NiP advance to last-four over TSM
Ninjas in Pyjamas have made it to the semi-final stage of DreamHack Open Cluj-Napoca after easing past Team SoloMid 2-0 (16-10 on de_train and 16-8 on de_dust2).
The third quarter-final contest of the Cluj major was an all-Nordic clash between Ninjas in Pyjamas and Team SoloMid. The Danish team seemed to be playing the best Counter-Strike of its history, but they were simply no match for their Scandinavian rivals, who advance to the semi-finals.
The first map of the series, de_train, began with NiP picking up the first four rounds as CT. TSM then responded with a round of their own, but NiP continued their fantastic run, with the scoreline blooming to a fantastic 7-1 lead for the Swedes. TSM then finally managed to solve their offensive setup, reducing the deficit to 4-7, but NiP held on to their lead and picked up two rounds in a row before Finn "karrigan" Andersen closed out the half with an amazing ace.
Andreas "Xyp9x" Højsleth stole the plaudits with a triple kill with the CZ in the pistol round to keep his team in the game, but they were taken aback by stunning individual actions from Adam "friberg" Friberg and Patrik "f0rest" Lindberg in the first two gun rounds. By now, the momentum had shifted in favor of the Swedish team, who would go on to win the map by a 16-10 scoreline.
NiP delivered an impressive display
Next up was de_dust2, where TSM came out the brighter of the two sides, winning the pistol round and the following anti-eco. The Danish team were unable, however, to make it 3-0 as they were caught off-guard by NiP's P250 rush, with Aleksi "allu" Jalli playing out a 1vs1 with Nicolai "device" Reedtz in the A site beautifully.
NiP continued to press forward and won the following eight rounds, bringing the scoreline to 8-2. TSM were forced to call a tactical pause to solve their defense, but all they accomplished was a mere two rounds as the Swedish team enjoyed an 11-4 halftime lead. Things then went from bad to worse for TSM as they lost the opening three rounds on the Terrorist side, and even though they would still manage to string four rounds together after buying up, it was simply not enough to prevent NiP from running out 2-0 victors here.
K - D
Adam 'friberg' Fribergfriberg
46 - 30
Christopher 'GeT_RiGhT' AlesundGeT_RiGhT
42 - 28
Richard 'Xizt' LandströmXizt
36 - 32
Aleksi 'allu' Jalliallu
35 - 30
Patrik 'f0rest' Lindbergf0rest
29 - 37