In the event marked by innumerable problems, delays and failures in the transmissions, the hosts fought their biggest hurdle in the final: Astralis, Liquid’s own tormentor throughout the year 2018.

Despite leading the series, Astralis could not stop the American side, seeing Liquid close the clash on two maps to one. Team Liquid is the great champion of iBUYPOWER Masters 2019.

The tournament marked the debut of Jacky “Stewie2K” Yip by Liquid, as well as the debut of Eric “adreN” Hoag in the team’s technical command, which makes Liquid’s achievement even more surprising.

We take a closer look at just how exactly they managed to do it.

Map 1: Inferno

Starting from the CT side, Astralis was six points in the lead, showing impeccable defensive solidity, always seeking the first elimination of the round.

Even Liquid, breaking the sequence of Danish rounds, always depending on individual clutches and plays, the American team soon underwent the economic reset, which culminated with Astralis closing the first half with the sonic score of 12 to 3.

In the second half, Astralis seemed even more unstoppable. After a Danish hit on the pistol in an advance towards bombsite A, the team also confirmed the anti-eco as well as the first gun round without giving any chance to the opponents.

With the score of fifteen to three in favor of Nicolai “dev1ce” Reedtz and company, Liquid continued trying to take the first map of the series to the overtime. At the first opportunity to close the map, Liquid even held the Danish momentum, but in the sequence, even forced, Astralis closed the first map of the series in 16 to 4.

Map 2: Dust 2

Starting from the terrorist side, Team Liquid secured the pistol round after a split for bombsite B. In forced-buy, the Danes made a comeback and, in the sequence of their own, turned the match to five to one.

Liquid only returned to the board thanks to Keith “NAF” Markovic, who struck three opponents to prevent the redemption of bombsite A by Astralis. Soon, the Americans broke the opposing economy and turned the game to nine to five, allowing just one more Astralis point in the first half, which ended 9-6.

Turning to the CT side, Liquid started the second half better by securing the redemption of bombsite B. Soon, the Americans reached the score of fifteen to six. With map point breathing down their backs Astralis even managed to chase after the win, scoring five rounds in a row. Albeit that was not enough to stop the American side on their map-pick.

Even with some difficulty, Liquid managed to close the map in 16 to 11 and tie the series, taking the decision to the third map.

Map 3: Overpass

The third and final map of the decision seemed to be drawn for Astralis. The Danes started from the CT side, destroying Liquid to reach the seven round lead for themselves. The Americans seemed not to want another bitter second place event, reaching the fateful seven to one.

After suffering the economic downturn, Liquid returned to score thanks to three beautiful eliminations by Russel “Twistzz” Van Dulken, opening bombsite B. With the economy weakened, Liquid was able to recover, gaining three more points in a row, closing the half in 9 to 6 for the Astralis.

From CT, Liquid turned the game after six rounds in a row, after an overwhelming pistol play by Nicholas “nitr0” Cannella, who struck three opponents to hold the bombsite A.

Astralis only returned to score after a forced with an excellent job of grenades for bombsite B. Even so, the Americans were not intimidated, putting three more points in the sequence, getting to the score of fifteen to ten thanks to Twistzz, that eliminated all the adversaries to guarantee the success in the defense.

Astralis even managed to stop Liquid from closing the series at the earliest opportunity, counting on three beautiful stunts of deviation.

Even so, Liquid was able to close the map in the next round, from 16 to 11, to become the grand champion of iBUYPOWER Masters 2019.

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