NiP edge out fnatic 2-1

NiP have taken down fnatic in a thrilling three-map series, winning de_cache 16-14, losing de_inferno 14-16 and winning on de_mirage 16-12.

With the first semifinal getting under way at 23:45, map #1 of contention was to be de_cache. 

NiP started the map off by securing pistol but were immediately put on guard when fnatic struck back with an eco round win to tie the game at 1-1.

The early game was full of close rounds and NiP continued to rely on clutch plays, especially via Mikail "Maikelele" Bill and Adam "friberg" Friberg.

NiP continued to play good defence and bleed dry fnatic's attacks, however on the fourteenth round fnatic switched to slow pick-based play and were able to pick up two rounds to end the half at 9-6 for NiP.

On T side, NiP began with a B site take and Patrik "f0rest" Lindberg delivered with characteristic pistol play and a 3K.

NiP grew their advantage to a scoreline of 12-6, but on the nineteenth round fnatic played a textbook CT round and shut NiP down. NiP quickly equalised with a B take the next round, however fnatic followed up the consecutive round with a win and reset NiP's economy.

The momentum shifted as of that moment and fnatic began to rack up CT rounds. Jesper "JW" Wecksell shone with two fully flashed AWP kills against an NiP eco and Freddy "KRIMZ" Johansson shut down an NiP gun round at a 3-on-5 disadvantage to give fnatic the round.

Xizt vs. fnatic

Richard "Xizt" Landström was in fine fragging form on de_cache 

With the score at 13-13, NiP won a close eco round, with Christopher "GeT_RiGhT" Alesund using smart play at quad box on A site to secure the round. fnatic equalised the next round to bring the score to 14-14.

On the twenty-ninth round, friberg won a one-on-one situation on A to give NiP match point. The final round NiP dismantled a fnatic force buy and walked away with the win on de_cache: 16-14.

The next map was de_inferno and fnatic displayed a hunger to equalise the map score by taking pistol and even the first gunround to bring the score to 4-0.

On the fifth round, an NiP eco which included an aggressive arch-side take and Maikelele knifing Robin "flusha" Rönnquist led to NiP's first round of the game.

However, the Swedes of NiP were not to be daunted by their rival Swedes' CT play and they continued to slowly gain T-side rounds over fnatic. 

On the eleventh round, fnatic were finally put on a forcebuy and lost, putting the score at 6-5 and forcing an eco for the next round. However, fnatic took advantage of a sloppy NiP set-up to win the eco and bring their advantage forward to 7-5.

On the thirteenth round, f0rest opened up A site seemingly by himself with two important entry frags, giving NiP the round.

The see-saw nature of the second map continued into the next round as fnatic won a CT round with patient play while also shutting down NiP's attempts to peek on banana.

f0rest

Patrik "f0rest" Lindberg displayed strong rifling on de_inferno 

NiP opted for an aggressive A take on the final round and garnered another round, leaving the score at the half as 8-7 in fnatic's favour.

On the second half pistol round, fnatic opted to rush onto B but were brought into the leaden arms of GeT_RiGhT, who crushed  Markus "pronax" Wallsten's men single-handedly.

With the score equalised, fnatic performed as expected of what many consider to be the world's best team and won an eco to force NiP off of their momentum.

Going tit for tat, NiP were catapulted via f0rest's stellar eco play to win the next round and once again frustrate fnatic. After losing the subsequent eco, fnatic stormed A site and took a gunround for themselves to bring the score to 10-10.

The stalemate was broken and fnatic secured another three rounds in a row to bring the score to 13-10. 

fnatic huddle

fnatic prevailed on de_inferno in another close contest 

fnatic pushed the score until match point, however on the twenth-eighth round friberg shut down a banana take to give NiP a fresh chance to go for overtime. On the twenty-ninth round, f0rest and friberg were able to retake A site together with perfect teamwork, bringing the score to 15-14. 

Even with fnatic put on a forcebuy, they were able to flood onto B site and bring down NiP's defences, giving them the win on de_inferno at 16-14.

de_mirage became the third map and final battleground for the two Swedish teams. 

NiP took no chances against fnatic's strong CT play and made sure to win their pistol round on T side. However, after securing the two eco rounds, NiP began to hemorrhage their chances away and by the twelfth round fnatic were up 7-4 on CT.

The next round, Xizt almost won a one-on-one on B site, however Olof "olofmeister" Kajbjer prevailed and gave fnatic more momentum. However, NiP were able to secure two more rounds and end the half at 9-6 for fnatic.

On the final pistol round of the series, fnatic pressed their advantage and took the pistol round with a textbook A take. 

Next round, NiP's newest member Maikelele stunned with a clutch one-on-two with the Scout. 

Maikelele

Mikail "Maikelele" Bill stepped up on de_mirage

fnatic were not to be daunted and went with the time-tested B halls eco rush and overwhelmed NiP to bring the score to 11-7. NiP brought the riposte to their rivals and themselves won an eco, as well as the next round. 

This change of momentum kept up until the score equalised at 11-11. Xizt & co. displayed strong CT play and teamwork, especially the twenty-three year old leader himself.

On the twenty-fifth round, GeT_RiGhT and Maikelele played a perfect two-on-three retake to crush fnatic's comeback and dim the light at the end of the tunnel for the orange-and-black jerseyed team.

NiP took match point and fnatic were forced to buy in order to stay in the game. In the spirit of the eco-round nature of the third map, fnatic somehow pulled away with the round in their hands. In the twenty-eigth round however, NiP managed to stop fnatic on an A site take and win the series.

Sweden
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Cache
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Inferno
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Mirage
12

 NiP K - D +/- ADR Rating 1.0
Sweden Christopher 'GeT_RiGhT' AlesundGeT_RiGhT 64 - 58 +6 - 1.11
Sweden Richard 'Xizt' LandströmXizt 59 - 60 -1 - 1.06
Sweden Adam 'friberg' Fribergfriberg 55 - 56 -1 - 0.98
Sweden Patrik 'f0rest' Lindbergf0rest 59 - 63 -4 - 0.92
Sweden Mikail 'Maikelele' BillMaikelele 48 - 52 -4 - 0.88
 fnatic K - D +/- ADR Rating 1.0
Sweden Freddy 'KRIMZ' JohanssonKRIMZ 68 - 57 +11 - 1.15
Sweden Olof 'olofmeister' Kajbjerolofmeister 59 - 54 +5 - 1.01
Sweden Jesper 'JW' WecksellJW 59 - 62 -3 - 0.93
Sweden Markus 'pronax' Wallstenpronax 52 - 57 -5 - 0.89
Sweden Robin 'flusha' Rönnquistflusha 49 - 55 -6 - 0.85

Up next is the second semifinal with the Danes of dignitas facing off against LDLC.

Sweden Richard 'Xizt' Landström
Richard 'Xizt' Landström
Age:
28
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
1549
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.17
Sweden Olof 'olofmeister' Kajbjer
Olof 'olofmeister' Kajbjer
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
1329
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.13
Sweden Mikail 'Maikelele' Bill
Mikail 'Maikelele' Bill
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
956
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.14
Sweden Christopher 'GeT_RiGhT' Alesund
Christopher 'GeT_RiGhT' Alesund
Age:
29
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
1611
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.15
Sweden Freddy 'KRIMZ' Johansson
Freddy 'KRIMZ' Johansson
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
1377
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.15
Sweden Markus 'pronax' Wallsten
Markus 'pronax' Wallsten
Age:
28
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.89
Maps played:
1199
KPR:
0.60
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
Sweden Jesper 'JW' Wecksell
Jesper 'JW' Wecksell
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
1597
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.14
Sweden Adam 'friberg' Friberg
Adam 'friberg' Friberg
Age:
28
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
1509
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.16
Sweden Patrik 'f0rest' Lindberg
Patrik 'f0rest' Lindberg
Age:
31
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.12
Maps played:
1620
KPR:
0.77
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.12
Sweden Robin 'flusha' Rönnquist
Robin 'flusha' Rönnquist
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
1502
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.18
ul fnatic
2015-01-25 02:59
ez nip, cu fnatic
2015-01-25 02:59
get a life dude p.s too ez for nip
2015-01-25 02:59
So you say 2 times 16-14 and 1 time 16-12 is ez for nip? That fanboism
2015-01-25 09:06
funny how you type get a life when you're 24/7 on this forum trying to get some attention. lowbob
2015-01-25 12:06
+1 gg tho, what a game
2015-01-25 03:00
#98
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Georgia otoghost 
the best Bo3 game in 2015
2015-01-25 03:13
nip is just luck...big loool for you
2015-01-25 03:00
I don't know if u saw the game. But Fnatic had the luck with them, surviving with 1hp every round
2015-01-25 12:15
yea that was a thing in the entire series,lol not even joking fnatic had many rounds where they win with 1 or 2 members alive with less than 15hp lol
2015-01-25 13:28
lol actually fnatic was lucky on many rounds so that the games seemed so close. If they were unlucky, nip would have RAPED them HARD :D
2015-01-25 03:01
+motherfucking 1
2015-01-25 03:03
more like NIP were lucky on so many rounds, cache and mirage so many 3-4v2 rounds that fnatic thrown along with anti eco rounds
2015-01-25 03:14
fanboy? Lost skins? Fnatic got roled baby
2015-01-25 03:15
reminder about the cache round where nip were 5v3 and I think 2 of fnatic were on ~50 hp and krimz saved their asses with that was it 3k or 4k? idk...but yea... so much luck with NiP always losing rounds when fnatic have 1-2 members on fnatic with less than 15hp ;) ;) dude pls...look at the replays fnatic were the lucky ones on more rounds than NiP lol...
2015-01-25 13:31
True
2015-01-25 11:23
#37
NEO | 
Poland camarpl 
what the fuck you again
2015-01-25 03:01
#62
Korea ws0 
you should spend time practicing cs instead of refreshing hltv to get first post
2015-01-25 03:03
When are we gonna see you in pro CS again? D:
2015-01-25 03:03
#86
Norway sigg 
gonip
2015-01-25 03:07
cENTRYZ if you just used all the f4 time in cs:go it would be cENTRYZZ>KennyS xD
2015-01-25 03:07
#2
Norway toap 
:)
2015-01-25 02:59
ahhaha pwned nice edit
2015-01-25 03:06
unexpected win
2015-01-25 02:59
who
2015-01-25 02:59
#5
 | 
Finland tkbz 
fuck yyyuueeeee
2015-01-25 02:59
great match!
2015-01-25 02:59
#7
 | 
Liechtenstein Chamele0n 
Best game of the year + 2014
2015-01-25 02:59
Easily the best game I've watched recently.
2015-01-25 02:59
first
2015-01-25 02:59
#12
H1ber | 
Finland Dagyhy 
TY
2015-01-25 02:59
shit
2015-01-25 02:59
#16
Russia ilg 
Nip can play mirage now Wow good
2015-01-25 03:00
SO EASY
2015-01-25 03:00
wp both teams!
2015-01-25 03:00
NiP the Best
2015-01-25 03:00
good game, maikelele did good on mirage
2015-01-25 03:00
#145
fnx | 
Portugal lovessd 
did good on mirage & cache
2015-01-25 10:08
Best match ever! I love NIP! <3
2015-01-25 03:00
Well played NIP. Everyone performed when needed
2015-01-25 03:00
Holy shit that game was close.
2015-01-25 03:00
NiP DOMINATE 2015!!
2015-01-25 03:00
That was nowhere near domination
2015-01-25 03:01
Actually, you cant just dominate against the team which have been world's best for few months now. It was good show by NiP
2015-01-25 07:17
Also he was indicating the whole year, not just this match. P.S. Cant edit first comment :(
2015-01-25 07:18
GeT_Rekt!
2015-01-25 03:00
best game i've seeeeeen
2015-01-25 03:00
Great bo3, ggwp Fnatic & NIP
2015-01-25 03:00
sick game, lost my sleep but who cares
2015-01-25 03:00
crazy series
2015-01-25 03:00
well deserved !!! should have been 2:0 !!! made some mistakes !! glad they made it eventually !
2015-01-25 03:01
what a game, one of the best matches lately! go NiP in the final! gg fnatic, I'll be cheering for you next tournament aswell! :)
2015-01-25 03:01
dope game
2015-01-25 03:01
MAKAVELI MVP
2015-01-25 03:01
headline should be: NiP survive fnatic. :D
2015-01-25 03:01
ez nip , ez life
2015-01-25 03:01
flusha bottomfragging so hard in the tougher games.
2015-01-25 03:01
Great guys, wohoo <3
2015-01-25 03:01
maikelele ripping fnatic apart in the last few rounds there. no chance at all.
2015-01-25 03:01
#44
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Portugal dracø 
Maikelele living the true mlg dream, noscopes left and right.
2015-01-25 03:01
Friberg and maikelele did a massive job!
2015-01-25 03:01
This has been one of the best series in the history of csgo.
2015-01-25 03:01
That's why NiP is the most popular CS team. They can strap on a pair and get through anything as a TEAM, no matter the odds
2015-01-25 03:01
BEST GAME EVER ! This why Counter Strike was and will be still the best & pure esport game !
2015-01-25 03:01
+1
2015-01-25 03:05
True dat my friend.
2015-01-25 03:10
Sick game!
2015-01-25 03:01
Swedish Counter-Strike <3 What a game
2015-01-25 03:01
EZ, god damn, im so happy right now! kicking fnatics ass! And proving Thorin wrong! Best feeling ever!
2015-01-25 03:01
fucking hell stitch did you prewrite articles assuming both possible outcomes
2015-01-25 03:02
just wrote like a maniac!
2015-01-25 03:03
Titan fanboy detected.
2015-01-25 12:29
#76
 | 
Denmark LasZe 
Pretty hard to prewrite an article describing the match xD
2015-01-25 03:04
I'm pretty sure he is writing them map by map whilst watching the match so he can post it fast.
2015-01-25 03:05
#57
NEO | 
Poland camarpl 
very good game, high level of cs, I think VP might not be top4 on next major
2015-01-25 03:02
BEST CS:GO match so far. very exciting to watch. entertainment over 9000
2015-01-25 03:02
WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
2015-01-25 03:02
#60
Hungary vAf 
Somebody know the music name what they played after the match ?
2015-01-25 03:03
#72
Hungary vAf 
thx, that was fast :D
2015-01-25 03:04
ez pez nip
2015-01-25 03:03
its so funny, NIP replaced fifflaren with exactly the same player, who plays like complete shit for 90% of the match and then makes a couple lucky shots through smoke in what happens to be cluch situations and everyone magically forget how shit he plyed :D
2015-01-25 03:03
#144
World doh 
+1
2015-01-25 09:49
fiffy still threw the bestt support nades ever.
2015-01-25 12:54
best match ever
2015-01-25 03:03
This is the best match ever. On Mirage Nip took first round on second half and fnatic took antiforce buy and nip too took 2x antiforce buy unbelieve it, almost win Fnatic, gg
2015-01-25 03:03
Probably the best game in CS:GO history so far.
2015-01-25 03:03
calm your tits
2015-01-25 03:10
#73
AZK | 
United States Dood 
you didn't even mention pronax 1v3...
2015-01-25 03:04
Great game, feels like NiP are back on fnatic skill level now
2015-01-25 03:04
Epic
2015-01-25 03:04
flusha #2 hltv 10 frags LoL
2015-01-25 03:05
Memorable match. For the history books.
2015-01-25 03:05
SO FRICKIN NICE! NVR FRGT DHBucharest 2013 FNATIC BITHX GO N CRY FÄGz!!!!!!
2015-01-25 03:05
this!
2015-01-25 03:24
One of the best games I have seen so far. What a stunning match. PS: I also noticed that NiP got more human emotions than fanatic.
2015-01-25 03:07
maikelelele 's scout clutch + his 2v4 retake with get_right on A site won NIP the game . wp !
2015-01-25 03:08
Ye, he and GeT_RiGhT did some huge retakes, also GeT_RiGhT and f0rest on the force buy :D
2015-01-25 03:26
CEVO client too strong (or just new) for fnatic's coder! Not fair!
2015-01-25 03:10
One of the most amazing series ive ever witnessed ..
2015-01-25 03:10
srsly breathtaking and brainmelting exciting
2015-01-25 03:11
One of the best, if not the best, CS:GO series so far.
2015-01-25 03:12
lets not forget numerious epic matches 2014 and overrate this match today
2015-01-25 03:17
CS so much more interesting without hacks ! I could even enjoy a fnatic game !
2015-01-25 03:14
stunning D:
2015-01-25 03:18
Are you kidding me?
2015-01-25 03:19
A pretty balanced summary, that featured justified highlights from virtually every player on both sides - except flusha. Being so invisible was an impressive feat for the number two in the world.
2015-01-25 03:19
#107
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Hungary SancheZjr 
brutal match
2015-01-25 03:22
Well he was the second best 2014 but now it's 2015 ya know
2015-01-25 03:25
Flusha do you even lift your mouse bro ?
2015-01-25 03:23
"however"
2015-01-25 03:26
^_^
2015-01-25 23:34
Wp! amazing bo3
2015-01-25 03:28
expected
2015-01-25 03:28
#120
Sweden CMF 
Great game!
2015-01-25 03:34
NIP magic strikes again. If you go and watch Cache over again I'm pretty sure you'll see Fnatic played better, but NIP sometimes pull out a magic wand and get the most random rounds. WP, it's just a different kind of winning rounds so I guess that's why it feels unfair sometimes when watching. Because purely skillwise, I think fnatic should've won this either 2-0 or 2-1. But NIP performed miracles in crucial, crucial rounds like at Cologne. So all the praise to them. (No, I didn't bet on anyone, just enjoying good matches).
2015-01-25 03:35
+1
2015-01-25 04:08
That ability to perform miracles in the rounds with the most pressure on you is a huge part of what constitutes skill at the highest level, what separates a good player/team from a great one. So I don't get this "skillwise they should have won" thing when you're talking about two approximately equal teams. Maybe if you only watched the last four months you would think NiP's players aren't on the same level as fnatic's, but given their history there is nothing to suggest that is the case. It's their bad fall season that stands out as a fluke in their career, not their performance at DHW and now at MLG.
2015-01-25 08:54
+1
2015-01-25 13:49
Game of the century. Holy fuck, boys. Ho-lee fuuuuck.
2015-01-25 03:36
I wonder how suddenly flusha became a bottom fragger to a top fragger
2015-01-25 04:05
This is why GTR is #1 before flusha...
2015-01-25 04:34
No it isn't.
2015-01-25 04:45
Yes it is.
2015-01-25 05:34
yes, even if hes playing bad, he can step up and always stepping up.. atleast most of the times.. and since that "cheating story" Flusha is like 30% of himself from before the story.. weird stuff
2015-01-25 06:09
+1
2015-01-25 07:19
FLUSH TO BOTTOM!
2015-01-25 05:34
#132
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United States y0rk 
Dang, I missed a good game. Sucks having a life sometimes.
2015-01-25 05:37
maikelele doing fiffs job
2015-01-25 07:35
#141
Petra | 
Netherlands taorus 
Damn i fell in sleep on Inferno.. Does anyone know i can find the replay?
2015-01-25 09:02
This will probably go down as the MOST AMAZING Bo3 in 2015. This was an amazing match. I really like NiP but fnatic made it a hell of match. I have a new found respect for fnatic.
2015-01-25 09:20
Fnatic and NiP were equally amazing. Every match was insane, but especially that Inferno match was unbelievable.
2015-01-25 10:45
finally, amazing game!
2015-01-25 10:38
#149
Coffee | 
Netherlands p2dr 
Only January and already match of the year? Yeah it was intense and entertaining, but it's still a whole year to come with some nice majors on schedule. Promises to be a hell of a year! Congrats to NiP on win, hopefully final will be also such a tight game.
2015-01-25 11:12
Justflushathings.
2015-01-25 11:21
the only highlight of flusha in this series is a troll aimlock,wp cheater.
2015-01-25 11:27
Could someone link me to the vod? Cant find it
2015-01-25 13:24
krimznatic failed ;/ it sucks but wp nip ;d go and crush ldlc and take the revenge
2015-01-25 13:26
Amazing game, must have had at least three cardiac arrests.. Both teams played beyond expectation! Fortunately my favorite team made it to the final. Great game to both fnatic and nip! looking forward for to days game! :) cheers
2015-01-25 13:32
flusha top2 by HLTV aimlock broken hahahaha 10 frags? top2? ok...
2015-01-25 16:40
#171
solo | 
Korea HhdH 
youtube.com/watch?v=b1lBkB1kUU8 on mlg, pov of flusha if u wanna watch more clearly, setting > speed > 0.25 how can hacker play at the event???
2015-01-25 17:03
flusha
2015-01-27 03:14
ayy lmao
2015-01-27 18:40
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