Team Liquid had to go overtime Friday but was finally able to pull off a 2-1 victory over Cloud 9 and keep pace with the early leaders at the ESL Pro League Season 12: North America event.
After splitting a pair of maps, with Cloud 9 winning 16-11 on Dust II and Team Liquid getting revenge 16-7 on Inferno, it moved to Overpass where an epic battle ensued.
Cloud 9 got back into the final map, winning six consecutive rounds to take a 12-11 lead before Team Liquid was able to finally pull even and win in extra time.
Keith “NAF” Markovic led Team Liquid with 65 kills and a plus-14 kill-death ratio. Jake “Stewie2K” Yip had 70 kills and a plus-10 ratio. Josh “oSee” Ohm led Cloud 9 with 67 kills and a plus-12 ratio.
Team Liquid improved to 3-1, even with second-place Evil Geniuses. FURIA Esports is in first place at 4-0.
The top two teams in the standings of the $225,000 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive tournament will advance to the upper bracket of the double-elimination playoffs. The third- and fourth-place sides will move on to the lower bracket of the playoffs.
All matches except for the final are best-of-three. The Sept. 27 championship match will be best-of-five, with the team emerging from the upper bracket starting with a one-map lead.
Week 3 continues Saturday with FURIA Esports battling 100 Thieves, Team Liquid against Gen G Esports, Cloud 9 against Chaos Esports Club and Evil Geniuses against Triumph.
ESL Pro League Season 12: North America standings through Thursday:
1. FURIA Esports, 4-0
T2. Evil Geniuses, 3-1
T2. Team Liquid, 3-1
T4. Chaos Esports Club, 2-2
T4. Gen G Esports, 2-2
6. Cloud9, 1-3
7. 100 Thieves, 1-3
8. Triumph, 0-4
–Field Level Media