In their biggest tournament look given that getting Gabriel “FalleN” Toledo, Group Liquid have actually guaranteed themselves a playoff spot at the Intel Extreme Masters CS: GO World Championships.

This follows a 2-1 series victory against Team Vigor today in which Liquid discovered themselves down one map to start after a heartbreaking 19-16 OT loss on Nuke. FalleN’s AWP was the crucial to a Liquid triumph on map two, Vertigo. Fourteen of his 22 eliminates featured the sniper rifle and his 22 frags led all players on the server.

The series was sent to a critical 3rd map on Mirage, where Liquid ran the risk of wasting a 10-5 halftime lead. Vigor came out swinging on their T-side with seven of the first 8 rounds of the second half, taking a 12-11 lead. But Liquid hit the emergency situation button in the form of Jonathan “EliGE” Jablonowski, who notched 10 eliminates across five-straight rounds for his group to push them over the edge, 16-12.

Liquid have yet to lose a series during their IEM Katowice run. After beating MIBR in a best-of-one, they have actually now won best-of-three series against OG, FaZe, and Vitality. Their speedy 2-0 against FaZe likely felt helpful for Liquid after losing to their former colleague Russel “Twistzz” Van Dulken and his brand-new team two times in the BLAST Spring groups. Both of those losses remained in a 2-0 fashion.

Liquid have protected one of six playoff spots at IEM Katowice and might secure a bye to the semifinals with a win over either Na’Vi or FURIA. Vigor, on the other hand, fall to the lower bracket and now need to beat a hazardous Virtus Pro team and then win another series to make the playoffs.