Team Liquid keep the NA dream alive at ESL One Cologne, defeat Fnatic 2-0
The team also took out a surprise comeback victory over Natus Vincere yesterday to qualify for the semifinal match, losing the first map but dominating the next two. Today’s games keeps their streak, and the North American dream, alive at four wins in a row.
After starting both maps at a rounds disadvantage, Liquid managed to fight their way back. In game one on Cobblestone they were also down a few rounds in the second half, until a clutch 1v2 play from Jonathan “EliGE” Jablonowski turned the momentum around. Liquid took out the map 16-13.
The second match on Cache was also a close affair, with stand-in Oleksandr “s1mple” Kostyliev keeping Liquid on point, leading them to another 16-13 victory despite Fnatic strangling their economy with a nine-round streak in the second half.
Liquid now looks to defeat the best Counter-Strike: Global Offensive team in the world in tomorrow’s grand finals. SK Gaming (formerly Luminosity Gaming) won their semifinal match against Virtus.pro 2-1 earlier today. The games kick off tomorrow around 11am ET / 8am PT.