Liquid take down Cloud9 2-1; advance to first LAN grand final since 2019

Liquid continue their strong form since adding Mareks "⁠YEKINDAR⁠" Gaļinskis to the lineup and reach the ESL Pro League Season 16 grand final.

Liquid became the first grand finalists at ESL Pro League Season 16 after they defeated Cloud9, 2-1. Nick "⁠nitr0⁠" Cannella's men drew first blood with a 16-11 win on Inferno, fell to their opponents' comeback on Ancient 13-16, and edged out the Russians 16-13 on Dust2.

Cloud9 exit EPL in 3-4th place as their campaign ends in the semi-finals. The Russians topped Group D with a 4-1 record and spoiled FaZe's Intel Grand Slam hopes after they eliminated the international powerhouse in the quarter-finals.

Liquid are one series away from the ESL Pro League trophy

Liquid kicked off Inferno with a swift 3-0 lead before Cloud9 finally got themselves on the board in the fourth. The Russians scored again in the sixth thanks to a stellar ace from Vladislav "⁠nafany⁠" Gorshkov, which set the tone for a back-and-forth first period. Liquid won the half at 8-5 before Cloud9 recovered in the last two rounds before the switch, highlighted by a Sergey "⁠Ax1Le⁠" Rykhtorov quad-kill in the 15th, to secure the one-round deficit.

Triple-kill rounds from Keith "⁠NAF⁠" Markovic and Jonathan "⁠EliGE⁠" Jablonowski allowed Liquid to hit double-digits first, but the North Americans were quickly answered by Cloud9 who tied the game up at 10-10. Both sides remained deadlocked two rounds later, but from then on Liquid pulled ahead and never looked back as they took home the 16-11 win on Inferno. Crucial performances from Josh "⁠oSee⁠" Ohm and YEKINDAR late in the game sealed the Russians' fate in the first map, giving Liquid a 1-0 series lead.

Liquid dominated as the CTs on Ancient which resulted in a sensational 12-3 lead by halftime. Cloud9 struggled for kills throughout the entire half as their opponents often won rounds having suffered just one casualty. The tables completely turned after the side swap, though, as nafany's squad mounted a remarkable nine-round comeback just as the match looked out of reach for the Russians. Cloud9 eventually took over the lead at 13-12 and sealed the comeback on their map pick in the 29th round to force a decider on Inferno.

Liquid opened the deciding map, Inferno, with a 4-1 advantage on the back of EliGE and nitr0's six and nine kills, respectively. The North Americans held onto their lead and secured the half at 8-4, but Cloud9 were able to replicate their first map performance and went into the break down 7-8 after clinching three straight rounds. The Russians may have lagged behind in firepower, however their ability to get the bomb down gave them opportunities to score round after round.

Neither side was able to maintain a significant advantage coming out of the break, as Liquid and Cloud9 kept trading the lead in short two or three-round bursts. Time was running out in the series as both teams were inseparable at 13-13, and three rounds away from glory, the nitr0-led side powered their way to a 16-13 victory.

Liquid have secured their best-ever finish with the new lineup, and are on the verge of hoisting their first Big Event trophy since IEM Chicago 2019 when their lineup still included Jake "⁠Stewie2K⁠" Yip and Russel "⁠Twistzz⁠" Van Dulken. The winner of the second semi-final matchup between G2 and Vitality will determine the North Americans' best-of-five grand final opponent.

Matchpage
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1st October 2022
16
Inferno
11
13
Ancient
16
16
Dust2
13
 Liquid K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
63 - 51 +12 84.8 1.18
62 - 62 0 88.7 1.17
52 - 51 +1 69.5 1.05
51 - 59 -8 66.4 0.94
44 - 50 -6 49.5 0.83
 Cloud9 K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
67 - 52 +15 84.9 1.22
60 - 51 +9 78.7 1.14
47 - 45 +2 62.1 1.00
50 - 58 -8 65.0 0.88
46 - 66 -20 66.4 0.84
United States Josh 'oSee' Ohm
Josh 'oSee' Ohm
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.11
Maps played:
1130
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.62
United States Jonathan 'EliGE' Jablonowski
Jonathan 'EliGE' Jablonowski
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1641
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.68
United States Nick 'nitr0' Cannella
Nick 'nitr0' Cannella
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
1428
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.66
Canada Keith 'NAF' Markovic
Keith 'NAF' Markovic
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1602
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.63
Russia Sergey 'Ax1Le' Rykhtorov
Sergey 'Ax1Le' Rykhtorov
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
973
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.63
Russia Vladislav 'nafany' Gorshkov
Vladislav 'nafany' Gorshkov
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.96
Maps played:
901
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.69
Canada Russel 'Twistzz' Van Dulken
Russel 'Twistzz' Van Dulken
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.11
Maps played:
1421
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.62
Latvia Mareks 'YEKINDAR' Gaļinskis
Mareks 'YEKINDAR' Gaļinskis
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
1131
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.70
United States Jake 'Stewie2K' Yip
Jake 'Stewie2K' Yip
Age:
24
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
1525
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.69
Gg
2022-10-01 19:47
10 replies
#41
 | 
Finland iamjoe
NA ON TOP BABYYYYY
2022-10-01 20:00
8 replies
thanks to yeki
2022-10-01 20:01
6 replies
Thanks to the whole team.
2022-10-01 20:35
3 replies
Bro hes right. Thanks to yekindar
2022-10-02 01:56
1 reply
GG's to Yekindar <3
2022-10-02 02:58
nah without yekindar na would still be crying and bitching with their egos
2022-10-02 02:45
thanks to joe biden. liquid is building back better
2022-10-01 20:35
Thanks to yeki ngl
2022-10-02 02:56
LFG
2022-10-01 20:18
#84
 | 
United States Sassupreme
I believe in OSEE supremacy
2022-10-01 21:40
#2
 | 
United States thespecht
SO EZ
2022-10-01 19:47
WWWWW
2022-10-01 19:47
3 replies
#29
 | 
Indonesia lumayan
jamyoung to liquid when?
2022-10-01 19:55
2 replies
That would be too unfair for the other teams
2022-10-01 19:55
1 reply
#108
 | 
Indonesia lumayan
true thom but still
2022-10-03 11:30
GGs
2022-10-01 19:47
#6
 | 
England Jerry2805
NA back?
2022-10-01 19:47
1 reply
#21
 | 
Sweden Aebexz
Yekindar is back
2022-10-01 19:51
gj, yekindar carrying NA
2022-10-01 19:47
5 replies
He’s not hard carrying lol like a simple he’s playing his role very well.
2022-10-01 20:48
1 reply
#106
 | 
Latvia Roberts2k
how can you ''hard carry'' as an entry on a professional tournament
2022-10-02 15:34
Not a hard carry but doing his job perfectly as a utopian team should. Also, OSEE is hitting shots when it mattered the most. GG to C9 but TL on top baby........
2022-10-01 21:15
1 reply
wtf is a utopian team
2022-10-02 00:13
#82
 | 
Other Awimawe
+1
2022-10-01 21:33
Finally...
2022-10-01 19:48
#9
 | 
Brazil isbetter
Liquid is proving themselves to be quite solid
2022-10-01 19:48
4 replies
#23
 | 
Sweden Aebexz
Yekindar is
2022-10-01 19:51
2 replies
#58
 | 
North America Zer0Smokes
So is Naf, Elige, and Osee. Everyone on liquid has been making crucial plays for them to win rounds.
2022-10-01 20:28
Ignore this swedish simp. He's spamming this everywhere.
2022-10-01 20:54
this has to be the first time a liquid/gas or liquid/solid joke has been derailed
2022-10-02 00:23
Nice Game!! kudos!
2022-10-01 19:48
nafany best liquid player
2022-10-01 19:48
1 reply
#59
 | 
North America Zer0Smokes
Bro has been silent throwing since Dallas
2022-10-01 20:30
#14
 | 
United States Warfororks
Team Liquid was on the verge of elimination with a must-win match on the last day of the group stage and now they're one match away from winning the whole event. Incredible storyline!
2022-10-01 19:49
Nice Liquid 👍
2022-10-01 19:49
It's NA time >=)
2022-10-01 19:49
C9 literally saved my bet with winning ancient. Love to see NA alive.
2022-10-01 19:50
#19
 | 
United States zovint
NA era begins
2022-10-01 19:50
#20
 | 
Ukraine SwissRolls
Nt axile but happy to see NA winning for once
2022-10-01 19:50
OSEE SUPREMACY
2022-10-01 19:51
#25
 | 
Albania aplasa
yekindar makes NA great again
2022-10-01 19:52
GG
2022-10-01 19:53
OSEE MASTERCLASS WHERE THE HATERS AT
2022-10-01 19:53
#30
 | 
Chile 1cristiaan
EZ Clap
2022-10-01 19:55
#31
 | 
United States charybids
Liquid 3-1 over whoever wins the other semi
2022-10-01 19:55
#33
Bymas | 
Lithuania ashas
expected meltdown from C9. beat FaZe just for this...
2022-10-01 19:56
With nitr0 playing this well, Liquid looks like a solid top5 team even if oSee sucks.
2022-10-01 19:56
5 replies
B8 or what? Osee top fragged lol
2022-10-01 20:26
1 reply
Yeah, this one game. In other matches he is more of a liability. Nearly lost them the first matchup against c9 in the groups.
2022-10-01 20:36
#60
 | 
North America Zer0Smokes
How does Osee suck?
2022-10-01 20:30
2 replies
Whiffing easy shots and just poor play in general for the level that TL wants to play at. In today's meta the AWP is extremely important and he simply does not have that kind of impact on the server.
2022-10-01 20:38
1 reply
#103
 | 
United States Stanzify
I dont disagree with your thoughts on the AWPs importance in the current meta. However, he is fresh off a player-break and still gaining T1 cs experience. He hasn't hit his peak and can only go up from here. TL fans went from S1mple to JDM64 to Nitr0 OP. oSee is exactly the player we need, even if he misses a shot from time to time. Great b8 tho
2022-10-02 05:09
#35
 | 
Brazil Semeon
NiKo our zywoo will destroy the ass of these BOTS from na
2022-10-01 19:57
7 replies
I guess those NA bots went to grand finals while furia ...
2022-10-01 20:02
6 replies
#61
 | 
North America Zer0Smokes
Furia lost to Outsiders LOLOLOL
2022-10-01 20:31
#81
 | 
Brazil Semeon
we had the pleasure of beating up your Liquid team...before they were eliminated. just accept the noobs facts of na shoppers
2022-10-01 21:31
4 replies
beating team but choke on playoffs. Furia is great at that. It is a good way to cope for our team. Liquid beat twice C9, how many times furia did it ? ah yes, zero.
2022-10-01 21:43
2 replies
#87
 | 
Brazil Semeon
Lulquid washed !
2022-10-01 22:27
1 reply
Ok, you are probably 15 years old max.
2022-10-01 22:33
cope harder but the last tournament i can remember with a Brazilian finalist was zotac 2018.... with stew and tarik xD. last real tournament was blast Copenhagen.... 2017 LOL.
2022-10-01 23:11
Good. Hope they'll meet G2 in grand final.
2022-10-01 19:58
happy to see oSee in the top :D
2022-10-01 19:58
5 replies
he is god of whiffing
2022-10-01 19:59
4 replies
#45
 | 
Italy PhilD06
he was in group stage, not anymore
2022-10-01 20:08
He top fragged the last few maps before this match today. But he still misses a lot of critical shots. If liquid lost today it would have definitely been his fault
2022-10-01 20:12
2 replies
You really dislike oSee eh?
2022-10-01 20:17
1 reply
#95
 | 
Norway JakkeJ
Or he's actually objective, oSee is the 4th best player by rating. Only nitro below him.
2022-10-02 02:21
pogs
2022-10-01 19:58
#39
 | 
Germany xxSL
2022-10-01 19:58
LETS GOOOOO
2022-10-01 20:03
GG
2022-10-01 20:16
#47
 | 
United States GiantDays
LETS GOOOO nice
2022-10-01 20:09
Didnt doubt in you Osee after meh group stage, gg Liquid.
2022-10-01 20:18
#52
 | 
Portugal dracø
Karma for not taking the group stage game seriously. Serves them right to lose now in the playoffs lmao. Yekindar was the best thing that happened to liquid.
2022-10-01 20:18
1 reply
#63
 | 
North America Zer0Smokes
And vice versa, team liquid was a really good thing to happen for Yekindar. From what I have read and the guys interviews, it seems like liquid allowed YEKI to have a voice within the team which allowed TLs play style to shift and create wining strategies.
2022-10-01 20:34
GOD oSee !!!
2022-10-01 20:20
#75
MAJ3R | 
Turkey Najwa
SIT THE FUCK DOWN C9
2022-10-01 21:09
#76
 | 
Czech Republic adabroz
good job
2022-10-01 21:11
Yekindar too stronk
2022-10-01 21:15
clown 9...
2022-10-01 21:25
mitsxha, you wrote in the article 2 times that Inferno was the decider map, please fix it
2022-10-01 22:46
2 replies
i was told to do so
2022-10-02 03:19
1 reply
Hmmm it's still the same?
2022-10-03 00:44
LFGGGG
2022-10-01 23:00
I called it
2022-10-02 02:23
Leggo NA
2022-10-02 02:54
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