Liquid have toppled Endpoint in a two-map affair (Inferno 16-12, Vertigo 16-9) at the end of day three in Group D of ESL Pro League Season 13 to secure their second victory and tie Astralis and Virtus.pro for first place in the round-robin. The European side now sits among two teams, Evil Geniuses and fnatic, at the bottom of the group with a 1-2 record as the fight for the last three playoffs spots is beginning to tense up.
Endpoint chose their favorite Inferno for the series opener and went on to give Liquid a run for their money after having defeated fnatic on the same map on the previous day. Joey “CRUC1AL” Steusel & co. weren’t successful this time, but they still made it a close affair despite a great performance from Keith “NAF” Markovic in the first half.
The North American side eventually pulled away when they were up 9-8 on the back of an Jonathan “EliGE” Jablonowski quad-kill, and although Endpoint‘s resilience kept them in the map for a while up against seven map points, Gabriel “FalleN” Toledo snatched the last round away with a flashy 1v3 clutch on the B bombsite.
It was a similar story on Vertigo. Endpoint looked competitive when they were on the T side, coming back from a 1-5 deficit early with a strong run towards the end of the half to come out on top 8-7, but the map flipped on its head when the sides swapped. Winning heads-up fights in a big commotion near the B stairs in the pistol round, Liquid seized the momentum on the CT side and survived a couple of close rounds up against low weaponry, rallying to a 16-9 victory with a strong A ramp defense.
Two more rounds are left to be played as the group is split in half, with the top three teams at a 2-1 record and the bottom three at 1-2: