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Liquid swamp NRG; win SuperNova CS:GO Malta
It only took two maps, the second with an eleven round comeback, for Liquid to win their first tournament since February.
Written by: DuckMoriarty    December 2nd 2018 4:51 pm    #SuperNova #SuperNovaMalta #Liquid #NRG  

An ecstatic TACO wins in Malta

The Grand Final of SuperNova CS:GO Malta was between both North American attendees, NRG and Liquid. The two teams vetoed down to Overpass, Inferno and Mirage where the winner would take the majority of the $150,000 prize pool.

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Overpass was a washout for Liquid, as they completely outclassed NRG throughout. Liquid opened the map out on their T-side, and carried on winning throughout the first half, only losing the fourth, eleventh and fifteenth rounds as they took the break as 12-3 leaders. The second half commenced with NRG taking the pistol round, before Jonathan "EliGE" Jablonowski picked up a 4k to cause a reset. From there Liquid won out, claiming the final four rounds to start this grand final off with a 16-4 win.

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The second map could be easiest described as the reverse, for at least the first half, anyway. The two teams ping-ponged for control at the start of the map, before NRG came out and took control on their T-side sustained by Vincent "Brehze" Cayonte's 3k. After the initial ping-pong, NRG only allowed Liquid access to two more rounds, as they went in 11-4 up.

The second half was another story entirely. Liquid opened up with the first three rounds on their T-side, and then recovered from NRG taking the fourth round to take the next five rounds on the bounce to even the map 12-12. It was from that point that Liquid pushed on to take map point, before NRG took the next two rounds to bring it to 15-14.  At the maximum round of regulation, Liquid pulled out all the stops to complete the comeback and avoid overtime, winning 16-14.

SuperNova CS:GO Malta
Best of three maps
NRG
0 - 2
Liquid
de_overpass 4 - 16 de_overpass
de_inferno 14 - 16 de_inferno
de_mirage de_mirage

This result means the final standings of SuperNova CS:GO Malta are:

1st: nam Liquid - $80,000 
2nd: us NRG - $40,000
3rd: de BIG - $15,000
3th: world HellRaisers - $5,000
5/6th: cn TYLOO - $3,000
5/6th: pl Virtus.pro - $3,000
7/8th: pl Kinguin - $2,000
7/8th: ru Gambit - $2,000

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The next events for the two teams will be in Odense, Denmark, with the ESL Pro League Season 8 Finals next week, starting December 4th. Afterwards it'll be back to North America for NRG, as they compete in the IEM Katowice Americas Minor closed qualifier.

#1 006_tv
2018-12-02 22:33
Liquid won something?! Woah
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