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Liquid break NAVI’s streak to advance to IEM Katowice semis, Virtus.pro to playoffs over FURIA

Liquid have advanced to the semi-finals of IEM Katowice after beating Natus Vincere in a nail-biting three map series, which put the CIS-based side in the quarter-finals, while Virtus.pro have rounded out the playoffs teams list with a 2-0 victory against FURIA.

After picking Inferno against Natus Vincere in their previous two encounters with varying results, Liquid decided to opt for Overpass this time and reaped the benefits as they secured a narrow victory in only their second time playing the map with Gabriel “⁠FalleN⁠” Toledo.

Liquid put together a solid offense in large part thanks to impact plays from Keith “⁠NAF⁠” Markovic, which helped the North American side turn a 0-4 start into a 10-5 half. The Canadian went on to add a couple of more multikills in the second half to break NAVI’s run while Jonathan “⁠EliGE⁠” Jablonowski and FalleN ran rampant in defense of the A bombsite, which eventually made the difference as Liquid came out on top 16-14.

Liquid outlasted NAVI after double overtime on Inferno

Natus Vincere were too much to handle on Dust2 for Liquid, the only map Aleksandr “⁠s1mple⁠” Kostyliev & co. have a perfect record on this year with a 5-0 balance following a one-sided affair with the FalleN-led team. The North American side struggled for momentum as NAVI denied them a chance at consecutive rounds every step of the way, locking down an 11-4 Terrorist half before closing it in quick fashion on the defense thanks to a second-round forcebuy win.

Inferno was left to decide the victor and despite the early stages looking headed towards a comfortable Liquid triumph, it was all but easy for the North American side in the end. Their 14-10 lead on the CT side wasn’t enough to bring the series to a close in regulation, with Natus Vincere finding gaps in B over and over to force overtime, where after two sets Liquid brought it home on the back of some clutch play from EliGE, NAF, and Michael “⁠Grim⁠” Wince.

Meanwhile, the B stream showcased a back-and-forth battle between Virtus.pro and FURIA in Group B’s lower bracket final, which also began on Overpass and had the CIS team come out on top 16-14 as they denied the Brazilian squad a comeback from 13-7 despite Kaike “⁠KSCERATO⁠” Cerato‘s best efforts to overturn the result.

Fired up from the first map, Mareks “⁠YEKINDAR⁠” Gaļinskis was a force to be reckoned with on the second, Mirage, leading from the frontlines with 11 multikills to spearhead VP’s climb from a 1-8 deficit, rendering KSCERATO‘s heroic performance all in vain again.

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[VOD] HLTV Confirmed returns from winter break; talking roster news, Major announcement, 2021 calendar

Chad “⁠SPUNJ⁠” Burchill, Milan “⁠Striker⁠” Švejda, and Zvonimir “Professeur” Burazin return for another episode of HLTV Confirmed, Season 5 Episode 22, to discuss everything that happened during the winter break.

How will FalleN fit into Liquid?

The panel will touch on the Top 20 players of the year list, PGL’s Major announcement, and ESEA’s revamp for 2021 in the “Recent news” segment, moving on to “Roster talk” that will range from Gabriel “⁠FalleN⁠” Toledo in Liquid to Robin “⁠flusha⁠” Rönnquist‘s new project.

In the second part of the episode, the first post-break tournament will be discussed, with the trio of panelists breaking down who has the best chances at BLAST Global Finals.

Topics:

Recent news
-Catching up with Top20 list
-PGL to host the Major in Stockholm
-ESEA revamped for 2021
Roster talk
-Liquid FalleN, FURIA junior – which move was better?
-MIBR lose team, future of kNgV- and co.
-Cloud9 lose kassad and woxic
-BnTeT to finalize EXTREMUM (report)
-fnatic sign Jackinho
-Envy transfer list team
-suNny, flusha, autimatic teaming up
-karrigan and mouz future
BLAST Global Finals
-Fight for #1 is on again
-Complexity, FURIA with standins
-What should we look out for
2021 calendar
-What is the year going to look like?
-Will LANs return and when?
Playtime
-Viewer questions and leftover topics

Keep track of the show on social media:

HLTV.org on Twitch
HLTV Confirmed on Twitter
HLTV Confirmed on Youtube
HLTV Confirmed Audio

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