Liquid continue run, reach last at DreamHack Spring – NA
Team Liquid continued their gone through the lower bracket with back-to-back sweeps Saturday to reach the final at the DreamHack Masters Spring’s North American event.
Liquid will fight FURIA Esports– who are 4-0 in the competition– in Sunday’s best-of-five last, with the winner declaring $40,000 and 320 Pro Trip points. FURIA will begin the match with a one-map edge by virtue of winning the upper bracket.
The runner-up will claim $20,000 and 190 Pro Tour points.
Having actually gone just 1-2 in Group A play, Liquid started in the lower bracket but swept Gen.G Esports on Friday to advance to Saturday’s lower-bracket semis. There, they beat Cloud9 16-4 on Overpass and 16-12 on Nuke to advance to lower-bracket last versus 100 Thieves.
After taking Vertigo 19-17 in overtime to open the match, Liquid cruised on Overpass for a 16-5 win to clinch the victory and reach the last.
The DreamHack Masters Jonkoping, a $250,000 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive event, originally was arranged to be contested with 16 teams this week in Jonkoping, Sweden. However, the coronavirus pandemic required the occasion to transfer to an online format including local competitions for Europe, The United States And Canada, Asia and Oceania.
The DreamHack Masters Spring – The United States and Canada started with 8 teams competing for a $100,000 reward pool. The sides were divided into two four-team groups for round-robin play consisting of best-of-three matches. Both group winners advanced to the upper bracket of the double-elimination playoffs, and the second- and third-place teams from each group got in the lower bracket of the playoffs.
The DreamHack Masters Spring – Europe bracket, with 16 teams contending for $160,000, likewise goes through Sunday. Last weekend, TYLOO won the four-team, $20,000 Asia bracket, and Renegades dominated in the four-team, $20,000 Oceania bracket.
Liquid came out hot on Saturday, winning the very first 10 rounds on Overpass to overwhelm Cloud9 in the opening map. The trend continued on Nuke, with Liquid winning 5 of the very first 6 rounds and eight of the first 10. But Cloud9 reacted this time, winning 10 of 11 rounds to take a 12-9 lead. Any hopes of a 3rd map were removed, nevertheless, when Liquid closed the match on a 7-0 run.
The first map in the lower-bracket final was another see-saw battle, with Liquid wasting a 13-9 lead and needing to win the last 2 rounds to require overtime. They lasted longer than 100 Thieves 4-2 in the extra period.
On the 2nd map, 100 Thieves won the first 3 rounds prior to Liquid took complete control, using a 12-round win streak to take an overwhelming lead.
Jonathan “EliGE” Jablonowski was dominant versus 100 Thieves, acquiring a plus-30 kill-death differential. Only two other players on either group were much better than even for the match, and none were better than plus-9.
Keith “NAF” Markovic was the star against Cloud9, getting 44 kills and notching a plus-18 K-D differential– both match-high marks.
Sunday’s last in between FURIA and Liquid will be a rematch of a May 21 meeting in group play, in which FURIA rallied for a tight 2-1 success. Liquid took a 1-0 lead with a 16-9 win on Vertigo before FURIA resisted with wins of 16-14 on Nuke and 22-20 in double overtime on Mirage.
DreamHack Masters Spring – North America reward swimming pool and Pro Trip points circulation