Liquid and Bad News Bears are through to the upper bracket final in their respective groups in DreamHack Open March North America following 2-0 victories over RBG and Rebirth. The current world No.6 made quick work of their opponents despite Gabriel “FalleN” Toledo being handicapped with high ping issues as he is playing from Poland, while Peter “ptr” Gurney‘s side required overtimes on both maps to move past their ESEA Premier rival in a highly-contested affair.
Liquid got off to a dream start as they cruised to a 6-0 lead on Nuke before RBG began to put some rounds together. The ESEA Premier side managed to level the score in the second half after enjoying a period of dominance, but Liquid held firm and secured the map with an ace from Jake “Stewie2K” Yip. RBG picked up an early lead on Mirage off the back of a pistol clutch by Jadan “HexT” Postma, but once Liquid hit their stride, it was nothing but smooth sailing for the North American giants.
With their confidence soaring following a 2-0 victory over Extra Salt on Monday, Bad News Bears left it late to claim success on Mirage after wasting a 14-11 lead and then letting a map point slip. Danny “cxzi” Strzelczyk and Zack “XotiC” Elshani led Rebirth‘s comeback efforts as the team recovered from a 9-2 deficit and pushed for overtime once more, only to falter at the last hurdle.
Bad News Bears will be without Jonathan “Jonji” Carey for the rest of the tournament as the Canadian will have to serve a mandatory quarantine period in a hotel due to COVID-19 restrictions. Jeff “RZU” Ngo will be filling in for the team, who will take on the winner of the winner of the match between Extra Salt and paiN in the group’s upper bracket final.