NiP have won ESL One Cologne 2014 and $100,000 by beating fnatic 2-1 (16-11 de_cobblestone, 8-16 de_cache, 16-13 de_inferno) in the grand final.
NiP attacked A on their terrorist pistol round of de_cobblestone, but after trading knife kills lost the round. They dropped an AK for round two, but lost and had to save, going down 0-3.
Three kills by Robin "flusha" Rönnquist weren't enough to win the first round as a poor peek by Markus "pronax" Wallsten allowed NiP to win. Next round Patrik "f0rest" Lindberg scored four kills to win the round.
After two rounds lost to peeking too much with little time left to plant the bomb, fnatic were forced to save, allowing NiP to tie the score at 3-3 before fnatic won a round back.
GeT_RiGhT brought out the AWP on de_cobblestone
flusha won fnatic a ton of big rounds
olofmeister scored three important kills in a B retake, while flusha shut down the site next round together with Freddy "KRIMZ" Johansson for a 6-2 lead. NiP saved, and were next taken down by flusha and olofmeister.
Down 2-8, f0rest got boosted in middleand scored two entry frags, giving his team a round. However, olofmeister quickly reset NiP's money with two openings, followed by two by KRIMZ flanking the vent.
KRiMZ made some big plays to win de_cache
GeT_RiGhT started strong on de_inferno, the decider, by scoring four Glock kills. However, a triple by flusha allowed to fnatic to once again win a force buy, and this time they survived NiP's attempt at it.
GeT_RiGhT's strong play secured him a major title in CS:GO
Final round saw NiP attack the A bombsite with low money, but after getting entry kills turn a three-on-three into a win, as KRIMZ couldn't clutch the one-on-two.
After one save fnatic were only down by one, and an unsuccessful after plant in B saw NiP tie the game at twelve. flusha once more played the hero, giving fnatic their final lead with three kills on a mid-to-B split.
K - D
Christopher 'GeT_RiGhT' AlesundGeT_RiGhT
71 - 54
Patrik 'f0rest' Lindbergf0rest
60 - 55
Adam 'friberg' Fribergfriberg
45 - 57
Richard 'Xizt' LandströmXizt
45 - 54
Robin 'Fifflaren' JohanssonFifflaren
43 - 61
ESL One Cologne 2014 final standings:
1. NiP - $100,000
2. fnatic - $50,000
3-4. dignitas - $22,000
3-4. LDLC - $22,000
5-8. Virtus.pro - $10,000
5-8. Cloud9 - $10,000
5-8. Epsilon - $10,000
5-8. Na`Vi - $10,000
9-12. HellRaisers - $2,000
9-12. Titan - $2,000
9-12. iBUYPOWER - $2,000
9-12. Copenhagen Wolves - $2,000
13-16. dAT - $2,000
13-16. Vox Eminor - $2,000
13-16. London Conspiracy - $2,000
13-16. Wolf - $2,000
We're going to publish an interview with NiP shortly, and you can expect the highlights to keep coming later today as we wrap up our ESL One Cologne 2014 coverage.