Liquid upset by paiN in DH Open NA

Gijs Verhoeff
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Holy moly and blessed macaroni that was... interesting. What do you get when you add Liquid to the paiN? More paiN, don't do alcohol kids.

What should've been not only a breeze of a game to Liquid, but also a pretty easy tournament and a cheap ticket to IEM Summer 2021, turned in to a living hell for the unicorns.

First map: Dust II. Alright, risky pick if you're the top dog, but doable. Liquid run, and run, and run but- oh no! They stumble and fall short of the finish line! paiN takes the map 16-10. Not good, not bad.

Alright, alright, no worries. They take five, before loading up Overpass. They know this map. It's theirs. The ball is rolling once again, and Liquid rack in round after round, with paiN posing little to no resistance. This is easy! The final score tallies up to 16-4 for the sixth best team in the world.

All they need to do now, is carry the momentum to the decider. What map is it? Well, what other map could it be. Liquid take on the Brazilians in the once rustic streets of de_inferno.

But rustic they are no more. Bullets fly left and right, smoke fills the air, shrapnel tears through fabric and flesh, and the Brazilians show themselves relentless.

Liquid put up a small fight, but it's not enough. PaiN barrels towards the series win, finishing the map with a comfortable 16-8 lead.

The battle is over, and sweat, blood, and tears is on everyone's faces. Worse for Liquid though, the war is over. They are eliminated from the tournament that should've given them fame and money, and a spot in IEM Summer.

A chance they gave away to paiN, who've shown they can be real contenders. All they need to do now is defeat Extra Salt.

That's right, due to unfortunate time zones, our detailed battle report on the grand final of DreamHack Open March NA will have to be for another time. If only we'd kept that DeLorean...

March 14, 2021

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