Liquid take down fnatic to secure quarter-final appearance in Malta

William "⁠mezii⁠" Merriman's men have been eliminated in the round of 12.

Liquid earned a spot in the quarter-final of ESL Pro League Season 16 following their 2-1 victory over fnatic in the first round of playoffs. Jonathan "⁠EliGE⁠" Jablonowski powered the North Americans to the win on Inferno (16-13) while Mareks "⁠YEKINDAR⁠" Gaļinskis took over the server on Ancient (16-10)

Meanwhile, fnatic leave EPL in 9-12th place for the third consecutive edition of the tournament, having not reached a top-eight position since March 2020 when they won EPL Season 10 Europe online.

YEKINDAR was the star of the show on Ancient with a 1.59 rating

The action between fnatic and Liquid got started on the North Americans' pick of Inferno. The European mix kicked things off on the CT side with a successful pistol round, but their streak did not last long. The attacking team exploited an unstable defensive set-up on the A site to secure a 7-3 lead, courtesy of YEKINDAR and Nick "⁠nitr0⁠" Cannella winning several opening duels. Freddy "⁠KRIMZ⁠" Johansson was sublime for fnatic, and his performance was crucial in the mission to salvage a 7-8 half.

mezii's men were more comfortable after switching sides to the offense, and that's when Fredrik "⁠roeJ⁠" Jørgensen came alive. fnatic claimed a 13-12 lead before a complete breakdown in communication on the 26th round allowed EliGE to take down four Ts with the MP9, turning the tide in favor of Liquid. The North American squad edged the map 16-13 after a four-round streak.

fnatic came to their pick Overpass looking to stay in the series, and a 1v3 clutch from KRIMZ on the second round enabled the Europeans to take the early lead. YEKINDAR was again fantastic, with the 22-year-old registering a 1.35 CT side rating to keep Liquid in the match. Two force buy wins gave the North American squad the chance to secure a 7-8 scoreline going into the second half.

Liquid once again failed to build on their pistol round victory, and fnatic did not waste their opportunity. The European mix only dropped one round before evening out the series with a 16-9 win on Overpass. Nico "⁠nicoodoz⁠" Tamjidi's 3k hold on the B site was the highlight of the map and the play that brought back the momentum in favor of fnatic.

The series was decided on Ancient, and it was fnatic to strike first on the CT side after taking the opening pistol round. roeJ was solid throughout the half as he accumulated a 1.48 rating to power his team to an early 6-3 lead. A YEKINDAR 1v2 clutch on the B site put an end to the Europeans' streak and got Liquid back in the game, leading to another 8-7 half in favor of the defense.

The North American squad did not slow down after switching sides and only dropped two rounds in a dominant defensive display which ended the game with a 16-9 scoreline.

The victory means that Liquid will face MOUZ on Thursday at 15:30 to fight for a spot in the semi-finals of the Maltese LAN.

Matchpage
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27th September 2022
13
Inferno
16
16
Overpass
9
10
Ancient
16
 fnatic K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
65 - 54 +11 88.9 1.26
60 - 47 +13 79.9 1.17
54 - 52 +2 75.8 1.10
53 - 57 -4 70.3 1.02
44 - 52 -8 63.4 0.93
 Liquid K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
64 - 58 +6 88.9 1.15
59 - 60 -1 80.6 1.02
54 - 52 +2 70.7 0.98
46 - 53 -7 62.4 0.89
35 - 55 -20 59.4 0.77
Denmark Nico 'nicoodoz' Tamjidi
Nico 'nicoodoz' Tamjidi
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
760
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.62
United States Jonathan 'EliGE' Jablonowski
Jonathan 'EliGE' Jablonowski
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1636
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.68
Denmark Fredrik 'roeJ' Jørgensen
Fredrik 'roeJ' Jørgensen
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
929
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.68
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United States Nick 'nitr0' Cannella
Nick 'nitr0' Cannella
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
1423
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.66
Sweden Freddy 'KRIMZ' Johansson
Freddy 'KRIMZ' Johansson
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
1824
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.64
Latvia Mareks 'YEKINDAR' Gaļinskis
Mareks 'YEKINDAR' Gaļinskis
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
1126
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.70
United Kingdom William 'mezii' Merriman
William 'mezii' Merriman
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
552
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.63
WP both
2022-09-27 19:20
2 replies
+1
2022-09-27 19:26
1 reply
#25
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Czech Republic Peks123
+1
2022-09-27 19:48
#2
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Finland Cucumber))
fnatic(
2022-09-27 19:20
roej beast
2022-09-27 19:20
15 replies
Yep he was cph's best player for ages yet people are understimating him
2022-09-28 00:57
14 replies
#61
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United States snakedrake
So is oSee
2022-09-28 12:30
13 replies
noSee ? He did pretty well yesterday btw. 0.98 rating, quite a beastly rating by his standards !
2022-09-28 13:08
12 replies
#64
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United States snakedrake
Did they win yesterday? I’m pretty sure he and everyone else did great, it’s funny you disappear when they do well
2022-09-28 13:36
11 replies
You are reaching hard to try to make me say things I never said. Said oSee is not on TL's level, which he isn't unless they want to be " just another top 10 " team Now it's become " they " because you have no argument, and once again you came to me.. And they won DESPITE of him, certainly not THANKS to his awesome 0.98 performance which is a beyond pathetic rating for an AWPer, especially since he is accustomed to it and it's not " one bad game " thing. Now crawl back under oSee's balls.
2022-09-28 14:17
10 replies
#68
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United States snakedrake
You acting like oSee isn’t above 2 other players, and isn’t the best Awper in NA, you’re acting like he didn’t have the most clutch’s during blast, you’re acting like he has a bad average vs top teams, how can he don’t be on TL level when he’s the best awper on that team sense JDM YEARS ago, you just hate on liquid and oSee and won’t admit it because then your “points” towards them become more irrelevant
2022-09-28 18:03
#73
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United States snakedrake
???? So
2022-09-29 18:13
8 replies
I don't say he isn't one of the best NA AWP, which is sad, what I say is that I would have liked to see a stronger one, namely degster, who is a very aggro AWP and would have fit well in a team as passive as Liquid. They would have had a good balance between passive/aggresive. I'd like to see them go for dev1ce ( ideally ) or even mantuu/EL1AN/someone like that As for his performance today, good, but let's see him against a t1 team next match and see where he stands at. Who are the two players he is supposedly above btw ? Because he certainly isn't above EliGE or NAF, let alone YEKINDAR, so he is basically the 4th player in TL, only being above nitr0, who's been seriously bad aimwise since he came back from valoLULrant. I'm not sure he is better any better than TL when nitr0/NAF/Stew were when they were taking care of the AWPing duties and TL was actually dominating without a dedicated AWP, because have someone carry a 4750$ gun without decisive impact doesn't seem very profitable. You are right on one point though, there haven't been a very strong NA AWPer in ages ( most of them being either 2d AWPer or t2 like Wardell ). That 's why big NA team had to either go without a dedicated AWP or hire EU AWPs like s1mple or CeRq ( when he was actually good ), poizon, hallzerk etc. Let's see him against FaZe or C9 though, we'll see if he can repicate today's performance when in front of sh1ro or Broky
2022-09-29 18:25
7 replies
#75
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United States snakedrake
Look at that fast reply, you truly live on this site that’s kinda sad man, and you’re acting like mouz didn’t get a bye and has been real good lately and this was listed as a 4 star match, and he won’t exclusively be playing vs Broky and shiro, and the 2 people thing was because you pointed out his rating in 1 of the match’s they won and he was higher than 2 of his teammates, and I think you forget about bringing EU to NA hasn’t worked out a lot and don’t forget culture barriers that could become problematic, just keep your negativity away from NA
2022-09-29 18:32
2 replies
Fast answer because I was actually on HLTV after watching the match. You sure are better at being passive aggressive than oSee is at AWPing. Also didn't answer your last comment so you basically revived it so I could see it as soon as this game was over.. Now who's living here ? Btw I'm still waiting to hear from you adressing oSee legendary stats these last 3 monthes ..? Even yearly ... 1.06 rating as an AWP ??? Really ...??? xD xD XD ESL actually showed his stats, he was 0.90 of average rating during this whole tournament before this game, NUFF SAID.
2022-09-29 18:44
1 reply
#78
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United States snakedrake
You acting like NA wins often and gets high ratings, you acting like oSee don’t have star players around him and maybe he doesn’t get to produce more, like his days on extra salt when he was more of a center piece, and on liquid it’s the riflers not the awp and why shouldn’t oSee get the chance to show himself with a more consistent roster? TL has changed frequently
2022-09-29 19:18
#81
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United States snakedrake
He did ok vs shiro/C9
2022-10-01 19:16
3 replies
Good for him. If he gets this consistently then he will have proved he deserves his place. That said let's not kid ourselves, apart from ax1le c9's performance was a letdown. I thought his "choker in big matches " was overblown , but it looks like sh1ro is still struggling bigtime in elimination brackets...
2022-10-01 19:52
2 replies
#83
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United States snakedrake
Are you willing to give him a chance to grow then?
2022-10-01 20:22
1 reply
Of course, I was just giving my opinion that he seemed not to be on par of what a team contending for #1 needs. I have nothing personal against the kid, and believe it or not I was at first excited when he joined. Maybe that's why he " disappointed me" this far, because I was expecting Extra Salt kind of performances instantly. I wish him to prove me wrong, because there aren't that many NA snipers nowadays sadly, and we certainly need some ( sad for NA who used to have seriously skilled AWPers back to KSharp, ShaGuar, fRoD etc.) If he does I'll be the 1st to admit it, and to be "happy" because TL was always one of my favorite teams and I find it sad when there is no NA team contending for #1. I guess we will (o)See :)
2022-10-01 21:04
#4
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Slovakia xaboff
mouz vs liquid is a certified banger
2022-09-27 19:20
4 replies
#35
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Singapore 7un
*2018 flashbacks*
2022-09-27 20:10
I’m a liquid fan and my best friend is a Mouz fan we haven’t had a match since like 2019 I’m so excited
2022-09-27 23:09
2 replies
#51
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Slovakia xaboff
tl is my 2nd fav team tbh and they're the first org I ever supported in any esport (this is tough to admit but it was clash royale). you could say they got me into esports
2022-09-27 23:34
1 reply
#57
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United States Bane808
haha no shame// banger on thurs :p
2022-09-28 07:45
fnatic > vitality
2022-09-27 19:20
#6
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Sweden txshirx
Really good matchup
2022-09-27 19:20
#7
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Indonesia nouser
Botnatic will always be botnatic if they don't fix the mistakes and lose aim duels all the time.
2022-09-27 19:21
7 replies
Well, one really lucky yolo smoke push from Elige away from a 2-0 win. So not that far away at all.
2022-09-27 19:27
6 replies
#23
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Indonesia nouser
Even if they're not far away but they still don't reach it then there's no point. They have solid lineup now but so many things to fix first to be an actual solid team instead of some fpl mix.
2022-09-27 19:36
5 replies
Can you give this roster more than 1month together??? Fashr just joined the team give them time to get to know eachother in official's first.
2022-09-27 20:17
2 replies
#44
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Indonesia nouser
1 month?? RMR is in a week and if they're still shaky then AND didn't get through then there's no more S-tier tournament to "practice" until they get better and more solid until next player break. Hey I also want fnatic to be a great contender but their improvement is a bit too slow for now.
2022-09-27 21:08
1 reply
They changed 3 players, where as to of them had to change the language they are communicating in. Takes time to get consistency, just look at Vitality.
2022-09-27 22:48
So all teams that doesn’t win events are bots by your logic, since reaching playoffs in first big event and being close to beat rank 4 is somehow bad.
2022-09-27 20:35
1 reply
#45
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Indonesia nouser
Reaching playoff is great Losing to one hard carry and not adapting around or against him isn't
2022-09-27 21:09
NA on top
2022-09-27 19:21
#9
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United States zovint
Nice
2022-09-27 19:21
oSee still below average, good they has YEKINDAR always pop off when its needed
2022-09-27 19:22
16 replies
''pop off'' = 59-60 ? They played good as a team not because of YEKINDAR only
2022-09-27 20:05
15 replies
+1
2022-09-27 20:22
#38
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United States cr4zy_m3
Pop off on Ancient
2022-09-27 20:27
Well thats 25 more than rush xd
2022-09-27 20:33
2 replies
Rush??
2022-09-27 21:03
1 reply
Nitro kekw my bad
2022-09-27 22:12
#59
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Sweden Madrigals1
Somehow they didn't play good as a team for a long time until YEKINDAR joined
2022-09-28 11:53
2 replies
Thats because they have better roles now. Before NAF and shox roles were clashing.
2022-09-28 12:28
1 reply
#80
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Sweden Madrigals1
and before that it was Grim being issue or Fallen or Stewie or anyone else Just accept the fact that YEKINDAR is the reason Liquid is any relevant now
2022-09-29 22:14
I see someone only watch the stats and not the game. His impact is though the roof.
2022-09-28 13:31
6 replies
I watch every Liquid game. Hes amazing. But yesterday he didn't ''Pop-off''. It really was a team effort. Popping off for me is carrying the team, but it wasnt the case for that game
2022-09-28 16:54
5 replies
T side inferno the rounds all came down to him, either he solo won them in banana, or Liquid would lose. If not for that then even the lucky yolo smoke push from Elige might not have saved Liquid from a 0-2.
2022-09-28 20:20
4 replies
But you act like hes 2019 Zywoo in Vitality where he has 30 kills everygame and the reste have 15. It is not the case. Elige is insane, NAF is insane. oSee and nitro are more shaky but overall they usually win as a team and not only because of yekindar
2022-09-29 12:11
3 replies
When did I say that? All I have said is that he has much more impact than his stats shows. Elige is good too, NAF is kinda overrated tbh, very uneven.
2022-09-29 16:09
2 replies
Yeah bro, NAF has been in HLTV Top 20 for the last 5 years but hes overrated. Please never talk about cs again you dont know shit
2022-09-29 19:06
1 reply
That is just factually incorrect, he has a total of 3, 2018, 2019 and 2021, but even if it wasn’t, how is that relevant to how he is playing right now? Get right has top 1, so has coldzera, does that magically mean that you can’t say they are worse now?
2022-09-29 20:14
LIQUID UNDESERVED SPOT. EF ROBBED
2022-09-27 19:23
5 replies
How?
2022-09-27 19:25
They won. That's how a competition works.
2022-09-27 19:38
#32
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Portugal OwnedBro
Everything checks out
2022-09-27 19:59
Flair, flag, and even lack of braincells
2022-09-27 20:32
#56
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CIS I_D_R_C
EF Fan bruh moment.
2022-09-28 04:42
332
2022-09-27 19:24
#14
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India slavloli
Expected thanks liquid for not making it easy for a meme team
2022-09-27 19:25
Easy for top 3 team in the world
2022-09-27 19:25
easily xpected
2022-09-27 19:27
1 reply
#48
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Bosnia and Herzegovina IamErko
haahha 1 round could decide to be 2-0 its not even close to easyli xD
2022-09-27 22:50
#20
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Portugal dracø
liquid winning their next game is the trigger I need to stop watching cs
2022-09-27 19:30
Well played, Yekindar.
2022-09-27 19:34
#22
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Turkey Joper
Liquid will win 2-1
2022-09-27 19:35
Yekindar continues making difference for collapsed NA scene lul
2022-09-27 19:48
2 replies
still angry about the playoffs ?
2022-09-27 22:58
1 reply
not at all, it would be a miracle but yekindar saves the day always 4 the lulquid
2022-09-28 10:57
That Fnatic hellow ???? video made me laugh xaxaxaxaxa
2022-09-27 19:51
-fashr +igl
2022-09-27 19:57
#34
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Netherlands Dutch69
Fantic ☹️
2022-09-27 20:08
#42
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United States charybids
I believe in oSee supremacy
2022-09-27 21:01
GG, I believed in these guys!
2022-09-28 00:42
#54
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Chile 1cristiaan
EZ Clap
2022-09-28 01:18
#55
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Australia Roarix
Liquid didnt win this game, Fnatic lost it.. too many silly rounds lost. The ratings will show how much better Fnatic were, just the synergy isn't where it needs to be just yet
2022-09-28 04:36
#67
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African Union mikecool
that "fnatic? hello?" twitch highlight looked like some silver level reactions.
2022-09-28 17:56
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