teams :))))))))
2021-11-26 20:32
#42
s1mple | 
Romania OMW
Not really, in fact I like that Liquid won this game, maybe the last tournament for the team, with no pressure, without even practicing they still win against device's big mistake xD
2021-11-26 20:35
2 replies
wait are they gonna disband after this?
2021-11-26 23:54
1 reply
yea it has been confirmed, they will play together until the the of the year
2021-11-27 00:36
Lol EU is not malding, anyone with above 0 csgo knowledge dislikes NiP because their CEO is feminist and we still haven't forgot the Anonymo gate when lesbianv1ce cried all over the place to get rematch because they got rekt by alpha males
2021-11-26 22:00
8 replies
White cis boomer detected
2021-11-26 22:20
4 replies
+1
2021-11-26 23:10
#146
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Finland Nollegee
CIS Finland Pick one
2021-11-27 00:22
2 replies
He's just mad because of Lapin sota :D
2021-11-27 20:36
1 reply
#178
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Finland Nollegee
True :DD
2021-11-28 01:30
Lol lesbianv1ce XD
2021-11-26 22:21
I bet you aren't vaxxed either
2021-11-26 23:40
1 reply
I am, 2x Pfizer
2021-11-27 00:16
Imagine Liquid’s made this whole story up just to roll teams and raise hype
2021-11-26 20:27
1 reply
I dont think they are such good actors KEKW
2021-11-27 00:33
lmao
2021-11-26 20:27
#22
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Other the_dark
F
2021-11-26 20:28
#23
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Denmark Jonasnhj
So bad from NIP
2021-11-26 20:28
NIP 5 STEPS FROM THE AIRPORT
2021-11-26 20:31
5 replies
#47
s1mple | 
Romania OMW
Or they could just take a boat?
2021-11-26 20:40
Uber
2021-11-26 21:18
3 replies
KKKKKKOO
2021-11-26 21:57
AHahahhaahhaahhahahahahahahaahhahahaha lmaoooooooo
2021-11-27 09:43
lol rekt
2021-11-27 10:50
#26
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Norway Balta69
lol
2021-11-26 20:29
Holy shit Es3tag is not the bottom fragger WP R EZ :)))))
2021-11-26 20:31
I know it won't happen, but still. There is no need for drastic reshuffles in liquid. Imagine liquid gets oSee and keep NAF. naf elige osee stew grim? basically any decent support...
2021-11-26 20:31
3 replies
#112
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Canada Femtal
I think NAF and ELIGE don't believe in Stew IGL if they did they would never have brought fallen in the team in the first place
2021-11-26 22:15
1 reply
NAF and stew have a very similar mind for the game, it seems. The whole reason behind rumors of NAF leaving TL are because he wants to follow stew, and they are nice friends.
2021-11-27 00:33
#123
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United States ekwi
I can only dream that oSee will finally one day leave Extra Salt and join liquid. From that roster I would be happy to see faNg in the NA shuffle too.
2021-11-26 22:50
Thats hilarious
2021-11-26 20:31
#36
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France cedd
man i wish naf was staying but if liquid really are picking up shox and vini, might be best he bailed lmao
2021-11-26 20:32
IN THE POCKET
2021-11-26 20:32
Expected, nip is horrible bots, lost to Astralis with Gla1ve awping and now to disbanding team
2021-11-26 20:34
#41
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Portugal dracø
Eliminated by a dead team lmao.
2021-11-26 20:34
Was expecting Liquid to lose due to the team's conditions right now but no ? NiP can't even beat a torn up TL, that's crazy
2021-11-26 20:37
This is embarrassing. Congrats to TL though!
2021-11-26 20:40
#49
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United Kingdom novaseer
pain
2021-11-26 20:40
I hate this price tag.. overhyped doggie
2021-11-26 20:41
2 replies
#55
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Finland Teukkasd
rez bottom btw
2021-11-26 20:45
+1
2021-11-26 22:29
AHAHAHAH
2021-11-26 20:46
#58
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Peru AgentLF
Never doubt Liquid. Let’s go!
2021-11-26 20:47
Did you know: 95% of Liquid's fans are NAFFERS and are too lazy to respond? :D
2021-11-26 20:48
2 replies
#94
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United States 3manu3l
true
2021-11-26 21:41
#150
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United States Scvboy1
This is true
2021-11-27 00:35
This is actually an expert ploy by TL to make it seem like their morale/enthusiasm is in the gutter so that other teams underestimate them when in reality they've never been stronger
2021-11-26 20:48
1 reply
Honestly tl are used to be demoralized. Since they are playing together, they have been more like that. It is a almost an another day at the office.
2021-11-26 21:12
Deleted noobs.
2021-11-26 20:57
FINALLY they are letting FalleN IGL while they just play and WIN. All it took was for the team to END.
2021-11-26 20:58
Rip NIP. And with that, we're off to Fnatic! Laters
2021-11-26 21:01
"Blast Survival" Kinda good title for next blast series ngl.
2021-11-26 21:02
rez man what happened :(
2021-11-26 21:04
How did NIP lose to a dead team?
2021-11-26 21:06
People should realize with Hampus IGL this team will never work smooth. NIP should buy the Beckenbauer of CSGO: Tabsen
2021-11-26 21:10
2 replies
tabseN will [most likely] not leave BIG, and if he does, there are a bunch of other teams looking to buy him out before NiP do
2021-11-26 21:15
1 reply
But Imagine, Cr7, and Beckenbauer in the same team. Major wins incoming
2021-11-26 21:16
#76
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United States SilveryoHD
the last dance
2021-11-26 21:11
#77
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Brazil syncme
Seems like Stewie`s interview broke the ice NAF god
2021-11-26 21:12
Kek
2021-11-26 21:14
Honestly tl are used to be demoralized. Since they are playing together, they have been more like that. It is almost an another day at the office.
2021-11-26 21:15
NA > EU stay free europoors
2021-11-26 21:16
#85
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Chile 1cristiaan
EZ Clap
2021-11-26 21:17
HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA
2021-11-26 21:29
#90
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Sweden greger001
Nip fix: -es3tag +LNZ
2021-11-26 21:31
Gg liqd
2021-11-26 21:32
#93
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Russia brezyyy
Why do NIP fucking have to make some unnecessary changes or just change for a change That has been a thing when ztr was kicked, even tho they have build up some chemistry between them and ztr was a good morale kid They been struggling with LNZ untill recently, when they have won RMR and got a somewhat decent result on the major And they do it again, switch LNZ to es3tag, who, for now, haven't showed anything good except for overpass
2021-11-26 21:36
#95
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Brazil Soulsix
EU malding so bad LUL
2021-11-26 21:42
#96
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Brazil anolopa
OMEGALUL elige and naf hard carrying these bots
2021-11-26 21:43
#97
fnx | 
Brazil tlszin
Losing to a team that will disband LUL
2021-11-26 21:47
Gj liquid
2021-11-26 21:53
#99
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Brazil Anarchybr
Imagine losing to a disbanding team lmao
2021-11-26 21:53
2 replies
#100
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Europe Juuzou_
Tbh we’ve seen this alot in csgo. Sometimes they just pop off because no one gives a fuck and the pressure is not there.
2021-11-26 21:54
1 reply
Liquid played like pugs. NIP is just so bad on all front and es3tag guy was a scam for sure.
2021-11-27 00:37
Device not in top20 this year?
2021-11-26 22:09
60% loss?
2021-11-26 22:12
#111
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Korea yokol
f0rest >>> es3tag
2021-11-26 22:15
#115
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Brazil Victorhs
LIQUID ERA BEGINS
2021-11-26 22:22
hopefully liquid doesnt completely rebuild keep naf and stew/grim pls
2021-11-26 22:35
Naf should stay on Liquid
2021-11-26 22:39
#120
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Canada firtlast
lmao. nip was hltv ranked #2 or some shit… back to reality boys
2021-11-26 22:40
xDDDDDDDDD lmao at all those who is still praising devve I come home from work and I see this news and I can't stop laughing
2021-11-26 22:40
FalleN pants are heavy because of Dev1ces in his pocket. Every awp duel Fallen put dev1ce in his pocket so easy. It felt so good to watch that.
2021-11-26 22:47
lol nip losing to noob liquid
2021-11-26 22:53
-Grim +SANJI
2021-11-26 22:57
Nip is bad, they were ok with lnz, now they are just bad.
2021-11-26 22:59
ez
2021-11-26 23:02
#130
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Japan Legoshi
losing to dead team what a joke
2021-11-26 23:07
rematch when? Lag + 40% loss. "The connection of this lan had a lot loss, NiP offers to liquid play the full BO3 or just Overpass."
2021-11-26 23:14
device needs to replace Lucky in Astralis
2021-11-26 23:14
2 replies
#143
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United States Rayduh
why would device downgrade
2021-11-27 00:06
Why would astralis downgrade
2021-11-27 00:49
#134
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Finland AliSabid
NAF best NA player
2021-11-26 23:23
Stewie10AM was right poggers he lout fragged Grim9AM
2021-11-26 23:38
#136
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United States 3manu3l
Last dance for the best na team
2021-11-26 23:35
1 reply
#162
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United States Scvboy1
Yup. They might do really well becuase for once there is no pressure on them to win.
2021-11-27 02:29
...What? How has this happened exactly? 16 - 4 Mirage? Against NIP? Liquid? Seriously? I'm in disbelief, i.... what
2021-11-26 23:52
99% loss unacceptable
2021-11-27 00:05
#142
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United States Rayduh
so easy for NA
2021-11-27 00:06
Unexpected for sure
2021-11-27 00:06
ez. skill gap between the two teams is huge. really can't believe snakev1ce wanted to play with those nonamers, unproven players. NAF alone is way better than ploski hampas estag & rex combined.
2021-11-27 00:54
#156
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South America Reaccion
ez profesor
2021-11-27 01:12
holy shit, Nip already dead team after half a year
2021-11-27 01:16
NIP confirmed flukers in the IEM fall RMR
2021-11-27 01:34
1 reply
not the same lineup
2021-11-27 05:20
Congrats nip how the fuck do you lose against a broken team liquid
2021-11-27 02:46
Nip disband
2021-11-27 03:33
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