NiP see off Titan in StarSeries
Ninjas in Pyjamas have progressed to the SLTV StarSeries XII Upper Bracket semi-finals following a 2-0 victory against Titan (25-22 on de_cache and 16-11 on de_dust2).
The first match of the StarSeries XII offline finals, taking place at the Kiev Cybersport Arena, in Kiev, featured two teams who are at opposite ends of a spectrum: NiP, who came into this event on the back of a runner-up finish at ESL One Katowice, and Titan, who went out at the Polish major after two defeats.
It was thus with hope, rather than expectation, that Titan approached this match, and they relied on an in-form Dan "apEX" Madesclaire to prevent NiP from running riot during the first map of the series. But what they did not expect was Aleksi "allu" Jalli to produce such a dominant display, with the Finnish star's 1.31 rating powering his team to a close 25-22 victory.
allu was the man of the match
Next up came de_dust2, where Titan came out the brighter and won nine rounds as Terrorists thanks to some spectacular AWP work from Kenny "kennyS" Schrub. But as soon as the second half started the game made a 180-degree turn as Titan found themselves helpless to stop NiP's attacks, and so the Swedish team quickly secured the ten rounds they needed to win the map and close out the series at 2-0.
K - D
Aleksi 'allu' Jalliallu
62 - 42
Christopher 'GeT_RiGhT' AlesundGeT_RiGhT
62 - 50
Patrik 'f0rest' Lindbergf0rest
52 - 48
Adam 'friberg' Fribergfriberg
52 - 52
Richard 'Xizt' LandströmXizt
45 - 43