VeryGames came from behind to beat Ninjas in Pyjamas 2-1 (5-16 de_nuke, 16-14 de_cache, 16-6 de_inferno) and defend their RaidCall EMS One championship.
VeryGames started the grand final by winning the all important terrorist side pistol round, and impressively lost zero members on the next rounds as they went up 3-0.
Robin "Fifflaren" Johansson's double gave NiP their first round, and NiP easily shut down VeryGames' upper attack next. One more loss tied the game, and VG's save gave NiP a 4-3 lead.
Another quick CT win made it 5-3 before a triple by Nathan "NBK" Schmitt gave VeryGames their first weapon round, which was followed by another round win in lower.
Now tied at five rounds each, NiP won a crucial weak buy and then Edouard "SmithZz" Dubourdeaux ran out of time in a one-on-two, giving NiP some momentum again.
The Swedes used that momentum to win the final two rounds as Schmitt's one-on-three attempt was lost after two kills, and Johansson's double secured a 10-5 half.
NiP evened things out in the pistol department by winning the pistol round as well, and winning VG's two consecutive save rounds put them ahead 13-5.
An attack towards the lower site broke VeryGames' defense on the fourth round, and after a save round the French-Belgians were facing a 5-15 deficit and ten map points.
With Christopher "GeT_RiGhT" Alesund left alone in a one-on-four it looked like Schmitt & co would finally get on board, but the Swede won the round and secured NiP a 16-5 win.
NiP before the grand final
NiP take the lead in the series
VeryGames won the opening pistol round again on de_cache, and only lost one member as they went up 2-0. Friberg then got an entry into B, but Benrlitom's triple made it 3-0.
After a save NiP trailed 0-4, and Alesund couldn't convert a one-on-three into a win on the following round. The Swedes then attempted a slow strat through vents, but once again got mowed down to make it 0-6.
Ninjas in Pyjamas then took over the B site with Kèvin "Ex6TenZ" Droolans choosing to save his gun in a one-on-three. The save worked, and VeryGames shut down NiP next, making it 7-1 with NiP on a save.
NiP then reduced the deficit to 7-2, but they kept struggling to get those much-needed entry kills, a situation that continuously left them outnumbered as the rounds wore on. As such, they were making things very easy for VG, who picked up a commanding lead of 12-3.
The Swedish side then won the pistol round and the following two rounds to keep themselves in the game, reminding VG that they were not letting it go. NiP managed to string a couple of rounds together, eventually making it 8-12 after a three-kill round from Richard “Xizt” Landström.
The following round then went to VeryGames, courtesy of Edouard “SmithZz” Dubourdeaux, who won a 1-on-2 situation. Rounds kept going back and forth here, and with the score set at 13-10 in favour of VG it was pure madness: it looked like the French side had the round lost after a failed entry into the b site, but then Adil "ScreaM" Benrlitom pulled off three headshots out of nowhere to keep the team’s hopes alives. Dubourdeaux won the 1-on-1 against Adam "friberg" Friberg to put VG just two rounds away from victory.
Surprisingly, NiP were able to pick themselves up and take the game to the very last round, where VG kicked things off with a quick rush onto the B site, with lots of casualties from both sides. Landström, who was alone against two opponents, still got one kill but then Droolans sealed the deal to give VG a 16-14 victory.
Map three, de_inferno, began with NiP starting out the brighter and win the first three rounds. VG then made it 1-3, and then Nathan "NBK" Schmitt, who was low on cash, bought a shotgun and went on a tour around the map, eventually getting NiP's players by behind. He killed two players and then picked up a proper gun, eventually getting a third, which was just what VG needed to win the round.
Things were not looking good for NiP, who were being outaimed by VG on all fronts. an example of that is the eighth round: Friberg lands the entry kill on the B bomsite, but then Kèvin "Ex6TenZ" Droolans gets himself two kills through the smoke and a third one with a P250 to give his team-mates plenty of time to rotate and finish off the round.
With the score 5-3 in favour of VeryGames, Nathan "NBK" Schmitt brought us another moment of brilliance and picked up three kills in quick succession on the A bombsite to keep his team in the driving seat.
VG were, for most of the first half, the commanding side, and if NiP managed to get the last two rounds they will have Patrik "f0rest" Lindberg to thank, as the former 1.6 talent showed all his talent, picking up an ace in the last round to keep the Swedes in the race as they were now trailing by just five rounds.
But things quickly went sour for NiP, who lost the first two rounds. It seemed like the third round would go to NiP after Lindberg had picked up three kills with the Desert Eagle, but Richard "shox" Papillon won the 1-on-2 situation to deny NiP the chance to come back. That moment really struck the Swedish team, who never really found their feet again, allowing VG to cruise to a 16-6 victory and retain the RaidCall EMS One title.
|NiP||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating|
|Christopher 'GeT_RiGhT' AlesundGeT_RiGhT||58 - 52||+6||-||1.12|
|Richard 'Xizt' LandströmXizt||54 - 48||+6||-||1.10|
|Patrik 'f0rest' Lindbergf0rest||52 - 51||+1||-||1.07|
|Adam 'friberg' Fribergfriberg||47 - 49||-2||-||0.95|
|Robin 'Fifflaren' JohanssonFifflaren||34 - 55||-21||-||0.66|
|VeryGames||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating|
|Adil 'ScreaM' BenrlitomScreaM||57 - 46||+11||-||1.18|
|Nathan 'NBK-' SchmittNBK-||65 - 56||+9||-||1.16|
|Richard 'shox' Papillonshox||50 - 45||+5||-||1.10|
|Edouard 'SmithZz' DubourdeauxSmithZz||44 - 54||-10||-||0.87|
|Kévin 'Ex6TenZ' DroolansEx6TenZ||39 - 45||-6||-||0.83|
RaidCall EMS One Fall 2013 final standings:
1. VeryGames - $12,000
2. NiP - $7,000
3-4. CPH Wolves - $4,000 + DreamHack Winter spot
3-4. Universal Soldiers - $4,000 + DreamHack Winter spot
5-6. Natus Vincere - $2,000
5-6. fnatic - $2,000
7-8. mousesports - $2,000
7-8. n!faculty - $2,000
Although the games have concluded in Cologne, you can look forward to more highlights, one more batch of photos as well as all GOTV demos as we wrap up our coverage for this weekend.