The majority of CS:GO fans likely predicted that Team Liquid will go out of the New Legends stage undefeated. It stands to reason. The Liquid of 2019 is one of the most dominant teams in CS:GO history, have established an era of their own, and are the undisputed #1 team in the world. They are on a five-tournament win-streak, won the Intel Grand Slam in a record time and nobody comes even close to touching them on most of the maps in the pool.
So when Team Liquid failed to secure even double digit rounds in their loss to NRG, the community was stunned. Yes, the two played on Dust II, Team Liquid’s worst map in their pool, but the result still stands. NRG led 6-9 on their T side at the first half, but Liquid took the pistol in the second half as well, looking to melt the small round difference. Three in a row for NRG broke Liquid’s economy, however, and gave them enough momentum and confidence to close the series at 16-9.
This is an important win for NRG, who are now up 2-0 in the New Legends stage and are to play Astralis next. Whichever team prevails in that clash will secure the top seed in the pool and will be the first to qualify for the StarLadder Major playoffs and secure Legends seed for the next Major.
As for Team Liquid, this should be a little more than an irritating setback on their way to the top 8. The world’s best are playing Avangar on Overapass next — a map on which Liquid are 14-3 in the last three months — and their two most recent wins on it are 16-2 versus ENCE and 16-9 versus Vitality.
Alongside NRG and Astralis, the other two 2-0 teams are ENCE and Vitality, who play each other today to decide who gets the 3-0 playoffs seed. On the other side of the pool, Renegades, Ninjas in Pyjamas, North and DreamEaters face elimination and two of them will be going home today.