dignitas have secured their place in the semi-finals, defeating NiP 2-0 (16-4 on de_cache, 16-11 on de_inferno).
NiP elected to play de_cache first - a choice that dignitas were all too happy to punish them for. The Danes took the first pistol round, and from then on rarely let up, picking up the next six rounds as CTs.
The Swedes were finally able to reply in the eighth round, but it was only a momentary reprieve; NiP couldn't build any momentum on the T side, and managed to take only two more rounds for the half.
Needing only four more rounds to take map one, dignitas surged forward on the T side, winning the pistol round and the two that followed. NiP halted dignitas’ assault in the first buy round, but the Danes were unphased, hitting back immediately to close out de_cache 16-4.
dignitas dominant throughout the series
Map two, de_inferno, found NiP starting on the oft-favoured CT side, a much-needed advantage that they ultimately squandered. Dignitas traded their calm and methodical playstyle from map one for a much more relentless and aggressive stance, which helped them take the first half 9-6.
At the half, NiP started to wake up, and fought their way back into contention with some great plays that were much more reminiscent of their performance at previous tournaments, at one stage tying the score.
In the final rounds, however, the stalwart defence of dignitas inevitably proved to be too strong. The Danes thwarted whatever NiP threw at them, winning the map 16-11 to close out the best-of-three series with clean sweep, and ending a long-term losing-streak against the Swedish team on LAN.
dignitas will now meet Virtus.pro in the semi-finals, after they avoided an upset by tournament dark horse London Conspiracy.
K - D
Peter 'dupreeh' Rasmussendupreeh
43 - 22
Andreas 'Xyp9x' HøjslethXyp9x
43 - 25
Nicolai 'device' Reedtzdevice
42 - 24
Philip 'aizy' Aistrupaizy
26 - 27
Henrik 'FeTiSh' ChristensenFeTiSh
28 - 30