nitr0 stars as Liquid beat NAVI to secure semi-final spot in Copenhagen

The North American IGL provided crucial clutches on both Inferno and Mirage while also putting up 31 kills on the former.

Liquid secured a spot in the BLAST Premier Fall Final semi-finals after taking down Natus Vincere 2-1 in Group B's upper bracket final. The North American side won out the game after emerging victorious on Inferno (16-14) and Mirage (16-7), despite losing NAVI's pick of Dust2 (12-16).

With the matchup deciding just the playoff seeding, neither team is out of the tournament. Liquid are now set to face the winner between Heroic and G2 on Saturday at 15:30 . Natus Vincere, whose roster's future is clouded by uncertainty, are put on the other side of the bracket and will meet Ninjas in Pyjamas in the quarter-finals on Friday at 19:00 .

nitr0 was far and away the best performer on Inferno

Denis "⁠electroNic⁠" Sharipov kicked off the game by winning a 1vs2 clutch in the pistol, only for Liquid to answer straight back with a forcebuy aided by the bomb plant in the previous round. Force-buy wars ensued, with Natus Vincere coming out on top and racing to a 4-1 lead. That was the only period of success for the Ukrainian side, as Liquid began chipping away at the deficit, tying up the scores at 5-5 in no time. Nick "⁠nitr0⁠" Cannella had a fantastic first half, providing his team with a crucial quad-kill to give them the lead for the first time, before winning a 1vs2 clutch with impressive spray control. Keith "⁠NAF⁠" Markovic also had a highlight of his own, winning a crisp 1vs3 clutch to finish off his ace and put the half-time scoreline at 9-6 in the North Americans' favor.

Liquid continued their winning ways in the second-half pistol but otherwise struggled in their defensive half. Once Natus Vincere got to a gun round, they clawed back the deficit and eventually tied up the scores at 11-11. A back-and-forth ensued, with neither team in control of the game as they traded rounds until eventually getting tied up again at 14-14. It was once again nitr0 who stepped up with two crucial multi-kills on the B site, getting his team over the line with a 16-14 win and putting up 31 kills in the process.

Next up was the outgoing Dust2, where Natus Vincere were hot out of the gates and put together a dominant offensive half. They strung seven rounds together before Liquid got their first, but their resurgence didn't last long. The North Americans got just three rounds before Natus Vincere went back to dominating, closing out the first half with a 12-3 scoreline.

Natus Vincere won the second-half pistol and their win looked to be a certainty, but Liquid didn't back down. Their offensive half was much stronger, as they reached double digits and got within four rounds of their opponents. Natus Vincere looked bereft of ideas and struggled to fight back the Liquid offense, but still managed to close out the game with the help of Valeriy "⁠b1t⁠" Vakhovskiy's triple with an MP9, the series moving on to the decider of Mirage.

Mirage started with another dominant T-side performance, this time by Liquid. Their start was shaky, as they won the pistol before Natus Vincere came back to tie up the scores at 2-2. Liquid then stole a round with an eco, when Oleksandr "⁠s1mple⁠" Kostyliev failed to find the bomb in the smoke and ran out of time for the defuse. The round turned the tide completely, as the North Americans went on to lose just two more in the half, ending up 11-4 ahead at the interval. nitr0 had another stellar performance, winning a 1vs4 clutch on his way to 14 kills at halftime.

A second pistol victory for Liquid meant their triumph was a mere formality as the North Americans found themselves nine rounds up. s1mple prolonged the inevitable with a 1vs2 clutch, but it wasn't enough. Liquid got the required rounds and closed out the map comfortably, winning the series and booking a direct spot in the semi-final.

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24th November 2022
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Inferno
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12
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 Natus Vincere K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
68 - 53 +15 86.1 1.24
47 - 53 -6 65.2 0.99
51 - 56 -5 77.0 0.99
45 - 58 -13 65.2 0.88
40 - 58 -18 56.1 0.77
 Liquid K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
59 - 58 +1 86.7 1.25
65 - 50 +15 79.9 1.20
51 - 50 +1 81.0 1.15
56 - 51 +5 79.1 1.11
45 - 43 +2 54.1 0.98
Russia Denis 'electroNic' Sharipov
Denis 'electroNic' Sharipov
Age:
24
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1362
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.66
United States Nick 'nitr0' Cannella
Nick 'nitr0' Cannella
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
1454
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.66
Canada Keith 'NAF' Markovic
Keith 'NAF' Markovic
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1628
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.63
Ukraine Valeriy 'b1t' Vakhovskiy
Valeriy 'b1t' Vakhovskiy
Age:
19
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
503
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.63
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Ukraine Oleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Oleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev
Age:
25
Rating 1.0:
1.25
Maps played:
1614
KPR:
0.85
DPR:
0.64
#1
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Netherlands Sem0733
B1t turning into another Flamie.
2022-11-24 22:19
24 replies
#5
 | 
Europe Juuzou_
Lolled
2022-11-24 22:19
+1 seized 3.0
2022-11-24 22:19
Bit could literally join any team in the world play star roles and be a top 3 player
2022-11-24 22:19
14 replies
#28
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Russia NOD777
Why he isn’t doing that in navi?
2022-11-24 22:29
12 replies
Because you don't understand the game
2022-11-24 22:31
5 replies
#35
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Russia NOD777
So bit performance depends from a random hltv guy. Truly he is a b0t
2022-11-24 22:35
1 reply
0/8
2022-11-24 23:13
+1
2022-11-24 23:49
#100
 | 
Canada MiLkBaGzz
+1
2022-11-25 08:32
#116
 | 
Canada Timings
He's obviously in very bad form and needs to step up. Nobody can deny it and you cannot defend him. Of course everything is not about kills in this game but his form is lacking.
2022-11-26 02:03
It’s a shithousery rn
2022-11-24 22:33
Because he gave up a lot of his role to sdy.
2022-11-24 23:06
1 reply
How?
2022-11-25 09:18
Because they have a star role already, he could only be a second best there. You cannot have 2 players dropping 30 bombs. That would mean other dudes will be sitting on 15>
2022-11-25 00:30
#105
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Indonesia lumayan
Because you don't understand the game
2022-11-25 09:34
Because you don't understand the game
2022-11-25 11:33
*Top 3 rifler
2022-11-25 01:10
#15
Snax | 
Europe Jezynt
Wdym?
2022-11-24 22:22
+1
2022-11-24 22:27
#59
NAF | 
Netherlands arTvamp
nitr0 he is a sound guy. well rounded personality. I respect that about him.
2022-11-24 23:20
3 replies
pretty humble person all around. Likes to joke around, never compliments himself too much. Always team first
2022-11-25 06:03
2 replies
one of the few pro players i really admire
2022-11-25 07:03
1 reply
+1. good role model
2022-11-25 17:22
far too early to say that
2022-11-25 00:33
Let’s see how they’ll fix their role problems… I can’t stand watching this tilted simple anymore. The toxic environment brings everyone else down. That shouldn’t be happening. Hope to see perfecto elec and bit shine again soon be it with sdy or someone else
2022-11-24 22:18
22 replies
#10
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Europe Juuzou_
Where did you see toxic simple
2022-11-24 22:20
19 replies
at the end of first map, he was so tilted at b1t
2022-11-24 22:35
4 replies
3 replies
i don't understand russian/ukrainian well but it didn't sound like being toxic towards him. i heard him saying "didn't listen to teammate on ct" or whatever i could be very wrong but still, what's wrong with pointing out mistakes after game.
2022-11-25 02:07
2 replies
#107
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Hungary Leviax
after the whole match when they review their mistakes and stuff it's totally understandable to talk about it but when the match isn't even over why would you bring your teammate's morale down
2022-11-25 11:00
1 reply
to not make the same mistake on the next game?
2022-11-25 20:26
every fucking time I see him on the screen
2022-11-24 22:23
Wtf you didn’t watch the stream? Him yelling at them „tsho vi suka delajete?“ etc constantly arguing with elec, with perfecto giving ideas in between etc. their roles are a pure shitshow right now it feels like no one really has an idea of what to do and it’s so sad to see
2022-11-24 22:23
3 replies
what does tsho vi suka delajete mean
2022-11-24 22:36
2 replies
#40
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Russia WiHuu
"What the fuck are you guys doing?"
2022-11-24 22:40
1 reply
thanks mate!
2022-11-24 22:41
Example: mirage ct side nitro 4K clutch on b (Edward)
2022-11-24 22:23
2 replies
1 reply
They cut out the curse words btw
2022-11-25 00:15
#31
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Russia NOD777
He said to sdy “ne tupi” (don’t make a fool moves) and didn’t explain what sdy did wrong. He brings nothing to help sdy just brings his spirit down
2022-11-24 22:32
3 replies
Yeah Simple’s resilience is really broken. Idk but this mentality doesn’t help anyone it just makes everyone worse
2022-11-24 22:35
2 replies
Yup, I think sdy is getting much of the silent hate and it reflects oh his body language an performance as well. I dont think he is a god mechanically but as you said, the toxicity only brings the spirit/confidence down. Almost like they were hoping for sdy to fail in every clutch attempt, you can see that in the body language as well
2022-11-24 23:03
1 reply
yea no one can be motivated to win clutches if you know deep dowm inside even your teammates don't think you can hope sdy gets a chance after navi to prove himself, he doesn't deserve this horrible treatment in navi
2022-11-25 07:02
All this moaning and whining whenever he or someone else fail. Poker face should be the only face he shows when they lose in order to maintain non toxic atmosphere
2022-11-25 00:33
no boombl4 no win, is s1mple.
2022-11-24 23:43
Yeah, after that round on Mirage CT side where they let Liquid plant 5v5 on an eco and they end up losing somehow is where the tilt started. Seemed like the team was almost walking on eggshells the rest of the game.
2022-11-25 04:22
darn
2022-11-24 22:18
#4
 | 
Europe Juuzou_
Captain America is back!!!
2022-11-24 22:18
#8
 | 
United States cr4zy_m3
MY CAPTAIN
2022-11-24 22:19
#9
 | 
Turkey Joper
Let's Go Captain America!
2022-11-24 22:19
#11
 | 
United Kingdom Technica
Does this qualify Liquid for the world final?
2022-11-24 22:20
8 replies
Yes my captain carrying NA on his back
2022-11-24 22:21
#20
NAF | 
India FosFate
UNless NiP win the whole thing. Which wont happen...so yes
2022-11-24 22:23
2 replies
#27
EliGE | 
Netherlands Korra
I swear if you just threw the ultimate Jinx
2022-11-24 22:28
1 reply
if jinxing is real then i'm gonna say that NiP will win 100% ez
2022-11-25 02:10
#70
 | 
Argentina Saazu
No, the winner of the event qualify to world finals.
2022-11-25 01:27
2 replies
He meant via the leaderboards...G2 for example qualified for the world finals after beating Fluxo
2022-11-25 03:34
1 reply
didn't know that :D
2022-11-25 06:56
no, at the end of the day this match will be irrelevant sadly because faze will most likely win. not saying they should. not saying i want them to win. but its more than likely. unless navi finally wakes up and helps s1mple on the server. i think he can beat nip alone but against faze he needs at least 2 other people to step up their game.
2022-11-25 03:08
#14
 | 
Hungary szia
s1mple so mad XD youtu.be/m4ZiALcRCSs but id be too tbf if I had to parade around these navi bots
2022-11-24 22:22
5 replies
#22
Snax | 
Europe Jezynt
S0mple literally threw
2022-11-24 22:23
1 reply
#55
 | 
Hungary szia
s1mple was first to die. imagine being 18-7 and then watching your teammates die 1 by 1 to lose a 4v1
2022-11-24 23:09
Wtf how they couldn't trade
2022-11-25 00:10
2 replies
#78
 | 
Hungary szia
NAVI trade banned :/
2022-11-25 02:13
1 reply
:DDDDD
2022-11-25 03:40
Liquid NAVI's kryptonite attacking again
2022-11-24 22:22
4 replies
free sdy
2022-11-24 22:23
Liquid rent free in s1mple's head
2022-11-25 02:11
2 replies
Maybe in the heads of the other 4 but he showed up yesterday
2022-11-25 16:14
1 reply
yeah you're right but Liquid really tilted s1mple mid game, but the thing is he always performs whether mad or not.
2022-11-25 20:29
#21
 | 
Ukraine SwissRolls
How did they qualify when liquipedia says OG have more points
2022-11-24 22:23
1 reply
#60
 | 
Italy Skye620
Because points haven’t been added from this event. The other article states if liquid make a semis appearance they will have enough points to qualify… well if NIP don’t win this event that is Edit: they qualify along with OG I mean
2022-11-24 23:33
CAPTAIN AMERICA!!
2022-11-24 22:26
#37
 | 
United States Icysoda57
My captain
2022-11-24 22:37
#38
 | 
Finland Latez45
nitro fantasy pickers stand up (me)
2022-11-24 22:37
Shame I missed the first two maps because Liquid just walked over NaVi on Mirage for an easy win. WP Liquid!
2022-11-24 22:39
fluke win
2022-11-24 22:44
2 replies
#71
 | 
Indonesia Astrali5
navi is just bad, losing 14 rounds to fluxo on d2 omegalul, even G2 did better
2022-11-25 01:39
#74
 | 
Aruba defoliant
navi fluked won Stokholm major agree.
2022-11-25 01:58
#48
 | 
United States GiantDays
ez
2022-11-24 22:48
xd
2022-11-24 22:58
#51
 | 
Algeria rahimou111
bring back boombl4
2022-11-24 23:03
liquid chemistry looks really cool. good for NA. the more competition, the better.
2022-11-24 23:08
#54
 | 
Norway Snaids
Nitr0 is s1mples kryptonite
2022-11-24 23:09
Much respect for nitro. Such a decent human with huge impact even when he doesn’t frag hard like he did here. Liquid struggled without him and now that they have him in the team again you can see what a difference he makes
2022-11-25 00:56
1 reply
#72
 | 
Aruba defoliant
+1, one of the greatest personalities in cs go.
2022-11-25 01:48
#73
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Aruba defoliant
S0mple cant carry 4 bots anymore. Blade strats always has been and always will be: "Simple, go kill".
2022-11-25 01:50
#80
 | 
India slayr121
S0mple himself is turning bot. Toxic bot i mean .... Definitely Navi era
2022-11-25 03:09
n1tro won this game.
2022-11-25 03:41
#86
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Nepal Ekadeshcs
Reminder that nitro is a fragging igl.
2022-11-25 05:48
1 reply
Used to be*
2022-11-25 06:07
nitr0 played the game of his life for the wrong match. I think NaVi lost on purpose. NaVi will face NiP and Liquid will face the Heroic/G2 winner so NaVi will have an easier opponent.
2022-11-25 06:23
3 replies
Yes, but the difference is that Liquid will skip quarters and gonna play against g2/heroic in semis, meanwhile navi need to beat nip first and then deal with faze in semis. Much harder route to grand-final taking into account faze form, doesnt look like a throw on purpose.
2022-11-25 07:28
bro they play quarterfinals and then faze :D it is much much harder
2022-11-25 07:30
That could be true, because when you look back historically navi always warmed up into tournaments by fighting back from behind/ loosing first match/map. They are a strong comeback team and get better the longer the tournament lasts.
2022-11-25 16:20
b0t sd0 trash players
2022-11-25 06:46
#95
 | 
Germany who|cars
b0t finally deliver some good thing
2022-11-25 07:05
Hltv after major: nitro has to go he's so bad
2022-11-25 07:17
1 reply
xD goldfish memory
2022-11-25 09:05
#99
NAF | 
United States Grimly
CAPTAIN o7
2022-11-25 08:00
God nitr0
2022-11-25 09:00
n1tro goat
2022-11-25 09:16
nitr0 he is the stars ...
2022-11-25 10:32
godtr0 mode on
2022-11-25 13:21
n1tro gigachad single handedly tearing navi a new one.
2022-11-25 16:44
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