The first semifinal match at the ECS Season Finals will be a North American showdown as NRG Esports and Team Liquid face off for their spot in the Grand Final.
NRG’s overall form has been on an upward trajectory for a number of months now, and the recent second place finish at the StarSeries Season 5 Finals showed that the players are now more than capable of mixing it up with the top teams.
The NRG players have had to play just two best of one matches at the ECS Finals so far after advancing in first place from Group B following comfortable wins over G2 Esports and FaZe Clan On June 8th.
While the NRG players were sitting back and relaxing on day two of the competition, Team Liquid had to win a tough best of three against Fnatic in the decider match of Group A.
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Liquid had started strong on day one by defeating Fnatic in the first best of one but the North American team fell at the hands of Astralis in the winners match for the group and had to wait to face the winner of Fnatic vs. Cloud9.
The rematch against the Swedish team ended with Team Liquid once again taking the victory, this time with a 2-0 series score, despite a late comeback attempt from Jesper ‘JW’ Wecksell and company.
The semifinal between NRG and Team Liquid will be a best of three and promises to be a close one due to both teams coming from the same region and playing against each other so often.
After qualifying for the playoffs on day one, NRG’s in-game leader, Damien ‘daps’ Steele spoke to Dexerto about his confidence in his team’s map pool and their recent improvement results, saying “I’ve grown a lot” and “the players have definitely got comfortable on LAN”.
"I’d say it’s like 80%." — @daps on @cerq adjusting to speaking English since joining @NRGgg. daps also talks about who he expects to face, and the tournament format.
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Wilton ‘zews’ Prado, the coach of Team Liquid, also took the time to answer some quick questions following Team Liquid’s victory over Fnatic in the Group A decider match.
The Brazilian sounded confident about his team’s chances against NRG in the semifinals, saying that he believe they underestimated daps and co. in the past and will not make that mistake again.
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