Ninjas in Pyjamas have continued their dominance over VeryGames after the closest series the teams had yet. This time the Swedes won two very close maps (16-14 on de_nuke_se & 16-14 on de_mirage_go) to move on to the grand final of ESEA Season 13 Global Finals.
The upper bracket final of ESEA Invite Season 13 Global Finals saw NiP and VeryGames meet once again. The Ninjas had won 13 consecutive maps against VG and they were looking to put that number up to 15. The French-Belgian squad got as close as ever last weekend at taking their first map, but they lost de_dust2_se 14-16 in the semi-final of RaidCall EMS One Spring 2013.
VeryGames were able to ban only two maps as the lower seed, but they got to pick the first one which would be played. They opted for de_nuke_se and a CT side start, which saw them go up 4-0 after Nathan "NBK" Schmitt's impressive 3-kill action in the lower bombsite in the 3rd round.
Schmitt once again score 3 amazing headshots while guarding the lower bombsite in the fifth round, but his teammates were unable to convert a 2-on-2, so NiP got on the scoreboard 4-1.
But Schmitt once again opened the next round with two M4A4 headshots which propelled VG to reset NiP's economy and go up 6-1, and him standing on a 16:1 score.
NBK was spectacular in the first half of de_nuke_se
VG kept up stopping the Swedes, with Schmitt adding another 3 kill round (having 20:2 score at this point) for 9-1 and Adil "ScreaM" Benrlitom scored 4 incredibly quick headshots for 10-1.
However, Patrik "f0rest" Lindberg scored 3 kills in the next round during an overwhelming upper attack which sparked NiP's minor comeback. Robin "Fifflaren" Johansson added his own 3-kill action for 10-4 before VG took the last round of the half.
Johansson stepped up again in the following pistol round scoring another three kills in a 2-on-3 situation to deny VeryGames a safe second half start. The Swedes also shut down the third round buy from VG and after an eco they were already on the way to another one of their famous comebacks, 11-8.
The Frenchmen seemed to finally break NiP by winning the next two rounds for 13-8, but despite Schmitt getting two entry kills in round 22, the Swedes turned it around and made the score 13-9.
GeT_RiGhT stepped up in the final rounds of first map
Christopher "GeT_RiGhT" Alesund finally starting winning his duels outside and NiP had slowly but surely reduced the deficit completely, and eventually got into the lead 14-13.
Alesund stepped up the most in the 28th round, scoring three kills from above ladder to stop an upper attack, putting the Swedes onto match point. VG seemed to have no solution, but they executed the same attack, this time successfully to get the match into the last round of regular play.
Facing defeat at 14-15, the Frenchmen sent two men outside and down to the lower bombsite, which produced them an advantage after a couple of kills by Benrlitom. But as they always do, they once again dropped a favorable situation against NiP, allowing Alesund with 1hp and Richard "Xizt" Landström to win a 2-on-3 situation for a 16-14 win.
Fifflaren had 24 kills on nuke, friberg 25 on mirage
NiP's pick de_mirage_go was the second map and the Swedes expectedly decided to start on the Counter-terrorist side.
VeryGames took the first pistol round, but faced major troubles after playing with four pistols in the second round, which came down to Benrlitom's 1vs1 clutch. NiP saw that as a sigh that it is time for an early famas buy, but Benrlitom sent them flying with 3 headshots from apartments, putting VG up 4-0 after another save.
The next buy round came down to the wire, but Lindberg AWPed down two opponents in a 2-on-2 situation while protecting his teammate who defused the C4, clinching their first round of the map, 4-1.
Soon enough, the lead changed as the Swedes went up 5-4, but VG continued stubbornly attacking the A bombsite and it somehow worked for them as the lead changed again, this time 7-5 for the French.
NiP then tied the score at 7 apiece, but Kevin "Ex6TenZ" Droolans once again sent his team to attack the A bombsite despite being poorly armed, and they pulled off the victory for an 8-7 advantage at the half.
Ninjas also considered the bigger bombsite as a suitable battle ground for the following pistol round, and they even the score once again at 8-8. After two save rounds, VG came out with the expensive weapons and Schmitt exploded again, getting four kills in the first buy round for 10-9.
VeryGames tied the score at 10-10 after another good defense and then went into their own new lead after NiP's eco. But the teams continued to swap rounds, as the Swedes went back up 12-11 before the French won a eco to tie it back to 12-12.
Ex6TenZ' overaggressive CT calls perhaps cost VG the match.
Droolans then opted for an aggressive stack with the auto-sniper, taking out two opponents, but Adam "friberg" Friberg retaliated with his own couple of kills right away and NiP converted that round to make it 13-12. However, VG had saved up enough money due to winning with pistols the round before, so they were able to buy and even the score at 13-13 again.
The Swedish team was forced to eco and relinquish the following round, so VeryGames got as close as ever to winning by being up 14-13. But their over-aggressiveness in the crucial 28th round, as Schmitt and Droolans tried to attack their opponents early on, cost them the map. NiP evened the score for the 9th time in the map at 14-14, and then finally put the match to bed with VG being on semi-buys in both of the last rounds, winning 16-14 for the third map in a row against the French team.
K - D
Christopher 'GeT_RiGhT' AlesundGeT_RiGhT
49 - 41
Patrik 'f0rest' Lindbergf0rest
48 - 37
Robin 'Fifflaren' JohanssonFifflaren
37 - 37
Richard 'Xizt' LandströmXizt
38 - 47
Adam 'friberg' Fribergfriberg
33 - 44
Ninjas in Pyjames have secured a spot in the grand final of ESEA Invite Season 13 Global Finals where they will need to win one best-of-three series, while their opponents will need two best-of-three series. The grand final will take place on Sunday at 19:00, while VeryGames will meet the winner of ESC vs. Quantic two hours earlier in the consolidation final.