Crew Liquid swept MOUZ 2-0 at present within the first quarterfinal matchup of the ESL Professional League season 16 playoffs.
The outcome places the North American powerhouse within the semifinals, the place they’ll face the winner of FaZe Clan vs. Cloud9, and eliminates the younger European squad of MOUZ from the $823,000 competitors. Liquid seemed a bit shaky towards Fnatic within the spherical of 12, leaving followers questioning whether or not they had what it takes to make a deep run. However at present, they seemed as sharp as ever and didn’t give MOUZ an excessive amount of room to work with. “MOUZ is a extremely robust staff so completely happy we had been capable of win on this trend,” Jonathan “EliGE” Jablonowski said on social media after the sequence was performed.
MOUZ had a virtually excellent document through the group stage (4-1) however didn’t play like themselves at present. Liquid shattered MOUZ’s protection within the first half of Inferno (11-4) enjoying as Terrorists, principally as a result of Mareks “YEKINDAR” Gaļinskis’ successive entries on the B bombsite. They stored the power happening the CT aspect as soon as they’d entry to full buys to assert the map 16-10.
The sequence moved to MOUZ’s map choose Historic, and as soon as once more, Liquid displayed their dominance on either side of the map to run away with a 16-11 victory after profitable seven T-side rounds within the second half. YEKINDAR didn’t shine as he did on Inferno, and as an alternative, it was the AWPer Josh “oSee” Ohm doing a lot of the fragging work.
The North American devoted sniper struggled all through the group stage however is recovering his kind through the playoffs, particularly on Historic, which appears to be his finest map these days. He had a 23-15 Okay/D on Historic towards MOUZ and performed an necessary half within the victory towards Fnatic on the identical map.
The primary day of the EPL season 16 quarterfinals will finish with Cloud9 vs. FaZe at 12pm CT.