NiP win FACE IT Cup over Virtus.pro
Ninjas in Pyjamas won their second trophy in two days as they came out in top of the FACE IT Cup with a 2-0 victory over Virtus.pro in the grand final.
Fresh off winning RaidCall EMS One #3 on Wednesday, NiP have proved they are back on track after going through a rough patch and beat Virtus.pro on just two maps in the grand final of the first major FACE IT Cup.
With Ladislav "GuardiaN" Kovács still acting as a stand-in, Virtus.pro booked a place in the final following victories over AIMBAT, plan-B and Lemondogs. NiP, on the other hand, skipped the first round before defeating 3DMAX and Natus Vincere.
The Swedish team got off to a flying start on de_mirage_go and jumped out to an early 8-0 lead, before a pause in the game allowed Virtus.pro to get their act together. Still, all they got was five rounds as NiP enjoyed a comfortable 10-5 lead when switching sides.
NiP win first major FACE IT Cup
Virtus.pro came out strongly in the second half and won the opening three rounds, reducing the deficit to 10-8, but NiP proved their superiority in gun play and ran out 16-9 victors on the map.
On de_inferno_se, the first half was evenly balanced, with Virtus.pro taking an 8-7 lead into the break, but then NiP were simply far too hot to handle on the Terrorist side and turned the score around, posting a 16-11 victory.
FACE IT Cup May final standings:
1. Ninjas in Pyjamas - $750
2. Virtus.pro - $400
3-4. Natus Vincere -$175
3-4. Lemondogs - $175