NiP have just won the grand final of Copenhagen Games 2014 against Virtus.pro 2-1 (12-16 de_train, 16-6 de_inferno, 16-13 de_dust2) and picked up the €14,000 cheque.
With NiP starting off as Counter-Terrorists on the initial map, de_train, the story was quite different than many could have expected. In spite of the first round going the Swedes' way, VP caught up just two rounds after and started decimating through NiP's defence.
A bunch of quick upper strats resulted in a 6-2 lead, before NiP took a stand for a round when the Poles switched things up and used a lower bombsite strategy instead. After that more and more fast upper pushes alongside a lower fake ended up being successful yet again and NiP just haven't been able to reply and faced a 4-11 score for their Terrorist half.
The pistol round saved them for the time being, as the EMS One Katowice runners-up picked it up for themselves, alongside both anti-ecos, one of which was just barely saved by Christopher "GeT_RiGhT" Alesund's one-versus-three.
First gunround saw NiP running a smoke upper strat to plant the bomb and defend, which worked out in spite of Paweł "byali" Bieliński's quad-kill while defending. The same strat was ran three more times afterwards, with two going NiP's way, while the last was defended by Virtus.pro. That and a couple of ecos thrown in made up for a tie at 12-12.
NiP then tried to force a low buy and got into the A bombsite with Richard "Xizt" Landström leading the way, but the Poles managed to get the retake, which was when everybody stood and stare.
Virtus.pro had some room to breath after de_train
A similar strat was ran once again and Alesund was left in a one-versus-three, where he picked off two and had only seconds to stop Janusz "Snax" Pogorzelski from defusing. Alesund decided to try his luck with a knife, as Pogorzelski was standing in a smoke and he was without too many bullets, and almost was able to make it, as his opponent defused the bomb with only two health points.
Only a slow lower push and another A smoke strat was holding Virtus.pro back, but they were able to stop the bomb from planting in the last round, which decided the outcome, 16-12 in favour of the Poles. NiP didn't have the best of starts into de_inferno as well, as they left Adam "friberg" Friberg alone on the B bombsite defending, which was where Virtus.pro led their attack and got off to a 2-0 lead.
Thanks to a saved MAG-7 and a few five-sevens, which helped Alesund and Robin "Fifflaren" Johansson combine for four kills in the following eco, and take it down to 2-3 after Patrik "f0rest" Lindberg saved a scary anti-eco with four kills.
It only took two good pickoffs by Jarząbkowski on the B bombsite in the following two rounds for Virtus.pro to get back in the lead, only to fall short to Friberg's spraydown of four people when they tried to attack the same bombsite again.
Another four-kill by Bieliński and a smoke-off A strategy went in the way of the EMS One Katowice champions in the remaining rounds, but the rest were picked up by the Swedes for a 9-6 score at the halftime.
Friberg was on form the whole tournament
NiP's terrorist side was a lot scarier than the one of Virtus.pro. A long push in the pistol round saw both teams dancing back and forth from arch to long, but NiP came out on top. With Friberg leading both in kills and attacks, Virtus.pro weren't able to do anything at all, apart from Bieliński's flank attempt before map point, and the match was tied at 1-1 on maps.
Virtus.pro were on the Terrorist side once again on de_dust2 and made wonders in the beginning. 5-0 score was mostly thanks to Pogorzelski's quad-kill in the pistol round, before both teams exchanged a round. Landström and Friberg were the ones to put NiP back on the front foot with a won eco, as well as the following success by Friberg and his triple.
From the remaining seven rounds, VP only won two, while NiP continued to thrive thanks to individual performances of Lindberg and Alesund, and the halftime score said 7-8.
A won pistol round by Jarząbkowski-Wojtas duo was met with a forceful reply on the following eco, which ended up in a very scary two-versus-two, where nobody had more than twenty health-points. Even though VP survived, NiP were still able to plant and take out most of the opposition.
That helped them win the following three rounds with to a couple of B bombsite attacks before NiP met with Bieliński on short, which put them back to a one-round deficit at 10-11.
A double-boost by VP won them a two-versus-three afterwards, but NiP didn't get too scared with yet another force buy in their hands, where Alesund won a one-versus-two clutch and took it to 12-13. An early pick-off on short allowed NiP to take over the A bombsite and with an eco and a similar story on long, they found themselves at a match point. Virtus.pro's economy was completely shredded at that point and NiP could celebrate only moments after when they won de_dust2 16-13.
K - D
Christopher 'GeT_RiGhT' AlesundGeT_RiGhT
77 - 46
Adam 'friberg' Fribergfriberg
65 - 56
Richard 'Xizt' LandströmXizt
64 - 52
Robin 'Fifflaren' JohanssonFifflaren
41 - 50
Patrik 'f0rest' Lindbergf0rest
41 - 57
Copenhagen Games 2014 final standings:
1. NiP - 14,000€
2. Virtus.pro - 6,000€
3-4. LDLC - 2,000€
3-4. dignitas - 2,000€
5-8. fnatic - 500€
5-8. Reason - 500€
5-8. LGB - 500€
5-8. Titan - 500€
17-30. Wild Fire
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