OG move on to BLAST Premier Spring Group B final over Liquid

The North American side weren't able to claim revenge against Nemanja "⁠nexa⁠" Isaković's men.

OG are through to the Group B final of BLAST Premier Spring after beating Liquid in the consolidation final, coming out on top over the North American roster 2-1 (16-12 Mirage, 8-16 Ancient, 16-10 Overpass) to set up a rematch against FaZe for a spot at the Spring Final.

OG secured a repeat win over Nick "⁠nitr0⁠" Cannella and company, who they had previously beaten in their opening match of the tournament in 2-0 fashion following wins on Ancient and Nuke. This time around, the European combine upset Liquid on Mirage, but were unable to close out Ancient and needed the Overpass decider to come through to claim victory. They will need to step up even further if they hope to defeat FaZe on Thursday at 15:00 , with Finn "⁠karrigan⁠" Andersen's men already having bested OG 2-1 earlier in the event.

Liquid are not out of tournament contention quite yet, but will surely be kicking themselves after letting a handful of advantageous situations slip away throughout the series, particularly on Mirage. Two best-of-three series now separate the North American side from a spot in the Spring Final, with the first being a match against BIG on Friday at 18:30 . A loss would relegate Liquid to the Showdown, while a win would set up a Spring Final-qualifying series against the loser of the Group A final between Vitality and Heroic.

degster was the most consistent performer for OG in the series

Mareks "⁠YEKINDAR⁠" Gaļinskis got things started for Liquid with a quad kill in the opening pistol round of the series, an advantage which the North American team wasted little time in converting into a 4-0 lead. OG put a halt to the streak with a combination of pistols and a saved AWP from Abdul "⁠degster⁠" Gasanov, a momentum-changing moment that was the catalyst in a strong recovery effort from the European camp. Seven rounds straight went the way of OG on the defense, helped by a spectacular ace from degster on the B bombsite, but Liquid pieced together three more rounds towards the end of the half to keep the deficit to a minimum heading into the side swap.

OG kept themselves ahead at the start of the second half, securing a pistol win and converting that into a four-round streak of their own to pull ahead, 12-7. Two of those rounds came down to the wire, however, and inspired little confidence in their ability to keep hold of their lead. Thus, when Liquid began to chain together round wins on the defense, the tides of the match seemed to have completely turned.

nitr0 and company looked to be firmly on the march towards victory and had OG on the ropes, but Maciej "⁠F1KU⁠" Miklas stepped up massively on an eco round, helping recover a 3vs5 situation by picking up a triple kill and 1vs2 clutch to deny Liquid the chance to tie the game. OG did not waste that opportunity and closed out the game just two rounds later, putting themselves at a massive advantage heading into their own map pick of Ancient.

OG got off to a better start on map two, recovering from a pistol round loss with a force-buy thanks to a triple kill from Adam "⁠NEOFRAG⁠" Zouhar. Shahar "⁠flameZ⁠" Shushan took the reins from there, leading the way in taking a 5-2 lead for his side, but heroic defenses from nitr0, Jonathan "⁠EliGE⁠" Jablonowski, and YEKINDAR allowed Liquid to prevent a blowout. A double entry kill from NEOFRAG and quad kill from flameZ helped OG add two more rounds to their tally toward the end of the half, but that was all they could garner as Liquid just narrowly managed to pull ahead after finding their footing on the defense, 8-7, heading into the break. The second half offered much less action as Liquid quickly ran away with the game, with only one round going the way of OG as the North American team dominated on the T side for a 16-8 victory.

A pistol victory to kick off the Overpass decider allowed OG to take another early lead on the T side, with an early back-and-forth between the teams seeing the lead change hands back and forth. A relatively quiet performance from Josh "⁠oSee⁠" Ohm in the earlier portions of the series fell away as the American AWPer was the difference-maker for his side, finding multi-kill after multi-kill to help Liquid barely pull ahead, 6-5. OG found consistent ways to crack through the Liquid defense as the half drew to a close, posting eight rounds, with oSee gunning down four players in round 15 to keep Liquid in close contention.

The second half ended up being all OG, however, with Liquid adding only three rounds to their tally for the remainder of the map. NEOFRAG stepped up with strong impact to take the win over the line for his side, securing a kill in all eight of the rounds that OG won in the second half, and netting two or more kills in five of those rounds to boot. Liquid just couldn't find an answer to crack into bombsites and even conceded a 5vs3 situation to lose the map, with degster grabbing three kills to bring things to an end, 16-10.

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24th January 2023
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Mirage
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8
Ancient
16
16
Overpass
10
 OG K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
63 - 41 +22 71.8 1.22
48 - 55 -7 79.9 1.04
46 - 47 -1 67.7 1.02
51 - 58 -7 80.6 1.02
39 - 49 -10 57.7 0.86
 Liquid K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
53 - 52 +1 77.0 1.10
49 - 42 +7 68.2 1.09
54 - 53 +1 73.4 1.05
48 - 54 -6 77.6 1.03
46 - 48 -2 57.3 0.95
United States Josh 'oSee' Ohm
Josh 'oSee' Ohm
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
1180
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.62
United States Jonathan 'EliGE' Jablonowski
Jonathan 'EliGE' Jablonowski
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
1691
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.68
Poland Maciej 'F1KU' Miklas
Maciej 'F1KU' Miklas
Age:
19
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
679
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.67
United States Nick 'nitr0' Cannella
Nick 'nitr0' Cannella
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
1478
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.66
Czech Republic Adam 'NEOFRAG' Zouhar
Adam 'NEOFRAG' Zouhar
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
747
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.68
Denmark Finn 'karrigan' Andersen
Finn 'karrigan' Andersen
Age:
32
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.91
Maps played:
2092
KPR:
0.62
DPR:
0.69
Serbia Nemanja 'nexa' Isaković
Nemanja 'nexa' Isaković
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
1324
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.63
Israel Shahar 'flameZ' Shushan
Shahar 'flameZ' Shushan
Age:
19
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
458
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.67
Russia Abdul 'degster' Gasanov
Abdul 'degster' Gasanov
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.18
Maps played:
757
KPR:
0.78
DPR:
0.60
Latvia Mareks 'YEKINDAR' Gaļinskis
Mareks 'YEKINDAR' Gaļinskis
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
1182
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.70
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Good job degster for going +22
2023-01-24 22:31
11 replies
#8
 | 
Israel michnass
Mad?
2023-01-24 22:33
8 replies
blast abusers
2023-01-24 22:34
4 replies
i mean if nitr0 is your top fragger for the whole bo3., then i don't think it's anyone else's fault other than Liquid. No offence to nitr0, i love the guy but the others simply didn't show up
2023-01-25 06:12
3 replies
Yekindar was top fragging not nitro
2023-01-25 09:00
2 replies
#54
Pogba | 
Netherlands Neox6
Copium
2023-01-25 12:22
1 reply
no, it's a fact
2023-01-25 23:55
I'm not mad, just disappointed :(
2023-01-24 22:50
2 replies
#57
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Austria Lord_Fox
dont have to be, OG surely not the best team, but hard to play against i guess
2023-01-25 13:09
1 reply
I enjoy watching them play because of that. You never really know with OG
2023-01-25 17:00
top 20 soon
2023-01-25 04:25
Slapester or Sexster ?
2023-01-25 05:12
#2
 | 
Russia fuzik
Faze next
2023-01-24 22:31
#3
deko | 
Pakistan 7ssk7
ok mens
2023-01-24 22:31
degster hard carrying
2023-01-24 22:31
1 reply
Didn't really look like that on overpass tbh
2023-01-25 00:12
EliGE why
2023-01-24 22:32
4 replies
i wanna root for liquid but watching them crumble under pressure every single time it counts is rly getting old ((
2023-01-24 22:53
3 replies
flair checks out
2023-01-25 00:16
liquid is pretty much NA's G2 in the choking sense
2023-01-25 03:00
1 reply
NAHHHH G2 might choke but under pressure m0nesy and niko can make insane plays, whereas naf and elige pop off way less games
2023-01-25 05:14
#6
NAF | 
Canada Bak2BED
being a fan of both teams will never be easy
2023-01-24 22:32
2 replies
Just be a fan of good cs and enjoy when your favorite teams play
2023-01-25 02:39
1 reply
#59
NAF | 
Canada Bak2BED
except with liquid and og they always make questionable plays so its less "who will provide the best highlights" and more "who will choke the least"
2023-01-25 13:26
#7
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Israel michnass
Lest fucking goooooo
2023-01-24 22:33
#9
 | 
Poland sansgranie
oSee can only play ct overpass KEK
2023-01-24 22:33
Nitro top fragging somethings not right :)
2023-01-24 22:36
#12
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United States GiantDays
Elige is nappin boys its over
2023-01-24 22:39
AND YET PEOPLE STILL DOUBT OG
2023-01-24 22:45
3 best maps for awp and Osee at the bottom - oSee + junior when?
2023-01-24 22:54
4 replies
junior is even worse, maybe cerq would be an upgrade but definitely not junior
2023-01-25 00:12
2 replies
Clearly you don’t know the joke
2023-01-25 00:54
come on it's obvious bro
2023-01-25 02:02
Is degster long term OG?
2023-01-25 05:13
Degster insane performance
2023-01-24 22:58
#18
 | 
Brazil drsiemann
Osee has to be the worst awper in the top 20
2023-01-24 22:58
6 replies
he's unironically better with rifle lol
2023-01-25 02:03
I’d take osee over cadian and nicoodoz
2023-01-25 02:41
4 replies
id prefer any awper that doesnt act like he just did 4 bumps of coke at random times during the match
2023-01-25 04:48
Nicoodoz is insane, you gotta watch more cs
2023-01-25 09:09
1 reply
To be fair I missed a lot of fnatic games so I was talking out of my ass
2023-01-25 13:12
#52
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Poland Suvkha
Cadian shits on oSee any day of the week while being IGL at the same time
2023-01-25 11:40
Man oSee was missing shots worse than torzsi. WP OG.
2023-01-24 23:21
bro why is nitro the topfragger 💀💀💀
2023-01-24 23:21
2 replies
valorant aim EZ
2023-01-25 02:03
good to see he held his own, however i think sometimes a team might attack the enemy IGL's positions thinking he's easier to frag.. then the other players can be stuck in bad retake positions. i didnt watch the game but yea this kinda stuff happens. clearly liquid got outplayed.
2023-01-25 04:46
#21
 | 
Sweden skorpan
Liquid in desperate need of a proper awper.
2023-01-24 23:55
What is this format? 4 games against the same 2 teams
2023-01-25 00:06
looks like nitro's been working his aim. liquid can be good, too bad the supposed star players are not consistent.
2023-01-25 00:49
amazing tournament, exciting, waiting to see the rematch in the semi-finals, finals, lower bracket, upper lower bracket, the second final, the pre-final and the final final of the final bracket to qualify for the playoff
2023-01-25 00:52
2 replies
+1
2023-01-25 03:13
"do or die knockout stage" is completely unnecessary just let top twos from each group advance to Spring finals although I agree that seeding can be biased to and against teams but double elimination is enough to let good teams survive. Endless chances and rematches are boring.
2023-01-25 09:59
yekindar? morelike yekindontwin amirite?
2023-01-25 04:44
#40
 | 
Fiji go1x1n00b
format is ASS
2023-01-25 05:00
degster's amazing performance. +22 over LULquid.
2023-01-25 05:29
ez for my man degster
2023-01-25 05:59
At this point just put nitro back on the awp and have osee rifle
2023-01-25 07:17
1 reply
Yep, he is a joke Imagine if Liquid went for degster instead of this clown
2023-01-25 12:47
Lets go OG!
2023-01-25 08:30
#53
 | 
Finland RPGWiZaRD
As long as they don't play Inferno again vs FaZe they should have a small small chance. I overall wanna see more punish picks from underdogs than picking into strenghts of their own when both teams have good stats on a map. Say if both teams have 70% win but one team is closer to T2 than T1 that 70% in that sense is more like 90%, your 70%'ish win rate on Inferno will mean dogshit then when facing perhaps the best Inferno team with better players and IGL, better duke it out with puggy style on a 20 vs 20% winrate map (Overpass, Vertigo etc), things get often weird and less controlled and this more so beneficial to the underdog.
2023-01-25 11:56
OG is a better team
2023-01-25 12:31
#61
 | 
Serbia ladasamara
TY OG!!! Nexa ma man :D
2023-01-25 17:30
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