Liquid suck and siuhy has a big brain

Gijs Verhoeff
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Source: siuhy by BLAST / Michael Konkol

With Heroic out, many a CS fan would say Liquid were one of the favourites to win the Major. Many a CS fan, but not Apeks.

Ancient, Overpass, Anubis. That’s what the veto gave. Apeks then proceeded to give us amazing CS to watch, and Liquid a good old spanking. The Aztec temples of Ancient were painted red by the unlikely international mix, and Team Liquid looked absolutely lost as YEKINDAR and nitr0 tried to lead their team to success.

Ten rounds was all they could muster before Apeks reached 16-10. It’s alright, decent performance on your opponents map pick. We would’ve expected better from NA’s sole representative, but still.

Better luck on the next map, right? Wrong.

Apeks were on fire, and so was nawwk. Things went about as well as they did on map one, with Liquid showing us how not to take map control. 16-11, and Liquid had to face a 2-0 loss and book their flights home.

In the other quarter-final, Monte’s BOROS was the key to success, and GamerLegion knew it. The bans and picks would take us to Mirage and Overpass, with Vertigo never being played.

There were a lot of similarities in the two quarter-finals, with two unlikely candidates showing more than amazing CS.

With only a slight bit of help from iM and his 51 kills over the two maps, siuhy led his team to 16-10 on the first map. The second map was even more disheartening for Monte, as all they could win was six rounds before GL took the map and the match. Didn’t help that BOROS only managed a 0.97 rating.

Another 2-0, another dismantling. The fans went home early that night.

And so Apeks and GamerLegion surprisingly found themselves in the semi-finals of a Major, could they go all the way?

May 22, 2023

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