Team Liquid are looking like serious contenders once again after defeating Evil Geniuses in the ECS season 8 finals and will advance to the playoff stages. In this year’s ECS season 8 finals, eight pro CS GO teams are fighting it out in Arlington, USA to be crowned Esports Championship Series champions, and their share of the massive $500,000 USD prize-pool.
The Team Liquid that CS GO fans saw in the first half of the ECS season 8 are back. Jonathan “EliGE” Jablonowski and crew had another great result today, this time against Evil Geniuses. TL won the series 2 – 0 after a 16 – 4 scoreline on Inferno and 16 – 14 on Dust II. This win means that TL have qualified for the ECS season 8 playoffs and will advance straight to the semi finals.
TL displayed great team-play on their CT-side on Inferno, EG repeatedly being caught in TL’s crossfires. Team Liquid won the first half 12 – 3 and took only five rounds to close out the match. Although the whole squad put up excellent numbers and stats, EliGE finished in the top spot with 19 kills and 9 deaths.
The same storyline was repeated on the second map, Dust II. TL had another great run on their CT-side and took down the first half 10 – 5. Although Liquid were playing better than EG, Cvetelin “CeRq” Dimitrov was able to keep his team in the game with a couple of clutch kills.
Team Liquid and Evil Geniuses took the game all the way to the 30th round. Overtime certainly looked like a real possibility, but Jake “Stewie2K” Yip won a 1-v-2 clutch to prevent it and push TL on to the win. Stewie2K top-fragged with 25 kills.
This win at the ECS Season 8 Finals means Team Liquid have already guaranteed themselves a top-four finish. The North Americans haven’t played in a semi final since the ESL One New York last September. It seems TL just needed a break to readjust their game, and improve their form, which was figured out by other CS GO teams after they won six LAN tournaments in the first half of 2019. Evil Geniuses will now play tomorrow against the winner of AVANGAR vs. Ninjas in Pyjamas at 6pm CET. Team Liquid will have a day to rest until their appearance in the semi finals on Saturday at 6pm CET.
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