TSM to ESL ESEA Dubai grand final

TSM are the first to advance to the ESL ESEA Dubai Invitational grand final after a 2-1 victory over NiP (de_dust2 7-16, de_mirage 16-8, de_inferno 16-10).

The first map chosen for the first semi-finals best-of-three was NiP's pick, de_dust2, where the Swedes started as Terrorists, setting a quick pace throughout the entirity of the half.

With a pistol round in the bag, Richard "Xizt" Landström led his team to a 6-0 lead with quick pushes, through short in the first gunround, and split B in the second, enforcing a tactical pause on TSM's side.

That seemed to be fruitful enough, as the Danes picked up two in a row afterwards, just for NiP to reply with two gunrounds of their own to make it 9-2. As the Swedish side was unable to win duels across the entire map, TSM were allowed a third in the half, but that was all the ESL One Cologne semi-finalists could do for the remainder.

The second pistol round went TSM's way by the skin of their teeth, and they also survived both scary anti-ecos, in both of which NiP were in in a number advantage at certain points. 


Another solid performance from f0rest helped NiP win de_dust2

The teams then exchanged two rounds for 13-7 as TSM pushed through short to win a forcebuy, but NiP's one at the B bombsite shut them down again, which was enough to close map one out at 16-7.

de_mirage followed and it was NiP yet again picking up the initial pistol on the Terrorists side and make it 3-0 in their favor to start things off. A quick A split didn't work out as well in the following round, TSM's crossfire disposed of the offence.

A couple of forcebuys went 50:50, as in the first, TSM barely won a 2-on-1 against Xizt, while in the second Christopher "GeT_RiGhT" Alesund's insane 180-degree Tec-9 double forced TSM to save two weapons.

A rush B backfired into NiP's faces, but another forcebuy afterwards kept TSM on low economy for 5-4 in the Danes' favor before NiP tied it up again after Xizt's 1-on-2 off of Patrik "f0rest" Lindberg's triple. Three peculiar buys afterwards didn't put a dent in TSM's armor, but towards the end of the half, Aleksi "allu" Jalli showed up with six kills in two rounds to set the score at 8-7 in favour of Finn "karrigan" Andersen's squad.

The Danish in-game leader himself was having a good game, as usual on de_mirage, and his team's quick mid rush overpowered NiP for 11-7 after another two scary anti-ecos. Quick link push in the first gunround gave them another round, as well as abusing Adam "friberg" Friberg alone inside the A bombsite for 14-7.


As usual, karrigan was in the spotlight on de_mirage

NiP managed to hang onto their mirage lives for a round, but it wasn't enough to get them back in the game, as we could see TSM tie the match at 1-1 before the server switched to map three, de_inferno.

There it was TSM to start as Terrorists that time around, and picked up the first pistol round as they won a 2-on-2 afterplant on the B bombsite for a flying 5-0 start after a quick A split in the first gunround.

Xizt's five kills in the next two rounds helped NiP get up on their feet, eventually for 6-5, still in TSM's favor, which was when Nicolai "device" Reedtz defended an afterplant situation on B with a solo triple in a 3-on-3. A three-rifle forcebuy on NiP's side worked out well, and another 3-on-2 retake went their way too before they made the half 8-7 with a solid defence on A.

A clean pistol round put them up on 10-7 before they gave a weapon away before running into a B stack, which was enough for TSM to start rolling rounds in, when NiP's economy was shredded into pieces. Time and time again NiP were unable to make a good enough entry into either of the sites, and TSM stormed through the remainder of the rounds to advance to the grand final at 16-10.

Denmark
Matchpage
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1
11th September 2015
Sweden
7
Dust2
16
16
Mirage
8
16
Inferno
10

 TSM K - D +/- ADR Rating 1.0
Denmark Nicolai 'device' Reedtzdevice 64 - 51 +13 - 1.22
Denmark René 'cajunb' Borgcajunb 54 - 49 +5 - 1.05
Denmark Andreas 'Xyp9x' HøjslethXyp9x 45 - 49 -4 - 0.93
Denmark Peter 'dupreeh' Rasmussendupreeh 44 - 45 -1 - 0.92
Denmark Finn 'karrigan' Andersenkarrigan 43 - 52 -9 - 0.85
 NiP K - D +/- ADR Rating 1.0
Sweden Richard 'Xizt' LandströmXizt 57 - 50 +7 - 1.09
Sweden Patrik 'f0rest' Lindbergf0rest 53 - 52 +1 - 1.00
Sweden Christopher 'GeT_RiGhT' AlesundGeT_RiGhT 52 - 50 +2 - 0.97
Finland Aleksi 'allu' Jalliallu 44 - 49 -5 - 0.95
Sweden Adam 'friberg' Fribergfriberg 39 - 50 -11 - 0.78

Next up at ESL ESEA Dubai Invitational is the second semi-final of Virtus.pro and fnatic, kicking off as soon as both teams are ready.

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
Finland Aleksi 'allu' Jalli
Aleksi 'allu' Jalli
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
1391
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.11
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
Denmark Nicolai 'device' Reedtz
Nicolai 'device' Reedtz
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.17
Maps played:
1403
KPR:
0.79
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.13
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
Denmark Finn 'karrigan' Andersen
Finn 'karrigan' Andersen
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.93
Maps played:
1538
KPR:
0.64
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.13
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
RIP NiP
2015-09-11 20:17
GG
2015-09-11 20:18
#22
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Iceland Splintex^ 
Nah. They played realy good. Against TSM, which is in the top 3, and they lost quite close
2015-09-11 20:19
yeah man how do u feel, now they have an excuse to not change roster and will have another 10 tournaments where they perform shit
2015-09-11 20:20
TSM rekt NiP on 2 maps... how is that close, they couldn't get even one gun round on T side of Inferno... NiP fanboy xP
2015-09-11 20:26
8-16 and 10-16 isn't "rekt" Especially when they won 16-7 on Dust 2
2015-09-11 20:32
When NiP is unable to get even 1 gun round its called REKT, deal with it.
2015-09-11 20:40
Did you even watch the match lmao
2015-09-11 20:44
yeah it was 8:7 for NiP and they won a pistol on T side and round after that(10:7), at the end the score was 10:16, no gun rounds on T side of Inferno.
2015-09-11 21:39
Nip suck 7 t side on mirage they can do any thing on ct side 8-1 gj TSM you are the best
2015-09-11 21:43
you call it rekt when there is a huge score difference not because they didnt manage to win a gunround on one map lmao. They could always bought tec9 and just rush and you would argue they never won a gunround. xD
2015-09-12 08:43
But they didn't, did they?
2015-09-12 11:45
#70
United Kingdom Dird 
1. fnatic 2. envy 3. VP
2015-09-11 22:23
Holy sh*t :O
2015-09-11 20:18
Expected
2015-09-11 20:17
fak
2015-09-11 20:17
#7
United Kingdom lliW 
gl
2015-09-11 20:18
#8
lueg | 
Czech Republic Lueg 
FAK
2015-09-11 20:18
#10
hampus | 
Sweden Exxet 
choke
2015-09-11 20:18
-allu fix post plant/retake situations = nip t1 again
2015-09-11 20:18
#12
 | 
Turkey powergs 
FAk
2015-09-11 20:18
#13
United Kingdom vL- 
gg
2015-09-11 20:18
easy
2015-09-11 20:18
#17
cyx | 
Chile FEL1PPE! 
NiP is BACK? NICE JOKE!
2015-09-11 20:18
Maybe now esl realise there rankings are shit
2015-09-11 20:19
FIRST TIME EVER TSM IN THE FINALS (250K TOURNAMENT)
2015-09-11 20:19
Finally no Choke <3
2015-09-11 20:19
see ya nip..
2015-09-11 20:19
gg wp NiP gl hf TSM
2015-09-11 20:20
good game. nip really exceeded my expectations. they played with passion and momentum. too bad they started to make a lot of mistakes, and in inferno they couldn't win any aim duels anymore. still, well done
2015-09-11 20:20
+1
2015-09-12 14:49
:||||||
2015-09-11 20:20
well deserved boys. now go all the way and win this tournament to prove anyone wrong who said you should not be there!
2015-09-11 20:20
GO VIRTUS PLOW
2015-09-11 20:21
expected
2015-09-11 20:21
"nip back" HAHAHAHA
2015-09-11 20:21
#34
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Denmark BATISTUTA9 
Congratulations guys. You deserve it! TSM play some of the most enjoyable counter-strike i know of. Keep it up! Looking forward to a great final.
2015-09-11 20:21
#42
 | 
Israel BingoBango 
Danish flag, hmmmm
2015-09-11 20:26
#44
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South Africa kHYRR73 
HLTV.org crew is mostly Danish :D
2015-09-11 20:28
the website is founded by Danes :)
2015-09-11 20:42
Happy to see that the complaints about TSM not going were not wasted.
2015-09-11 20:22
ezzz fnatic
2015-09-11 20:22
and almost didnt invite tsm xd now in finals, gj esl
2015-09-11 20:22
+1 lol
2015-09-11 20:25
:DD
2015-09-11 20:37
#43
Portugal jO7A 
-allu ASAP.
2015-09-11 20:27
Agree
2015-09-11 20:32
NIP is back!! Kappa
2015-09-11 20:28
The long break probably was more in favor for TSM to talk things through. But still, the better team won. Fun to see old NiP at least! GG TSM!
2015-09-11 20:29
wp
2015-09-11 20:29
#48
f0rest | 
Serbia dankooo 
Even though they lost i like how they played faster aggressive..
2015-09-11 20:29
"With a pistol round in the bag, Richard "Xizt" Landström led his team to a 6-0 lead with quick pushes, through short in the first gunround, and split B in the second, enforcing a tactical pause on TSM's side." Forcing*, not enforcing.
2015-09-11 20:31
true, forcing would be the better word in this situation but to some degree "enforce" can work.
2015-09-11 22:34
- allu + delpan = nip top 2
2015-09-11 20:32
delpan is 10 times worse than allu +twis or +rain :)
2015-09-11 20:42
#66
Happy | 
Brazil Kurtt 
rain ashhuauhauhas most overrated player
2015-09-11 21:04
People saying Xizt should be removed.. seriously, as I always said, Xizt and f0rest are the only players who seems to still have aim to compete with the tops... GTR played very good this tournament, at least we saw a shadow of the old GTR!
2015-09-11 20:36
#55
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Denmark Nix0z 
Congratz making the final TSM. Well deserved and I think TSM will win the final against VP/fnatic... 3-0
2015-09-11 20:36
It speaks to how far NiP fell that getting to semis is the result of a miracle run.
2015-09-11 20:37
#59
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Poland trancemeister 
NiP is back , NiP magic , gtr top 5 oh w8 KAPPA
2015-09-11 20:40
solid performance by Xizt.
2015-09-11 20:44
Nip getting better
2015-09-11 20:46
friberg.....
2015-09-11 20:52
#67
f0rest | 
Romania front48 
Just cut friberg and allu and get some fresh blood and NiP will be top1 next year
2015-09-11 21:19
more like cut friberg and xizt
2015-09-12 14:51
#80
f0rest | 
Romania front48 
Xizt is a good fragger , just a bad igl. Put him support or even entry fragger and bring in an awp and an igl.
2015-09-12 15:42
So uh... Remember when ESL thought a ranking system that would've left this team out was good?
2015-09-11 22:38
Friberg always bottom fragging now
2015-09-12 01:54
#74
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Vietnam Mua_hoa_tuyet 
I only watched the last maps, and I saw Allu missing a lot of easy awp shots. What wrong with him?
2015-09-12 04:19
he has ebola
2015-09-12 20:09
#76
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Ireland sekke 
Im glad ESL came to their senses and let TSM attend. :)
2015-09-12 08:55
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