MIBR eliminated by Liquid in clean series at IEM Dallas
Liquid have secured another 2-0 scoreline versus Brazil at IEM Dallas, this time over MIBR. With the win, they continue the path through the Group B lower bracket where they will face the winner of Cloud9 vs NIP for a spot in the quarterfinals.
The series kicked-off on Liquid's map pick of Ancient where they demonstrated their expertise of the map. MIBR were given the option of starting side, going with the defending side. Despite a pistol-round loss, MIBR were able to outperform the North Americans in the first half with Jhonatan "JOTA" Willian leading the pack on a 1.53 rating. Only stringing together a few rounds, Liquid ended the half down 6-9.
Swapping sides, a burst of energy was shot into Liquid's veins as they stormed towards a map win. In particular, Nick "nitr0" Cannella stepped up from being at the bottom of the first half to carrying the second half with a 1.66 rating. MIBR were able to stop Liquid converting off their second pistol-round win but they themselves were only able to hold-up a two round streak before faltering. Winning the next nine out of ten rounds, Liquid closed out the map 16-12.
Going three for three in pistol rounds, Liquid started the CT-side on Inferno with a a four-round sweep. Unfortunately, MIBR had enough on the fifth round with Matheus "Tuurtle" Anhaia leading a charge of six straight rounds for the Brazilians. Mostly trading rounds back and forth, the half ended 8-7 for MIBR with a 2v1 clutch from Jonathan "EliGE" Jablonowski to keep it close for Liquid.
Kicking off their CT-side with a fairly clean pistol, MIBR moved up to a 9-7 scoreline. Disaster struck though, as EliGE continued strong off his half-ending clutch, posting a 1.77 rating and demolishing MIBR at every turn. The Brazilian side were unable to secure a single further round after the pistol with only Tuurtle performing admirably. Moving forward, Liquid closed out the series with a 16-9 map win.
|Liquid||K - D||+/-||ADR||KAST||Rating 2.0|
|Jonathan 'EliGE' Jablonowski||41 - 30||+11||80.2||75.5%||1.27|
|Nick 'nitr0' Cannella||43 - 35||+8||86.3||77.4%||1.26|
|Keith 'NAF' Markovic||42 - 34||+8||84.5||79.2%||1.23|
|Richard 'shox' Papillon||31 - 37||-6||72.9||71.7%||1.02|
|Josh 'oSee' Ohm||22 - 37||-15||52.4||60.4%||0.75|
|MIBR||K - D||+/-||ADR||KAST||Rating 2.0|
|Jhonatan 'JOTA' Willian||45 - 38||+7||95.2||69.8%||1.24|
|Bruno 'BIT' Fukuda Lima||36 - 38||-2||74.6||77.4%||1.08|
|Matheus 'Tuurtle' Anhaia||31 - 35||-4||66.8||64.2%||0.99|
|Raphael 'exit' Lacerda||30 - 33||-3||57.9||75.5%||0.91|
|Marcelo 'chelo' Cespedes||30 - 35||-5||66.2||62.3%||0.89|
Liquid will be facing the winner of Cloud9 versus NIP, where Cloud9 are currently up 1-0 in the series, later today at 07:00PM. The winner of that map will head to the quarterfinals in the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center arena on Friday.