Liquid were able to come out on top in the all NA quarterfinals at the Major. The maps for this best of three were Cache, Mirage and Train.
Map Veto :
The start to the domestic battle that was CLG versus Liquid was a one-sided one on Cache, as the former got off to a quick 5-0 start following the initial pistol round, a gun-round and a couple of anti-ecos.
Liquid’s real comeback started when player S1mple obtained a double kill in mid, however jdm64 denied that with a triple in a 2-on-4 for 6-0 scoreline. S1mple’s form continued in the next round however as his AWP got 4 kills to win them their first round.
CLG were able to command a good lead and went on to finish the half with a 12-3 shift, a major shift considering Cache is not very T sided. Liquid however are very good in their matches and had a fantastic T side of their own losing only one round on their T side to win the map 16:13.
The second map was Mirage. Traditionally this has been a map that CLG are favored on by a huge margin. Towards the end of the half CLG were able to abuse gaps in Liquid’s B defence and obtained two rounds for 6-9 as Terrorists. Everything went downhill from there however when Liquid won the second pistol and both anti-ecos for 12-6.
Stats for Liquid vs CLG
Previous to the match S1mple had received a standing ovation from the crowd as he entered the Nationwide Arena.
So cool, @Liquid_s1mple just got a standing ovation and "USA" chants as he entered the arena
— Jason O'Toole (@mosesCSGO) April 1, 2016