Movistar Riders vs. Liquid at IEM Cologne. Will the Spaniards Rise After the “Punch” From Navi?

Liquid and Movistar Riders will have to find out who is the strongest, and the one who is strongest will be tested against FaZe Clan. We offer our analysis of who is more likely to qualify for the semi-finals of IEM Cologne.

Liquid started their performance in the group stage of IEM Cologne with a loss to the updated Spirit, but soon adjusted and beat 00NATION, Cloud9 and FURIA. MR, on the other hand, kept a winning streak of 10 matches until they met with the best team in the world represented by NAVI, but even they took a map. Therefore, the achievements of Movistar Riders look more impressive when compared to Liquid.

Liquid and MR played only once this half of the year in a very close match, where the Spaniards won.

Liquid - Movistar Riders. Game shape
Liquid - Movistar Riders. Game shape

In terms of play, Liquid will rely on a well-rounded EliGE, as well as the game sense of oSee, who won 9 clutches during the tournament - more than anyone else in this tournament. Movistar Riders will respond with early aggression and a consistently good AWP from SunPayus.

Movistar Riders are more flexible in map selection and are ready to choose 5 out of 7 maps in an emergency, which cannot be said about Liquid, who also has a replacement player.

LIquid - Movistar Riders. Maps stats
LIquid - Movistar Riders. Maps stats

As a result, we put on a repeat of the previous meeting between the teams. The question is how well Liquid prepared, but after such an overclocking, the Americans will take at least one map, and the victory will go to Movistar Riders. More details about the pre-match statistics can be found here.