nitr0 stepped up in the series alongside EliGE and NAF to keep them in the tournament

MIBR eliminated by Liquid in clean series at IEM Dallas

Liquid have dismantled another Brazilian team on their path to survive in 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.

2 - 0
All maps
Liquid K - D +/- ADR KAST Rating 2.0
United States Jonathan 'EliGE' Jablonowski 41 - 30 +11 80.2 75.5% 1.27
United States Nick 'nitr0' Cannella 43 - 35 +8 86.3 77.4% 1.26
Canada Keith 'NAF' Markovic 42 - 34 +8 84.5 79.2% 1.23
Richard 'shox' Papillon 31 - 37 -6 72.9 71.7% 1.02
United States Josh 'oSee' Ohm 22 - 37 -15 52.4 60.4% 0.75
MIBR K - D +/- ADR KAST Rating 2.0
Brazil Jhonatan 'JOTA' Willian 45 - 38 +7 95.2 69.8% 1.24
Brazil Bruno 'BIT' Fukuda Lima 36 - 38 -2 74.6 77.4% 1.08
Brazil Matheus 'Tuurtle' Anhaia 31 - 35 -4 66.8 64.2% 0.99
Brazil Raphael 'exit' Lacerda 30 - 33 -3 57.9 75.5% 0.91
Brazil 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.

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