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Ninjas in Pyjamas have won another major title, defeating Epsilon 2-0 (16-5 on de_mirage_ce, 16-2 on de_train_se) in the DreamHack Summer 2013 grand final. That earned them a cheque for 70,000 SEK (~$10,800), while Epsilon will go home with 40,000 SEK (~$6,200).
Epsilon started well on de_mirage_ce by taking the pistol thanks to a quick attack, and after taking care of a problematic anti-eco, NiP surprised them with their practically standard third round famas buy. That turned the score around to 3-2 in favor of NiP, before one of the tournament's stars Jesper "jw" Wecksell brought out his AWP to secure a win in a 3-on-3 situation for 3-3.
Sadly, the young Swedes weren't able to put up much more resistance as NiP crushed all but one attack until the end of the half, taking an 11-4 lead into their T side. The world's best team won the pistol as well thanks to the quick trigger by Richard "Xizt" Landström and that was practically it as far as de_mirage_ce was concerned. Epsilon did take the first buy round but it didn't spark a comeback as NiP closed the deal right after that, 16-5.
The second map, de_train_se, was Epsilon's choice and it brought hope of a more interesting battle as Andreas "schneider" Lindberg's team only hours before defeated LDLC.com on the same ground to secure the spot in the final.
They lost the knife round, however, which forced them to start on the T side which NiP took full advantage of by going up 8-0. The next two rounds went to Epsilon, but NiP replied quickly, including round twelve when Christopher "GeT_RiGhT" Alesund scored four kills with the SCAR20 auto-sniper.
Epsilon's stand-in Martin "cENTRYZ" Brandal found himself in a 1-on-3 situation in the 13th round, but even though he turned that into a winnable 1-on-1 he couldn't outsmart Alesund who flanked him and put NiP up 11-2.
The final two rounds rounds also went to NiP, and so did the second pistol which even included a knife kill by Patrik "f0rest" Lindberg. That was practically the final touch, even though Epsilon had a 2-on-1 when they faced match point, but Alesund once again clutched and put NiP into celebratory mode for the second DreamHack event in a row.
DreamHack Summer 2013 standings
1. NiP – 70,000 SEK (~10,800)
2. Epsilon – 40,000 SEK (~$6,200)
3-4. Virtus.pro – 25,000 SEK (~$3,900)
3-4. LDLC.com – 25,000 SEK (~$3,900)
5-8. Copenhagen Wolves – 10,000 SEK (~$1,500)
5-8. Western Wolves – 10,000 SEK (~$1,500)
5-8. Lemondogs – 10,000 SEK (~$1,500)
5-8. ESC Gaming – 10,000 SEK (~$1,500)
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+ stupid prize purse
first place must get 70% from all prize pool
it's a pity navi and verygames attended.
it's a pity they didn't attend is what i meant to post.
even if either of them didn't finish top 3 it would have been good to see them there.
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4. VG/WW/Copenhagen Wolves/Epsilon
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Easy run in the playoffs at the end of the day for NIP.
Or this #2 at DH dont count ?
The best team is winning, thats it!
but all the matches before the finals were Amazing and really excited for the next tournaments :)
gj NiP win 26 000 for two days
i just can say that that NIP #1
bad who now top2-3-4-5 very hard to say
Recent CrossFire tournament in China was awarding $50.000 for the winner and even the 8th placement still get $8.000. #facepalm
wp epsilon. that centryz guy such a clutcher
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If so, how many times?
-> not even a team in the semifinals.
Also I like how nobody gives Epsilon the tribute they deserve.
"mimimi LDLC and WW would have been better mimimi"
Epsilon have beaten these two teams in BO3 games in a fair way. And CPHW already had their chance against NiP in a BO3 and lost.
You're probably just mad because some months ago you were calling them cheaters and onliners.
But yes, it's kind of strange to see a team, that was only mediocre in CS 1.6, becoming a finalist in CS:GO. Dunno, maybe it's just because of the game OR these guys evolved a lot and became much stronger.
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But yes, CS 1.6 wasn't "random". It was easier to rank up the teams. Still it wasn't "boring and predictable" because the teams on the top were very close and the ranking changed very often. But IMO it was more like in a real sport. There was a ranking, but it changed from time to time with the evolution of the teams (and not just randomly). In CS:GO we still can't draw any true ranking...it's just NiP dominating and after that it becomes very random. IMO THAT'S boring.
And I don't think it would be a good thing/sign for a competitive game to be completely random...
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not sure if trolling or... there were quite a few teams who dominated the 1.6 scene. they weren't as untouchable as nip (others were capable of beating them and taking a map off them was nothing special), but they still won the majority of events. keep in mind NiP have been around for less than a year.
having one team place top1 at all LAN's during 10 months isn't as boring as having the same 4-5 teams place top4 for 4 years in a row.
In CS:GO we still can't draw any true ranking...it's just NiP dominating and after that it becomes very random. IMO THAT'S boring.
no, that's exciting. it makes you actually want to watch all the games, instead of just waiting for semifinals. no one can predict who's going to finish in top4 the next LAN, the competition is extremely fierce, and we see new top teams popping out of nowhere all the time (Epsilon, LDLC, CPH). if only we had more LAN's...
After that ubersexy ninja defuse they managed to win the tournament!
EDIT: I checked it myself, only 4 guys ! Lucky them ! :D
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was 100 times more fun then watching CS:GO
and I did not played SC2 ever ...
their commentators rox and game so intense
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and gj LDLC you were not far from final keep training hard :) amazing team which proved that even on lan they are one of top world team.