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Liquid pummel FURIA to win cs_summit 8

It was a deflated-looking Liquid who entered the Regional Major Ranking tournament after over a month’s break from official competition, scraping together a win against Bad News Bears and falling to Extra Salt in their first group stage matches. However, with the team transitioning calling duties from Gabriel “⁠FalleN⁠” Toledo back to Jake “⁠Stewie2K⁠” Yip, their performance in ensuing matches steadily improved, and their shaky form faded away.

After Liquid edged out the win in an intense upper bracket final match against FURIA, where two maps reached double overtime and the decider required all thirty rounds to reach its conclusion, the stage was set for an intense best-of-five rematch in the grand final.

It was anything but that though, and it was Liquid who led from the front foot at the onset of the series and carried it through to its conclusion, securing Overpass (16-5) and Nuke (16-11) before falling on Inferno to a comeback effort from FURIA, only to immediately answer back with a crushing 16-5 win on Mirage.

Stewie2K has taken back the leadership reins on Liquid

It seemed as if Overpass could make for a competitive map to kick off the series as FURIA took an initial lead, pulling ahead 6-3, but there was little to be said for their efforts in the rest of the map as they garnered just one additional round as Liquid put on a clinic, closing their pick in dominant fashion.

That momentum carried into Nuke for Stewie2K‘s side, who put up a stalwart defense for a 9-0 start before FURIA clawed back into the map for five rounds. However, a pistol win and ensuing conversions had Liquid reach map point in short order, with the team closing things out not long after.

Inferno was the sole close affair of the series, and the only one to go FURIA‘s way, despite Liquid holding a 14-9 lead in the second half. After a back-and-forth battle in the early portions of the map, Liquid pulled well ahead following the side swap, but were unable to take the map over the line as FURIA fought back to narrowly survive elimination, edging out a win in regulation.

It was a return to normalcy for Liquid soon after that though, and they didn’t lose a step in posting a strong CT side lead on Mirage before swiftly bringing the map to a close, 16-5.

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cs_summit 8 final standings:

1. United States Liquid – 1600 RMR Points + $17,000
2. Brazil FURIA – 1500 RMR Points + $10,000
3. Oceania EXTREMUM – 1400 RMR Points + $7,000
4. Brazil O PLANO – 1300 RMR Points + $5,000
5. North America Extra Salt – 1200 RMR Points + $4,000
6. Brazil paiN – 1100 RMR Points + $3,000
7-8. United States Bad News Bears – 950 RMR Points + $2,000
7-8. North America Evil Geniuses – 950 RMR Points + $2,000

North America Regional Major Ranking leaderboard:

1. Brazil FURIA – 1980 RMR Points
2. Oceania EXTREMUM – 1880 RMR Points
3. United States Liquid – 1840 RMR Points
4. North America Evil Geniuses – 1310 RMR Points
5. Brazil O PLANO – 1300 RMR Points
6. North America Extra Salt – 1200 RMR Points
7. Brazil paiN – 1100 RMR Points
8. United States Bad News Bears – 950 RMR Points

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FURIA beat EXTREMUM to set up rematch with Liquid in cs_summit 8 final

FURIA are through to the grand final of cs_summit 8 with a 2-0 victory over EXTREMUM in the tournament’s consolidation final. The Brazilians were in control for the vast majority of the series despite not winning a single pistol round, picking up a deserved victory that was decorated by imperious displays from Kaike “⁠KSCERATO⁠” Cerato and Yuri “⁠yuurih⁠” Santos on Nuke and Vertigo, respectively.

EXTREMUM came close to forcing a third map after finding themselves down 11-4 at the break on their map pick, only to collapse in overtime after wasting two map points. In the end, the Australians were left to rue a series of mistakes that were punished by their clinical opponents.

With this victory, FURIA will have a shot at revenge against Liquid after Friday’s thrilling three-map affair, now in an all-deciding best-of-five series. “It feels like we’re getting better and progressing after every game,” Paytyn “⁠junior⁠” Johnson said after the match. “That Liquid game was a test for us because we stuck through the hard times and almost came back on Inferno.”

yuurih helped FURIA across the finish line with a great Vertigo display

EXTREMUM came out strongly on Nuke, FURIA‘s map pick, and raced to a 5-1 lead on the defence, with Sean “⁠Gratisfaction⁠” Kaiwai and Jay “⁠Liazz⁠” Tregillgas both raising eyebrows during the early stages. The Brazilians eventually found their rhythm, and they pinned the Australians against the ropes for the remainder of the half to head into the break up by one round.

Now playing on the T side, EXTREMUM retook the lead off the back of a clean pistol round, but their attacking threat fizzled out once FURIA had money to work with. With KSCERATO leading the charge and racking up several multi-kills, the Brazilians took control of the game, fending off a late come back from their opponents after denying Hansel “⁠BnTeT⁠” Ferdinand what could have been a game-changing 1v2 clutch at 13-11.

EXTREMUM started Vertigo the brighter of the two sides, but their lead wouldn’t last long. FURIA tightened up and immediately took the upper hand, finishing the half with a commanding 11-4 lead and with the momentum clearly in their favour, especially after KSCERATO shockingly pulled off a 1v3 clutch with a defuse through a smoke.

The Australians’ quality began to shine through after the break as they shut out the normally lively FURIA offence, hitting map point at 15-13. The map seemed to be as good as over, but FURIA kept their composure to take the game to overtime – in which a stunning 1v3 clutch by yuurih kick-started a dominant 4-0 run.

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EXTREMUM take down O PLANO to meet FURIA in cs_summit 8 consolidation final

EXTREMUM are through to the consolidation final of cs_summit 8 after eliminating O PLANO from the event in fourth place. The Oceanic side had little difficulty dispatching of the Brazilian roster, easing past them on Inferno before narrowly securing a win on Dust2 to claim a series victory, setting up a match against FURIA for a spot in the best-of-five grand final against Liquid.

When asked about their upcoming match against FURIA, who the EXTREMUM core will play for the first time since losing to them in the grand final of IEM New York North America last year, AZR stated he was looking forward to the match-up. “FURIA can never be underestimated,” the Australian in-game leader said. “We just have to make sure we prepare and come into tomorrow with a good game plan.”

jkaem stepped up for EXTREMUM on Dust2 to help close the series

After banning Inferno in all of their matches thus far in the event, O PLANO let the map through against EXTREMUM, hoping to show a better face on it than on Nuke, where their T sides have consistently fallen short. However, the inexperience in official showings on the map for O PLANO was immediately apparent as they were unable to string rounds together, with EXTREMUM posting a 10-5 lead at the half before winning six straight to rapidly bring the map to a close.

Looking to recover from the swift loss, O PLANO showed a better face on Dust2, resulting in the two teams remaining deadlocked at halftime. Following the side swap, though, it was EXTREMUM who once again gained the upper hand, attaining match point in short order before Joakim “⁠jkaem⁠” Myrbostad put a halt to O PLANO‘s comeback effort in round 30 with an ace to close the series.

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Liquid outlast FURIA in quadruple overtime affair to advance to cs_summit 8 grand final

After over 110 rounds of play across three maps, Liquid defeated FURIA 2-1 (Nuke 22-18, Overpass 19-22, Inferno 16-14) to lock their spot in the grand final of the first North American Regional Major Ranking tournament of 2021, cs_summit 8. Meanwhile, the Brazilian side have fallen to the consolidation final, in which they will face the winner of O PLANO and EXTREMUM.

Following the match, Eric “⁠adreN⁠” Hoag was interviewed on the broadcast and shed some light on the recent in-game leadership changes in the squad, which saw Gabriel “⁠FalleN⁠” Toledo begin transitioning the duties back to Jake “⁠Stewie2K⁠” Yip.

“Right now, Jake is calling everything, pretty much on all the maps being the IGL” the coach revealed. “He just gels better with this core than when FalleN was calling. It just felt more natural for the rest of the squad — and FalleN and Jake just in general — I think it just makes more sense for the style of the team.”

KSCERATO’s heroics weren’t enough to pull FURIA over the finish line

Nuke was picked by FURIA to kick off the series, but it was Liquid who clinched the lead in the opener after coming back from a tough first half on the defense. The Brazilian team looked to put up a commanding performance after controlling the first half as Terrorists, but despite winning the second half pistol and reaching a 12-5 scoreline Andrei “⁠arT⁠” Piovezan & co. couldn’t close it out against a red-hot FalleNKeith “⁠NAF⁠” Markovic duo.

The North American side quickly climbed back from the large deficit and even had the chance to finish off the map in regulation, but in the end they had to fight it out in double overtime, where Stewie2K made the difference with a couple of key multikills in a perfect second set.

With their backs against the wall, FURIA then fought back from a slow start on Overpass to equalize the series following another overtime affair. Once again, just one set wasn’t enough as Liquid survived three match points before it went to the second set, where a double AWP setup in the hands of Paytyn “⁠junior⁠” Johnson and Kaike “⁠KSCERATO⁠” Cerato did the trick in a flawless defense.

Inferno saw Liquid bring FURIA to heel to secure a hard-earned 2-1 victory. arT‘s men looked out of sorts as they struggled for momentum all map long, but despite being down 7-14 the Brazilians persevered and mounted another scary comeback attempt, this time unsuccessful as FalleN‘s AWP triple on B prevented the match from going past regulation for the third time.

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EXTREMUM, O PLANO stay alive in cs_summit 8 lower bracket

EXTREMUM and O PLANO have advanced to the lower bracket final of cs_summit 8, defeating Extra Salt and paiN in their respective match-ups to remain alive in the tournament and guarantee themselves a greater sum of Regional Major Ranking points.

Extra Salt, who entered the tournament as one of the favourites to make a deep run alongside Liquid and FURIA, will surely be disappointed by their early elimination, having shown good form prior to the event including a runner-up finish at the FunSpark ULTI Europe Final.

The prospect of a few extra RMR points via the fifth place decider will offer little solace for Johnny “⁠JT⁠” Theodosiou‘s side given their expectations of winning the event, and the team will have limited time to recover from the loss as they will shortly travel to Europe to compete in IEM Summer, where they will face G2 on June 3 in their opening match.

EXTREMUM claimed revenge after falling to Extra Salt in the group stage

It took all three maps to decide the fate of Extra Salt, although the team kicked off the series in good form as they recovered from a 5-11 deficit on EXTREMUM‘s map pick, Vertigo, running away with the T side to edge out a 16-13 victory. Nuke was equally as close, although there it was Aaron “⁠AZR⁠” Ward‘s troops who pulled off a comeback from a 9-14 deficit to win the map in overtime, forcing a Dust2 decider.

After the narrow margins of the first two maps, Dust2 was decidedly one-sided, with EXTREMUM posting a stalwart defense to lead by five rounds at the half, before wasting little time in closing out the map following the side swap.

Meanwhile, O PLANO‘s woes on the T side of Nuke continued in their match against paiN – despite Vito “⁠kNgV-⁠” Giuseppe‘s men leading 9-6 at the end of their defensive effort, paiN entirely shut out their countrymen, securing ten rounds in a row to take the map in dominant fashion. Those same struggles on the offense did not continue on Train however, and the series was swiftly evened up as O PLANO comfortably took the map 16-10.

The double AWPs of kNgV- and Henrique “⁠HEN1⁠” Teles combined as O PLANO burst onto Dust2, leading 9-2 before paiN found their footing towards the end of the half to snag four final rounds. An early back-and-forth after the break briefly allowed paiN to pull ahead, but once the economy stabilized for O PLANO, Vinicios “⁠PKL⁠” Coelho‘s side were left with no openings to get back into the map, which ended 16-11.

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