Liquid move past G2 to post opening victory in Denmark

The North American lineup spoiled the G2 squad's return to competitive play with a hard-fought 2-0 victory in the BLAST Premier Fall Final.

Liquid got their run through the BLAST Premier Fall Final off to a flying start after edging out a win over G2, 2-0. The American roster punished their foes on Vertigo 16-10 before closing the series out with a razor-thin 16-14 win on Mirage.

Liquid's victory came as a result of stellar performances from Mareks "⁠YEKINDAR⁠" Gaļinskis and Jonathan "⁠EliGE⁠" Jablonowski. The two players both led the charge for their team in the series with 48 and 45 kills and 1.27 and 1.33 ratings, respectively. Liquid now advance to the Group B upper-bracket final, where they will play Natus Vincere. The two teams last locked horns in a best-of-one at the IEM Rio Major, where Liquid narrowly took home the victory after a 30-round map.

G2 fall down to the lower bracket, where an early elimination is in the cards as they face off against Fluxo on Thursday at 16:00 . Rasmus "⁠HooXi⁠" Nielsen and company's unsuccessful battle versus Liquid also marked the side's return to competitive play. The quintet hadn't played an official game since their disastrous 2-3 campaign through the IEM Road to Rio RMR back in October, which ended the organisation's 11-Major-attending streak and forced the star-studded roster to watch the $1,250,000 event in Brazil from the sidelines.

YEKINDAR carried his team to victory with 29 kills on Mirage

The series began on Vertigo, G2's pick. Liquid quickly set off on punishing this map choice by the European roster, overturning an initial 0-3 deficit on the T-side by putting up a five-round spree of their own to boast a slender lead midway through the opening half. Liquid's stranglehold on the game only tightened as the half played out; multi-kill rounds by EliGE and YEKINDAR left G2 consistently fighting an uphill battle on retakes, and the North American roster sat firmly in the driver's seat to run away with things and flex a comfortable 9-6 lead by the break.

Liquid continued their winning ways once play resumed. Nick "⁠nitr0⁠" Cannella's troops added four rounds to their tally before the international squad could find any noteworthy response, 13-6. G2 found their footing somewhat and exploited a chink in the American outfit's armour to eat away at the deficit, hounding the B site three rounds on the trot to bring the score back to a more even 9-13. Liquid shored up their defensive line in response, however, with a sublime performance from EliGE, who topped the scoreboard with 31 frags, giving the American-majority lineup a platform with which to steal the map away 16-10.

The two teams became embroiled in a back-and-forth skirmish to kick off Mirage. Liquid barely took control of the economy to pile on the pressure, using clinical executes onto the A site as a springboard to go up 5-2 on the T-side. A solid team effort came to G2's rescue just as things appeared to be slipping away; the whole lineup connecting their shots to take the lead for the first time in the series, 6-5. G2 went more or less unopposed for the remainder of the half and won three of the ensuing four rounds to be in good stead to send the series to Inferno. HooXi proved to be a surprising source of firepower for the European combine, leading the server with a team-high 14 kills by the interval.

The second half began with G2 carrying their momentum forward, where they nabbed three rounds on the bounce to build some confidence. Liquid refused to let G2 get too comfortable and answered right back with a lethal comeback effort, where they went on a six-round streak to have the two teams sit with 12 rounds apiece. This hard-fought nature only got more intense as the map reached the dying stages. G2 inched ever closer to match point with two rounds back-to-back, but Liquid, spearhead by an absolutely world-class 29-kill performance from YEKINDAR, clinched the four rounds that followed to snatch the map 16-14 and the series 2-0.

Matchpage
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0
23rd November 2022
Europe
16
Vertigo
10
16
Mirage
14
 Liquid K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
45 - 34 +11 96.4 1.33
48 - 38 +10 84.2 1.27
40 - 28 +12 70.0 1.14
26 - 29 -3 51.4 0.94
31 - 37 -6 63.1 0.90
 G2 K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
35 - 40 -5 83.7 1.02
36 - 36 0 65.5 0.98
34 - 37 -3 70.4 0.86
32 - 40 -8 63.2 0.86
29 - 37 -8 54.7 0.81
Denmark Rasmus 'HooXi' Nielsen
Rasmus 'HooXi' Nielsen
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.86
Maps played:
831
KPR:
0.58
DPR:
0.69
United States Jonathan 'EliGE' Jablonowski
Jonathan 'EliGE' Jablonowski
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1664
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.68
United States Nick 'nitr0' Cannella
Nick 'nitr0' Cannella
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
1451
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.66
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Latvia Mareks 'YEKINDAR' Gaļinskis
Mareks 'YEKINDAR' Gaļinskis
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
1154
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.70
First
2022-11-23 22:54
1 reply
Ok
2022-11-24 03:48
#2
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Finland Cucumber))
Gigachad
2022-11-23 22:54
6 replies
-rain +jks they said lol
2022-11-23 23:08
5 replies
#20
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Poland qwerzty
Who?
2022-11-23 23:15
2 replies
They
2022-11-24 08:00
1 reply
#63
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Poland qwerzty
you mean them?
2022-11-24 13:13
All the jks fanboys must agree now that he isnt good enough...
2022-11-24 08:20
"but bro you don't understand he had 1 good series lol"
2022-11-25 02:35
#3
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United Kingdom tpsa
EZ4NAF
2022-11-23 22:54
EU CS lol
2022-11-23 22:54
14 replies
Take a look at who topfragged the series buddy
2022-11-23 22:56
11 replies
take a look at who had the highest rating and ADR and who beat NiKo 10:0 in duels on Vertigo
2022-11-23 22:57
10 replies
Why didn't he do that with shox?
2022-11-23 23:04
9 replies
Harder as 3v7
2022-11-23 23:08
cuz its hard to frag in a team that isn't winning. this is true of all players except s1mple, zywoo, and sh1ro
2022-11-23 23:08
2 replies
don’t forget blameF ;)
2022-11-23 23:27
1 reply
blameF doesnt count cuz hes an eco cobra
2022-11-23 23:28
Because shox is from eu
2022-11-24 04:56
4 replies
And yekindar isn't?
2022-11-24 11:33
3 replies
Cis
2022-11-24 12:04
2 replies
latvia is not cis
2022-11-24 20:20
1 reply
Oh yeah I'm idiot
2022-11-25 01:54
Yeah the same CS that is carrying your heavy ass region
2022-11-24 00:11
one na team in top 10 omegalul roflcopter.
2022-11-24 13:15
We didn't tryhard
2022-11-23 22:54
3 replies
Lmaooooooo
2022-11-24 02:29
True G2 worn out from try harding at the major
2022-11-24 04:04
saving strats for major since major
2022-11-24 07:21
Mirage choke was the most G2 choke ever
2022-11-23 22:55
#7
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El Salvador Bredalow
Weren't we going to see a whole different g2 (unlike the major quals) ?
2022-11-23 22:55
disband g2
2022-11-23 22:57
1 reply
this hltv comment will be the catalyst in dismantling multi million dollar company
2022-11-25 02:38
#11
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Pakistan LoOuU2
Yekindar putting cherry on top by dissing G2 in the interview afterwards
2022-11-23 22:58
4 replies
#30
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Brazil flytw4tp
what did he say
2022-11-24 00:29
3 replies
He said G2 played the exacr same way as they did 2months ago. Pretty much saying they didn't improve or adapt during their time off.
2022-11-24 00:39
2 replies
#35
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Brazil flytw4tp
well he didn’t lie
2022-11-24 00:53
KEKW GOATKINDAR
2022-11-24 08:57
Nitro is trash
2022-11-23 22:58
Carlos wins again
2022-11-23 22:58
1 reply
Carlos sends his regards :ronaldo: 🍷
2022-11-25 02:39
choke2 at it's best
2022-11-23 23:03
#16
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Turkey Joper
Ez4Liquid! Let's GOOOOOOOOO
2022-11-23 23:06
Go Yeki, go.
2022-11-23 23:19
When was the last time NiKo showed star-performance, even though everyone keeps considering him as a star-player? But i'm not blaming him. Just saying. Good luck to NiKo anyway.
2022-11-23 23:20
1 reply
He fell off after +m0NESY
2022-11-24 12:06
ez lol g2 washed
2022-11-23 23:31
Nobody on G2 even showed up, seriously weak team performance. Not sure what to think of Liquid yet, solid game but I'm looking forward to seeing them against a real team when they face NaVi.
2022-11-23 23:36
#27
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France kennySsSsS
gotta thank niko for destroying a team that i used to be a fan. great job.
2022-11-23 23:51
1 reply
+1 any team with this guy wont win nothing
2022-11-24 00:54
#28
hades | 
North America minte
Lmao at NA haters desperately trying to justify their G2 win prediction
2022-11-24 00:00
#31
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United States PhilMC
g2 disband already
2022-11-24 00:38
G2 used to be great with nexa, JackZ and Amanek like super great, but Niko decided otherwise...
2022-11-24 00:43
4 replies
Was just thinking the same. Back when niko wasn't even on the team g2 was constantly making it to finals. Now it seems like the more $ they spend the worse they become.
2022-11-24 01:34
3 replies
NiKo as a player is sick tbh, but I'm starting to think that he really is the problem of G2, they had nexa as the IGL dude was doing super great they even made it to the Major finals against a beasting NAVI team back then like why would you get rid of those impact players?JackZ too he was sick, Amanek with the AWP same, they used to form such a solid team and now they turned into a joke one like tier 2 or tier 3 team and if they continue like this G2 will disappear in time from the scene maybe not now, but in time thats for sure.
2022-11-24 02:53
2 replies
Nexa wanted to leave. Ama awp wasn't cutting it. Jackz wasn't a good entry like Rain. But they did good as a team
2022-11-24 12:07
1 reply
I mean they made it to the Major finals compared to now...
2022-11-24 21:17
disban this trash team
2022-11-24 00:53
1 reply
+1, winning weak G2 doesn’t make Liquid any less trash, they should disban
2022-11-24 04:01
dude... fuck hooxi... hes the worst... just disband if you dont want to change IGL, waste a time and money..
2022-11-24 03:30
sad to see em fall this hard
2022-11-24 03:33
Niko is the problem?
2022-11-24 04:21
poor Niko
2022-11-24 04:25
poor jks
2022-11-24 04:33
When Nitro has a k/d like he did, 31-37 which is still bad, you know your team is terrible.
2022-11-24 04:51
- jks + ?
2022-11-24 05:59
#51
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India iamindian
Instant moves : -jks -hooxi + anyone else
2022-11-24 06:13
This team (g2) is going nowhere unfortuantely.
2022-11-24 09:09
1 reply
no you're wrong. they're going home
2022-11-25 02:44
just disband the whole roster, then add 5 blind kids. result will be same. G2 will lose every match. atlest they will not steal paycheck.
2022-11-24 11:48
G2 so baaad 🤣🤣 lololololololol
2022-11-24 12:10
Lets Go Liquid
2022-11-25 01:59
#73
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Norway Gjellan
I have a theory that jks doesn’t perform well because he’s missing home too much. Maybe not that passionate as for example twistzz to be happy sacrificing his irl in aus to be here in peak Europe cs. Feels like he is playing worse and worse every event
2022-11-25 02:45
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