NiP over nV in marathon series

The second semifinal of the day saw both teams go the long mile to decide a victor, with NiP finally advancing 2-1 over EnVyUs.

With action kicking off at the CCS Kick-off Season Finals, the first day's semifinal already saw a headline of an opener when TSM defeated fnatic 2-0, surprising many and throwing my preview predictions into immediate disarray.

The second and last match of the day was the other semifinal, deemed by some as "El Classico," with NiP and EnVyUs squaring off. The three drawn maps were de_cache, de_dust2 and de_mirage.

NiP paid due testament to their aggressive Terrorist sides on the pistol round by taking T pistol, however nV also paid in kind by winning a trademark eco round, bringing the score to 1:1.

NiP were undaunted regardless and kept up a slew of site takes and entries, closing the half with a very respectable 8:7 scoreline on cache.

EnVyUs decided to go tit-for-tat with NiP and exploded out on their own T-side, taking nine rounds against NiP's fairly weak CT positioning, ending the first map 16:10. Nathan "NBK-" Schmitt finished at the top of the scoreboard for his team while on NiP it was notably Patrik "f0rest" Lindberg who struggled to have an impact on the game.


EnVyUs made cache their map

The second map was de_dust2, once touted as EnVy's best map but now more of a question mark for both teams.

The first half saw nV take pistol and a early indications were that the Frenchmen were going to run away with the game as they went up 7:1 with Fabien "kioShiMa" Fiey shutting down mid and B multiple times.

A one-on-four by Finnish Aleksi "allu" Jalli on B site gave NiP some ammunition to mount a comeback and the Ninjas continued to obstinately hammer away at the B site defense until they finally started to take rounds in their favour. The half closed 8:7 in favour of nV.

Despite a CT pistol win for NiP, EnVyUs bought Tec-9s the next round and kioShiMa once again won a stellar one-on-two by tapping the pistol from his long position to take out both NiP players, including the defuser.

With the score at 11:8 for nV, NiP drew on their reserves of steel nerves to finally begin a comeback. With Christopher "GeT_RiGhT" Alesund, f0rest and allu all hitting their shots, NiP moved ahead to a 14:11 score, not giving up any further rounds.

Despite some of nV's players struggling to make an impact on the game (Edouard "SmithZz" Dubourdeaux in particular), Richard "shox" Papillon took matters into his own hands by helping nV win a three-on-four on A site. The next round NiP failed to land their shots and EnVy powered ahead to equalise at 14:14.


kioShiMa performed superbly on dust2 

Both teams still felt they had a round in them and fulfilled, meaning that overtime was the name of the game for de_dust2.

With a MR5 format for overtime, much of the first half saw action happen around the A site which EnVyUs seemed determine to overwhelm. NiP did win the majority of the rounds however, and the half closed at 18:17.

In the second half, rounds continued to swing back and forth and despite Vincent "Happy" Schopenhauer helping secure the match point single-handedly, NiP rallied again and forced a second overtime.

The third overtime half saw another closely contested series go down, with EnVyUs up a round at the half with the score at 23:22. It looked like the Frenchmen were going to run away with the game on their first terrorist round but NiP put together one of the cleanest retakes possible on B site with a man down (including boosting Finn allu to get a pick above a smoke wall) to win the round.


allu continued to play well throughout the overtimes 

Both teams absolutely refused to let the other move ahead by more than a round apiece, and almost in a dream the score continued to grow to a prodigious amount. On the 58th round, Richard "Xizt" Landström helped win a one-on-two, finally giving NiP both a two round advantage and match point.

nV somehow rallied in a game that seemed determined to continue, forcing a fourth overtime. NiP finally forced a three-round differential this time on their T side, and on the final round of this half, leader Xizt won a spectacular one-on-three, perhaps the most important of the game.

It was this clutch which allowed NiP to rally their momentum and take the map with a giant scoreline: 36:33.

de_mirage was the deciding map and as is common with maps occurring after long overtimes, one team started with a clear advantage over the other due to tapering stamina as the night drew on.

NiP were able to string up a 5:1 lead on their CT side of mirage and though EnVyUs managed to gain rounds later in the half, the Ninjas still ended with the advantage of 8:7.


GeT_RiGhT brought it home in the final map 

In the second half, NiP ran ahead with an early lead, picking up five rounds to command a score of 13:7; nV soon began to mount a comeback and brought two rounds to their side.

After a long series however, NiP finally persevered and toppled their biggest rivals 16:10, ending a marathon game and sealing it in the history books.

Matchpage
1
2
24th April 2015
Sweden
16
Cache
10
33
Dust2
36
11
Mirage
16
 

 NiP K - D +/- ADR Rating 1.0
Sweden Christopher 'GeT_RiGhT' AlesundGeT_RiGhT 96 - 80 +16 - 1.11
Finland Aleksi 'allu' Jalliallu 93 - 80 +13 - 1.10
Sweden Richard 'Xizt' LandströmXizt 87 - 87 0 - 1.01
Sweden Patrik 'f0rest' Lindbergf0rest 83 - 91 -8 - 0.93
Sweden Adam 'friberg' Fribergfriberg 83 - 91 -8 - 0.91
 Envy K - D +/- ADR Rating 1.0
France Fabien 'kioShiMa' FieykioShiMa 94 - 81 +13 - 1.12
France Nathan 'NBK-' SchmittNBK- 92 - 89 +3 - 1.00
France Vincent 'Happy' SchopenhauerHappy 90 - 93 -3 - 0.98
France Richard 'shox' Papillonshox 77 - 89 -12 - 0.89
France Edouard 'SmithZz' DubourdeauxSmithZz 76 - 90 -14 - 0.85

France Nathan 'NBK-' Schmitt
Nathan 'NBK-' Schmitt
Age:
25
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
1652
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.15
France Edouard 'SmithZz' Dubourdeaux
Edouard 'SmithZz' Dubourdeaux
Age:
30
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.96
Maps played:
1161
KPR:
0.65
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
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
France Vincent 'Happy' Schopenhauer
Vincent 'Happy' Schopenhauer
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
1444
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.12
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
Finland Aleksi 'allu' Jalli
Aleksi 'allu' Jalli
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
1396
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.11
France Richard 'shox' Papillon
Richard 'shox' Papillon
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
1580
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.12
Sweden Patrik 'f0rest' Lindberg
Patrik 'f0rest' Lindberg
Age:
31
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.12
Maps played:
1627
KPR:
0.77
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.12
France Fabien 'kioShiMa' Fiey
Fabien 'kioShiMa' Fiey
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
1263
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.15
cool
2015-04-24 23:44
#4
ayaya | 
Ireland skend 
epic
2015-04-24 23:45
expected.
2015-04-24 23:45
gg
2015-04-24 23:45
#8
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Sweden Donger89 
Great game
2015-04-24 23:45
#9
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Denmark fyhn 
Hats off to the NiP players, for hanging out and signing mousepads etc. after that marathon. That was pretty cool to see in my opinion.
2015-04-24 23:46
True. Cant stand nV, always overabusing overpowered pistols and looking arrogant as **** btw, happy mad? he left INSTANTLY after nbk died no gg no delay just insta left not even 1 second after ayyyyyyyyyyyyyyy
2015-04-24 23:49
#31
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Denmark fyhn 
I meant no disrespect towards nV, and the whole "abusing" pistols is such bullshit. Would be the same if you said kennyS abuses the awp, just because he's better than most with it. I just thought it was really nice to see the NiP players stay, even though it's quite late and they're probably pretty tired.
2015-04-24 23:52
Dude valve introduced OP smg's to counter that OP pistol rushes and help the pistol round winners to easily hold off against those OP pistols. Without these smg's teams like nvUs and fnatic were abusing pistols in 2nd round, i think with this atleast pistol round winners stands a chance and it will turn the game to there favor.
2015-04-25 00:03
#60
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Denmark fyhn 
Do you realize that other teams than nV and fnatic can buy a tec9? Just because they're great at using a gun, doesn't make them abuse the game, saying that is just stupid.
2015-04-25 01:13
+1
2015-04-25 06:50
You are by far the most pathetic poster on HLTV and that's really saying something.
2015-04-25 00:39
^That is as true as it gets
2015-04-25 10:52
+1 Plus EnVy guys look like total idiots with their school caps and hairstyles.
2015-04-25 06:33
What What does their hair have to do with anything Please go back to your girl squad and stay there, don't bring your bitching about someones looks here
2015-04-25 12:15
crybaby,whining since yesterday lol. Im sure you lost skins on every game NIP played against NV. So salty...
2015-04-25 09:40
#28
s1mple | 
Sweden DiTzZ 
They've always known how to interact with the fans :D they're experienced in such sense.
2015-04-24 23:50
all the respects to them for doing that
2015-04-25 00:30
best match for today!
2015-04-24 23:46
Epic game but sad ending, what a fail on the CT side of mirage
2015-04-24 23:46
n1
2015-04-24 23:46
#13
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Vietnam yolesnoobs 
That clutch by Xizt <3_<3
2015-04-24 23:46
GTR the greatest cs player ever
2015-04-24 23:46
what a INSANE game. i think NV got mentally exhausted after losing that inferno game, and NiP easily raped their families on mirage
2015-04-24 23:46
"Dust 2 game"- FTFY
2015-04-25 00:27
#17
f0rest | 
Algeria NS! 
gg nip.
2015-04-24 23:47
#19
ZELIN | 
Portugal Cyborgy 
gtr 34 bomb ,bb
2015-04-24 23:47
well deserved
2015-04-24 23:47
gg
2015-04-24 23:47
stats or gtfo
2015-04-24 23:47
#23
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Brazil c0mplexy 
It was an one on three, not one on two by Xizt
2015-04-24 23:49
#34
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Vietnam yolesnoobs 
He did win an 1v2 before that insane clutch.
2015-04-24 23:57
#35
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Brazil c0mplexy 
ooh, my bad.
2015-04-24 23:58
#36
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Vietnam yolesnoobs 
No problem. I have no idea how I manage to remember those moments after 69 rounds either.
2015-04-24 23:59
It was an ace with that 1on2 but he didn't mention it
2015-04-25 01:16
stats or gtfo
2015-04-24 23:49
incoming, stay posted
2015-04-24 23:50
would probably be easier without bot allu
2015-04-24 23:50
+1
2015-04-24 23:51
+1
2015-04-24 23:57
hes 2nd statistically? N only 2 frags behind gtr after gtrs amazing performance on mirage.
2015-04-25 00:13
nice bait
2015-04-25 00:19
pro bait actually. I mean, i almost fell for it...
2015-04-25 01:13
2015-04-24 23:51
Not even embarrassed to have been Rick Rolled! Never seen that one before! Amazing! :D
2015-04-25 00:14
:]
2015-04-25 00:30
ez pz
2015-04-24 23:54
69 rounds <3
2015-04-25 00:00
Envy nice throw
2015-04-25 00:00
Awesome series. Well played NiP! They deserved the win.
2015-04-25 00:08
im gay
2015-04-25 00:18
#47
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Greece her-1g 
allu has proven to be a pretty good addition!
2015-04-25 00:26
sick match !
2015-04-25 00:31
Insane series, nice to see all players playing well :)
2015-04-25 00:34
#58
shox | 
United Kingdom dezmondo 
except smithz
2015-04-25 01:07
#70
AdreN | 
Russia cripdogg 
N1
2015-04-25 02:13
#54
czech | 
Slovakia harek 
nice
2015-04-25 00:35
K1o respect , allu not bad :]
2015-04-25 00:42
Was that second map the longest CS:GO game ever?
2015-04-25 01:17
#67
Randje | 
Serbia RANDJe 
in csgo maybe, in 1.6 i think kick 41-35 someting like that
2015-04-25 02:05
That's insane.
2015-04-25 02:11
"After a long series however, NiP finally persevered and toppled their biggest rivals 16:10, ending a marathon game and sealing it in the history books." 16:11?
2015-04-25 01:18
87 - 0
2015-04-25 01:21
f0rest and friberg have the same amounts of frags and deaths. Coincidence?
2015-04-25 01:22
f0rest and friberg both have same kills f0rest and friberg both have beards f0rest and friberg are both Swedes 3 similarities 3= illuminati f0rest and friberg = illuminati confirmed!
2015-04-25 07:15
#66
North America QNCY 
Oh hey look the EU teams at yet another LAN event.
2015-04-25 01:24
NIP are number 1 and will always be it! They will win the whole tournament!
2015-04-25 02:08
We never gonna see friberg on top of NiP's stats.
2015-04-25 02:21
Yeah lets change him.
2015-04-25 10:36
I think the current problem in nV is "motivation"
2015-04-25 02:40
You can also call it GTA V
2015-04-25 10:13
Can't agree you more
2015-04-25 11:18
#75
Finland Qksc 
Alluuuuu <3
2015-04-25 03:02
i've noticed f0rest has been struggling since he switched to the EC2... maybe it isn't for him.
2015-04-25 03:22
#77
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Brazil woody77 
The status give a false impression of who played well, who should really be the man of the match was the Xizt, he is the most criticized player of NiP, but today he did one of his best games of the year, not by Rating, but importance, won virtually every round when the responsibility was with him. honorable mention to the GTR, played great as always.
2015-04-25 03:34
one team started with a clear advantage over the other due to tapering stamina as the night drew on.
2015-04-25 04:55
NiP really need to work on their Cache CT side
2015-04-25 07:55
Great game. That dust 2 was exhausting.
2015-04-25 08:13
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