Ninjas in Pyjamas won the ESEA season 13 Global Finals with a 2-0 victory over Quantic Gaming (16-10 on de_nuke_ve, 16-4 on de_inferno_se).
Despite starting the match on the Terrorist side, which is considered to be the weaker of the two on de_nuke_se, NiP got off to a flying start and won the first five rounds of the game with some rapid split pushes outside and on the ramps. In the sixth round, NiP went for another aggressive split push, but this time around Spencer "hiko" Martin won the 1-on-1 with Patrik "f0rest" Lindberg to give Quantic their first round.
After this, NiP decided to rush the upper site, and it looked like they had everything under control after planting the bomb, but Carey "frozt" Kertenian’s two kills with the AWP turned the tide and allowed Quantic to string two rounds together.
The Americans would go on to make it 5-3, but then NiP picked themselves up and regained control of the match, most of the times going for a default split onto the lower bombsite. Quantic were getting the rotations right and were positioning themselves really well, but they were being simply outplayed by NiP, who won five consecutive round as they were 10-3 in the lead.
In the 14th round, Kory "semphis" Friesen locked down the outside area single-handedly, opening up the path for his team to get their fourth round of the game. The last round of the half went to NiP, as the Swedes enjoyed a comfortable 11-4 lead when the teams switched sides.
Quantic came out very strongly in the second half and took the pistol round thanks to a three-kill action from Trey "tck" Martin, who picked up two entry frags on ramps before winning the clutch against Christopher "GeT_RiGhT" Alesund. The two eco rounds also went to Quantic, who were now trailing by just four rounds, but then the American side went for their traditional passive play, which NiP countered with ease.
The Swedish giants picked up round after round, taking the score to 15-7, and even though Quantic found a lifeline when they enjoyed a three-round streak, Richard "Xizt" Landström's troops regained control of the game and won the map 16-10.
Moving over to de_inferno_se, Quantic had a good start and won the pistol round, but they were pegged back by NiP in the second round as the Swedes used their funds to buy weapons. After shutting down a Quantic team on eco in the following round, NiP proved once again that they were superior in gun play: the Americans found themselves with the advantage as they had five men against three, but Richard "Xizt" Landström took down three players rushing the apartment area, giving his team-mates plenty of time to rotate and help him out.
NiP then added one more round to their tally to make it 4-1, after which Quantic pulled one back, as they held down the A site with the bomb planted. After that, though, the Americans constantly found themselves on the back foot, giving up six rounds in a row as they constantly lost one or two players very early in the rounds, which left their team-mates in a very difficult situation as they attempted to make a move.
Quantic eventually managed to get two more rounds, but they knew they had a mountain to climb as the Swedish side enjoyed a comfortable 11-4 lead at the break. In the second half, NiP did not give their opponents any room to breathe, winning the first five rounds to seal a 16-4 victory and pick up the $17,500 cheque.
K - D
Richard 'Xizt' LandströmXizt
47 - 22
Christopher 'GeT_RiGhT' AlesundGeT_RiGhT
45 - 21
Patrik 'f0rest' Lindbergf0rest
42 - 25
Robin 'Fifflaren' JohanssonFifflaren
30 - 24
Adam 'friberg' Fribergfriberg
32 - 26
ESEA Season 13 Global Finals Standings:
1. Ninjas in Pyjamas - $17,500
2. Quantic Gaming - $7,000
3. VeryGames - $4,000
4. ESC Gaming - $2,500
5-6. n!faculty - $1,500
5-6. Curse - $1,500
7-8. Dynamic - $1,000
7-8. Denial $1,000